Bo Ningen

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Bo Ningen
Bo Ningen 2012
Bo Ningen performing in 2012
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresNoise rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsStolen Recordings (UK)
Sony Music Associated Records (JP)
A Remarkable Idea
Associated actsSavages
Benson Taylor
MembersTaigen Kawabe
Yuki Tsujii
Kohhei Matsuda
Monchan Monna

Bo Ningen are a Japanese four-piece noise rock and alternative rock band,[1][2] consisting of Taigen Kawabe (bass/ vocals), Yuki Tsujii (guitar), Kohhei Matsuda (guitar) and Monchan Monna (drums). Though they come from Gumma, Tajimi, Nishinomiya, and Tokyo, they coalesced in London. They are signed to Stolen Recordings and licensed to Sony Music Associated Records in Japan.

They have performed collaboratively with Damo Suzuki, Faust and Savages.


The name Bo Ningen means "Stick Man" in Japanese.[3]

Taigen (vocal & bass) and Kohhei (guitar) met at a gig in 2006 and formed the first Bo Ningen duo; they were later joined by Yuki and then by Monchan.[4] The band booked into a studio on Hackney Road and in summer 2007, after continual 12 hour jams they played the first “true” Bo Ningen show at the Wilmington Arms. They then set up their own night 'Far East Electric Psychedelic' at Cross Kings in Kings Cross.

They have since played shows and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and Japan, notably the 2011 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster), which was re-created for Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall. They were also invited to perform at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Yohji Yamamoto Friday Late event.

According to an October 2015 interview with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, they confessed that they didn't even really understand the label of acid rock applied to their style of music.[5]



  • "Henkan" / "Jinsei Ichido Kiri" (2011 Stolen Recordings)[6]
  • "Nichijyou" / "Henkan" clear vinyl (2014 Black Night Crash Records)[7]


  • Koroshitai Kimochi (2009 Stolen Recordings)[6]
  • Live at St. Leonard's Church (2012 Stolen Recordings)[6] (limited-edition silk-screened 10", 200 copies)[8]


  • Bo Ningen (2010 Stolen Recordings, Licensed to Knew Noise Recordings, Japan, Licensed to Black Night Crash Records in Australia)[6]
  • Line the Wall (2012 Stolen Recordings, Licensed to Sony Music Associated Records in Japan, Licensed to Black Night Crash Records in Australia)[6]
  • III (2014 Stolen Recordings)[9]


  • Words to the Blind (2014 Stolen Recordings/Pop Noire) – with Savages


  1. ^ Julian Marszalek (11 October 2012). "Reviews | Bo Ningen". The Quietus. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ Paul Lester (14 January 2010). "New band of the day – No 704: Bo Ningen". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  3. ^ "FAULT Online interviews Bo Ningen". 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  4. ^ "Bo Ningen - About". Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d e (limited-edition silk-screened 10", 200 copies) "Bo Ningen". Stolen Recordings. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  7. ^ "Bo Ningen - Nichijyou 7" Vinyl". 2014-01-17. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  8. ^ "Live at St. Leonard's Church". 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  9. ^ Fred Thomas (2014-05-12). "III - Bo Ningen | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-10.

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