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With a rough, raw and raucous hardcore-punk edge and a balls-out live show, Red Bacteria Vacuum have become one of Japan’s most revered underground bands. Formed in Osaka in 1998, the trio — Ikumi (guitar/vocals), Kassan (bass/vocals) and Jasmine (drums), none of whom use a last name — routinely blow the speakers at venues across the country (not literally of course, that would cost a fortune) with their fierce stage workouts.

The band relocated to Tokyo in 2002. Over the course of three albums and mini-albums, their sound has evolved from its brash punk beginnings to feature harder guitars, meatier rhythms and occasional sequenced beats, smeared with a layer of mischief.

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