London-based Japanese alternative-rock band, Bo Ningen have today announced a run of UK headline tour dates for this October, including a London headline on 13 October at Village Underground.
To celebrate the announcement, the band are also streaming unreleased new album track ‘Zankoku’ in full, the latest to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Sudden Fictions, which is set for release on 26th June 2020 via Alcopop! Records.
“’Zankoku’ (which means cruel in Japanese) is the bridge between the existing image of Bo Ningen on our previous album, Ⅲ, and our forthcoming album, Sudden Fictions,” said vocalist and bassist, Taigen Kawabe. “You can sonically observe how Bo Ningen transformed into a new shape, how we re-find (refine) our identity within the song. Both sound and lyrics are eccentric and chaotic—it is a perfect precursory chapter of our new beginnings.”
“’Zankoku’ (which means cruel in Japanese) is the bridge between the existing image of Bo Ningen on our previous album, Ⅲ, and our forthcoming album, Sudden Fictions.”
Earlier this year, the band – aka Taigen Kawabe (bass/vocals), Yuki Tsujii (guitar), Kohhei Matsuda (guitar/synth) and Monchan Monna (drums) – announced their signing to Alcopop! Records for their fourth studio album, and released lead single ‘B.C’ on limited edition 7” vinyl.
Working with Drew Brown as producer—best known for his work on albums such as Amok by Atoms For Peace, and Hyperspace by Beck—the album sessions took place at Vox Studios, East West Studios and Studio 101.
Recorded around the world in London, Tokyo, and LA in a constant search for inspiration, and embodying the contemporary art and music scenes where crossovers of different cultures are flourishing, the quartet fuse disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves that marks Sudden Fictions out as their most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
As a precursor to the record, the band recently revealed ‘A Found History’—a week of exclusive rarities and sonic oddments from the past decade which charted a course through Bo Ningen’s past and examined how their sound has evolved. All of the ‘A Found History’ releases are now available to purchase and stream via the band’s own label, Polytope Records, HERE.
See full tour dates below. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 15 May 2020 and are available HERE.
Sudden Fictions is set for release on 26 June 2020 via Alcopop! Records.
2020 Tour Dates
03 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, Kent
04 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
06 – The Fleece, Bristol – The Fleece
07 – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
08 – Picture House Social, Sheffield
09 – Stereo, Glasgow
10 – District, Liverpool
12 – Bullingdon, Oxford
13 – Village Underground, London
15 – The Loft, Southampton
16 – Chalk, Brighton