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If warming up for alternative rock legend the Smashing Pumpkins at their farewell Budokan gig means anything, then indie-rock quartet Feed stands head and shoulders above pack of thousands of Japanese bands. Pretty good for a group of musicians who played their first gig at a CMJ industry showcase in New York in November 1998. Composed of Japanese-American Maya Saito (vocals), Shinsuke Komiyama (guitars), Akifumi Ikeda (bass), and Taro Dai (drums), Feed represents the new wave of highly internationalized Japanese rock. Forming at Tokyo' elite International Christian University, the band debuted in New York where Saito had moved to finish college at New York University. Returning to Tokyo, Feed set about recording their self-produced mini-album Make Every Stardust Shimmer, a powerful six-track alternative rock statement, which sets Saito's soaring, shamanistic vocals against a wall of edgy guitar distortion and driving beats. Now signed to influential Japanese rock producer Takeshi Kobayashi's Zone label (a cooperative project with Sony), the band this winter recorded their first, self-named, full-length CD under the guidance of veteran producer Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith, Soul Asylum, etc.). Kaye says "Feed are the international face of new world pop - a beyond borders rock that moves from the shimmer of windchimes to the ultra distortion of stun volume guitars... just my kind of music." In their latest coup, Feed was chosen to contribute a cover of US indie-rock heroes the Pixie's song, "Debaser." The Pixies tribute album, Where Is My Mind? was just released.

Feed will be available on Sony this fall. Where Is My Mind? is available on 4AD/Rock Records. For more on Feed see www.mindspring.com/~de-i/

Feed with Pealout and 54-71 at Heaven's Door, 8/23, 7pm, JY2000 (adv), JY2300 (door). Tel: 03-3413-9331.


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