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Pikacyu-Makoto (of Acid Mothers Temple / Afrirampo) on Wednesday 9th August 2017
PIKACYU*MAKOTO is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), and Afrirampo's Pikacyu.
No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu's manic drums and vocals, and Makoto's schizoid guitar conjurings.
Their recent LP OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside is unlike anything either culprit has produced before, both structured and freeform, tuneless and beautiful. Pikacyu's drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with maniacally pitch-shifted versions of herself to bring you what is, in their words, 'a story about the cosmic shaman Pikacyu vs the master of the darkness Makoto... including the full love from the universe!!'. Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise.
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS TBC
PIKACYU*MAKOTO beam down to The Continental on Wednesday 9th August 2017.
Music Genres: Alternative, Rock, Rock & Roll
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