Mass of the Fermenting Dregs

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Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
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MOTFD in Roppongi (2009)
Background information
Origin Kobe, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, post-rock, shoegazing
Years active 2002-2012
Labels AVOCADO Records
Members Natsuko Miyamoto
Yoshino Tsutomu
Past members Reiko Gotoh
Chiemi Ishimoto

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (マス オブ ザ ファーメンティング ドレッグス, Masu Obu Za Faamentingu Doreggusu) was a post-rock/shoegaze trio formed in Kobe, Japan in 2002. They are also popularly known by a shortened form of their name, Masu Dore (マスドレ). They are known for a tightly arranged, guitar-driven style, melodic pop vocals and a high-energy stage presence at their live events. They have been signed to the Japanese indie rock record label AVOCADO Records since the release of their self-titled EP in January 2008.

Members[edit]

Former Members[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs was formed in 2002 in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, with the original all-female lineup of Natsuko Miyamoto, Chiemi Ishimoto and Reiko Gotoh. Following Reiko’s departure from the band in October 2007, the band toured with the official lineup of Natsuko and Chiemi, with various musicians serving as a “support drummer”. Their breakthrough came at the 2007 “Road to Tarbox Audition” competition held by EMI Japan, which put the band in contact with noted American record producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, OK Go) of Tarbox Road Studios. With Fridmann producing, they recorded two tracks, I F A Surfer and Bears (ベアーズ), which appeared on their 2008 self-titled E.P. In 2010, support drummer Yoshino Tsutomu became an official member of the band, prior to the release of their major label debut album.[3]

Departure of Chiemi Ishimoto[edit]

It was announced that the band's guitarist of six years, Chiemi Ishimoto, would be leaving the group after completing the band's national tour on December 11, 2010.[4] Her reason for leaving is due to a medical panic disorder.[5] Ishimoto's last performance will be held at the Shibuya Club Quattro.[6] Guitarist and lead vocalist, Eriko Hashimoto of the band Chatmonchy attended the performance sharing the enthralling experience of the final performance of "End Roll" on her official blog on her band's official website.[7]

Departure of Yoshino Tsutomu[edit]

In December 2011, Yoshino Tsutomu announced that he will be leaving the group for undisclosed reasons. This left Miyamoto as the sole founding and active member of the band.

Dissolve[edit]

Though Natsuko Miyamoto, with the help of support members, continued to perform as Mass of the Fermenting Dreg through the spring of 2012, on September the 1st of the same year, she officially announced that Mass of the Fermenting Dregs would cease to exist as of the day. As a parting present, Miyamoto shared the last of the works recorded while Tsutomu was still a member. A song titled "たんたんたん” (tantantan) was made available for download through a direct link placed within the page containing the departing letter to the fans on the official M.o.F.D. website.[8]

Related Bands[edit]

The band’s sound is often compared to that of other influential Japanese post-hardcore acts, notably NUMBER GIRL (ナンバー・ガール). They are often associated with the alternative/progressive rock act 9mm Parabellum Bullet(キューミリ・パラベラム・バレット), with whom they toured in early 2009. The English version of the band’s website also claims western alternative rock bands Sugar, The Wedding Present, and The Smashing Pumpkins as influences on their songwriting.[9]

Origin of the Band’s Name[edit]

Natsuko explained the origin of the unusual band name in an interview with music retailer HMV: “It doesn’t have any particular meaning, we just lined up a few words that we liked.”[10]

Discography[edit]

Kirametal (demo) - released 9-15-2006, independent

No. Title Length
1. "delusionalism"   3:41
2. "I F A SURFER"   3:35
3. "skabetty"   4:44

MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS - released 1-16-2008, AVOCADO Records

No. Title Length
1. "delusionalism"   3:41
2. "Highlight (ハイライト Hairaito)"   3:50
3. "skabetty"   4:46
4. "Endroll (エンドロール Endorooru)"   9:27
5. "I F A SURFER"   3:40
6. "Bears (ベアーズ Beaazu)"   4:46

World is Yours (ワールド イズ ユアーズ Waarudo Izu Yuaazu) – released 1/21/2009, AVOCADO Records

No. Title Length
1. "Kono Supiido No Saki E(このスピードの先へ, tr. After this Speed)"   3:24
2. "Aoi, Koi, Daidaiiro No Hi (青い、濃い、橙色の日, tr. Blue, Deep and Orange Day)"   4:41
3. "Kaku Iu Mono (かくいうもの, tr. Such Things)"   4:03
4. "She is inside,He is outside"   2:53
5. "Nan Nan (なんなん)"   3:39
6. "World is Yours (ワールド イズ ユアーズ)"   3:31

ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界 – released 8/04/2010, AVOCADO Records

No. Title Length
1. "Zero Comma Iro Toridori No Sekai (ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界, tr. Zero Comma, Colorful World)"   4:32
2. "Made (Jounetsu Mix) (まで。情熱ミックス)"   3:21
3. "Owari No Hajimari (終わりのはじまり, tr. The Beginning of the End)"   2:58
4. "RAT"   3:18
5. "ONEDAY"   5:06
6. "Cider To Kimi (サイダーと君)"   3:32
7. "Zureru (ズレる)"   3:25
8. "Hikizuru Beat (ひきずるビート)"   4:17
9. "Sanzameku (さんざめく)"   4:56

たんたんたん - released 9/01/2012 via official website - download only

No. Title Length
1. "tantantan (たんたんたん)"   4:21

Related links[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.motfd.com%2Fwebpage%2Fprofile%2Findex.html
  2. ^ http://www.nextmusicfromtokyo.com/?page_id=954
  3. ^ http://www.nextmusicfromtokyo.com/?page_id=954
  4. ^ http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.motfd.com/&ei=6QzTTOSDFpHevQPmoe3-Dg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dwww.motfd.com%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG
  5. ^ http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/10/ishimoto-chiemi-to-leave-mass-of-the-fermenting-dregs/
  6. ^ http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/10/ishimoto-chiemi-to-leave-mass-of-the-fermenting-dregs/
  7. ^ http://6109.jp/chatmonchy/?blog=205245
  8. ^ http://www.motfd.com/
  9. ^ http://www.motfd.com/english/
  10. ^ http://www.hmv.co.jp/news/article/801070038