Naked Men began as a 5 piece, all-girl band, and the name Naked Men just made us laugh. We began with playing covers from artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell, and Kate Bush. We quickly begin writing original material and playing live shows in and around Nagoya and Hamamatsu.
Now a 3 piece with Col, Les and Bry, who’ve been playing music together for several years, and sometimes a 4 piece when Nana can join us on the keys, Naked Men continues to write and travel where the wind blows...
Naked Men Videos (Naked Men YouTube Channel):
"Boat Song" - Bryony Ollier (vocals), Gisella Giurfa (Drums), Coleen Wickdahl (acoustic guitar), Eiji Kondo (electric guitar), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
"Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers cover - Nana Omori (piano), Gisella Giurfa (drums), Bryony Ollier (vocals), Coleen Wickdahl (violin), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
"Breathe" - Bryony Ollier (vocals), Coleen Wickdahl (double bass), Lesley Bartlett (guitar)
Xandra is an artist completely true to herself. Her vocals are incredible and her ideas are always inspiring. I’m so grateful to have the chance to be a part of her projects.
I love the challenge of keeping my bass lines more simple and really trying to complement her vocals, to use my bass to sing with her.
Xandra Corpora Videos:
"Black Typhoon" - Xandra Corpora (vocals, guitar), Tomo Shaga (harmonica, vocals), Adam Demby (drums), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
"Nothing For It" - Xandra Corpora (vocals, guitar), Donald C. Gibson (trombone), Brian Gontowski (trumpet, saxophone), Robert Moore (drums), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
Champagne Soaked Cookies
This project was born out of vocalist Aya Kawakami’s idea to have a little stab at Valentine’s Day and the Japanese- made White Day. Cover songs were selected to create "a fun night of eclectic musical styles based on the themes of heartbreak, revenge, and being SO over it." - Aya Kawakami
The Cookies continue and we looking forward to delving into some original material very soon.