Building playgrounds and making music videos

Posted at 12:23 pm, May 21, 2014 in Around Town, Music

They’ve been called Tokyo’s least assuming band (by us), so it’s no surprise they’re more heart than ego. The Watanabes have just launched their latest album, ‘Draw What You Like’, and with it they’re about to launch their latest music video for their single ‘Make Things Better’ – a song inspired by the idea of helping others and making a positive difference. ’In March we travelled down to Fukushima to help build one of the playgrounds being erected by charity group Playground of Hope for communities affected by the tsunami and nuclear accident. We filmed the process and will be using this footage for the music video, and to document the wonderful work being done by Playground of Hope,’ says vocalist Duncan Walsh.

You can view the music video for the first time on May 31 at What the Dickens in Ebisu, when the band teams up with alternative-country act Jimmy Binks & The Shakehorns for a joint music video release party and charity fundraiser for Playground of Hope. It’s free to get in and you can find out more here.

The Watanabes


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