Ok, this is less of an exclusive (I think we got it up first), and more about me begging to post a track from Nisennenmondai’s upcoming long player (although only 5 songs, it’s 44 minutes) Destination Tokyo. Well, my persistence payed dividends, because today we can share with you the title track. This is the best thing I’ve heard all week.
I’ve been following this three-piece, all-girl Japanese noise-pop group since first witnessing them at CMJ 4 years ago. Yet, due to language barriers and the fact they live half way around the world, communication — let alone getting the chance to see them perform again — has been nearly impossible. So when it was announced that their records would be made available for worldwide consumption by the venerable Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound, I was filled with a pleasant satisfaction. At least I would get easy access to their music.
Legendary tales of them playing shows in Japan with the likes of Hella, Lightning Bolt, Battles and No Age have built their credo to near-legendary status. Prefuse 73 has been talking about them for years as well, quoted in Dazed & Confused as saying, “John Stanier from Battles had told me they were sick. . . They started to play and the drummer was as big as my hand. She started to play 16th notes on her hi-hat for about 15 minutes. Next thing you know, these three tiny diminutive women were making us look like idiots because they were so incredible.”
Consisting of Sayaka Himeno (drums), Yuri Zaikawa (bass) and Masako Takada (guitar), Destination Tokyo will be their second official release outside of Japan — their fist being a combination of their Neji andTori EPs on one disc. And while glimpses of their frenetic, post-punk past can still be heard, Destination Tokyo sounds more clean, and more minimal and repetitive than the EP collection. As the press release would like to boast, it “could be described as a mix of the groovy krautrock of Neu! and New York 1980’s no wave/disco created by bands such as Sonic Youth, DNA, and ESG, infused with elements of the instrumental Black Flag of The Process Of Weeding Out and the avant/post-punk of This Heat.”
Destination Tokyo will be released worldwide on August 11, 2009.
Nisennenmondai – “Destination Tokyo”