WINK TOGETHER NORTH AMERICA TOUR ‘22
w/ SU LEE
At Cactus Club (Milwaukee, WI)
Since breaking out in 2018, CHAI have been associated with explosive joy. At their live shows, the Japanese four-piece of identical twins MANA (lead vocals and keys) and KANA (guitar), drummer YUNA, and bassist-lyricist YUUKI have become known for buoyant displays of eclectic and clever songwriting, impressive musicianship, matching outfits, delightful choreography, and sheer relief. At the core of their music, CHAI have upheld a stated mission to deconstruct the standards of beauty and cuteness that can be so oppressive in Japan. Following the release of 2019’s second album PUNK, CHAI’s adventures took them around the world, to music festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, and touring with indie-rock mainstays like Whitney and Mac DeMarco.
Lee first crashed onto the scene with her song and video for I’ll Just Dance. The video, subtitled What My Mental Breakdown Sounds Like, shot to 30,000 upvotes on Reddit and 750,000 views on YouTube in the first month, resonating with an audience who had been stuck inside for several months during the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the song and video were 100% created by Lee and showcase her quirky and honest style.
The buzz from Ill Just Dance quickly translated to a flurry industry interest with labels and companies drawn to Lee’s raw expression, a counterpoint to the traditional hyper-polished pop star. This commitment to authenticity has continued to steadily attract fans, and in addition to releasing music Lee has also launched a vlog entitled Overthinkers Society and begun live streaming her songwriting sessions to invite fans into the process, mistakes and all.
With exceptional melodic intuition, Lee incorporates expressive wordplay that touches upon nostalgia. Her vision is to bring diversity to the modern pop music scene, utilizing her androgynous, mellow vocals and their versatility to adopt different aspects of all genres of music. Lee’s ability to craft stories further extends into her brand world. She engages with the audience through tongue-in-cheek visuals and content that is immediately relatable, yet remarkably captivating.
This show is at Cactus Club, located at 2496 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207.