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Jeremy Pearce - 17 Nov 2018
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"I love the way they can move from a dreamy shimmering whisper ,into something like. Sticking ones head into a jet turbine and then, the storm passes and the gentle sensation of being sound bathed returns again "

This was the 3rd slice of my Psych sandwich at the beginning of this month that started with the Acid Mothers Temple then onto Hawkwind and now back on the quality  Japanese psych and as psych bands go past, present, future  I would put the Kikagaku Moyo up with the best there has ever been .Ive been watching the crowd they attract getting bigger and more diverse .They have been touring hard and they are growing a bigger and bigger fan base all the time .I was chatting to a Slovakian girl on the way in who got into them at a  festival  in Slovakia .Last time I saw them was in the Moth (Also sold out)  and before that in Liverpool at the best fest going championing everything Tripped out  with in their superbly put together   48 hour mind fry (See my reviews )So whats so special about this band   ?

I reckon its because they understand the space in between  the loud and the quiet. It is  a free jazz thing for me Love Supreme could book them, they cross over so much .Its depth and texture of rhythm and sound and energy flow  

Kikagaku Moyo come from Tokyo and their band consists  of drums ,2 guitars ,bass and sitar and live they leave spaces for improvising alot  with in the frame works of the compositions that keeps the music fresh and spontaneous and exciting to watch . I like this and as the set gets bigger the experience and  sensation just gets better and better .Listening to them is a journey, like a dream scape and it peaks and troughs and meanders like the sonic sound of moving water .I love the way in which they can move from a dreamy shimmering  whisper into like sticking ones head into a jet turbine ,and then the storm passes and the gentle sensation of being sound bathed returns .The sound man tonight had made the sound unnecessarily   hard,  I thought . The Sitar was more prominent  in the mix than when I saw them in the Moth but that was a good thing  .The Scala isnt the easiest place to get the sound right because of the shape gives it weird acoustics  .They played most if not all of the Tall grass (I have it on vinyl )and then went into the new Album .I didn't recognize much of their other output but didn't check the set list .They played an encore and they  sold the most incredible quantity of merch that night. It was like watching a  flash mobbing 

The support was from a band called Faux Real (A different band to the one that comes up on  a You Tube ) They were playing their own material as much as I can remember perhaps a couple of covers .I didnt think the music they made was special, but visually they were superb  The lead vocalist looked like he was in a Stones Tribute band and had the camp Jaggeresque  stage movements down to a tee ,and he had some kind of  stage symmetrical dance routine ,  with the bloke on his right, who looked like a cross from the lead singer of the cult 60s Mod /Psych band the Creation and a young John Entwistle and  the keyboard player had grown a proper Zappa tache .They  were having lots of fun .I think they  ate a bit into Kikagagu s set time  but no complaints 

So Kikagagu Up the Scala cant wait till they return ,and if this is the 1st time anyone whos reading this has come across them  and they think they might be their bag .Check them out !

Campfire x.

 

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