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While we continue to sell our old albums, God of Shamisen has technically been inactive for a while now. (We will return with new music, I promise!)
And as of this writing, the campaign has almost expired!! (It may be over by the time you read this.) But if you can, check it out and please help their project!
Thanks, everybody! And look for new GOS soon…
Kevin Kmetz, with some live footage of God of Shamisen, was featured in a recent episode of Begin Japanology, a Japanese documentary TV show. Check out his interview in this video!
Smoke Monster Attack is now available for purchase!
Check out our new album and let us know what you think!
We are also proud to announce that our first album, Dragon String Attack, is also finally now available in lossless FLAC format as well.
Teaming up with producer Billy Anderson, God of Shamisen returns with Smoke Monster Attack, their second album. Featuring some new tunes along with some interesting video game cover songs, we run the musical gamut from an aggressive new arrangement of the traditional “Jongara Bushi,” to the Indian-inspired mellow breakdowns of “Last Shamisen Master Attack,” to a wild metal cover of the Star Wars theme. The album will be only available digitally, and will be available to download on iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores soon! More details soon.
Earlier this month, God of Shamisen played at the 2010 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival. Here’s some video from our weekend!
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, God of Shamisen will perform at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival! More details on our appearance will be available soon. Read more about the KC Japan Festival on their website!
Thanks to the Japan National Tourism Organization for having us play at JapanFest Atlanta this year! We had a great time and met a bunch of new fans!
Also - we now once again have more T-Shirt sizes (Small thru XL) finally available to order in our website’s store. Check em out!
Check out the top of our website to see the current tourdates. We have two shows performing at this year’s JapanFest in Atlanta, as well as various other shows in the Atlanta area. Kevin Kmetz will be performing a solo shamisen performance at Goergia State on Sept 16, as well as various acoustic workshops at JapanFest itself. Then the band has two 21+ rock club shows, one at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta and one at the Wormhole in Savannah. The dates and details of these shows are at the top of our website!
We hope to see our southern fans at as many of these shows as possible! Of course, we’ll have our CD, 7″ vinyl, and t-shirts (finally back in all sizes) for sale as well. See you soon!
God of Shamisen recently unveiled their first promo music video for a studio track!
Check it out!
God of Shamisen will come out of hiding and play The Fishtank at the end of this month - Friday July 31!
We’ll be joined by Shamalamacord, the shamisen + accordion duo, for their monumental CD release party!
The show will be ALL AGES!
Then later in August, expect an interview with GOS bandleader and shamisen master Kevin Kmetz on the awesome podcast The Geekbox. More details on that later…
God of Shamisen will be performing at JapanFest this September 19 & 20 in Atlanta!
We have just completed Kevin Kmetz’s solo CD with producer / engine-ear Billy Anderson, This is for major label EMI Japan! Check out some videos of us in the studio:
We have just returned from a successful tour of the USA west coast!! Thank you, everyone who came to our concerts.
Our debut CD Dragon String Attack is finally out!
You can buy it from a number of places, including:
Our full-length album, Dragon String Attack, was recently completed!! We are currently looking for label and distrbution offers. Our CD should be available sometime in 2008! For release date announcements, please sign up on our email list, to the right.
Mixing on our first full-length album, Dragon String Attack, is almost done!
As a gift to our fans we’ve posted “Final Fantasy Attack” online. This is the studio version of our cover medley of Final Fantasy 1 music. You can listen to the track and download an MP3 here!
We are doing the final mixing of our album, Dragon String Attack. Then we will be talking to labels, finishing our live DVD, and preparing a 5.1 surround mix of the album as well. Expect the album in early 2008 - seriously. :)
Thanks to everyone who saw us at Fanime Con! It was a lot of fun! We hope to do it again next year!
GOD OF SHAMISEN will be performing at this year’s FANIME CON Japanese animation convention in San Jose, California, on Sunday, May 27.
The full band performs Sunday, May 7 ~ 1:30 pm
Kevin will be also giving brief traditional Tsugaru-Shamisen demonstrations at the con’s Stage Zero at the following times:
We will also have a table in the Artist Colony, for the entire weekend, where we will be selling NEW T-SHIRTS and exclusive CDs!
Studio album work steadily progresses, as guitarist Karl Schnaitter officially joins the band! God of Shamisen bandmember Mark Thornton will be touring in March with Secret Chiefs 3, while Kevin & Lee will be on tour with Estradasphere throughout April.
The God of Shamisen album completion is tentatively set for May, with a summer release. The album features God of Shamisen as well as a variety of guest musicians, including Masahiro Nitta (shamisen), Takemi Hirohara (shamisen), Deepak Ram (bansuri), Trey Spruance (guitar), Adam Stacey (clavinet), Mark Sowlakis (clarinet), Dale Ockerman (organ), Nat Shuirman (bass), Dave McCoy (bass), Tom McLaughlin (contrabass), and Rick Walker (a variety of percussion).
We’ve received numerous requests for MP3s to be posted for download on our website. These are coming soon!! In the meantime you can listen to demos on our myspace page.
G.o.S. shamisen player and bandleader Kevin Kmetz is proud to announce a visit in January by MASAHIRO NITTA, a famous Tsugaru Shamisen player from Sopporo, Japan. This two-time national shamisen champion is a perfect match for Kevin’s fusion of styles. We are preparing to record Masahiro Nitta as one of the many guest musicians for the upcoming God of Shamisen album!
Kevin Kmetz, Masahiro Nitta and Mike Penny will be performing the following shows:
Jan. 11 - San Francisco CA @ Japanese Cultural and Community Center
The album is tentatively titled Dragon String Attack and set for completion in March 2007. The album will include new versions of our current studio songs and feature a variety of surprise guest musicians we cannot yet reveal!
Read more about the band and its bandmembers on the new Bio page.
Kevin Kmetz is currently on tour with a Romanian-Gypsy-Flamenco band, the Fishtank Ensemble.
This past spring, G.o.S. bandleader Kevin Kmetz won 2nd Place at the annual National Tsugaru Shamisen Tournament held every May in Kanagi, Japan. Check out more info plus video clips and photos here!
G.o.S. went on their “Northwest Attack” Tour in October 2005.
Take a look at our awesome Tour Journal video!