Mika Bomb

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Mika Bomb
Origin London, England
Genres Pop punk, garage punk, indie rock, pop
Years active 1998–present
Labels Grand Royal
Damaged Goods Records
Associated acts Long Kuan Jiu Duan龙宽九段
Website Mika Bomb's page on Damaged Goods' website
Members Mika Handa - lead vocal
Mel Roxy - guitar, backing vocal
Emiko - bass, backing vocal
Debbie - drums
Past members Wataru Idol - bass
Ergi Ahmed - drums
Anko (Ann Sung-an Lee) - guitar
Nic Tse- bass
Haruna Hayashi - guitar
Taku Kawahara (apes) - guitar
Agi - guitar

Mika Bomb (sometimes spelled Mikabomb) is a London-based, Japanese pop punk band.

History[edit]

Lead singer Mika Handa arrived in London in 1998, with the goal of playing in a punk band. Recruitment for the band began with the arrival in London of the guitarist Agi (Chinese: 龙宽 Long Kuan),[1] who later gained broad fame in the electronic duo 龙宽九段 Longkuan Jiuduan.[2][3] Another Mika (Mika Kanayama) on bass introduced an element of musicality to the bass department while a North London boy, Ergi, provided the drums. Mika has a husband and two boys, and Ergi has a wife and two daughters.

In 2000, they signed with the Beastie Boys' label Grand Royal. Mika Bomb performed in the West Country plugging their singles "Super Sexy Razor Happy Girls" and "Heart Attack". They fused Motown, New York punk, 1950s garage rock and Japanese pop to form a distinctive, distortion-heavy pop sound.

2001 saw the release of their debut album The Fake Fake Sound of Mikabomb on the Damaged Goods label after Grand Royal went bust.

Through their career they have played with At the Drive-In, The Donnas, Snuff, Bis, The Datsuns, The D4, Ten Benson and Rosita.

In 2005, they released their second album, Hellcats, which featured a cover of Holly Golightly's "Won't Go Out", with Mika and Holly herself performing a duet on lead vocals.

On 10 December 2005, drummer Ergi fell ill and was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed as having septicaemia. He survived a week-long, near-fatal coma, but had both his legs amputated below the knee. There were several fundraising events in 2006 to help Ergi cope with the changes in his life, the highlight being a benefit gig at The Garage, Highbury Corner, Islington, London on 15 May 2006.

After making appearance at Rock My Ass festival, Bamberg, Germany in September 2006, the band ceased recording or live activities. When it seemed to be totally over, they reformed in October 2010 for an exclusive show at Camara Japan festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands, then had more or less “once-a-year” reunion in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 more shows are planned in UK and Germany.

Band members[edit]

The current line-up is:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Chaos' of China's music industry". BBC News. BBC. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Chinese Duo "Long Kuan Jiu Duan" Releases First Album". Beijing International. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ Shen Ting (2005-03-12). "Long Kuan Jiu Duan: I like Tricky Music". Cri Online. China Beat. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]

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