METROPOLIS | CLASSIFIEDS | PERSONALS | JOBS
JAPAN BEAT
Brahman



Brahman
Courtesy of Tactics Records

Krishna-core? Now you' heard it all. Sometimes described as the "Japanese Asian Dub Foundation," Brahman does in fact draw on Indian mythology and music. But unlike their UK brethren's blend of drum 'n' bass, punk and Indian melodies, Brahman cite ska and hardcore as their musical inspirations, topping it off with elements of Indian and Japanese traditional music.

After a self-titled demo tape found its way to monster indie label Toy's Factory in 1995, the quartet was signed, releasing their debut mini-album Grope Our Way in 1996. The album earned the band a loyal following in the Tokyo underground, where their sound struck a chord with a youth culture beginning to look beyond its fixation with things Western and directing its eyes towards Asia.

The mini-album Wait and Wait followed in 1997 and A Man of the World in 1998, confirming Brahman's status as a key member of Japan's burgeoning indie-rock scene. A heavy schedule of gigs at live houses across the nation and appearances at the Air Jam 2000 festival also helped to bring the band national attention.

While appearances in fashion spreads in the glossies have lost them some credibility in the eyes of indie fanatics, Brahman have also showed a conscience, participating in the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert.

Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing units on the band scene, Brahman is now beginning to set their sights overseas.

Brahman plays Zepp Tokyo on November 13. See listings for details.


JAPAN BEAT ARCHIVE:
NOVEMBER
400: Cornelius
SEPTEMBER

393: Mikidozan
391: Shelter 10th Anniversary
389: The beautiful losers

AUGUST
387: Junpei Shiina
383: Umekuichi
JULY
381: P'ez
JUNE
379: Boredoms
377: Dai Sakakibara
375: Dreams Come True
MAY
373: eX-Girl
APRIL
370: Pizzicato Five
MARCH
368: Dub Squad
366: Buffalo Daughter
364: Phew Phew L!ve
362: Fumio Yasuda
FEBRUARY
360: Boom Boom Satellites
358: Kei Kobayashi
JANUARY
356: Cool Drive Makers
354: Bird
351: United Future Organization
349: Audio Active
347: Ondekoza
345: Misia
343: Brahman
341: Puffy
339: Ryukyu Festival 2000
337: Rappagariya
335: Lisa Ono
333: Air Jam 2000
331: Feed
327: Tenkoo Orchestra
325: Wrench
323: Sadao Watanabe
321: Dry & Heavy
319: Bonny Pink
317: Sakura Hills Disco 3000
315: Aco
313: Rovo
311: The Mad Capsule Markets
309: Coldfeet

BACK TO CURRENT

TOP