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Artist Of The Week-The Cherry Coke$

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When I hear Celtic folk punk, I think of the band being from the Boston area or Ireland, not Japan. "The Cherry Coke$" are a seven piece band from Tokyo Japan.

Formed in 1999, the band consists of founding member "Katsuo" on vocals and banjo, the other founding member "Hiromitsu" on bass, Irish Bouzouki, mandolin and vocals, "Masaya" on guitar, "Suzuyo" on alto sax, harmonica and bodhran, "Tomo" on accordion, keyboards and vocals, "Koya Ogata" on whistles and trumpet and "Mocchi" on drums.

They have released five albums over the years with their latest one "Black Revenge" being release in July of 2012. They have opened for the likes of "Rancid", "Casualities" and "Street Dogs" in Japan and during an U.S. tour they opened for "Flogging Molly".

In the following video's check out the bass that Hiromitsu is playing. While left handed players will use a right handed bass flipped upside down (due to the difficulty it can be to find a left handed bass), Hiromitsu uses a left handed bass flipped upside down so he can play it right handed. Yes us bass players are a bit different.

Also while lead vocalist Katsuo can carry a tune, I have no idea what he's singing about. I'm not even sure if he's singing in English or Japanese or something else entirely. Either way I still like the songs.

They have many video's out there with the following being a few of my favorites from the band. Off of their third album "Sail The Pint" (2008) is "Speak Easy."

From their second album "Rouse Up" (2005) is a live video of the song "Ill Weeds Grow Apace".

And from their fourth album "Seven" (2011) is "Rascal Trail"

Japanese Celtic punk. Who'd a thunk?. I really like my little punker bands. You just never know what you're gonna get.