Kyoaku no Intentions
"Kyoaku no Intention (which translates as Worst Intention) were a legendary no-wave psych group led by wunder-guitarist Munehiro Narita at the beginning of the eighties. Usually consisting just of Narita and drummer Hiroshi Yokoyama, they blended tighter-than-tight Neu drumming with lengthy and harsh guitar soloing. Documentation was minimal, and the group seem to have split up in late 1982. However, Narita revived the concept during the 1998 High Rise tour of the US and Europe. He and lucky drumseat occupant at the time, Shoji Hano, would sometimes kick of the shows with intense instrumental duo blasts that not just reanimated the long rotten corpse of Kyoaku no Intention, but got it up and dancing too. The three extended studio pieces here see Narita smearing his heavily-effected guitar much wider than he ever could in High Rise. Hano constructs the perfect solid wall for just such a smearing in his usual resourceful and intensely, sweatily physical fashion. Together, Narita and Hano have zero qualms about incorporating a seriously ROCK vocabulary -- distortion, fuzz, emphatic string bends, lightning fast runs, pummelling forward motion -- into a full free improv context. In a field with few reference points between Gary Smith and Snyder & Thompson's Daily Dance, this one stands proud and tall. And at appropriate volume, it'll clear your sinuses better than Vicks."