The Cosmic side of Japan

Japan is filled with absolutely magnificent psychedelic/garage/noise rock bands. Bands that are long since disbanded and bands that are brand new. A lot of this awesome music is lost to us and in this post I will try to share as much of these bands I can that fit Fuzzy Sun. With help from friends and sources I will update this list now and then. Tune in and listen to the Cosmic Side of Japan.



The trio started in 2007 as a heavy psych band and has grown a lot in their sound since then. Their name comes from the  the mythological giant Daidarabotchi.

The new album “Threshold” is released December 1 on Gurugurbrain!

the “NO WATER” debut EP was released in January 27, 2017.

Dhidalah released “Moon People” on April 8, 2018. A very psychedelic improvistation.


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Qujaku was quite a revelation when i found their music. and i have been a big fan since then. And i have had the luck to see their crushing live show.

Not long ago the band released their first full length. The sound Qujaku makes is quite unique. They blend doom, psych and noise in their sound but still accomplish a refined softness.

Acid Mothers Temple

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Most of you will have heard of these psychedelic veterans, or under one of their other bandnames like Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O, Acid Maso Temple, Acid Mothers Afrirampo, Acid Mothers Gong, AcidMothersGuruGuru, … .

Acid Mothers was formed somewhere about 1995 and has released a massive amount of music, album, and live stuff.

The frontman kawabata Makoto has a lot of side projects and others bands, some of them you will find here.

Kikagaku Moyo

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The Tokyo based psych band started out as a free street act in 2012. Slowly evolving in a full psychedelic force. in  2013 they released their first self titled album. in 2014 cam “Forest of Lost children”, 2016 brought “House in the Tall Grass”, 2017 “Stone Garden” and this year they have created the magnificent “Masana Temples”.

Immerse yourself in the psychedelic worl of Kikagaku Moyo.

The Routes


From Hita City, Oita prefecture comes the Japanese band The Routes. They play garagerock like it is the end of times.

Check out their 60’s/70’s sound now.



An all girl trio from Kobe, Japan. The music is produces with the help of Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple).

This is something special, i like my music a bit weird and Squimaoto succeeds in this with brilliance. Listen carefully to the controlled choas.



This is another one of those bands where Acid Mothers Temple frontman Makoto Kawabata has his fingers in. This time joined by Emiko Ota and Julien Omeyer (AKA Emiko & KiriSute Gomen) they form the band En’Ma-O.

Listen to their peculiar sound.

Cosmic Invention


Drag City reissued the album ‘Help Your Satori Mind’ by the Japanese Cosmic Invention wich is a side project from Masaki Batoh of the band Ghost. With an extralong unreleased jam session! Enjoy

Joseph of Kirezi


Joseph of Kirezi captures the psychedelic spirit in its true form. BGefore they released their first self titled LP they released a couple of live albums.

The moment the LP hit the world knew that there was another psychedelic force.

Otoboko Beaver


A lot of you may have heard about the wild all-gril punk band Otoboko Beaver. The band formed in 2009 is most known for their agressive, fast paced punk.

The best way to get to know them is through their latest remastered compilation album called Okoshiyasu​!​! Otoboke Beaver.



Boris formed in 1992 in Tokyo. Their name comes from  Melvins’ 1991 album Bullhead. Since 1992 Boris have released an extensive list of albums, EPs and tracks.

The band doesn’t want to be categorized and quite frankly, it is not possible either.


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Melt-Banana is a Japanese noise rock band formed by Yasuko Onuki and Agata Ichirou. Rika mm’ en Toshiaki Sudoh joined te band and together they make extremely fast noise. The album “Scratch or Stitch” was produced by Steve Albini.



The Heavy psych band formed in 2012. The bands name means Freak Out Orgasm.

Their last album was released on Riot Season Records.

Minami Deutsch

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Hypnotizing kraut/psych by the Tokyo based band formed in 2014.

he band members being self-professed “repetition freaks” who heavily listen to minimal techno. The band was initially picked up by Cardinal Fuzz (wich catalogue only exists of awesomeness) and later by the Gurugurubrain label.

Les Rallizes dénudés

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The psychedelic/noise/folk formation Les Rallizes Dénudés (Hadaka no Rallizes) are a Japanese band formed by frontman Takashi Mizutani in the late ’60s. You can find a lot of info/rumours and speculations about Les Rallizes Dénudés on the Internet. Most of their music are bootlegs, live recordings and other low quality stuff. They have never officialy released an album. Some say Mizutani was dissatisfied with the studio sound, thus never recording something official. Listen to some youtube music from Les Rallizes Dénudés.


Sundays and Cybele

The four piece psych band formed in Hokkaido, Japan in 2004. They have recently released their fourth studio album on the Gurgurubrain label called “On The Grass”.


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The experimental/psych band Ghost was formed in 1984 by Masaki Batoh. Influenced by bands like Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground They started releasing work around 1990.




The Japanese heavy psych rock DMBQ has a history dating back to 1989. Founded by Shinji Masuko (vocals/guitar), Ryuuichi Watanabe (bass), and Yuka Yoshimura (drums).

after a long discographie the band will release their new record “Keenly”. The album will be released on November 16 via God? (run by Ty Segall).

Stream their new track “Bluebird”.

For more psych, check out Fuzzy Sun’s List.



OOIOO was founded in 1995 by legendary percussionist/guitarist/vocalist YoshimiO. Since then they have been creating the most weird and cosmic music.

White Heaven

The band formed somewhere in the 80’s helmed by singer/guitarist You Ishihara.

Psycho Baba

Psycho BaBa is led by sitar player Mhayow and, on this album, joined by Boredoms members Yoshimi and Hira.

Musica Transonic

Heavy japanese psych band Musica Transonic was formed in 1995 by Nanjo Asahito (bass), Makoto Kawabata (guitar) and 吉田達也 [Tatsuya Yoshida] (drums).

20 Guilders

Japanese psych/folk band 20 Guilders is made of TABATA MITSURU and Suzuki Junzo. Tabata is known for founding Boredoms, Zeni Geva and ex member of Acid Mothers Temple.


Psychedelic rockers Psyche Bugyo led by long-term Acid Mothers Temple member Atsushi Tsuyama with Ryota NISHI (keyboards), Keizo SUHARA (bass), and Nani SATOJIMA (drums)


Formed in 86 in Osaka. Boredoms has had numerous line up changes through the years. And singer Yamantaka Eye being frontman. Boredoms is experimental noiserock or like they say, Japanoise.


Zeni Geva

Brutal  Japanese noise band Zeni Geva was formed in 1987 and features singer and guitarist KK. Null and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida.


High Rise

Another Heavy Psych/noiserock band. High Rise was formed in 1982 by bassist Asahito Nanjo and guitarist Munehiro Narita. Originally called Psychedelic Speed Freaks but they changed their name advised by PSF records.

Space Streaking

someone said Space Streakings is Hyper-Disco Grindcore (sporting an industrial-sized dollop of alien hip hop, and a healthy dose of “WTF?”). I can’t really argue with that. The band was made from members Captain Insect, Karate Condor, Kame Bazooka, Screaming Stomach and Kashikari Rental Rocket. I Think.


Here is a relativly normal band in difference with space streakings. Nishinihon was made from Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple etc.) and is gorgeous heavy psych filled with trippy guitar work and excellent psychedelic vibes. Other members where Tsuyama Atsushi, Ichiraku Yoshimitsu and Okano Futoshi.

Ohkami No Jikan

Made of Nanjo Asahito , Emi Nobuko, Kawabata Makoto , Miura Maki, Hibari Nagao and Asai. This band was also known as “The Seventh Seal”.

Overhang Party

Made of Fukuoka Rinji, Nishino Kouji, Yamazaki Iwao. 


Sarry makes Japanese vocal noise drone. well, whatever that is. have a listen.


A very weird Japanese Fusion band that blends, jazz, noiserock, psych and other weird things. 

Sax Ruins

Maybe you guessed it, maybe not because what the hell is all this, but Sax Ruins is a newer version of Ruins. Instead of the bass player on Ruins we get the alto sax player Ono Ryoko. Their only release is on Ipecac Recordings.


A Japan-US collaboration with members KK Null, Jim O’Rourke, Darin Grey and Thymme Jones. Their self titles was released 94 on Skin Graft Rcords.


The Noise Birds

The Noise Birds are combination of two bands. They are made of 水晶の舟 Suishou No Fune (Japan, Pirako & Kageo) and Numinous Eye (USA, Mason Jones & Mike Shoun) and have one release in the past and now they are back with a new one on Riot Season Records.

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