SHE is the newest demo CD from Zekkei Kujira (絶景クジラ), a four-piece all-female band based out of Osaka. Featuring a wide range of musical styles, Zekkei Kujira is fronted by the charismatic Natsuko Polaris, whose powerful vocals are sure to leave an impression. Their instrumental leads are often a duel between Natsuko’s weird and eerie synth keyboard and guitarist Nozo’s classic, overdriven riffs.
- Taiwan II (台湾 ＩＩ)
- Gomen ne to sayonara wo(ごめんねとさよならを)
basalisk starts the demo single off with an atonal guitar blend and an almost insect-like keyboard drone before leading to the featured song, Taiwain II. A catchy, poppy vocal refrain over yet another weird synth starts off this upbeat number that fails to disappoint all the way through. The third track finishes off the demo with a classic-sounding pop rock love song. As a whole, this is their strongest release to date. It’s their fourth demo release, each featuring three tracks (although usually one track is not a standard song).
Zekkei Kujira are currently making quite the impression in the indie scene, with a spot at premiere festival Rock in Japan this summer and an upcoming gig as opening act for Hook Up Records’ 10th anniversary show at Shinsaibashi BIGCAT, the largest all-standing music venue in Osaka.