INCAPACITANTS – Extreme Gospel Nights LP
Incapacitants are the best noise band to ever come out of Japan. The group was formed in 1981 in Osaka, as the solo project of Toshiji Mikawa , a member of the amazing noise group Hijokaidan. Mikawa , a bank employee who then became a deputy general manager of one of the largest securities brokers in Japan, later moved to Tokyo, where he joined with government office worker Fumio Kosakai (also an occasional member of Hijokaidan , as well as a former member of C.C.C.C. ) to make Incapacitants a duo. Toshiji Mikawa and Fumio Kosakai are no ordinary salarymen, though. They’ve been making some of the most unremittingly ear-shattering racket for decades as Incapacitants , one of the most significant noise outfits to emerge from the groundbreaking Japanese scene in the early 1980s, and still one of the most radical and powerful. They’ve consistently been responsible for some of the most complex, chaotic, loud, and downright fun releases in the genre.
Extreme Gospel Nights is a shocking cassette from 1993, released by one of the Japanoise-defining labels, Vanilla Records, whose sound is particularly exciting, agonizingly dense and full of detail – there’s very little air to breathe here. Gospel refers to the place (in Tokyo) where the recordings were made, so don’t expect traditional spirituals. Instead you get some truly alien performances, complete with sporadic screaming of vivisected baboons drowning in the sonic sludge. There are two tracks on Vanilla tape; Bitter Insect on side A and the super lo-fi Accelerated No(i)sebleed on side B, in all probability recorded directly from the soundboard. Just pure, unadulterated electronic distortion of the highest quality done by two of the masters who have ever turned the knob on a distortion pedal that is fun, terrifying, hypnotic and fascinating all at the same time; their noise takes root not in violence or gimmickry, but in pure energy. It also serves as great example of just what makes well done noise so great: the layers of complexity that build upon each other reveal new and different textures and patterns on subsequent listenings.
Mastered by Toshiji Mikawa and reissued for the first time in vinyl, the record has been pressed on 140gr black vinyl with black label and black inner sleeve and comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve in 300 copies with Tomyodai-lighthouse photo (in the late Meiji) cover art plus an insert in classic paper ultra-bright with finish glossy plastic coating as perfect replica of original art from Vanilla Records tape cover. Each copy enveloped in tissue golden paper (plus sticker) as original tape release.
|Dimensions||31.5 × 31.5 × 0.05 cm|