The Japanese Popstars Announce new EP with Robert Smith and Fall U.S. DatesOct 12, 2011
The Japanese Popstars (Gary Curran, Gareth “Galo” Donoghue and Declan “Decky Headrock” McLaughlin) from Derry, Northern Ireland, and currently the toast of the European festival circuit, return for more US dates this month in support of their summer album release “Controlling Your Allegiance” and a new single “Take Forever” featuring vocals and guitar by Robert Smith of The Cure. A digital EP will be released on October 18th featuring the original version, and a host of new remixes including Robert Smith’s very own RS@Home remix. Pre-order it today on iTunes.
With its chiming guitar riff, low-slung bass and feint air of melancholia, “Take Forever” is the sound of The Cure had they been born in 2011. Decky had the idea of enlisting The Cure’s Robert Smith for one of the rough edits. Fortunately, Robert went onto the Japanese Popstars’ MySpace site, loved what he heard and said he wanted to work with the boys. However, it nearly didn’t happen. “We sent Robert an email and heard nothing for six months,” explains Decky. “Then randomly we got an email to say that it had gone into his spam folder.” Over several weeks, with emails and MP3s being slung back and forth – with about 38 different ideas, including a six-string bass guitar bit Robert had laid down – the vocal came together.
The Japanese Popstars have been racking up the air miles and carving out a global reputation to rival the biggest names in dance music as a must-see live act and purveyor of raucous, foot-stomping, energetic electronic dance music. This summer they made great strides in the USA, rocking festival crowds at Dance Here Now on Governor’s Island in NYC, Camp Bisco in upstate New York, Summer Massive in Baltimore and series of turbo-charged club dates including Avalon in LA.
Take Forever EP Tracklisting:
- Take Forever (Original)
- Take Forever (Robert Smith’s RS@Home Remix)
- Take Forever (Raw Man remix)
- Take Forever (Attaque Remix)
- Take Forever (The Deadstock 33’s remix)
Oct 20: Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall *
Oct 21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
Oct 22: Toronto, ON @ Government
Oct 28: Seattle, WA FreakNight Festival @ WaMu Theatre ^
Oct 29: Los Angeles, CA HARD @ Shrine Expo Hall @
* with Drop The Lime
# AM Only CMJ Showcase with Knife Party, AC Slater, Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk – Free with CMJ badge
^ with Tiesto, Cosmic Gate and more
@ with Soulwax, Skrillex and more