Bo Ningen are coming back to the US this May. They’ll be supporting TV On The Radio on their tour as well as playing Canadian Music Week alongside some stand alone shows.
Bo Ningen arrived when Taigen and Kohhei’s bands played on the same bill. Bad news for their previous band-mates but each had found a kindred spirit, someone else who wanted to leave “rock” behind and commit to something much weirder. Mon Chan and Yuki joined in a similar fashion, hearing the beyond-fucked-up noises of this new two-piece. The fundamentals were laid and the four expatriate cosmonauts were set to channel the “pure music” they had in mind.
The past couple of years saw many collaborations, including works with Tim Noble & Sue Webster, The Frieze Art Fair, Copenhagen Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Yohji Yamamoto V&A exhibition and the Branchage Film Festival. They also performed at Yoko Ono’s 2013 Meltdown Festival. Meanwhile, their homecoming to Japan were surreal day dreams in which they appeared alongside personal heroes Damo Suzuki, Keiji Haino, Merzbow, and Guitar Wolf. T
Though they come from Gunmma, Tajimi, Nishinomiya, and Tokyo, they coalesced in London. Musically, they channel their country’s legacy of obscure, brain-warping heavy-psych: all traceable beneath their esoteric sound. It’s evident however that they were in the mood for discovery: fusing their tastes in Acid Folk and Noise and hurling them into the electric cataclysm along with a weighty dose of Sabbath and Nirvana.