Big in Japan started as an instrumental trio comprised of Matt Pierce on Rhodes, flute, and vocals, James Griffith on bass and guitar and Michael Lowry on drums. In recent years the band has become a collective including Ed Harris on bass, Woody Ranere on guitar and collaborations with artists from other groups such as vocalist Katrina Ford from “Celebration”. Their sound is at times sweeping and cinematic or alternatively furious and bombastic. Some of their music is written in advance but sometimes their live set may rely wholly on improvised material where the band foregoes traditional song forms such as soloing. The band is currently in the process of writing new material for collaborations to be grouped with previous collaborative works recorded, that were produced by Dave Fridmann. These tracks will be released later in 2011.
We were so excited to see Big In Japan perform for their microshow. I hadn’t seen them since the late 90s opening for Soul Coughing. What was even more of a treat was that Katrina Ford from Celebration sang on 4 songs in the 2nd set!
Technical info: Kick: EV 868, Cajón: AT Boundary, Drum Overhead: JZ Black Hole BH3, Bass: 421, Acoustic Guitar: Shure SM81, Pump Organ: JZ Bat 201 (Spaced Pair), Katrina Ford Vocals: JZ Vintage 47, Woody Ranere Vocals: Blue Mouse
Recorded on May 12, 2011 at Mobtown Studios
Guitar and vocals by Woody Ranere
Bass and vocals by Ed Harris
Keyboards and organ by Matthew Pierce
Drums by Mike Kuhl
Produced and mixed by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Engineered by Austin Stahl
Artwork by David Manchester