Last year’s Fuji Rock was the place to be for fans of 1990s punk act Hi-Standard. The event boasted separate sets from former guitarist Ken Yokoyama and bassist Akihiro Namba. If ex-drummer Akira Tsuneoka had been on the bill, Naeba very well could have seen a one-off regrouping of the popular Japanese trio.
Hi-Standard toured throughout Japan, the United States and Europe with punk heavyweights such as Green Day, The Offspring, and NOFX. They sold more than a million copies of 1999’s “Making the Road” before disbanding in 2000. Wanting a change after Hi-Standard, Namba moved to Okinawa and started making techno tracks under the moniker Ultrabrain.