Bo Ningen III on 2LP + CD
III is the rich and accomplished new album from Bo Ningen complete with guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and Roger Robinson of King Midas Sound, and vocals sung partly in English for the first time. III was recorded over several months with the band spending more time on the production and the development of the songs than ever before. The 10-song set illustrates Bo Ningen as a group with a singular vision, reaching for what they define as “pure music,” by turns esoteric and a no holds barred sensory assault.
Bo Ningen arrived when Taigen Kawabe (bass/vocals) and Kohhei Matsuda’s (guitar) bands played on the same bill. Bad news for their previous band-mates but each had found a kindred spirit, someone else who wanted to leave ‘rock’ behind and commit to something much weirder. Monchan Chan (drums) and Yuki Tsuji (guitar) joined in a similar fashion, hearing the beyond-fucked-up noises of this new two-piece. The fundamentals were laid and the four expatriate cosmonauts were set to channel the “pure music” they had in mind.
Though they come from Gunmma, Tajimi, Nishinomiya, and Tokyo, they coalesced in London. Musically, they channel their country’s legacy of obscure, brain-warping heavy-psych: all traceable beneath their esoteric sound. It’s evident however that they were in the mood for discovery: fusing their tastes in acid folk and noise and hurling them into the electric cataclysm along with a weighty dose of Sabbath and Nirvana.
Their story has followed a fairy tale pattern of adversity with the eventual catharsis of now being regarded by many as London’s best live band. By this point Bo Ningen had struck up with Stolen Recordings releasing their first EP on 10” vinyl quickly followed by their debut album, Bo Ningen in 2010 and second album Line the Wall in 2012.
Bo Ningen III Track Listing:
2. Psychedelic Misemono Goya (Reprise)
5. CC (feat. Jehnny Beth of Savages)
6. Mukaeni Ikenai
9. Ogosokana Ao