Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Mix some fuzzy guitars, deadpan out-of-tune vocals drenched in reverb, and Moe Tucker-like drumming, and you get the Japanese-Lovers.
RIYL: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500, Crocodiles
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Inception: San Ysidro, 2008
Influences: Velvet Underground, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Galaxie 500, Ultra Vivid Scene, Spacemen 3, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, Dream Syndicate, My Bloody Valentine
The duo known as the Japanese-Lovers describe themselves as “Two musically untalented musicians in love with guitar feedback and reverb who get together to make ear-piercing music.”
Singer-guitarist Ricky Soltero and bassist-singer Aaron Guerrero spread the gospel of minimalism and noise experimentation (or exploitation), following the blueprint first created by the Velvet Underground circa White Light/White Heat. Their songs range from almost-pop to unstructured noise freakouts.
Yet to officially release any recordings, a four-song demo is available for