Fujiya & Miyagi
|Fujiya & Miyagi|
Fujiya & Miyagi in their 2007 line-up
|Origin||Brighton, England, UK|
|Genres||Electronic music, Krautrock|
|Labels||Full Time Hobby (UK, Ireland, Japan, Australia, 2008–present)
Deaf Dumb & Blind (US, 2006–present)
Groenland Records (Europe, 2007–present)
Tirk Records (UK, 2005–2008)Massive Advance (UK, 2002–2005)
They are self-described as being heavily influenced by Krautrock bands Can and Neu! as well as the 1990s electronic music artist Aphex Twin. The origins of the band's name come from a character in the film The Karate Kid and the brand of a record player. The lines "We're not a couple of shadowboxers/Oh/Oh/Just two Anglo-Saxons" from the 2008 track "Butterfingers" and "We were just pretending to be Japanese" from "Photocopier" may be comments on the band name and how it is perceived. The first several years after the band's formation were spent in relative obscurity; however, they began to see a drastic spike in popularity between 2003 and 2006 thanks in large part to very favorable reviews from prominent music publications such as NME and Pitchfork Media.
The band were also the subject of an episode of the MTV2 documentary series This is Our Music in 2006. The song "Collarbone" has been featured in ads for both Jaguar's 2007 "Gorgeous" campaign as well as Miller Lite's "Bar Stool", directed by Tarsem Singh. The song was also featured in EA's Skate 2. Their song "Uh" was also featured in an episode of Breaking Bad and an episode of British sci-fi series Misfits. "Collarbone" was featured on an episode of the US adaptation of the British teen drama Skins. Fujiya & Miyagi recorded the track Butterfingers with Bomb the Bass for the latter's 2008 album Future Chaos. David Best, lead singer, is also part of the duo Omega Male.
- Steve Lewis (Fujiya): 2000–present (synths, beats, programming and backing vocals)
- David Best (Miyagi): 2000–present (vocals and guitar)
- Matt Hainsby (Ampersand): 2005–present (bass guitar and backing vocals)
- Lee Adams: 2008–present (drums)
- Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style (2002, reissued 2008)
- Transparent Things (2006)
- Lightbulbs (2008) - UK #187
- Ventriloquizzing (2011)
- Artificial Sweeteners (2014)
- Remixes (2003)
- "Fujiya & Miyagi - Artists Listing". Retrieved 2007-05-17.
- "Fujiya & Miyagi Add Member, Play Shows, Work Up LP". Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- "Fujiya & Miyagi Turn on Lightbulbs on New Album". Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- "The Official Album Chart for the week ending 13 September 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (368): 5–8.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fujiya & Miyagi.|
- Official Website
- Fujiya & Miyagi on Myspace
- Butterfingers promo - Bomb the Bass featuring Fujiya & Miyagi 
- Interview with David Best by Greg Szeto at Aural States (2007.09.04)
- Interview with Fujiya & Miyagi on Brightest Young Things
- Live from SXSW 2007 on 89.3 The Current
- Interview with David Best in Rocker Magazine 2011