|oh, boy, what a topic.|
As hinted above, Melt Banana are pretty good contenders for title of best band in the world right now. I cannot possibly begin to express how great they are, but I think the central point to bare in mind is this: Although Melt Banana are frequently percieved as a 'hardcore' or 'noise' band and placed in the same bracket as scary, nihilitic Western bands of this general type, this is in fact not the case. Melt Banana make *pop music*, completely devoid of irony, cynicism or anger. It's just that it's completely mental pop music from an unspeakable hallucinogenic future ruled by gigantic super-speed shape-shifting love robots with brains the size of moons.
Boredoms we've already dealt with I believe - worth travelling on foot across continents to see live. Really.
Yoshimi's other band OOIOO are also doing absolutely lovely things. A floating, indefinable mixture of the best bits of krautrock, spacerock, Japanese folk, found sound, electronica and psychedelia which makes me smile and makes my tummy rumble.
And on the other end of the scale, the end dealing with HEAVY FUCKING ROCK, I point you in the direction of Boris, who after several epics of avant ultra-doom with brilliantly self-explanatory titles like "Amplifier Worship" and "Feedbacker", have released an album called (wait for it) "Heavy Rocks", which is like, the best thing I've ever heard. It's their interpretation of a more traditional manner of heavy rock, and it's breathtaking. The structure is largely traditional, the recording quality is professional, but the rock is GIGANTIC. It's the sound of puny wimps like Queens of the Stoneage and Kyuss being strangled with their own E-strings. This is the only record I've ever heard that takes on 'Sabbath, and WINS. And I don't say that lightly.
All that florid prose and I haven't even got round to Acid Mothers Temple.. I'll come back and write about them a bit later I think.
I just really, really love Japan at the moment for giving birth to all these insanely brilliant bands..