Zoobombs

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Zoobombs
Zoobombs performing at the 2005 Pop Montreal
Zoobombs performing at the 2005 Pop Montreal
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active1994–present
Labels
Websitethezoobombs.com
Members
  • Don Matsuo
  • Matta
  • Bukka Billy
  • Mutch
Past members
  • Moostop
  • Atsushi
  • Piro
  • Pocky
  • Kim
  • Pitt

Zoobombs is a Japanese indie rock band, formed in Tokyo in 1994 by vocalist and guitarist Don Matsuo.

History[edit]

The band formed in Tokyo in 1994, self-releasing four cassette albums. In 1999, the group signed to Virgin/EMI Japan where they released three albums. That year the band performed in Toronto as part of the Neon Palm Festival.[1]

In 2013, the bassist in the group Moostop announced his desire to leave the group. Vocalist Don Matsuo stated that "I wasn’t really surprised, and knew that maybe this would happen one day, but I still wasn’t happy about his decision."[2] The group did a tour and recorded a tour-only EP together.[2] During this tour, the groups' drummer Pitt also announced his departure.[2] Don Matuso and his wife Matta began focus on a new group called The Randolf after this tour.[2][3]

18 months after the group announced their departure, Matsuo reformed the group with Bukka Billy as their new drummer with a touring bass player.[3]

Style and influences[edit]

The band's funk-rock style is influenced by acts such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Members[edit]

Current members

  • Don Matsuo – vocals, guitar
  • Matta – vocals, keyboards
  • Bukka Billy – drums
  • Mutch – bass guitar (supporting member)

Former members

  • Moostop – bass guitar
  • Atsushi – drums
  • Piro – percussion
  • Pocky – drums
  • Kim – drums
  • Pitt – drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Super Funcy of Zbons (1997)
  • Welcome Back Zoobombs! (1997)
  • Let It Bomb (1998)
  • Bomb Freak Express (1999)
  • Dirty Bomb (2000)
  • Love Is Funky (2002)
  • New San Francisco (2004)
  • Vamos a Bailar (2005)
  • BBB (2006)
  • The Sweet Passion (2012)
  • Ice Cream & Dirt (2016)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Way In / Way Out (2006)
  • Nightfriend of Zoobombs (2009)
  • La Vie En Jupon (2011)

Live albums[edit]

  • Bomb You Live (2001)
  • Bear's Banquet: Live from Deep Night in Toronto (2007)

EPs[edit]

  • Zoobombcrazy (2006)
  • Midnightfriend of Zoobombs (2010)
  • Agitation (2011)
  • Cowboy Trumps (2012)
  • On the Jungle (2013)
  • Dirty Present (2015)

Singles[edit]

  • "Bomb the Bomb" (1998)
  • "Mo' Funky" (1998)
  • "Hot Love" (1999)
  • "Doo-Bee" (2000)
  • "Jumbo" (2001)
  • "Funky Movin'" (2002)
  • "Colombie" (2005)
  • "Pisces" (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live Reviews: The Neon Palm Festival June 3, 1999 El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario". Chart Attack, Howard Druckman
  2. ^ a b c d Despres, Shawn (September 4, 2013). "Rock group Zoobombs announce split, prepare for sudden farewell tour". The Japan Times.
  3. ^ a b Despres, Shawn. "Don Matsuo to take solo experiences into Zoobombs' new act". The Japan Times. Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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