I first got to see and meet the folks in Worthwhile Way at The Fest 9 in Gainesville in 2010. Having never heard of or seen them before, but being a sucker for Japanese punk,
I went purely on a whim. I can honestly say I’ve never been so blown away by a band on first seeing them live. I didn’t know a single word to a single song. But between the homemade signs they held up with messages like, “May everybody be always with a smile.” and the obvious thrill on their faces, their unbridled energy and positivity was like a fucking revelation in the midst of the sea of bearded, pseudo-curmudgeons (myself included) that The Fest is.
Worthwhile Way is Aki (guitar, vocals) and his wife Mayu (vocals, guitar), Kaorin (bass, vocal) and Chege (drums). They call Tokushima and Tokyo, Japan home. They’ve toured at home in Japan, and have made their way over to the U.S. for The Fest several times and this past year, for Awesome Fest in San Diego. They’ve got an impressive catalog of CDEP and 7” releases behind them, and are gearing up to release their first LP, Love Is All both in Japan and here in the U.S. with a little help from ADD Records.
Aki and Mayu also run Eager Beaver Records, a label and distro, which not only releases records by Worthwhile Way and several other bands, but distros tons of stuff from dozens of U.S. and U.K. labels. (Seth Gile – Arms Aloft)