|Years active||1995 – Present|
|Past members||Yuka Yoshimura
DMBQ is a Japanese rock band from Tokyo, whose name stands for Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet. They are heavily influenced by British and American rock music of the early 1970s, especially bands such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin.
Shinji Masuko is a well-known journalist in Japan who has regular columns in several music, pornography and subculture magazines. He is a younger brother of Naozumi Masuko who is a member of Dohatsuten.
Yuka Yoshimura belonged to OOIOO under the name "Yoshico" at the same time as DMBQ until 2003, and participated in Hatsuiku Status which was temporarily formed by Shiina Ringo, and now a member in CATSUOMATICDEATH, METALCHICKS.
DMBQ was formed in Hokkaido in 1989. The founding members were Shinji Masuko (vocals/guitar), Ryuuichi Watanabe (bass), and Yuka Yoshimura (drums). They began performing in Tokyo in early 1990 and quickly gained notoriety for their psychedelic live performances.
In 1995, their debut album "DYNAMITE MASTERS BLUES QUARTET" was released.
In 1997, Toru Matsui (guitar) became a member of the band.
In 2002, they contracted with "avex trax".
In 2004, they were supposed to start their first America tour in June, but Yoshimura left the band just before embarking, and Mana Nishiura (a.k.a. China, formerly of Shonen Knife became her replacement behind the kit.
After recovering from their injuries, DMBQ decided to go right back to the US (west coast only) for another mini-tour.
In February, 2006, Shinji Wada formally assumed DMBQ's drummer duties.
- Shinji Masuko - guitar, synth
- Toru Matsui - guitar
- Ryuichi Watanabe - bass
- Shinji Wada - drums (ex KING BROTHERS)
- Mana Nishiura - drums
- Yuka Yoshimura - drums (Formerly of OOIOO, currently in CATSUOMATICDEATH & Metalchicks)
Tompei & Bishop
The rock band which Tompei (Masuko) and Bishop (Matsui) formed.
Masuko's work with Boredoms
In 2004 Masuko became a member of Boredoms, in which he assumes live tuning and maintenance duties of the seven neck guitar instruments Sevena, which he built to Yamantaka Eye's specifications. Shinji has built two versions of this instrument, the first being made of seven Fender Telecaster guitars connected together, and the second being made of seven custom steel guitars. The instrument is played as a percussion instrument by Eye, who either strikes the individual necks of the instrument with drum sticks or strikes many of them at once with a staff. The instruments are connected to a mixing console and are played through a Marshall guitar amp. Due to the ferocity with which Eye plays the instruments, Masuko can be seen behind the Sevenas constantly replacing and tuning broken strings throughout a Boredoms live performance.
|Year||Title||Label + Catalog Number|
|1995||Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet||Less Than TV|
|1996||EXP||Less Than TV ch-24|
|1998||Fable of Thinnerlemon||Nanophonica MKCL-2002|
|1999||I Know Your Sweet|
|2001||Resonated (remix album)|
|2003||The Cold One|
|2004||Esoteric Black Hair||Fake Chapter Records|
|2004||DMBQ vs. Hysteric Glamour|
|2004||Hercules Hits (DMBQ Best)|
|2004||You Must Be Psychic (promo one-song EP from 2004 tour)||released by the band as a CDR|
|2005||The Essential Sounds from the Far East||Estrus Records|
- MKCL-002 Fable of Thinnerlemon
- NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN - issue 1: DMBQ FATAL VAN ACCIDENT
- DMBQ Official Site
- Official myspace page
- DMBQ performing in Brooklyn
- DMBQ's Photo Feature in SPIN's Dec. '08 Issue