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Zoobombs playing at El Salon in Montréal for Pop Montreal festival, 1 October 2005.
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresRock, alternative rock, noise rock
Years active1994-present
LabelsEmperor Norton
We Are Busy Bodies
The Musebox
MembersDon Matsuo
Bukka Billy
Past membersPiro

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


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.


  • Super Funcy of Zbons (1997)
  • Welcome Back Zoobombs! (1997)
  • Let It Bomb (1998)
  • Bomb Freak Express (1999)
  • Dirty Bomb (2000)
  • Bomb You Live (2001)
  • Love Is Funky (2002)
  • New San Francisco (2004)
  • Way In / Way Out (2006) [Australia]
  • BBB (2006)
  • Bear's Banquet: Live from Deep Night in Toronto (2007)
  • Nightfriend of Zoobombs (2009)
  • La Vie En Jupon (2011)
  • Agitation (2012)
  • The Sweet Passion (2012)


  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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