Pregnant Fantasy album in 2004 really announced the band’s arrival, and subsequent efforts Giving Blood, Shocking and Abandon Human have cemented their standing as a Japanese underground superpower. Last year’s new album, honestly titled NEW, is further proof that more Westerners should know about them.
A Halloween show at the Viper from Japanese surf-noise-punk trio TsuShiMaMiRe is entirely appropriate; the women — Mari Kono, Yayoi Tsushima and Maiko Takagi — have been known for their disturbing lyrics and videos since forming in 1999. The band’s name isn’t a real Japanese word but rather an amalgam of the members’ names. And that quirky, sweet fun blends wonderfully uncomfortably with the group’s sinister edge. Following a couple of early demos, the