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.