Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

Mar 4, 2014

Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

In a music scene where the border between underground and mainstream can be incredibly difficult to traverse, it’s not surprising that many bands trapped in the indie-sphere bemoan their lot. What you hear less of is how that sense of exclusion, fostered by a ...

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

Feb 25, 2014

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

“Animals don’t commit suicide, but this song is so sad that even animals would want to kill themselves.” Seira Nishigami, vocalist, guitarist and synth player from Osaka-based lo-fi indie trio Jesus Weekend, is trying to explain the feeling behind her group’s evocatively titled “Animal ...

Dec 24, 2013

Japanese indie bands to watch out for in 2014

While the Oricon charts tend to look more or less the same (perhaps a little worse) year in year out, the indie scene remains a haven of small delights, with new discoveries constantly cropping up to brighten your day. Here are five discoveries from ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

Back in June, I picked up on minimalist psychedelic postpunk trio Extruders’ “Colors” as the album of the year so far. Six months later, it’s still right up among the very best of the year. Its carefully unwinding songs, murmured vocals and understated yet ...

Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

Oct 29, 2013

Damo Suzuki sees promise in young artists

“I don’t like to make music, I like to make energy. Music is just a way to get energy, so why not just make energy?” Damo Suzuki, the 63-year-old singer and guru of a growing global commune of what he terms “sound carriers” doesn’t ...