Prime Direction Inc.
Although comparisons have been made to the
Slits, Nina Hagen and Frank Zappa, think frogs. For frogs are the true inspiration of
eX-Girl, the band of three coquettish Japanese women who can't seem to get their minds off
the slimy creatures.
When eX-Girl formed in late '97, none of the members had any previous musical experience.
But this proved a blessing, allowing the trio of bassist/vocalist Kirilo, guitarist
Chihiro and drummer Fuzuki to pursue their musical frog fetish unhindered.
They debuted with Heppoco Pou under the direction of underground legend, producer
Hoppy Komiyama, and quickly began to develop a cult following in the Japan and US
indie-rock scenes. Combining sometimes atonal, sometimes operatic vocals with dead-heavy
rhythm tracks and a space-invaders electronic esthetic, eX-Girl also blew away audiences
with their carefully constructed stage show. With original design plastic mini-skirts,
beehive hairdos and trademark frog-head masks, eX-Girl blend a performance art approach
with an art-rock-meets-punk sound that has both perplexed and entranced crowds at venues
such as Austin, Texas' vaunted South by Southwest festival.
With their second album, Kero! Kero! Kero! ("Kero!" is Japanese for the
sound frogs make), eX-Girl's budding frog mania came into full bloom. As bassist Kiriko
cryptically explained in an interview with Select magazine, "We came to Earth
planet from Kero Kero in the Kero Kero warp."
Big When Far, Small When Close followed, outlining the mythology of Planet Kero
Kero and paving the way for this spring's release of their latest, Back to the Mono
Kero. With songs like "Waving Scientist@Frog King" and "Solid Sates
Kerock'n'roll," the new album stays firmly in the Planet Frog camp. But it also
offers other gems such as "Cucumber Surrender" with the unforgettable line,
"Before you slice him up and make him a meal/Stroke your cucumber. Let him know how
Back to the
Mono Kero release party takes place at Club Asia on June 4. See listings for details.