The Solutions: Accidental Dieselpunk Music from South Korea

The Solutions

Seeing The Solutions live as opener for Japanese artist Satsuki in Le Garage, Liège, Belgium on a cold Sunday evening was one of the best musical surprises of the year. Especially realising that this band was unintentionally playing music that could happily be a soundtrack to a rock and roll loving dieselpunk lifestyle. Unintentional or not, The Gatehouse jumped on the occasion and thanks to kind tour manager Ethan, got an interview with the band on the same evening, so we and our readers can get to know this fantastic South Korean band a little better.

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Product of the Week: Fossil’s New Atompunk Watch

Product of the week 8.12.2014

Just in time for the holiday, popular watch, accessories and clothing brand Fossil collaborates with London based British and Japanese designer duo Eley Kishimoto for this fun and original atompunk style watch, based on retro design and kitchenclocks from back in the day.

The dials may look confusing, but once you realise how it works (large one for the hour, tiny one for the minutes) you realise just how original and awesome this particular design is.

Aside from iconic brown, black, red and white it also comes in aqua, black, red and white and black, red and white.
Even though Fossil lists it amongst the women’s watches, this design is very unisex so could be a great end of year holidays gift or timepiece for both men and women.

And let’s face it, it’s great to see mainstream brands come up with dieselpunk accessories.

Review: Eri Kitamura “RINREI”

Eri Kitamura RINREI

Eri Kitamura
Release date: 29.10.2014
Genre: believe it or not, a cross between J-pop and melodic metal

First a little background: in Japan, (there are exceptions, such as Tokyo based steampunk band Strange Artifact) much like is the case with visual kei, steampunk in the music industry is something that compiles a wide variety of genres, unified almost solely by their look.
So unlike Western steampunk bands such as Steam Powered Giraffe, Abney Park and The Cog is Dead, they don’t have a set gimmick and steampunk lyrics, but use their look to set themselves as part of the movement whilst playing their own particular musical genre.
One of those artists is Eri Kitamura, the most recent Japanese artist to have discovered steampunk (no idea how long she’ll stick with it mind).

Her latest EP RINREI is a revelation, point blank, end of story. Eri Kitamura has taken the best from J-pop, which her voice is perfect for, and blended it with all the best of melodic and symphonic metal. And whilst most people would frown at that notion, it is a mix that not only works, it is new, fresh and simply brilliant. The only negative thing that can be said about it is that there are only six songs on Rinrei and in reality only three, as the three last ones are versions of the three first ones without vocals. That said, all are tracks worth listening to, and amazing songs in their own right, whether or not they include vocals. As an added note, RIN URARA, the first track on the album, is also the end theme for the anime series Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryu no Rondo.

Should you want to get a copy of this CD, these are the links from CD Japan.
There are undoubedly other distributors (such as possibly Japan Discoveries and Amazon Japan) but you’ll have to find/check those yourself.

Anime version
Regular version (this is the one we reviewed)
Limited edition with DVD

Official website