What separates most modern Japanese progressive rock bands from their British 1970s counterparts is that they hone their sound through live performances rather than through months of expensive recording-studio time. As a result, when they do eventually make an album, the recording represents more or less what you get live.

One of the leading lights of Tokyo’s latest generation of experimental-rock artists, Mahiruno have carved a niche for themselves live over the past few years with their frantic, eccentric, postpunk-influenced brand of progressive rock.

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