Few bands can claim to have invented a new genre of music, but this is exactly what Nottingham’s very own Area 11 have done.

Completed by vocalist/‘keytarist’ Sparkles*, guitarists Luke Owens and Alex Parvis, bassist Jonathan Kogan and drummer Leo Taylor, the band derive influence from Japanese animation. Mixing traditional rock riffs, twiddly solos and catchy synth melodies, Area 11 play, what they have dubbed ‘Gaijin rock’ – a mix of Japanese pop and rock with more familiar Western music. The band have already experienced the sweet taste of stardom after their scarily catchy parody of Basshunter’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’ (titled ‘Dota 2 Beta Key’) was viewed by over 1.6 million people on YouTube. Having released their EP ‘Blackline’, toured around the UK and, recently supported Basshunter at Nottingham’s Rock City, big things are in store for these guys.

Josh Levy

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