Recorded Live in November 2014
Download available on Bandcamp
8:Love Is To Do Something No One Dares To Do
9:Born To Ride
It was not something planned beforehand when Imari Tones played a live recording session at Back Beat, Minamisoma, Fukushima, the music venue that was only 15 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Imari Tones was in Fukushima, when a certain gig was cancelled at the last moment. The band didn’t want to disappoint their fans, so they sought for an alternative venue. They found out Back Beat (Sound Factory Studio) in Minamisoma was the only available choice for them, and the venue was located only 15 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, that had been broken since the Tsunami disaster on March 11, 2011. When they booked the venue, they also decided to do a live recording for this off the cuff gig. The result is “Atomic Live!”.
It’s an unconventional live album recorded at a small venue with only handful of fans. We decided to release this live recording because we thought it was a good opportunity to tell the world about the situation in Japan. Since the day the nuclear plant was broken, people in Japan have been living in danger, exposed to this radioactivity thing. Many people stopped caring about it and it became our normal life.
Doing a live recording session only 15 miles away from the broken plant is a crazy thing. But people don’t see it crazy any more. That’s the craziest, and the funniest part about this album. The reason we came to Fukushima was to spend time with people here, and the reason we came to Minamisoma venue was to pray. After all, we are Christians. We believe, with God’s help, things can be changed in a positive way.
Musically speaking, this live recording captures Imari Tones’ best performance, with big guitar sound and thunderous beat. Interestingly, due to the timing of this unplanned release, this album contains some songs from our next album, as well as “next next” album.