Japanese Motors

Japanese Motors have been pretty fortunate, considering the Costa Mesa, Calif. quartet kind of started as a hoax.

It all began when pro surfer Alex Knost, who rides for RVCA, told the surf/skate company that he had a band -- which wasn't really the case.

"At the time, we didn't really know how to play," says Knost with a laugh. "And they kind of knew that, but they were cool. They liked the fact that we wanted a band, and we were trying to have a band." [Chart Attack]

Japanese Motors' self-titled (VICE) debut is out now. The band definitely fits right in at the label that is also home to the Black Lips. Check out the MP3s above. The band play at least four NYC shows this week (one with the Black Lips and one for BV). A video and all dates below...

Japanese Motors - Single Fins & Safety Pins

Japeanese Motors - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 21 - The Horseshoe ** Toronto, Ontario
Oct 23 - Pianos, NYC (BrooklynVegan day party) w/ Sebastian Grainger & Crystal Antlers
Oct 22 - The Studio, Webter Hall (VICE late night party)
Oct 24 - Toyota Matrix late night, NYC w/ Black Lips
Oct 24 - Bowery Ballroom ** New York, New York w/ Jay Reatard
Oct 25 - North Star Bar ** Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 26 - Great Scott ** Allston, Massachusetts
Oct 28 - Empty Bottle ** Chicago, Illinois
Oct 30 - Roxy Theatre ** Los Angeles, California
Nov 1 - The Rickshaw Stop w/ Scissors For Lefty & White Lies San Francisco, California
Nov 3 - Neumos w/ Electric Six & The Golden Dogs Seattle, Washington
Nov 4 - Berbatis Pan w/ Electric Six & The Golden Dogs Portland, Oregon
Nov 7 - The Blue Lamp Sacramento, California
Nov 8 - The Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, California
Nov 14 - El Rey Theatre w/ Mudhoney & Model Actress Los Angeles, California
Nov 15 - The Casbah w/ Mudhoney & Heartaches San Diego, California

** w/ White Lies

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