Wednesday 17 June 2015, 8pm
Tokyo-based guitarist Junzo Suzuki makes a welcome return to OTO. Perhaps best known for his involvement in the underground psych bands Overhang Party and Miminokoto, his solo music is stripped down form of 'ghost' blues and improvisation that recalls Loren Connors and his fellow countryman Hisato Higuchi.
“Some of [Suzuki's] convulsive six-string punctuation touches on the ferocious folk-poetry of Kan Mikami but there’s also a ton of exquisitely dilated space which Junzo navigates with endless interlocked webs of chiming six-string guitar that’s the equal of Christina Carter or Hisato Higuchi. His vocals touch on the more quizzical, breathy style of Keiji Haino and the tracks feel like they plot the vaguest contours of folk-blues logic before piloting deeper into increasingly unanchored explorations of single notes and sudden machine gun retorts isolated in dark, black space.” – Volcanic Tongue
Junzo Suzuki is a Japanese guitarist/vocalist perhaps best known for his involvement in the underground psych bands Overhang Party and Miminokoto. His solo music is stripped down form of 'ghost' blues and improvisation that recalls Loren Connors and his fellow countryman Hisato Higuchi.
His second full length CD 'Buried Sky, Spider Torn to Pieces' was released on Junzo's own Plunk's Plan label. He also performs with 20 Guilders, Nasca Car, Pouring High Water and Samm Bennett's Ghost Steppers.
Grimm Grimm is the experimental folk/pop project of London-based singer-songwriter Koichi Yamanoha. former frontman of the psychedelic-punk group Screaming Tea Party For him to explore new realms of sound. His honest, fragile, cinematic and sometimes innocent style mixes otherworldly baroque folk and ambient punk. Born in Tokyo, Yamanoha's stirring live performances have captured an essence of Japan and confession and have seen him play infrequent collaboration with Bo Ningen, Faust and Serafina Steer. Grimm Grimm's enchanting debut 7" single 'Kazega Fuitara Sayonara / Tell The Truth' was released late 2014 via Charlotte Marionneau and Kevin Shields' s Pickpocket Records, and his debut album ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe' was released by ATP recordings in June 2015." -Honest Jon's-