BO NINGEN: ‘Line The Wall.’


It’s hard to believe that Japan born but London based psychedelic noisniks BO NINGEN are to shortly embark on their first headline tour of the UK. Formed as far back as 2006, the formidable foursome have built a burgeoning underground fanbase and have toured the country several times in support slots, the latest having been with The Horrors. In that time they have also cemented themselves as on of the ‘must see’ (and it has to be said, loudest) bands on the London circuit.

So it’s been with great anticipation that fans have been waiting this release, their second full-length album. 

‘Line The Wall’ certainly fulfils the expectation for an album of heavy rocking riffs mixed with psychedelic undertones, but it does have its somewhat surprising quieter moments –especially so in the closing song, ‘Natsu no Nioi,  which starts out almost imperceptibly and rises to only a hushed, dream-like state at its conclusion some four and three-quarter minutes later.  

‘Ten to Sen,’ has formed part of the live repertoire for some time, I believe and is like a gentle space-rock ballad, if such a thing does exist. (Well, it does now …..!)

But it’s the psych-drenched riffs and trippy rocking guitar noise that sets BO NINGEN apart from anyone else around at the moment. A few of these tracks have appeared on previously ‘sold out’ and highly sought after vinyl versions, but the likes of ‘Daikaisei (Parts 1 and 2);‘Henkan,’ and ‘Nichijyou,’ have been sort of bulked up and given a much more ‘rounded’ sound than they had on their excellent ‘live’ recordings. 

‘Chitei Ningen Mogura’ kind of falls somewhere between those heavy psychedelic sounds and a more ‘commercially acceptable’ single, with it bringing a sort of ‘sing-a-long’ refrain to its mid-tempo chugging space-rock sound. ’32 Kaiten’ heads off into a sort of trippy guitar-rage, while ‘Shin Ichi,’ carries little ‘experimental music’ snippets buried deep into its krautrock inspired repeated riffs before erupting into an off-kilter, frantic free-jazz-like rant and falling back to ‘normality,’ again.

With most tracks around the five to six-minute mark (‘Daikasei – Part 2’ runs to marginally short of ten minutes) there is plenty time to really get ‘into’ the riffs and let the tracks take over your senses.

And they will!!

(Released through Stolen Recordings on 8th October 2012)

(11/10)  … a first on LOUD HORIZON!

 

You can catch BO NINGEN on their first UK headline tour at the following venues:

OCT 04TH     THE HORN, ST ALBANS

OCT 05TH     KASBAH FRESHER’S FRIDAY, COVENTRY

OCT 06TH     CRAUFURD ARMS, MILTON KEYNES (ALL AGES)

OCT 08TH     THE FLEECE, BRISTOL

OCT 09TH     JOINERS, SOUTHAMPTON

OCT 10TH     GREEN DOOR STORE, BRIGHTON

OCT 11TH     HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN, LONDON

OCT 13TH     WISH YOU WERE HERE FESTIVAL, CAMBRIDGE

OCT 14TH     BAR ACADEMY, LEICESTER

OCT 15TH     HARLEY, SHEFFIELD

OCT 17TH     RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER

OCT 18TH     THE COMPASS, CHESTER

OCT 19TH     SWN FESTIVAL, CARDIFF

OCT 20TH     MAD FERRET, PRESTON

OCT 22ND     STEREO, GLASGOW

OCT 23RD     CLUNY 2, NEWCASTLE

OCT 24TH     STEREO, YORK

OCT 25TH     FRUIT, HULL

OCT 27TH     VICTORIA INN, DERBY

OCT 28TH     MELLO MELLO, LIVERPOOL

About Cee Tee Jackson

I run three blogs: 1) ceeteejackson.com (my author blog.) 2) leadingpetcare.com (my business / dog walking blog) 3) loudhorizon.wordpress.com (my music blog .. infrequent posts) Guess what? I'm a dog walking, wannabee author that loves music.
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