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Album Review

Melt Banana's first album since embarking on a six-year hiatus, 2013's Fetch, is a monstrously frenetic, high-energy blast of anthemic bubble-punk and passionate noise-rock. Barring their 2009 Melt Banana Lite Live: Ver.0.0 side project album, Fetch is the group’s first collection of new material since 2007’s Bambi's Dilemma. Even with the hiatus, it took the band longer than expected to finish Fetch. In 2011, the recording sessions had to be postponed due to the Tohoku earthquake and the aftermath of the subsequent meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Once Melt Banana were ready to return to the tracks, both emotionally and logistically, they re-engaged with the material, building the songs up little by little, resulting in an ornate, beautifully detailed album of both immediate pop intensity and epic emotional depth. While they performed with a full-band lineup for years, the band’s core members opted to stick with synthesized backing on Fetch. Though pared down to a duo comprised of vocalist Yako and guitarist/keyboardist Agata, Melt Banana's sound is still as huge as ever, from the skewering hard rock of opener "Candy Gun" to the mischievous and euphoric left-field punk-pop of "Zero." Each song on Fetch feels so meticulous and so conscientiously crafted, it's hard to listen to it without arriving at a cliched but undeniable truism: good things come to those who wait.

Customer Reviews

Melt-Banana Fetch

Go see em live!

Melt Banana

Dude, it's Melt Banana. How can it be anything less than completely amazing?

Melt Banana!

Best band ever! Excited they released something new, itll be awesome


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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