Gauze (band)

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Origin Japan
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active 1981–present
Members Fugu - vocals
Momorin - Guitars
Shin - Bass
Hiko - Drums

Gauze is a hardcorepunk band from Japan. Since their formation in 1981, Gauze has been a major influence in both the Japanese hardcore scene, and the underground hardcore scene around the world.


Gauze was formed in the fall of 1981.

The original plan according to Shin, the bass player, was to play as fast as possible. They attempted to give the impression of playing fast without actually playing fast. The first Gauze recordings are the tracks from the City Rocker compilation LP with features other New Wave bands and Gauze doing 10 songs.

Equalizing Distort was released in 1986.[citation needed] They released the Genkai Wa Doko Da (“What’s the Limit?”) LP in 1989, and in 1991 they played a 10th anniversary gig, where they played three sets covering the 3 periods they had gone through in the last 10 years. They played 51 songs over these 3 sets. In 1996, they began a US tour, though it lasted just three shows - a fourth was scheduled, but was cancelled. They played at Gilman St. in Berkeley, at the Bomb Shelter in Minneapolis and in Chicago at the Fireside Bowl. They also recorded songs for a 7” that came out on Prank a little after this, while they were in SF.[citation needed]


  • Fuckheads 12" LP (1984)
  • Equalizing Distort 12" LP (1986)
  • Genkai Wa Doko Da (限界は何処だ) 12" LP (1989)
  • Low Charge 7" EP (1996) on Prank Records
  • Kao O Aratte Denaoshite Koi (面を洗って出直して来い) (1997)
  • Binbou Yusuri No Rizumu Ni Notte (貧乏ゆすりのリズムに乗って) LP 12" (2007)

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