Formed in 2012 in Nagoya, Japan, identical twins Mana (voc/keys) and Kana (gt./cho.) would ask fellow high school classmate, Yuna (dr./cho.) and later, college acquaintance, Yuuki (ba./cho.) to join what we know now as CHAI.
CHAI independently released (2) EP's titled, Hottaraka Series (meaning "irresponsible series") and Homegoro Series prior to signing with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc.
As apart of entry into the SXSW, "Japan Nite" showcase, CHAI outperformed numerous Artists in Japan, subsequently securing their first US performance in SXSW 2017. In continuation of the "Japan Nite" showcase, CHAI participated in a 7-city mini tour throughout the US, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Returning to the US for their 2nd time, CHAI will now be gracing Burger Records' BURGERMANIA VII stage at SXSW 2018 as well as headline performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego.
Peach Kelli Pop
Peach Kelli Pop originated when Allie Hanlon, originally a drummer, decided to try writing and recording songs in Ottawa, Canada in 2009. Hanlon started out writing not for an audience but for herself. The intimate quality of her bedroom recordings have been maintained to this day. On first listen one will hear high-pitched harmonies and thick layers of trebly guitars but just below the surface lays an evocative darker side to the music that often goes unnoticed.
Peach Kelli Pop is known for her catchy and tongue-in-cheek songs inspired by video games, Chinese food and conspiracy theorists, illustrating not only her playfulness but also her wit and her angst. Hanlon also grapples with more serious topics like the pressures and challenges women face and the weight of love. Some songs feature the sounds and words of frustrated heartache and recognizable sorrows.
Those that spend enough time with Hanlon’s music will grasp its depth –both musically and emotionally. Peach Kelli Pop plays with the type of urgency and immediacy that appeals to an audience with short attention spans. Hanlon fronts Peach Kelli Pop’s energetic live shows on guitar and vocals and is backed by an assembly of female musicians. The live band consists of an additional guitarist, a bassist, a keyboardist and percussionist and a drummer. Hanlon has been playing with all female musicians in recent years because she recalls being inspired by seeing other women play shows as a teen. In the male-dominated music world, it affirmed her own potential for writing and playing music.