experiments in music
Test Tone vol. 91
Test Tone 91: In Big Hidden Language
April 9th, 2013 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 23:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.
A consummate blend of the most deranged and beautiful stalwarts from Tokyo's underground scene, Suppaband creates the world's first 'melodious real hip-hop rock' with its five super members. Joining forces in 2005, the band was the brainchild of singer-songwriter Suppamicropanchop, who wanted to embellish his acoustic melodies with a group of likeminded musicians.
With Takashi Mizukoshi (aka Suppamicropanchop) on vocals, Yoshinari Kishida (Tokumaru Shugo band, OWKMJ, etc.) on drums, DJ MISTAKE (PANICSMILE) on bass, Yuki Masuda (OWKMJ) on keys, and Shisei Hashimoto (Hoshitokemono) on guitar, the group weaves and lurches its way through the sublime and the absurd with equal grace.
Bear witness to the power of music!
Marvel Machine (from Norway)
Bridging the worlds of avant rock, pop music, jazz, improvisation and electronica, Norway's Marvel Machine manages a complex behemoth of sound from a tight trio of audacious musicians. The three members consist of Petter Vågan on guitar, Rune Nergaard on bass and Henning Carlsen on drums, all of whom work on a wide range of other musical projects, bringing forth a vocabulary of structures they seem to navigate with virtuosic ease.
From dense electronica-laden soundscapes to motorik grooves that teeter on the brink of noise rock, they are set to deliver a blistering set that could probably only come imported from Norway. One night only!
Beginning his musical exploits over 10 years ago with the Cannibalism Gandhi Band, Yoshihiro Kawasome has morphed into a singular power to be reckoned with. Breaking down conventional barriers between audience and performers on stage, Kawasome has created a kind of magical act, extracting bizarre epiphanies through artful burlesque performances.
From selling bananas onstage to 24-hour concerts or koto wrestling, there is something ludicrous and wonderfully phantasmic to every Yoshihiro Kawasome show. And after it's finished, you might just have a difficult time explaining what you just saw.
Fallopian Disco Force
With a defiant mix of genres ranging from hip-hop, Turkish rock and Asian pop, the FDF have been forging their own style of psychedelic disco scuttle for over 10 years. Forming in the late 1990s, the group has remained a bastion of unpredictable sound and eclectic performances, covering everything from demented carnival sideshows to howling Delta-blues noise.
After hosting a succesion of new wave vocalists, the FDF has now emerged as a trio featuring HS Love Hennessy on electronics, DJ MEMAI on turntables, and MORO on drums. Delivering an eclectic mash-up of stumbling beats, spaced-out exotica, and weird junk improv, the group continues to incite crowds and take festivals to the outer reaches.
Fallopian Disco Force on Bandcamp
Master of disguises, Mexican top-hats, ambient rockabilly to minimal Hawaiian Kumulipo chants, the Evil Penguin poses the primordial question of evanescence against a backdrop of New Wave folk. Celebratory, subliminal, moment-to-moment. A Tasmanian treasure with a penchant for open spaces.
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