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)
Ryosuke Kiyasu (drums)
Past members Chiyo Kamekawa (bass)
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.

In August 2015, bassist Chiyo Kamekawa was dismissed because he plays in an other band MANNERS.

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]

Year Album name Album details
1993 Allegorical Misunderstanding
1994 悲愴 (aka Hisou / Pathétique / 4)
1995 The Caution Appears
1997 A Death Never to Be Complete
1997 The Time Is Nigh
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
  • Format: CD
1998 A Little Longer Thus
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
  • Format: CD
1998 The Wisdom Prepared
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
  • Format: CD
2000 I Saw It! That Which Before I Could Only Sense...
  • Label: Paratactile
  • Format: CD
2001 Origin's Hesitation
  • Label: P.S.F. Records
  • Format: CD
2012 Hikari To Nazukeyou
  • Label: Heartfast
  • Format: CD
2012 Mabushii Itazura na Inori
  • Label: Heartfast
  • Format: CD
2013 名前をつけないでほしい名前をつけてしまうと全てでなくなってしまうから
  • Label: Heartfast
  • Format: CD
2013 まだ温かいうちのこの今に全ての謎を注ぎ込んでしまおう
  • Label: Heartfast
  • Format: CD

Live albums[edit]

Year Album name Album details
1989 Radio Code
  • Label: No label
  • Format: Cassette
  • Live radio recordings in Amsterdam from 1988–89
1989 1st
  • Label: P.S.F. Records
  • Format: Vinyl LP, CD (1997 reissue)
1991 Fushitsusha
  • Label: P.S.F. Records
  • Format: CD
1996 Purple Trap (The Wound That Was Given Birth to Must Be Bigger Than the Wound That Gave Birth)
  • Label: Blast First
  • Format: CD
  • Recorded live in London
1998 Withdrawe, This Sable Disclosure Ere Devot'd
  • Label: Victo
  • Format: CD
  • Live in Victoriaville, Canada, May 16, 1997
1998 Gold Blood
  • Label: Charnel Music
  • Format: CD
  • Live in San Francisco, U.S.A., Nov. 7, 1996
2003 It Was Eternity That Reached Out First
  • Label: P.S.F. Records
  • Format: CD
  • Live recording from 1978
2013 Live at Freedommune 0 <Zero> a New Zero 2012
  • Format: Digital file
2014 Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself
  • Label: Utech
  • Format: CD
  • Recorded in 1996

Filmography[edit]

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

References[edit]

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