Acid Mothers Temple

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
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Higashi Hiroshi and Kawabata Makoto on stage with Acid Mothers Temple at the Night & Day Cafe in Manchester 21 Oct 2012
Background information
Also known as (See groups section)
Origin Japan
Genres Experimental rock, psychedelic rock, space rock, drone rock, noise rock, progressive rock
Years active 1995–present
Labels Various
Associated acts Gong
Guru Guru
Members (See groups section)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995.[1] The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career featured many musicians, but by 2004 the line-up had coalesced with only a few core members and frequent guest vocalists.

The band has released albums frequently on a number of international record labels as well as the Acid Mothers Temple family record label, which was established in 1998 to document the activities of the whole collective.


Kawabata initially formed Acid Mothers Temple (originally "Acid Mother's Temple")[2] with the intention of creating "extreme trip music" by editing and dubbing previous recordings, being influenced by progressive rock, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and krautrock.[3] Kawabata, along with Koizumi Hajime, Suhara Keizo, and Cotton Casino formed the original Acid Mother's Temple lineup as a group; however, the first recordings released were Kawabata's own mixes and overdubs.[3] The band released two self-titled tapes on their eponymous label in 1997 before dropping the apostrophe from their name. They soon released their first self-titled album (see Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.).[2] The group began to tour overseas in 1998.[4]

The band continued to tour and record, adding to the lineup drummer Ichiraku Yoshimitsu and guitarist Higashi Hiroshi. Several non-Acid Mothers shootoff bands formed, including Floating Flower, Nishinihon, and Tsurbami,[4] while The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. played at sold-out shows and festivals all over North America, Japan, and Europe in the 2000s (decade). In 2002, the band released four albums and two EPs in a three-month span while touring the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, including South by Southwest in Austin, being selected as one of the top three groups performing.[2]

Kawabata Makoto on stage with Acid Mothers Temple in London in 2005

Kawabata began his own solo offshoot, called Kawabata Makoto & the Mothers of Invasion, in an attempt to create music with a more jazz feel. In 2002, along with Tsuyama Atsushi and Ichiraku Yoshimitsu, the group released their only album under this name.[5]

In 2003, an incarnation of the band called "Acid Mothers Temple mode HHH" was formed to tour Europe, consisting of Kawabata, Tsuyama, and Yoshida, a group who had played together as Seikazoku long before Acid Mothers Temple was formed.[3] The same year, a collaboration of Acid Mothers Temple and Gong called "Acid Mothers Gong" performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London.[2]

Soon after, in 2004, long-time vocalist and synthesizer player Cotton Casino left the group to concentrate on her own group and family while Acid Mothers Gong continued to tour. The group again released four albums in a three-month period, while another collaboration between Acid Mothers Temple and Afrirampo, Acid Mothers Afrirampo, released an album as well. Meanwhile, Acid Mothers Temple mode HHH renamed itself to Acid Mothers Temple SWR and released its own album.[2]

In 2005, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Acid Mothers Temple, a new group called Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno was formed, starting their first European tour in June, and consisting of Kawabata, Higashi Hiroshi, Tabata Mitsuru, Okano Futoshi, and Shimura Koji and releasing several albums. Acid Mothers Temple SWR continued to tour as well. Acid Mothers Temple & the Incredible Strange Band was formed in 2006 by Tsuyama Akiko, Suhara Keizo, Aiko, Tsuyama Atsushi, and Kawabata Makoto. Kitagawa Hao joined The Cosmic Inferno as vocalist, though she left the band after touring the United States in mid-2007. Tsuyama and Kawabata formed another offshoot in December 2006, Acid Gurus Temple, with Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru, which quickly changed its name to Acid Mothers Guru Guru.[2]

The band has also hosted its own yearly festival in Japan, appropriately titled Acid Mothers Festival, since 2002, which has been attended by Yamazaki Maso of Masonna, Afrirampo, Yoshida Tatsuya, Mani Neumeier, Kuriyama Jun, Ohpia, and Seiichi Yamamoto of Boredoms.[2]

With regards to the often-confusing array of names for the different bands, Kawabata has explained:

Groups and members[edit]

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.[edit]

The most prolific and widely known of the various Acid Mothers Temple collectives, Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a 5-piece that plays mostly psychedelic, space-rock type music. Their pieces are often improvised, free-form or experimental, while incorporating elements of American psych rock, drone and world music.

Current members
Previous members
  • Cotton Casino – synthesizer, vocals (1995-2004,2012)
  • Koizumi Hajime – drums (1995-2001, 2002, 2003-2005)
  • Suhara Keizo – bass guitar (1995-1998)
  • Yasuda Hisashi – bass guitar (1998)
  • Ichiraku Yoshimitsu – drums (2001-2002, 2009)
  • Audrey Gineset - vocals, bass guitar, piano (2001)
  • Magic Aum Gigi - harp (2002)
  • Uki Eiji – drums (2002, 2005-2006)
  • Okano Futoshi - drums (2002-2003)
  • Ono Ryoko - saxophone, flute (2005-2006, 2007)
  • Nao – vocals (2005-2006)
  • Kitagawa Hao – theremin, vocals (2006-2007)
  • Shimura Koji – drums (2006–2014)

Kawabata Makoto & the Mothers of Invasion[edit]

sometimes playing under the name "What?"[5]
Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto – guitar (2001–present)
  • Tabata Mitsuru – bass guitar (2002–present)
  • Mori Kimiho – drums (2002–present)
  • Higashi Hiroshi - synthesisers (2002–present)
Former members
  • Tsuyama Atsushi – bass guitar (2001-2002)
  • Ichiraku Yoshimitsu – drums (2001-2002)

Acid Mothers Temple SWR[edit]

(previously known as Acid Mothers Temple mode HHH and Seikazoku)

SWR is an experimental, free-jazz trio composed of Tsuyama, Kawabata, and Japanese experimental rock guru Yoshida Tatsuya of Ruins.

Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto - guitar, bouzouki, electronics (2003–present)
  • Tsuyama Atsushi - bass guitar, vocals (2003–present)
  • Yoshida Tatsuya - drums, percussion, vocals (2003–present)

Acid Mothers Gong[edit]

Former members
  • Kawabata Makoto – guitar (2003-2006)
  • Daevid Allen – vocals, guitar (2003-2006)
  • Josh Pollock – guitar, megaphone (2003-2006)
  • Cotton Casino – synth, voices (2003-2006)
  • Gilli Smyth – vocals (2003-2006)
  • Higashi Hiroshi – synthesizer (2003-2006)
  • Yoshida Tatsuya – drums, vocals (2003-2006)
  • Tsuyami Atsushi – bass guitar, vocals (2003-2006)

Acid Mothers Afrirampo[edit]

Acid Mothers Afrirampo is essentially the core three members of Acid Mothers Temple plus the two members of Afrirampo. Acid Mothers Afrirampo's music is closer to free jazz with experimental elements. There is also a strong focus on the drums.

Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto – electric guitar, violin, hurdygurdy, glockenspiel, percussion, electronics, vocals (2004–present)
  • Tsuyama Atsushi – vocals, bass guitar, drums, digital guitar, acoustic guitar, soprano recorder, kantele (2004–present)
  • Higashi Hiroshi – electronics (2004–present)
  • Oni – vocals, electric guitar, digital guitar, soprano recorder, drums (2004–present)
  • Pika – vocals, drums, percussion, noise (2004–present)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno[edit]

Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno differs from the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. not only in line-up but also in style of music. The Cosmic Inferno generally plays much heavier, hard-rock inspired psychedelia, and experiments more with effects pedals.

Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto – guitar, bouzouki, electronics (2005–present)
  • Higashi Hiroshi – synthesizer, guitar (2005–present)
  • Tabata Mitsuru – bass guitar, vocals (2005–present)
  • Shimura Koji – drums, percussion (2005–present)
Former members
  • Okano Futoshi – drums (2005-2008)
  • Pikachu – drums, vocals (2008)
  • Audrey Ginestet - vocals (2008)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Pink Ladies Blues[edit]

The Pink Ladies Blues is another Acid Mothers Temple side-project, notable largely because it does not include Kawabata Makoto. In fact, that trio is led by Magic Aum Gigi, who was a member of Acid Mothers Temple in 2002. Their music is traditional blues and psychedelic.

Current members
  • Magic Aum Gigi – electric guitar (2005–present)
  • Tsuchy – electric guitar (2005–present)
  • Mai Mai – drums (2005–present)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Incredible Strange Band[edit]

Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto – electric sitar, violin, hurdy-gurdy (2006–present)
  • Tsuyama Atsushi – guitar, vocals (2006–present)
  • Tsuyama Akiko – vocals (2006–present)
  • Suhara Keizo – bass guitar (2006–present)
  • Aiko – drums (2006–present)

Acid Mothers Guru Guru[edit]

(previously known as Acid Gurus Temple)

Acid Mothers Guru Guru was founded on a concept similar to SWR, but instead features the drumming of Krautrock drummer Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru.

Current members
  • Kawabata Makoto - guitar, bouzouki, electronics (2006–present)
  • Tsuyama Atsushi - bass guitar, vocals (2006–present)
  • Mani Neumeier - drums, vocals (2006–present)


  • Kawabata Makamoto - guitar (2009–present)
  • Julien Barbagallo - drums, vocals (2009–present)
  • Julien Gasc - guitars, keyboards, vocals (2009–present)
  • Benjamin Glibert - guitars, vocals (2009–present)
  • Audrey Ginestet - bass, vocals (2009–present)
  • Manon Glibert - clarinet (2009–present)
  • Latifa Forestier - trumpet, theremin, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Francois Gout - organ, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Fanny Harney - drums (2009–present)
  • Alexandre Piques - drums (2009–present)
  • Olve Strelow - drums (2009–present)

to release debut LP/CD on Manimal Vinyl in October 2009

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid[edit]

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid is the more hard rock leaning, heavily Black Sabbath influenced iteration of Acid Mothers Temple.

Current members
  • Tabata Mitsuru - bass, voice, maratab (2013–present)
  • Higashi Hiroshi - synthesizer (2013–present)
  • Okano Futoshi - drums (2013–present)
  • Kawabata Makoto - guitars (2013–present)



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