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BACK-ON – YES!!! [EU edition] available through Amazon.fr on Wasabi Records

A little while ago, we heard a rumour around the BACK-ON watercooler that they might be releasing their debut full album YES!!! in Europe. And today, officially, that rumour became a reality!

The band announced on BACK-ON.com that the European version of YES!!! (a.k.a YES!!! EU Edition)  would be available online directly from Amazon France for 20.95 EUR (= $30 USD = £18 GBPand you can see the CD cover design below:

YES!!! [EU Edition]  (Album)
BACK-ON – YES!!! [EU Edition] Cover

The news release stated that the tracklisting for this European edition of the album would be the same as its Japanese counterpart, with the only difference in the design cover. In case you’ve forgotten what the original YES!!! looked like, take a look below:

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Interview with Back-on in purple SKY magazine!

Before we start, I do have to make an apology to Leisl Schrader of purple SKY Magazine for the delay in writing up this post! Now, aside from being one of the few interviews with Back-on in English, the article has extra special importance (if my memory serves me correctly) as it is probably the first English interview with Back-on that has ever gone to print on paper!

The interview took place sometime in September 2007 and is featured in the latest edition (Fall 2007) of purple SKY, published at the start of December 2007. I was kindly sent a preview of the interview article by the magazine, which you can see below:

purple SKY magazine - Back-on Interview preview

Unfortunately I don’t have the full article at hand at the moment, so I can’t comment further on the content alas. However, it does look very promising (and of the above mentioned ‘historical’ significance) so if are you interested in reading the full interview, purple SKY is available from shops in the US such as several branches of Barnes & Noble, Borders and other independent stores (see full list) It is also available online at $6 (exc. PP) directly from the purple SKY website, which I think is particularly useful for international fans!

Other bands/artists that are featured in this issue of purple SKY (a specialist J-Rock magazine that is released quarterly) include The Captains, Plastic Tree, and Anna Tsuchiya to name just a few. And if you’re running into pick up a copy, I’ve included the front cover of the Fall 2007 edition below for your reference:

Fall 2007 Cover of purple SKY

Please let us know what you think if you do purchase the magazine! It is definitely a huge milestone that marks a step into the mainstream for Back-on, especially in America!


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Back-on’s debut International Concert in Asia – FORMOZ FESTIVAL 2007, Taiwan!

The latest news about Back-on‘s Asian debut in Taiwan comes courtesy of SoundEX, where Back-on will be headlining the Wind Stage of the Formoz Festival 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, on July 29th 2007!

Formoz Festival 2007

This outdoors music festival, which began in 1995 and is held annually at the end of July. As one of the major events in the rock music calendar, it attracts artists from all over the world, particularly those from around Asia. Artists that have performed at FF (note the logo are mirrored Fs) in recent years include Moby, Super Furry Animals, May Day, The Back Horn, Lisa Loeb, Kishidan and Nanase Aikawa.

This year, Formoz Festival have invited groups such as OK GO (they did the ‘famous’ Treadmill Dancing video!), LM.C, Anna Tsuchiya and Teriyaki Boyz. But most importantly, Back-on, G.F.S and even Rize will be performing!

Formoz Festival 2007 - Wind Stage logo

As mentioned before, Back-on will be the feature act on what is known as the Wind [風] stage, an arena traditionally reserved for the most well-known performers. There are seven other themed arenas, including:

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