It’s a great moment for reissues of ambitious, historical gestures of the noise from Japan. One after the other, these artifacts have emerged from the shadows, entirely rewriting what so many of us thought we knew. Now, at long last, before us rest another piece in the puzzle – the first ever vinyl reissue of one of the most sought after artifacts from the 80s noise scene – Incapacitants ‘ Project Pallo ‘85 , originally issued in 1985 by Pariah Tapes, and now reemerging in a new fully remastered edition by Andrea Marutti.
Few projects can claim the seminal importance of the Incapacitants on worldwide noise scene. 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.
In the early eighties when based in Osaka, Mikawa occasionally performed as Incapacitants as part of various duets, most notably with Yamatsuka Eye of Hanatarash and Boredoms , and set up the Pariah Tapes label in order to release the first Incapacitants material. Starting from 1981 with Eternal Paralysis and Peony Crackers until 1985 with Project Pallo ‘85 that was produced on the label in triple cassette and handmade box. About two hours and half divided in 7 long tracks of just pure, unadulterated electronic distortion of the highest quality done by one of the masters who has ever turned the knob on a distortion pedal that is fun, terrifying, hypnotic and fascinating all at the same time; his noise takes root not in violence or gimmickry, but in uncontaminated energy.
Triple LP has been pressed on 140gr black vinyl and comes in a deluxe grey wooden box with front/back laser engraving plus three cardboard colored in 30×30 cm from the original box cover art, original dragon drawing by Takuya Sakaguchi used for artwork box and original insert.
In a limited edition of 299 numbered copies, it’s absolutely essential and not to be missed.