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Album Review

MXBX 1998: 13,000 Miles at Light Velocity, impressively enough, is a live recording of Melt-Banana, one of Japan's finest noise/prog underground bands — anyone impressed with studio recordings of the group's scratchy, frantic rock will no doubt be bowled over with the way this sounds in a more direct and organic setting. With a pace and energy that rivals kings of the genre like the Happy Family, Melt-Banana tear through most of the best tracks on their album releases — selections like "It's in the Pillcase" and "Disposable Weathercock" even seem to sound better than they did on Scratch or Stitch. Most notable is a cover of "Surfing U.S.A.," and if you're familiar with Melt-Banana, you can probably imagine how wonderful such a thing would be.


Formed: 1991 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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