きのこ帝国 (kinoko teikoku)
Genre: Post-Rock, Alternative, Shoegaze.
For fans of: Three Out Change-era Supercar, catchy hooks, good female vocals
Sato - Guitar, Vocals Aa-chan - Guitar Taniguchi Shigeaki - Bass Nishimura "Kon" - Drums
Kinoko Teikoku formed in 2007 and began performing live in 2008. Drawing inspiration from the post-rock and shoegaze genres the band is based in the Tokyo-area, where a large number of their shows are held. The band released their first full album under Daizawa Records/UK Project in May of 2012, after independently releasing a demo (titled "First Demo") and the mini-album 夜が明けたら ("Yoru ga Aketara"). This debut album, titled 渦になる ("Uzu ni naru") was well-received leading to testimonials from such Japanese indie-music icons as Kinoshita Riki (Art-School, Killing Boy) and Nakamura Koji (Supercar, Lama). The band finished off 2012 appearing at the year-end Rock in Japan Festival.
In February 2013, Kinoko Teikoku released their follow-up album "Eureka" as well as a video for the title track.
Muso Japan's thoughts: Kinoko Teikoku is a must-see show. They bring a ton of energy to a venue and Sato is an extremely gifted singer. Their recordings are wonderful, but the live show is beyond brilliant. One of the best up and coming bands in Japan.