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Boomkat Product Review:
Half Japanese’s Jad & David Fair take it back to root in their first duo release of original material for a long time
“In 1974 Jad and David Fair teamed up to form a band called Half Japanese. The route was simple, at ﬁrst. If one pounded on drums the other could squeeze sounds from an electric guitar. There were no other band members to stay in tune with, so there was no particular reason for them to worry about tuning the guitar in a traditional manner or learning traditional chords. They were free from the start to express their music in their own way. They traded off the guitar and drumming rolls. Whichever one sang the words also played the guitar and the other one drummed. For a couple of years they wrote, recorded and performed this way, without the convention of more members. When they did decide to expand they went big. They ﬁrst thought of recruiting an outside drummer, so that both could play guitars at the same time.
In 2014 Jad and David stripped things back to the roots. They went back to recording as a duo. One sang and played guitar, the other one drummed. 40 years had passed, but they slipped right back into the original roles and churned out a number of breath-stealing songs. 40 years later; 40 years better. One pick, two sticks and heart-warming vocals... That’s all they needed; two brothers, still rockin’ the same damn deal!”