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When hearing this avant rock band, it's hard to avoid comparisons with other Japanese underground groups, as Melt-Banana deals in a similar jump-cut noise rock extravagance in the vein of the Boredoms, Ruins, and Zeni Geva. Incidentally, the album consists of 24 stabs of screeching playful noise collage and extraordinarily agile progressive rock-punk fusion. The album was produced by Zeni Geva/Yona Kit guitarist K.K. Null in Chicago in 1994 with engineer Steve Albini. Those two names should be endorsement enough for fans of avant rock and underground noise.


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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