Yoko & the Gold Bazookas

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Yoko & the Gold Bazookas

Artwork from Splatoon 3. From left to right: Tao Blu, Yoko, Tosh, Martin, Jessika, Oonie, and Kitamura.[1]
Species Yoko & Jessika: Inkling
Tao Blu: Octoling (assumed)
Oonie & Kitamura: Sea urchin
Martin: Taonius borealis
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Relations Yoko: Unnamed younger sister
Oonie: Unnamed parents
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Yoko & the Gold Bazookas is a ska-style band in Splatoon 3. One of their songs, Ska-BLAM, plays in the announcement trailer for Sizzle Season 2023. Their lineup consists of a trumpet (Yoko), trombone (Tao Blu), and baritone saxophone (Tosh), accompanied by a full rhythm section, as well as vocals.

The band is a side project of Yoko from Ink Theory.[2] The band was formed when Yoko joined a jam session in Splatsville to test her skills. After getting along with the other musicians in attendance, they quickly formed a seven-member group.[3]

Songs

Fictional Band Song Name Audio File
Yoko & the Gold Bazookas
Ska-BLAM
Three-Horn Circus
Rockagilly Blues

Members

Yoko

Main article: Yoko

Yoko, an Inkling, is the lead trumpet player of Ink Theory. Because of her conservatory background, Yoko used to focus on more polished performances. After coming to Splatsville to reinvent herself, Yoko found herself in a jam session with the six other members and immediately formed the band as a side project.[4]

Tao Blu

Tao Blu is the band's trombonist. They appear to be an Octoling resembling a blue-ringed octopus.

Tosh

Tosh is the band's baritone saxophonist.

Martin

Martin is a member of the band resembling Taonius borealis. It is unknown whether they play the guitar or organ.

Jessika

Jessika, an Inkling, is a member of the band. They have a gothic lolita style. It is unclear whether they play the guitar or organ.

Oonie

Main article: Oonie

Oonie, a sea urchin, is the band's bassist, returning from Ink Theory.

Kitamura

Main article: Kitamura

Kitamura, a sea urchin, is the band's drummer, returning from Ink Theory.

Quotes

A new act put together by Yoko, the trumpet player from Inkopolis Square's all-female band, Ink Theory. She's taken the blast of brass you've come to expect from her and smashed it together with some rockin' riffs—a moody mix of neo and retro that's been soaring in popularity.
— Splatoon Base[5]
Because of her conservatory background, Yoko used to focus on polished, virtuosic performances. After coming to Inkopolis[a] to reinvent herself, she wound up in a jam session with her future new bandmates, and everybody just clicked. Oonie and Kitamura from Ink Theory are back on bass and drums, respectively.
— Splatoon Base

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Trivia

  • Although the band has seven members, only three are visible on the album artwork.[3]

Etymology

Yoko is the band's lead trumpet player. "The Gold Bazookas" is likely a reference to the brass instruments played in the songs, and the "x and the y" naming format is common among popular ska bands.

Jessika's name is likely a reference to ika, the Japanese word for squid, and the name Jessica.

Oonie's name is likely a reference to uni, the Japanese word for sea urchin (an inversion of her Japanese name being a transliteration of the English word urchin).

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese YOKO HORNS & FRIENDS
Germany German Yoko & the Gold Bazookas Same as English


Yoko
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ヨーコ
Yōko
Same as English


Tao Blu
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 兵頭タオ
Hyōdō Tao
From hyōmon dako, the blue-ringed octopus.


Tosh
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Toxy From "toxin"


Oonie
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese あーちん
Āchin
A rendering of the English word "urchin", Oonie's taxonomic class.


Kitamura
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese きたむら
Kitamura
From kitamurasakiuni, the Japanese name for Mesocentrotus nudus.


Martin
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キタノ
Kitano
From kitanokujakuika, the Japanese name for Taonius borealis.


Jessika
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese トグロ
Toguro
From togurokōika, the ram's horn squid.

Notes

  1. Mistranslation by the English version of Splatoon Base; the Japanese version of the site and various tweets state this happened in Splatsville.

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