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MELT-BANANA main members are YAKO who is a singer and AGATA who plays the guitar. YAKO (vocals, aka YASUKO) was the founding member of the band which would eventually come to rename itself MELT-BANANA after an initial formative period of member changes. After the band' s original guitar player left, AGATA (guitar) joined on. Later, about 6 months after the inception
of the band, both the drummer and the bass player both quit the band. YAKO and AGATA quickly recovered, and with a new drummer, they started over again, this time with YAKO singing and playing the bass. YAKO eventually grew tired of doing this double-duty, and started the search for a new bass player, so that she could concentrate on vocals. And they asked a bass player to help them. A year later, MELT BANANA' s second drummer quit, paring the quartet down to a trio. They continued as such, without a drummer, playing a number of shows. During this time, they arrived at the concept behind the music upon which MELT-BANANA is now based, playing a number of shows in Tokyo. Finally, late in 1992, a new drummer joind the group, and MELT-BANANA started running...
1993 - Changed the band name to MELT-BANANA. - Getting a chance to play with K.K.NULL of ZENIGEVA, they got an offer from Nux Organization which is a label of K.K.NULL, to put out their 1st album. - Recorded their first 7inch ep produced by K.K.NULL. - MELT-BANANA live album cassette "RAW EGG TILL MORNING" released by themselves. 1994 - They recorded their 1st album in Chicago, engineering by STEVE ALBINI, produced by K.K.NULL. During their visit in USA they played 2 shows in Chicago and 1 show in San Francisco. Those 3 shows became their start to expand the band activities to worldwide. - 7inch ep " HEDGEHOG" was released on Charnel Music in San Francisco, USA as their 1st single. - 1st Album "SPEAK SQUEAK CREAK" was released on Nux Organization. - Cassette Tape album "CACTUSES COME IN THE FLOCKS" was released on Chocolate Monk in Scotland. - They did collaboration with ELLIOTT SHARP / ZEENA PARKINS in Tokyo, and later, released on God Mountain Records in Tokyo, JAPAN, as "CHIPFARM" . - They toured in Japan with JIM O' ROURKE from USA, and ZENIGEVA. 1995 - Supported DISCORDANCE AXIS from USA in Tokyo. - They toured in Japan with GOD IS MY CO-PILOT and UFO OR DIE. - First live performance of MERZ-BANANA, which is a collaboration unit of MELT-BANANA plus MERZBOW. - They recorded their 2nd album engineered by STEVE ALBINI and mixed by JIM O' ROURKE in Chicago. After recording they toured in mid-west with U.S.Maple / east coast with Discordance Axis / west coast of USA. It was their first US tour. - They were invited to be a main support band for Mr.BUNGLE USA tour, and toured with them for about 40 days. - 2nd Album "SCRATCH OR STITCH" Japan edition was released on meldac, JAPAN. 1996 - They toured in Europe with U.S.MAPLE for 2 months. - 2nd Album "SCRATCH OR STITCH" US/EURO edition was released on Skin Graft Records, USA.
1997 - They curated John Zorn' s Cobra MELT-BANANA unit and played live performance in Tokyo. (Prompter: Koichi Makigami) - They organized Japan tour for US band called PLAINFIELD and toured with them. - Leaving Skin Graft Records, they started their own label A-ZAP RECORDS, and started making 3rd album. - The drummer SUDOH left the band, and they asked NATSUME from FORCE to play the drums for their album and finished it up. For live performance, KIKUCHI (ex.ASSFORT) played the drums. 1998 - A new drummer OSHIMA (ex.Satanic Hell Slaughter) joined MELT-BANANA. - They toured in USA for 3 months, playing all over USA. - They recorded live album in a studio in NY, produced by JOHN ZORN. - 3rd Album "CHARLIE" was released on A-ZAP RECORDS. 1999 - Their 1st live album "MxBx1998/13,000 miles at light velocity" was released on Tzadik, USA. - They suppprted MELVINS Japan tour. - They toured in Europe as a main act for 2 and a half months. - In London, they did a real-time-on-air live performance a JOHN PEEL SESSION on BBC. JOHN PEEL appeared and did his radio show from the studio where they played a live show. It was the first time for this radio show to invited the band to their show and broad cast real-time. - re-issued album "CACTUSES COME IN FLOCKS" was released on CD/LP on A-ZAP RECORDS. 2000 - They did support-act for SLIPKNOT in Tokyo. - They started recording of 4th Album "TEENY SHINY" . - They did support-act for NEUROSIS Japan tour. - Performed at a live show "BURNING SPIRITS" which TETSUAREI and FORWARD organize, which is one of the most important Japanese punk show in Japan. - 4th Album "TEENY SHINY" was released on A-ZAP RECORDS.
2001 - MELT-BANANA interview was on Japan Times on January 1st. - They did support-act for the LOCUST from USA in Tokyo. - They did support-act for BS2000 and LE TIGRE in Tokyo. - They performed at NHK radio which is Japanese national readio. It was recorded and broad-casted. - They toured in Europe and again, JOHN PEEL invited them to his Radio One show on BBC for playing real time live show. (This time some audiences were invited to see them play.) - On their Europe tour National Swedish Radio station recorded their live show and it was broad-casted. - Drummer Oshima quited the band, and they started to play with several different drummers. 2002 - They were invited to the film festival, Frankfurt Nippon Connection Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. - They took a part in All Tomorrow' s Party in U.K. - They were invited to the Canadian music festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. - They toured in U.S.A. in the fall. DAVE WITTE started playing the drums for them for USA tour and also Europe tour forllowing several years.- They started making their 5th album. 2003 - One of their ep was selected as one of the best single release by Rough Trade Records in UK, and the song was put on a compilation album called "Counter Culture 2002" released from Rough Trade Records, UK. - 5th album "CELL-SCAPE" was released in June. - They toured in USA in June - July. - They toured in Europe in October - November. In England, they played BBC Radio One live show as a main act which was curated by John Peel . 2004 - They played 2 show in Osaka and Tokyo as a support act for a legendary U.K. rock group, the WIRE. - They supported a show for BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY Japan tour. - They toured in USA as a main support band for USA band FANTOMAS in the fall. - One of a track on their album "Cell-scape" was used in a cartoon program "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" on Cartoon Network, produced by MATT HARRIGAN. 2005 - Single compilation album "13 Hedgehogs / MxBx singles 1994-1999" was released in May. - They toured in USA in April - May. - One of their track on their album "Cell-scape" was used for an ending song for a short CG animation film "Emily and the Baba Yaga" made by Lynchpin and 19hertz in U.K. - They wrote a song for a cartoon program "Perfect Hair Forever" on Adult Swim of Cartoon Network, produced by MATT HARRIGAN. - They supported for a USA band DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN for their Tokyo show. - They toured in Europe in October - November. 2006 - They played a show in Tokyo as a support act for a U.K. band MOGWAI. - They toured in Japan playing not only in Tokyo and Osaka but also in Kanagawa, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, Kyoto, and Hokkaido. - They started making their new album.
2007 - Their 6th album "Bambi' s Dilemma" was released in April. - They toured in USA in May - June for 2 months for promoting their new album. - During their spring tour, they were invited to support TOOL in USA for a month, and they toured with TOOL in USA. - Once they went back to Japan and played several shows and, they jumbed back again to USA and they toured there in October - November for 2 months as a head liner. 2008 - They were invited to Radar Festival in Mexico City. - They got an offer from LOU REED to tour with him as a support act, but their schedule was too tight and it didn' t happen unfortunately. - They toured in Eurpe in May - June for 2 months, taking a part in several festivals there, such as Kilbi Festival (Switzerland), Terra Trema Festival (France), Villette Sonique (France), Rock Dans Sous Lets Etats (France), Fusion Festival (Germany). - They took a part in Standon Calling Festival in UK. 2009 - They recorded some songs for single releases from several independent labels in USA. - In March, they went to Taipei Taiwan to play a show for the first time. - In May, they did a short tour in UK and they also took a part in All Tomorrow' s Party in U.K. curated by the BREEDERS. - In August, they went to Korea to play 2 shows in Seoul. - From 2009, they started performing some shows under a name of "MELT-BANANA Lite" to search for more possibility of music. With this unit, they use more noise materials with samplers, theremins, etc. - In October, they were invited to Melbourne International Arts Festival. It was their first visit to Australia. - In November, they put out a live album "MELT-BANANA Lite Live: ver.0.0" , and toured in USA for 2 months perfoming both set of MELT-BANANA and MELT-BANANA Lite. 2010 - In May, they took a part in a festival "VIVID" at Sydney Opera House in Australia, curated by LOU REED and LAURIE ANDERSON. At one of the events "noise night" MELT-BANANA guitarist AGATA played as a guest guitar player during LOU REED' s performance. They also played a show as a main act for one of the event of "VIVID" . - In August - October, they toured in Europe, visiting 13 countries. During the tour, they took parts in festivals, such as "Freak Show Festival" in France, "Super Sonic Festival" in U.K. At Super Sonic Festival, they were one of the main acts and headlined. 2011 - In February they took a part in "I' LL BE YOUR MIRROR" in Tokyo which was the first event that ATP (All Tomorrow' s Party) in U.K. held in Japan. - They went to Finland for the first time to take a part in a legendary festival IlosaariRock in July.

MELT-BANANA Official website: www.melt-banana.net MELT-BANANA twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/melt_banana/ MELT-BANANA facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melt-Banana/192954987398661 MELT-BANANA myspace:


There's a brand spankin' new group in town called Coffin Pricks, and it's made up of three great rock dudes: vocalist Chris Thomson (Circus Lupus, Monorchid, Red Eyed Legends), guitarist and bassist Ryan Weinstein (Cavity, Maximum Wage), and drummer Jeff Rice (Daylight Robbery). A couple weeks back the band hunkered down with local producer Mike Lust at his studio, Phantom Manor, to record some ripping punk jams. Though they have yet to sign with a label, the Pricks promise they'll have a sweet MySpace page up soon. Curious parties should head to Thomson's SoundCloud (bit.ly/cp-cr), where he's posted two of the tunes"Group Home Haircut" and "Brilliant Boris." Play 'em on repeat before the band's first show, Fri 8/19 at Quenchers.

Formerly local darkwave dance duo Gatekeeperthey decamped for Brooklyn last summerfinally have a full-length in the works, and it's set to come out early next year. They tell Gossip Wolf that things will kick into high gear once they wrap up their first national tour, which swings by the Empty Bottle on Fri 7/29. Shit's about to get real twerky, if the band's new gear is any indication: "We just got a TB-303!"

On Mon 8/1, dreamy twee-pop duo Tiny Firefliesaka Kristine Capua and Lisle Mitnik, better known as members of local indie-pop band Very Truly Yourswill release the Change EP on Spanish label Little Treasure. They'll mark the occasion with a trip to merry olde England to play an oh-so-twee fest called Indietracks on Fri 7/30. Local fans can take comfort in knowing the band will be back in town in time for a record-release show at the Bottle on Wed 8/10; it's free with an RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com.

This Wolf's personal portraitist, Keith Herzik, is selling his art at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this weekend, so go get your paws on an original drawing of your favorite Dumpster diver! Jessica Hopper and J.R. Nelson



Helliphant was born in 2006. Comprised of members of such bands as Plastic, Uncle Eddie, Way off The Horse, Skintones, Ladybeard, echo-static, Carl, The God Damns, Bon Squad, Whore du Jour, Jumpin' Jack Hash, Mr Brownstone, 4 X Daily, Easy Data, Rayging Whoremoans and various other acts, Helliphant mashes together their sound with eerie precision and delivers it with the subtlety of a sledgehammer forged out of plutonium. The band's first disc "Another Glorious Exrecise in Horror" is a testament to the diverse stylings the band draws from..... Now a mere 2 + years later comes "Powdered Tusk". Written and recorded in 2008, this new chunk of rock goodness hits the streets 11/12/2009, with a release party at The Frequency. Much more focused, Powdered Tusk drops the goods with full force. Don't miss this event!.... Recently the band added Jonny Lord, a 2nd high frequency maniuplator, and are currently writing for a new record to be released before 2012 when shit hits the fan and John Cusack is the lone populating male on the planet.



High Noon Saloon (View)
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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