Yura Yura Teikoku
Japan's best kept secret, Yura Yura Teikoku are the only Japanes psych band to really break the mainstream and enjoy success in the country, but despite their homegrown notoriety they've broken almost no ground abroad. Working their way up through the Tokyo underground they were regulars at the UFO club and appeared on compilations from the legendary PSF label. The band's 1998 album 3x3x3 is a potent mix of garage rock and power pop that along with a reputation for remarkable live shows, elevated them to icon status. Now Mesh-Key records has released their latest record Sweet Spot a mix of pop, fire and tension and finally brought them to the states with a string of tours this past year. Sweet Spot exercises more restraint than unbridled passion but has enough moments of incredible song craft to retain the band's status as one of Tokyo's greatest exports of the non-silicon variety.
[MP3] Yura Yura Teikoku -Kyusyo
[MP3] Yura Yura Teikoku -Soft Death