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For this Japanese underground rock unit, the approach to ensemble playing seems designed to mimic the noise of kids playing records backwards or 33-rpm records at a 45-rpm speed. The schizophrenic sound is stylistically similar to Atari Teenage Riot, the Boredoms, and Ruins, as they frantically assault music as we know it over the course of an album with no apparent purpose other than to excite pure adrenaline and the punk in all of us. Charlie features guests Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, William Winant, Gregg Turkington, and others making all-star cameos.


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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