ROA (Relic of Ancestors)

Biography

ROA's unique sound juxtaposes western punk-rock spirit with traditional eastern melody, a concept they've dubbed "和洋折衷 / Wayo Settyu" – literally meaning "the blending of Japanese and western styles". Formed by the drummer of Japan's chart-topping ska-punk outfit SNAIL RAMP, ROA manage to propel their country's three-stringed traditional instrument, the Tsugaru-shamisen, into the 21st century by implementing its iconic sound in new and exciting ways.