Formed in 2006 with Junya Noguchi on guitar and vocals, Keisuke Koyano on bass guitar, and Hideaki Yamada on drums. Performing as a three-piece, its tracks are made through a process of editing, replicating, and deliberate error.
This music creates a sense of distortion and places a burden on the performers, leading to their characteristically stoic and humorous live shows. In recent years, the band has attempted to construct and implement a form of live concert in which they go back and forth between playing multiple simultaneous songs in parallel, but the flow of time as a whole manifests as a single unified rhythm.
In 2016, the band opened their own studio-cum-venue, Soto, in Kyoto, moving their activities from Tokyo to Kyoto.
2018 saw the vinyl release of Zureru, a collaborative album by Kukangendai and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2019, Palm – the band’s first non-collaborative studio album in seven years –has been released in 2019 on Ideologic Organ, a sublabel of Editions Mego curated by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley. Collaborative projects to date include Rap Phenomenon, an album produced with rap group Moe and ghosts, live performances with Keiji Haino and with poet Gozo Yoshimasu, and theater productions with the Chiten theater company.
Tuesday, 1st October 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin
Photo © Katayama Tatsuki