Fushitsusha

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Fushitsusha
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Psychedelic rock
Space rock
Experimental rock
Japanoise
Years active 1978–2001, 2012-present
Labels P.S.F.
Avant
Tokuma
Purple Trap
Blast First
Associated acts Keiji Haino
Members Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals)
Chiyo Kamekawa (bass)
Ryosuke Kiyasu (drums)
Past members Tamio Shiraishi (synthesizer)
Jun Hamano (bass)
Shuhei Takashima (drums)
Maki Miura (guitar)
Yasushi Ozawa (bass)
Jun Kosugi (drums)
Mitsuru Nasuno (bass)
Ikuro Takahashi (drums)

Fushitsusha (不失者) is a Japanese rock band specialising in the experimental and psychedelic rock genres. The band consists of electric guitarist and singer Keiji Haino, and a shifting cast of complementary musicians. The group released the majority of its material in the 1990s.

History[edit]

Haino formed Fushitsusha in 1978, although their first LP was not released until 1989. The band initially consisted of Haino on guitar and vocals, and Tamio Shiraishi on synthesizer. After the departure of Shiraishi, Ayuo joined briefly in 1979 before Fushitsusha became a trio with the addition of Jun Hamano (bass) and Shuhei Takashima (drums). The lineup soon changed, adding Yasushi Ozawa (bass) and Jun Kosugi (drums) throughout the 1990s. Their 1993 album Allegorical Misunderstanding was released on John Zorn's record label, Avant, although most of their albums have come out on independent label P.S.F. and on major label Tokuma.

Fushitsusha recently returned to duo status, with Haino supplementing percussion with tape loops, though the band is believed to have been on hiatus since 2001.

In February 2008, longtime bassist Yasushi Ozawa died.

Music[edit]

The band's sound is influenced by German krautrock bands of the 1970s and British psychedelic music of the 1960s and 1970s. They are generally considered part of the Japanese psychedelic music scene alongside bands like Ghost and Acid Mothers Temple. Their music occasionally ventures to the more aggressive "Japanoise" end of the sonic spectrum, but usually remains haunting and contemplative.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Allegorical Misunderstanding - CD (Avant, 1993)
  • Pathétique [also known as Hisou] - CD (P.S.F., 1994)
  • The Caution Appears - CD (Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, 1995) (reissued 2004)
  • Untitled (3) - CD (Purple Trap, 1995) (disc 4 of Purple Trap's 4-CD box set The Soul's True Love, which also contained three solo Haino discs)
  • A Death Never To Be Complete - CD (Tokuma Japan Communications, 1997)
  • The Time Is Nigh - CD (Tokuma Japan Communications, 1997)
  • A Little Longer Thus - CD (Tokuma Japan Communications, 1998)
  • The Wisdom Prepared - CD (Tokuma Japan Communications, 1998)
  • I Saw It! That Which Before I Could Only Sense... - 2-CD (Paratactile, 2000)
  • Origin's Hesitation - CD (P.S.F., 2001)
  • Hikari to Nazukeyo - CD (Heartfast Records, 2012)

Live albums[edit]

  • Fushitsusha (Live I) - 2-LP (P.S.F., 1989) (reissued on 2xCD, 1997)
  • Fushitsusha (Live II) - 2-CD (P.S.F., 1991)
  • Radio Code - cassette(s) (no label, 1989) (Live radio recordings in Amsterdam from 1988–89)
  • Gold Blood - CD (Charnel, 1998) (Live in San Francisco, Nov. 7, 1996)
  • Withdrawe, This Sable Disclosure Ere Devot'd - CD (Victo, 1998) (Live in Victoriaville, Canada, May 16, 1997)
  • The Wound That Was Given Birth To Must Be Bigger Than The Wound That Gave Birth [also known as Purple Trap] - 2-CD (Purple Trap, 1996) [recorded live in London]
  • It Was Eternity That Reached Out First [English translation of actual title Eien no ho ga, saki ni te o dashita no sa] - CD (P.S.F., 2003) (Live recording from 1978)
  • Archive 1-6: Live 12-13-2003) - 6CDR BOX (Archive, 2004) (7 Hour Marathon set from 2003, 6 of 20 copies made.)

Filmography[edit]

  • 1991.9.26 - VHS (1992) (Reissued on DVD, 2006)

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