• Matt

    Matt Ketchum left his hometown of Pittsburgh and arrived on the shores of Japan in the fall of 2009. He quickly formed a short-lived metal project before the Tohoku earthquake changed his life forever. After assisting in frontline relief efforts he was transferred to Tokyo where he became involved in various projects concerned with Tohoku, including a crowd-sourced photography initiative aimed at raising funds, and a media distribution platform.

    Before becoming a founding member of Retch and starting the now-defunct event production group Blood Rite, showcasing bands from Japan's extreme music underground, he was the guitarist for Tokyo black metal band Darkcorpse.

    He's currently in Seattle getting international Metal tourism pipelines established, so if you're at a show in the area shout his name and he'll probably appear. It's happened before.
  • Aaron

    Contributor to Japan Times, Kansai Scene, and various other publications, Aaron Krall came to Japan in the fall of 2012 and quickly became enamored with the Japanese extreme music scene. After exploring the punk underground in Osaka he moved to Tokyo and experienced a "Road to Damascus"-style conversion and now preaches the gospel of extreme metal.

    He currently spends his time playing bass for black/death metal band Retch, writing about the US presidential election and the Japanese underground for, and exploring 7-11's extensive wine collection.

  • Jharrod

    Jharrod Meade-Frazier was born and raised in New Hampshire. He joined the US Army Reserves when he was 20 and spent the next 8 years living in Boston in between tours. In the Summer of 2012, he moved to Tokyo to finish his undergraduate degree. Currently, he is studying for his Master’s degree while spending his free time carousing around local shows.

  • Christian

    The only Norwegian member of Kaala and the resident photographer, Chris is also the only one in the group that fits the metal look. Chris loves his childhood memories of cold Black Metal, but after he arrived in Japan in 2005 he has been getting into the Doom scene, and he won't ever stop searching for the slowest bands in the underground. In the daytime he is a fashion photographer, a job which pays surprisingly little, but he also works the brutal farmlands in rural Miyagi, Japan, at the family farm together with his wife and a cute bulldog. Chris likes to curse at disgusting bugs that disturb him while he works the rice fields. Little bastards. He also likes to curse at the snow when he has to wake up at 4AM to remove it from the porch. Chris is a masochist.
  • Guest

    A collection of authors who've written for us. If you're interested in contributing, get in touch!

  • Jordan

    As a Tokyo resident of almost 10 years, Jordan's subculture interests are all over the place. From Taisho period Anarchists and sleazy Showa Ninkyo Eiga to Umezu Kazuo and Nakano Broadway, Jordan spends much of his time in Tokyo checking out as many strange and esoteric aspects of Japan's past and present media as he can. He loves punk, but has a soft spot for many of the female vocalists of the 60s. He also occasionally likes to read Jitsuwa Knuckles. Spirit Animal: Bill Murray
  • Jim Broadly

    Jim Broadly, Kaala's two-fisted editor-in-chief, can drink more than you, smoke more than you, swear more than you, and to date he has thrown up in toilets in over seventy different countries. He speaks four languages, but all he does is order drinks. On the run from debt, he crash-landed in Osaka where he first met Aaron. Later the two reunited in Tokyo where Jim reluctantly accepted his current thankless assignment.
  • Jorge

    A restless amoeba, Jorge moved to Tokyo in October 2015 after living in Germany for almost 15 years. He's a software developer, filmmaker and fan of music. In the 90s he helped organize concerts of local bands in Merida, Mexico. Later on, he helped organizing small film festivals in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Audrey

  • Mathieu Sauve-Frankel

  • Adam Jennings

  • Hiromasa Ando

  • Noah White

    Hailing from the sticks of Kentucky, Noah White barged into Japan in the summer of 2013, where he has remained in the fuckin' cradle of Yamato ever since. In addition to creating unlistenable nonsense in Handsome Bob, he enjoys lifting weights while listening to bro hardcore.
  • Reddit Guy

    Got involved via Reddit; is rad.
  • Sean Moriarity

    Sean hasn't yet written this part!
  • Zach Oppenheim

  • Tina Chen

  • Joshua Du Chene

  • Chris Dahlberg

  • Jimmy H