• MITOHO

    an introduction and the guide

    to the most updated,

    "Galapagosized" Japanese indie rock

  • ABOUT

    What is MITOHO?

    MITOHO (me-toe-ho) is a Japanese word, stands for unclimbed mountain.

     

    LOOLOWNINGEN & THE FAR EAST IDIOTS (LOOLOWS), Tokyo-based rock band since 2010, started their event called "MITOHO SESSIONS", curating the bands and musicians which have brand-new feeling, style, sound from all over Japan.

     

    This website is for living outside Japan, introducing the great Japanese musicians you may not know, often called "Galapagosized" sound are here.

  • MUSICIANS

    LOOLOWNINGEN
    &THE FAR EAST IDIOTS(TOKYO)

    Tokyo-based alternative/progressive rock trio,
    ink wash painting-like sounds and unicursal rhythms, for all wanderers.

    GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE(TOKYO)

    They are coming back! Green milk is progressive and garage-metal trio since 2001, prog-ing all around the world.

    nhhmbase(TOKYO)

    Destruction, construction then destruction again, they build a framework with a lot of vacant, play beautiful rest, with high energy.

    HOMMヨ(TOKYO)

    They sing a song between YURAYURA-TEIKOKU and U2, hit authentic electric guitar rock sound.

    MUSIC FROM THE MARS (TOKYO)

    Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Sax, Horn, Music from the Mars makes colorful and progressive form.

    SUPPA MICRO PANCHOP (TOKYO)

    Do you know Suppa Micro Pamchopp? Full of imagination, challenging composition, playing ROLAND MC-505, guitar, drum, and everything, his history is truly MITOHO.

    salsa (TOKYO)

    Salsa is not a band playing salsa, but rock'n'roll. The song "Cider" reminds us of Japanese legend Bloodthirsty Butchers, and recently they use more riff-oriented, rhythm-oriented arrange like Captain Beefheart.

    Hanazono Distance (TOKYO)

    Surreal + Progressive music from Takamatsu via Tokyo!

    SA-YUU(YOKOHAMA)

    SA-YUU (right and left are meant) is the band materialized with the sound which comes out from the two above-mentioned persons.

    nessie (SAPPORO)

    Finally they made it, run away from J-POP/ROCK/JAZZ methods. Dissonant harmony and beautiful melody, hard-boiled arrange.

    olololop (SAPPORO)

    Poly-rhythm, cross-rhythm, multi-rhythm, humor, then poly-cross-multi groove again.

    NANGO (SAPPORO)

    NANGO (stands for babbling), is a progressive rock meets poetry reading so they call themselves "Poet-ernative rock".

    REDDTEMPLE (KORIYAMA)

    With mumbling guitar, baying vocals and bass, samurai-striking drums, they got radical and brand-new band sound.

    TURALICA (NAGOYA)

    You may love this band if you are caught by these words: fluctuation, margin, surreal, floating, boader of music/non-music..

    NOISECONCRETE x 3CHI5 (NAGOYA)

    Harsh noise meets mysterious voice, mood cool/style cool/sound cool. They are already popular among European audiences

    Supernoah (KYOTO)

    Kento Ido, singer and composer of the band, is writing beautiful song and giving three dimensional arrangement.

    KITSUNE NO YOMEIRI (KYOTO)

    They give weight to both Japonesque/folk/trad and jazz/rock, so that the band name KITSUNE NO YOMEIRI, means sunshower is very suitable for them. Recently they got new member playing marimba, and more wide sound.

    YOLZ IN THE SKY (OSAKA)

    They change their sound with changing members, and now they got whole new sound as "Technorized Bitches Brew".

    ANYO (OSAKA)

    Strongly influenced by trip-hop and a kind of techno, but when in their live performance they play more intense, hardcore, full of energy.

    USAGI BUNNYBOY (HIROSHIMA)

    Complicated twin guitars' ensemble, fast groove, melodic alternative punk band. Takamiya-san, leader of UBB, is the key person of Hiroshima's indie rock scene.

    shiNmm (YAMAGUCHI)

    Soutaiseiriron meets Pavement? Just like tiny fairy, they sing expanding/contracting world from the edge of Honshu, main island of Japan.

    PANICSMILE (FUKUOKA)

    PANICSMILE is playing more than 25 years, with changing members several times, and the newer the better. Their style are the symbol of Japanese alternative rock music.

    KUMIO KURACHI (FUKUOKA)

    His Career started as AJA CRAYONS, intelligent punk band, then he plays solo using strange but full of imaginated lyrics, and electric guitar inspired by Japanese harp.

    folk enough (FUKUOKA)

    You may feel their sound are so messy, but if you listen them carefully there are tons of aesthetics. Japanese Velvet Underground/Sebadoh

    Doit Science (KUMAMOTO)

    Doit Science make super one and only sound- the ensemble like "Red Krayola meets Led Zeppelin", repeating imperfect texture and too much chorus like mysterious dream.