Zeni Geva - 3 Albums!
Zeni Geva - Nai-Ha
(NG records 1992/Skin Graft 1995)
2. Shirushi3. Intercourse4. Angel (with Steve Albini)5. Nai-Ha6. Terminal Hz.
Notes: Tracks 1,2,3,6 recorded at Studio Afterbeat, march 16&17 1992.
Tracks 4,5 recorded at Tokyo FM Recording Studio, march 24 1992.
Since his days in Big Black, Steve Albini exemplified the big sound possible from studio recordings of over-the-top industrial guitar bands. Producing ZeniGeva in the studio on Nai-Ha, he puts his skills to deadly effect. Essentially lyrical passages and dynamic changes in long, instrumental portions make this disc perhaps the most accessible of the Nipp Guitar Heavy series. On Nai-Ha, guitarist Tabata (ex-Boredoms) joins K.K. Null's group for one of the finest examples of ultra-heavy Japanese guitar rock.
Zeni Geva - Trance Europe Experience
(also referenced as T.E. Express on network)
(Nux Organisation/Charnel Music 1994)
1. Death Blows2. Interzona3. Dead Sun Rising4. Desire For Agony5. Stigma6. Whiteout7. Love Bite8. Autopsy Love9. Autofuck
Notes: Recorded live in clubs and on the radio during the band's first European tour, Trance Europe Express captures ZeniGeva with equal intensity in a context other than the studio. Released in 1995 on KK Null's own Nux imprint, this disc comprises tracks from all of the band's primary releases to that date. More a document of a particular tour than a groundbreaking -- or at least eardrum-shattering -- new recording, Trance Europe Express traces the arc of a tour sonically, highlighting the best tracks from certain shows, and includes a complete tour itinerary in the liner notes. Tracks one through six were recorded at VRPO Audio-1 Studio in Hilversum, Holland; tracks seven and eight were taken from the board at Democrazy in Gent, Belgium; and track nine was recorded live in Groningen, Holland, at Vera. Though not as punishing as the various studio albums, nor as avant, painful, or ambient as Null's solo work -- recall that he had been working with noise merchant Merzbow as far back as 1983 -- Trance Europe Express is an important document for ZeniGeva initiates and aficionados.
Zeni Geva - Maximum Money Monster
(Pathological Records Limited 1994)
1. Slam King
5. Guystick Bodie
7. War Pig
8. On Suicide
Notes: One-track CD, means no blank between songs. Meant to be that way. Try cut titles at yr own risk!
Recorded at Studio Take, Tokyo. Cover artwork by I. Taketani.
On Suicide words by Berthold Brecht.
Before it became hip and trendy to like bands from Japan, before Shonen Knife and the Boredoms became major label commodities in the states, there were a handful of bands in Japan pushing the sonic envelope, deconstructing and then rebuilding "music" and in general, were part of a new vanguard of noise makers. One such pioneering group of innovators is ZeniGeva (German for "Money Violence"), led by Kazuyuki K Null - guitarist, vocalist, prolific soloartist/collaborator, and head of the Nux Organisation label. Together with Mitsuru Tabata and drummer Eito Noro, this completes the Zeni Geva offensive line up.
Null founded the group in their home town of Tokyo in 1987 but ZeniGeva quickly found a dedicated fan base in the states. Their popularity in the west enabled them to be one of the first Japanese "noise" bands to tour the States three times with bands like the Pain Teens, the Melvins, Crash Worship, Ed Hall and Shellac. ZeniGeva picked up a lot of friends along the way. Steve Albini now rates ZeniGeva as one of his favourite bands. He highlights the band's wide range of influences, from Motorhead to trance-like space music, for keeping the ZeniGeva sound diverse and challanging. Steve also admires the way ZeniGeva embrace the Japanese culture in their sound rather than trying to Westernize it.
Subsequent tours have comprehensively covered Europe, and in September 1995 Zeni Geva completed tours of New Zealand and Australia, proving a fast emerging worldwide audience.
As they continue to create and innovate ZeniGeva remain in the forefront of this still-emerging genre of noise outfits. Fall 1996 see the release of their LP Nai-Ha on Skin Graft Records (where they reside with fellow Japanese noise gurus Space Streakings and Melt Banana) . The LP was recorded in Tokyo by long time friend and collaborator, Steve Albini. Previously released on CD only Nai-Ha will come packaged with an additional single-sided 12" of long-secreted studio recordings by the virtually unknown Superunit. Comprised of members of Zeni Geva and guitarist/vocalist Steve Albini, Superunit's soothing fast action delivers on contact. In typical Skin Graft fashion the LP come with some deluxe packaging, namely a lavish full color gatefold sleeve, a poster, and the bonus 12".
K.K.Null, as well as running the Nux Organisation label in Japan, has been involved in various other bands and projects. Fellow collaborators have included Scott Ayers from Pain Teens, Fred Frith from Naked City and Jim O'Rourke from Brise Glace with whom Null released the Yona Kit album ( Skin Graft 1995).
Tabata plays in Adventure King, which he describes as being "to boxing what ZeniGeva is to wrestling". Eito plays in Sashimi, an intrument swapping project in which he ends up playing bass and singing.
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