Bo Ningen

Psychedelic metal from Japan

Tuesday 28th May 2013
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Bo Ningen performed at Dot to Dot Festival 2013. Thei live performance is one of the most energetic, technical, heavy, and all-round entertaining you will ever witness. Watch exclusive vids below, including an exclusive interview with frontman, Taigen. 

Brought into the world kicking and screaming and still at it on sophomore LP ‘Line The Wall’, Bo Ningen was formed when Taigen and Kohhei’s post-rock bands played on the same bill in early 2007. It was bad news for their previous band-mates but each had found a kindred spirit, someone else who wanted to leave ‘rock’ and the dead-end cipher ‘post’ behind and commit to something much weirder.

Mon Chan and Yuki joined in a similar fashion, hearing the beyond-fucked-up noises of this new two-piece at the LCC Sound Art Faculty where Taigen studied and asking where to sign up. With a drummer and a second guitarist, the fundamentals were laid and the four expatriate cosmonauts were set to channel the “pure music” they had in mind.

Bo Ningen struck up a friendship with Stolen Recordings, and the Summer of 2009 was, for the underground at least, entirely theirs, culminating at their set at Offset festival where Mon Chan tapped our simian heritage and scaled the supporting structure of a bursting festival tent while his kit crowd-surfed and Yuki and Kohhei slid along the floor amongst feedback-heavy chaos. Hipsters who had been very bored for a very long time woke up from a deep sleep and reengaged with something heartfelt and exhilarating. Bo Ningen were a one-band ticket to unironic rocking out.         

Snowballing interest throughout 2010 and 2011 saw them taken up as something like international art pin-ups, collaborating with Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Lucky PDF at Frieze Art Fair and invited out to the Copenhagen Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Branchage Film Festival. Meanwhile, their prodigal son-style homecoming and return trips to Japan were surreal day dreams in which they appeared alongside personal heroes of the band like Keiji Haino, Merzbow, and Guitar Wolf.

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. 


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