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It's Just Noise & Birmingham Promoters present:
BO NINGEN + special guests
Doors 7.30pm • Ages 18+
Four skinny Japanese guys based in London calling themselves enlightenment activists from the far east psychedelic underground. From the heart of Tokyo to a village in the mountains, Bo Ningen are from all over Japan and met in London.
After many continual twelve hour jams had blurred the distinction between their limbs and their instruments, they played the first "true" Bo Ningen show. The story of the next two years followed a fairytale pattern of adversity with the eventual catharsis of now being regarded by many as London's best live band.
By this point Bo Ningen had struck up with Stolen Recordings releasing their first EP on 10" vinyl quickly followed by their debut album Bo Ningen. Snowballing interest saw them taken up as something like international art pin-ups, collaborating with Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Copenhagen Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Yohji Yamamoto V&A exhibition. They also performed at Yoko Ono's 2013 Meltdown Festival. Meanwhile, their prodigal son-style homecoming to Japan were surreal daydreams in which they appeared alongside personal heroes Damo Suzuki, Keiji Haino, Merzbow & Guitar Wolf. They have also played with The Horrors, Savages, Faust, The Cult, SCUM, TOY & British Sea Power.
Musically, they channel their country's legacy of obscure, brain-warping heavy-psych: all traceable beneath their esoteric sound. It's evident however that they were in the mood for discovery: fusing their tastes in Acid Folk and Noise and hurling them into the electric cataclysm along with a weighty dose of Sabbath and Nirvana.