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Boomkat Product Review:
Without a doubt one of the tightest bands we’ve ever seen live, Japan’s Kukangendai jump onto Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ for their first release easily available outside Japan. Played with unreal timing and precision, Kukangandei’s pointillist chops and stop/start rhythms aren’t just mathematically sound as fuck, they’re also riddled with curious melodic sensibility and funk that generally escapes math rock types, effectively making a lot of other stuff seem sloppy, boring and ancient by comparison.
Ideologic Organ boss and Sunn 0))) legend Stephen O’Malley tells us why he signed them for this release: “Kukangendai is a kick ass rock trio from Kyoto (Tokyo transplants). When I first hear this band live I was instantly transfixed by their minimalist yet illusory primitive, polyrythmic and structural, memory evoking rock narratives. Their energy is completely and transparently palpable yet handled with restraint of the pleasure of a disciplined form dealing with time and articulation. They are a power trio of bass, drums and guitar but the music they play is as much the limbic system of a forest than it is a geode. They started in 2006. They left Tokyo to Kyoto and started the cult venue Soto (“Outside”) “to listen to music they hadn’t heard yet” a few years later. They collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto last year. They reminded me of James Brown on a heavy binge of Bastro, there’s a deep current of both archaic musical tastes and the human desire for articulating that archaism in there, but you shake your ass and get the shouting in… in a punk basement … 13th century version of Breadwinner, the bare soul version. I’m honoured and proud to work with this tribe, and to count them amongst friends.”