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Meet Japan's Biggest Werewolf Nu-Metal Band

Man With A Mission is probably the world's first and only rock band of raucous wolfmen.

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They claim to be wolf-headed humans bioengineered by Jimi Hendrix. In public, they always stay in character.

Kevin Tang

Think the same sort of high-spirited camp as Gorillaz, GWAR, or Hollywood Undead.

They're into laddish late 90's post-grunge, and enjoyed touring Japan with The Offspring. They'd like to work with Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine and Fallout Boy, guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny said.


Their 2011 tour was called "草食男子絶滅ツアー," which roughly translate to "eradicate all twee dudes."

Katie Notopoulos

"Some guys are too hesitant. We're against that," said guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny.

They're referring to Japan's "herbivore" subculture of proudly meek, precious, and asexual men (who were themselves reacting to 80s salaryman breadwinner machismo). Anyway, think of the "herbivores" as emo or somesuch oft-derided softie subculture.

They want to tour Europe more and play in England.

Kevin Tang

They said their fans in Japan and France are the craziest. "In France, there were people dressed in panda suits crowdsurfing," said Jean-Ken Johnny (who was fluent in English and lovely to talk to).


They'll be playing a show in Los Angeles this coming Thursday.

Katie Notopoulos

"We may look unusual, but underneath we're the same," says Jean-Ken. "Listen to us, and if you like what you hear, come party!"

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