Monday, October 3, 2011

Le Guess Who? introduces part 5: Nisennenmondai

Picture yourself Nisennenmondai. Pretty hard, right? Well, Nisennenmondai (にせんねんもんだい) are three girls from Tokyo, Japan : Himeno Sayaka (drums), Zaikawa Yuri (bass) and Takada Masako (guitar).

Visits to Tokyo by Lightning Bolt, Battles, and No Age, to name a few, have discovered these three girls and their colossal sound. Prefuse 73 said in an interview with Dazed & Confused, “John Stanier from Battles had told me they were sick. . . They started to play and the drummer was as big as my hand. She started to play 16th notes on her hi-hat for about 15 minutes. Next thing you know, these three tiny diminutive women were making us look like idiots because they were so incredible.” Formed in 1999, the name refers to the “Year 2000 Computer Bug”. The girls compose mostly instrumental tracks. Nisennenmondai has become favorites of the Tokyo noise underground thanks to performing their live shows with a healthy doses of intensity.

"With walls of distortion and a pummeling rhythmic backbone that fluctuates between krautrock..s repetition and free-rock calamity, bassist Zai, guitarist Ma-Chan and drummer Hime have formed an unassuming juggernaut.” - Stephen Christian, Dazed & Confused

Nisennenmondai will be performing at Le Guess Who? 2011 on Thursday November 24th. Passepartout and day tickets are available via

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