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Wien | 20.10.2005 | 10:40 
Taste the waste.

Trishes, Gerlinde, Fuchs

 
 
I'm a tree
  OOIOO, die Band von Yoshimi, Mitglied der ehrenwerten Boredoms, hat eine quasi neue Platte veröffentlicht.

In speziellen Zuständen kam es schon ja des Öfteren vor, dass der eine oder andere eine besondere Nähe zu unseren Photosynthese betreibenden Freunden verspürte. Stadtkindern ist es sogar teilweise möglich, ohne vorausgehende Konsumation von psychoaktiven Substanzen in diese Zustände zu verfallen. Yoshimi von den Bordedoms dürfte es so ergangen sein, als sie an der Grenze von Myanmar und Thailand durch den Urwald gezogen ist.

Resultat ist Gold and Green, ein psychedelisches Meisterwerk. Es rauscht und raschelt an allen Ecken und Enden. Bei Grow Sound Tree hört Stadtkind den Urwald. Schwerelosigkeit und ein Sturm von akustischen Seifenblasen erwartet uns bei I'm a Song. Sean Lennon und Yuka Honda von Cibo Matto summen sich bei Mountain Book in andere Dimensionen. Und Seiichi Yamamoto und Atari von den Boredoms sind auf Gold & Green ebenfalls als Gäste zu hören.
 
 
OOIOO hat als Lüge begonnen
  Oder weniger hart formuliert: als Erfindung von Yoshimi in einem Interview. Yoshimi ist lebenslanger Ruhm und distanzlose Verehrung sicher. Schon alleine weil sie Schlagzeugerin von Japans Nummer 1 Punk Noise Truppe, den Bordeoms war. Sie hat gemeinsam mit Kim Gordon von Sonic Youth, Mark Ibold von Pavement und Julie Cafritz in den 90ern das Projekt Free Kitten auf die Beine gestellt.

Sie ist laut Wayne Coyne nicht direkt die Dame, die von den Flaming Lips in Yoshimi battles the Pink Robots besungen wird:
"Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" is not a concept album - but it does have several "sound story" compositions connected throughout the record - the Yoshimi depicted in the songs and titles is a fictional character. Yoshimi P-we is a marvelously kind and beautiful woman who plays with the psyche-noise-experimental group the "Boredoms" and is the leader of her own band "OOIOO." She is a musician of extraordinary talent and uniqueness. Yoshimi P-we and the Flaming Lips became fast friends while both were playing on the Lollapallooza tour in 1994.

 free kitten beim einkaufen
 
 
  Mit den Attributen die Wayne Coyne ihr zuschreibt, hat er schon recht. Vielseitig, faszinierend, spannend möchte der geneigte Fan noch hinzufügen. Wie ein guter Geist hat Yoshimi Spuren und Ideenfragmente im Werk vieler anderer Bands hinterlassen, so stammt der Legende nach auch der programmatische Titel des Sonic Youth Albums "Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Stars" von ihr.
Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Stars war die Antwort von Yoshimi, als sie in New York erkannt und um ein Autogramm gefragt wurde.

 
 
  Die neue OOIOO Platte nennt sich "Gold & Green", ist eigentlich schon 2000 in Japan erschienen und wurde jetzt von Thrill Jockey wieder veröffentlicht.

Ich bin Fan, will genauer wissen von was eigentlich, und so ist Yoshimi mit zwei zwischengeschalteten Dolmetschern meine Kurzzeit-Brieffreundin geworden.
 
 
 
  When and under what circumstances did OOIOO materialise?

Y: A Japanese magazine called Switch asked to do a feature on me in 1995. I was bored of having photos taken of myself alone, so I decided to make up an imaginary band, and take the imaginary members to the photo shoot. We did a photo session and an interview with this band. I took 3 of my friends as the imaginary members. We were using the band name OOIOO from that time. I loved the band name, so I decided to make the imaginary band into a real one. Though my friends were into music they couldn't play instruments, but we decided to go into the studio and play together. We came up with some really weird music. I was playing the guitar for the first time. The band started to take shape somehow, and I told Kim Gordon about this. She then asked us to open up for Sonic Youth in Japan. She asked us to open up for her even though she didn't know what we sounded like, and we decided to take up the offer.

 
 
  What are the influences for OOIOO?

Y:I love all types of music and have naturally been influenced by everything that I have heard. We are limited to what we can do on our instruments, so we play within our limitations. Our music is influenced mostly by the weather and the climate.
 
 
 
  Do you see OOIOO as link between a band and performance art?

Y:When we create our CD's, I put a lot of work into the cover artwork. Also, our band name itself is art.
 
 
 
  How did you get in contact with Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda and why did
you ask them to be on the record?

Y: I met Sean and Yuka on different occasions. I met them when they came to see Boredoms concerts.
During the recording of "Gold & Green", they came to my house to hang out. At the time, I was going to the studio everyday to record, so I asked them "Do you want to play on my record?" They were like "Yes, yes!" On "Mountain Book," there are a lot of different musicians playing on the song. Sean sang the chorus. He had perfect pitch and a beautiful voice. Yuka played piano. I actually only used about 1 or 2 notes of her playing though. I wanted to incorporate the vibes of them having fun during the recording session.

 
 
  Gold and Green why did you choose this title?

Y: Right before I recorded the album, I went to the border of Thailand to visit the mountain tribe of Lisu. I had to cross 4 or 5 mountains from the village of Mae Hong Son. That experience is directly reflected on the "Gold & Green" album. The guide that was taking us around was afraid because the mountain was known for tigers. In the beautiful rainforest, I heard the sounds of birds and animals that I had never heard before. When we got lost, there was an emerald green dragonfly that was flying around us the whole time. When we followed the dragonfly, it guided us back onto the right path. The title of the album comes from the beautiful green world we saw in the mountains. There were drops of water on the leaves, and they glittered in gold when the sunlight reflected on them. I was inspired by the green and gold colors that I saw in the mountains, so I decided to make it the title.
 
 
 
  You also did the artwork ?

Y: I thought of the artwork and the music at the same time. I wanted to make the cover like an illustration book that incorporated my experiences in the mountains. I asked a friend of mine, Seigo Fukuda, who is an illustrator to do the illustrations. I told him, "The next OOIOO record is going to be music about the mountains, so I want a picture book about the mountains". I added my photographs to the illustrations.

 
 
  Why did thrill jockey re-release Gold & Green ?

Y: Whenever we released OOIOO albums in Japan, we always tried to find a label in America to license the record. Japanese imports are expensive in the US, so I wanted to make it cheaper for our fans to get.
The first album was licensed by Kill Rock Stars, and the second album was licensed by Bird Man. At the time, we couldn't find a label to license the third album, "Gold & Green". I thought that the timing must not be right, so I decided to wait.

When we were recording the fourth album "kila kila kila", I happened to meet Bettina from Thrill Jockey (I don't remember exactly how I met her. I think she asked to interview me). She told me that she wanted to release my music, so I discussed licensing the record to her.
She said that she wanted to first release the most recent album, which was "kila kila kila", and then release "Gold & Green".
I felt that the music on "Gold & Green" was timeless, so I was very thankful that Bettina would release it after "kila kila kila". I felt that the timing for "Gold & Green" had come.
We will be releasing a new record from Thrill Jockey next summer.

Wir freuen uns.
 
 
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