The official music video for "How the Wicked Live" by The Slants' album "Pageantry"

Pageantry is available through ITunes,, Rhapsody,, and at record stores worldwide.


This music video is a Queen Jayate Productions project and was shot on location in Oregon and Washington. It pays homage to the iconic Koushun Takami novel, "Battle Royale," which was later adapted into a film and manga series. Battle Royale is one of the most controversial and best-selling stories in Japan, which depicts a ruthless program run by a totalitarian government that forces students to pit against one another until only one remains. Students are forced to wear special collars that track their movements as they kill each other while Kitano, the head of the program, watches.

Guest appearances include: Takohachi Taiko members Yumi Torimaru and Kohei as well as local Portland rapper Mic Crenshaw. The Battle Royale replica collars were created and provided by Goddess Boutique (, who specialize in cosplay attire.

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Portland's The Slants are the only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword) They've been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," Myx TV/Comast Xfinity, and over 1500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites. The Slants have toured/provided support for The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Men Without Hats, Vampire Weekend, Apl.De.Ap (Black Eyed Peas), and many more.

The band has toured the world and headlined at festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, Asian Street Heritage Fair, and other events. They've toured overseas for the Department of Defense playing for troops serving in Eastern Europe, inside the walls of a maximum security prison, at anime conventions, inside county libraries, and dive bars.

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