The Japanese House // Live Review // The Outernet // London

On Monday Amber Bain, known as The Japanese House hit London’s electric HERE at the OUTERNET, plotted a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Court Road station.

The much-anticipated show marks the end of a sold-out UK tour before flying off to the States for her new album ‘In the end it always does’.

With collaboration from George Daniel and Matty Healy from The 1975, this album is her most experimental and intimate work to date. From upbeat indie melodies that have you dancing to piano ballads that are beautifully melancholic. Upon entering the very angular and modern warehouse-looking building, I couldn’t believe it was in the centre of London. It felt like a secret cave that I had stumbled upon. It wasn’t long before the lights dimmed and the crowd cheered for the 5 piece band entering the stage. The electric piano and Amber’s vocals slowly fill up the room with the new song Sad To Breath, before jumping into the bedroom pop drums that get the crowd off their feet. This is when I see how amazing the lighting is in this venue. Behind the artist is a huge LED screen bursting with colour that silhouettes the band and reflects the mood of each song flowing into each other. Since releasing her debut ep ‘Pools to Bathe in’ in 2015 under the label Dirty Hit, Amber has built a large following in the indie scene and it is shown tonight. The crowd is youthful and well-dressed, showing off the creative culture in London at its best.

The fans are loyal and vocal, knowing all the hits and singing at the top of their lungs. Her music is romantic and speaks for the young crowd like a coming-of-age film. There are little words spoken between songs, letting the music speak for itself and the crowd transcends into the fairytale world of  The Japanese House. The band are incredible, blending rocking drums with saxophone solos and modern synths that add all the layers to a wonderfully complex sound bouncing off all four walls. The band finished on their biggest hit song yet ‘Sunshine Baby’. The crowd are in awe and shouts as loud as they can. The lighting turns to a burnt yellow resembling a soft sunset as Amber starts to play her acoustic guitar. It is almost hard to hear her sing over the electric crowd echoing every word. The crowd are left satisfied but still wanting more, after this sold-out show Amber plays Chalk in Brighton to finish off her UK tour, I would think a lot of the Londoners would be getting the train down to see her again after that amazing performance and the Americans are in for a treat this winter.




Photography: Lewis Graham 


The Japanese House 2023 Live Dates 




12 – Glasgow – SWG3

14 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – Newcastle University

15 – Manchester – New Century

16 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms

18 – Bristol – The Trinity Centre

19 – Oxford – O2 Academy Oxford

20 – Southampton – 1865

22 – Birmingham – O2 Academy Birmingham 

23 – London – Outernet  SOLD OUT

24 – Brighton – CHALK




1 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

2 – New York, NY – Webster Hall  SOLD OUT

4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club SOLD OUT

6 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

7 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

8 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

11 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger

12 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

14 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

17 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park

18 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre SOLD OUT

21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore SOLD OUT

23 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue VENUE UPGRADED

24 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre SOLD OUT

25 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot

28 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

30 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater




1 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s 

2 – Minneapolis, MN – Fineline SOLD OUT

3 – Chicago, IL – Metro SOLD OUT

5 – Detroit, MI – El Club

6 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

8 – Montréal, QC – Studio TD

9 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – The Ballroom

10 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner VENUE UPGRADED


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