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Melt-Banana

Japanese noise rock band Melt Banana found more success in the U.S. and the U.K. than in their own country, gaining a small but dedicated fan base among American and European punk rock fans. Although their music sounds noticeably different from any sort of traditional punk, it contains some punk elements: shrieking vocals, overdriven guitars, and one-and-a-half-minute songs. Melt Banana's unique style, however, comes as a result of the distinctly piercing vocals of lead singer Yasuko O., as well as the frenzied, effect-charged playing of guitarist Agata. Searing, intense, and mind-blowingly fast are perhaps the first adjectives that come to mind when listening to Melt Banana's music. Try to imagine an even more energetic incarnation of the Boredoms.

But, for many, the appeal of Melt Banana is not entirely limited to their music. Yasuko O.'s lyrics and song titles reflect a Japanese pop culture that is fascinating and strange, yet attractive to many non-Japanese fans. Melt Banana has capitalized on this phenomenon heavily in their merchandising as well as on their albums. As time passes, their overshadowing influence is becoming more and more evident within the cultish following of the noise-core movement. However, it is the band's incredible severity and furious sound that have gained them the most recognition. Their shockingly intense live shows are that of sheer legend, with many fans leaving sweaty and exhausted, and Yasuko O. often persevering through nosebleeds.

Agata and O. joined bassist Rika in 1992, and they played as a trio until later that year when drummer Sudoh Toshiaki joined the group. In 1994 they signed with British label Chocolate Monk, and that label released one title, Cactuses Come in Flocks, which was initially made available only on cassette tape. They later signed to Skin Graft and released their second album that year, Speak Squeak Creak, followed by Scratch or Stitch in 1995. Scratch or Stitch was recorded and mixed by Chicago avant-garde masters Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke, and showcases some of Melt Banana's best work.

After releasing a large number of split releases on various labels, late in 1997 Melt Banana started their own label, A-Zap Records. Toshiaki quit the band the following month and was later replaced with Oshima from Satanic Hell Slaughter. In 1998, the band released Charlie, with Albini acting as producer again, and elected to up the ante by adding a variety of guests (including Mr. Bungle's Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn). This attracted the attention of fellow Bungle noise experimentalist John Zorn, who captured one of their wild shows for his label Tzadik that year, just before Melt Banana returned to the studio to record the typically crazed Teeny Shiny in 2000.

Six more split records and a Peel session later, they released 2003's Cell-Scape, which focused more on slowly building the wailing screeches into a rocketing ferocity. After their longest recording break, Melt Banana returned in 2007 with Bambi's Dilemma, which reverted back to even shorter, faster blasts of musical adrenaline. Two years later, the band returned with the guitar-less side project album, Lite Live: Ver.0.0. In 2011, the band's recording sessions were stalled after the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant made progress difficult. When Melt Banana did finally return with 2013's Fetch, O. and Agata had stripped the band back to a duo format. ~ Ben Tausig & Jason Lymangrover, Rovi
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Haohmaru Windy on youtube.
Rika 'MM needs to Melt my Banana.
my cousin is uploading pictures of me playing a song about Raistlin Majere.
key is the fact
last target on the last day
the hive
candy gun
lefty dog
a song from fetch
chain shot have some fun
dave mustaine for president 2020
Party
Rika MM' is sexy
I''ve seen melt banana live twice and was not disappointed ! F**king amazingly fun! Rika mm is my favorite bassist ever, I think her bass is bigger than her and she has that girl next store vibe! Good times!
Yes new Melt Banana !!!
I'll melt your banana.
aphrodysis
this is awesome!! i wish pandora had Gelatine5 :(
artofgain
Perfect random timing. Sure there vocals are unique, but I'm not sure thats the deal here. More likely its the brilliantly produced minimalist jerky unpredictabl e changes, well they work for me.
great experimental metal band, if you like this check out fantomas with mike patton.
reed.bower
Who doesn't love a barking Asian and the lack of tempo in blast beats and screaming guitar. Best band ever? Maybe if you hate music. But really, I love this band. You cant deny that a little Japanese girl pulling a speaker over on herself and knocking out teeth is entertainmen t .
Haahaahaaa.. . B e s t live act I've ever seen...Felt like you were verging on the edge of chaos and pulled back at the last second...Hig h e s t recommendati o n s . . .
What the F**k?
kills brain cells, like booze. And small Japanese girls.
its good bullshit
what is this bullshit??!? ! ? ! ?

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