Despite Some Bumps, CHAI Continues WINK TOGETHER Tour

Japanese rock band, CHAI, has been on tour across North America since the beginning of February. They’ve been embarking on their own US tour, while performing as openers for Mitski’s Laurel Hell tour. Although they’ve been met with energetic support, CHAI had their tour trailer stolen—which contained merchandise, costumes, and personal items–while performing in Austin, Texas. In the face of the burglary, they’ve started a GoFundMe to help alleviate the burden of the lost items and equipment.

Originally formed in Nagoya, Japan, the four members had always intended to pursue music globally from the start. Since their appearance at SXSW in 2017, CHAI has gained recognition from music critics around the world and has signed under Sub Pop in the United States.

Self-described as “neo kawaii,” the band’s dreamy aesthetics and uplifting vocals inject positivity into listeners. Whether it’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to be “kawaii,” or singing about self-love over one’s moles—and equating them to chocolate chips—CHAI’s infectious energy is undeniable.

In spite of their hardships, the four band members continue to optimistically press on with their performances. They intend on creating new experiences in hopes of the lost ones stolen away by the thieves. They’ll continue their tour with Mitski until March 10th and wrap up their solo shows on March 17th.


Feb. 4 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
Feb. 5 — Milwaukee, WI — Cactus Club
Feb. 6 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street Entry
Feb. 11 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair
Feb. 12 — Philadelphia, PA — The Foundry
Feb. 13 — Washington, DC — Union Stage
Feb. 15 — Brooklyn, NY — Elsewhere
Mar. 12 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile
Mar. 13 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
Mar. 15 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo’s 365 Club
Mar. 17 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom

Kalai Chik

Pop culture writer focusing on animation, music, and games. Los Angeles native, USC alumni, and contributor for Asia Pacific Arts since 2015. Follow me on Twitter, @kalai_chik.

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