Boomkat Product Review:
Doronco is a bass player with years of experience playing alongside Japanese avant-rock legends like Keiji Haino and Suishou No Fune, and here he's joined by members of Maher Shalal Hash Baz - another iconic export of Japan's ever-fertile underground. Old Punks is an album that's constructed around loose-fitting performances, usually with a bit of a one-take, live feel. The guitars sound particularly well on their way to inebriation during opener 'Umi', clattering along in a disorderly fashion before picking up some serious momentum on the stomping 'Nigatsu No Sora'. Further in, the slow, loping pentatonic fizz of 'Kageboushi', sounds like a kind of Japanese surf rock with its equine guitar vibrato, and piercing echo chamber vibrations, but the tone starts to wind down towards more introverted, more precisely played fare by the time we reach the beautiful and blissfully ornate folk stylings of 'Mirai No Hitomi'.