Tuesday 13 March 2018, 7.30pm
“Kawaguchi Masami's machine gun guitar, which stutters in a polyglot tongue drawing equally from Rory Gallagher, Jerry Garcia and Lou Reed.” – The Wire
One of the greats of modern Japanese psychedelic rock, Masami Kawaguchi has been an influential figure in the Japanese underground scene for two decades. Known for bands such Miminokoto, LSD-March, Broomdusters, Los Doroncos and more recently with his New Rock Syndicate, heʼs also a regular Keiji Hainoʼs collaborator in Aihiyo and more recently in Hardy Soul.
In early 90's, Kawaguchi formed the band called Broom Dusters and started his music career in Tokyo underground music scene. The band released their first album "23hours 30minutes" on his own label, Purifiva in 1997. In 1998, he joined Japanese psychedelic legend Haino Keiji's Aihiyo as a bassist. The band released two albums from Japan. In 2000, he formed the band called Miminokoto with Shimura Koji (ex. Acid Mothers Temple) and Nishimura Takuya. The band released three albums from Japan and three albums from US. The band toured US three times. In 2006, he left Miminokoto and formed Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate. The band released their 1st album " Cat vs Frog" from Palindrone, New Zealand in 2007. In 2011, the band released 2nd album "The Psychedelic Sounds Of New Rock Syndicate" from 8mm Records, Italy. And they toured Europe and performed at Flow Festival in Helsinki. In 2012, he toured and recorded with Penny Ikinger and Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) in Japan. In 2014, he joined Penny's Japan tour again and played guitar on her third album recording (as yet unreleased). This album was recorded in Tokyo and supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation. In 2015, his solo album "The Mad Guitar Sings" will be released in July on Australian label, Black Petal. Now he mainly plays with his band New Rock Syndicate and also plays as solo and collaborates with many musicians including Anla Courtis (Argentina), Mason Jones (US), Yohei Hasegawa(Korea) and more, from garage rock to free improvisation. He recently toured Taiwan in June 2015
'Glorious slabs of noise’ - Victor Schonfield
‘Untamed beauty’ - Walton Ford
GUO is the duo of guitarist and singer Daniel Blumberg (Hebronix, The Howling Hex) and saxophonist Seymour Wright. Both use heavy distortion and extreme amplification which is later processed and manipulated with metal cassettes to create a multi-layered, lacquered object of sinister, fizzing, metallic beauty. GUO1 with text by David Toop, was the beginning of an on-going series of releases that include etchings made by the duo and a piece of ekphrasis from a creative writer responding to the music. GUO2 (released on OTOroku) included text from the American filmmaker Brady Corbet.