Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fujiya & Miyagi "Transparent Things"

Artist: Fujiya & Miyagi
Album: Transparent Things
Label: Tirk
Release date: April 2006
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock/Krautrock

01. Ankle Injuries
02. Collarbone
03. Photocopier
04. Conductor 71
05. Transparent Things
06. Sucking Punch
07. In One Ear & Out The Other
08. Cassettesingle
09. Cylinders
Total running time: 36' 17"
"'Transparent Things' is the title of a book by Vladimir Nabokov, and also the title of the latest album from Fujiya & Miyagi.

Following the sell-out success of their first three Tirk-10"-vinyl-only singles, 'In One Ear & Out The Other/'Conductor 71', 'Collarbone'/'Cassettesingle', 'Ankle Injuries'/ 'Photocopier', this latest release compiles new versions of those six tracks, available for the first time on CD, with three previously unreleased scorchers: 'Sucker Punch', 'Transparent Things', and 'Cylinders'.

Fujiya & Miyagi are David Best (Miyagi, vocals, guitar, occasional but strictly non-progrock Moog), Steve Lewis (Fujiya, keyboards, beats, programming), and Matt Hainsby (Ampersand, bass guitar).

The story of how they met and formed the band variously reports a mutual hero-worship of world heavyweight wrestler Kendo Nagasaki (from Wolverhampton, and like the boys from F&M, not a Japanese cell in his muscle-bound body), and a shared interest in krautrock and early-nineties electronica discovered while warming the subs bench during Sunday league football. And the name...?

David: "Miyagi was taken from the film 'The Karate Kid' and Fujiya was the name of a record player. It just looked really nice written down. And it was the only name we came up with"

Fujiya & Miyagi produce a sound that has been located by the music and media fraternity as somewhere between Can, the Happy Mondays, Alabama 3, Kraftwerk and Talking Heads. This, combined with David's eclectic line in lyrics: "I've got a slow, a slow, a slow metabolism", has won them an excited legion of supporters, among whom may be counted DFA, Tiga, Andrew Weatherall, Chicken Lips, Damo Suzuki and BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson. As Matt points out: "You can't go looking for that kind of feedback"." [source]


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