From the ashes of three London garage-rock bands rose Japanese Television; Al Brown, Alex Lawton, Ian Thorn and Tim David Jones – who formed with a shared vision of creating a modern psychedelic space-surf soundscape.
The band went into the studio with Kristian Bell (The Wytches) who artfully captured the raw spirit of their live performances to 8-track tape. The tracks make up their debut self-titled 2018 EP, which was named EP of the year by both Gideon Coe and Amy Lame at BBC 6 Music and was swiftly followed by EP II.
This new release combines both of these sold out releases with the addition of four Mark Riley BBC 6 Music Session tracks on digital and heavyweight vinyl formats released via boundary-defying Chicago label Tip Top Recordings.
The two heavily sought-after EPs were met with an overwhelmingly positive reception with their limited run disappearing quickly following release. The decision to bring these two cuts together, paired with their respective live recordings, completes the impeccable full Japanese Television body of work to date.
Like their performances, the collection is an acid-soaked trip pinned down by an unrelenting, driving rhythm section, and side-by-side you can fully appreciate the scope and uniqueness in what the four-piece delicately craft. A carefully propped-up balancing act of abstract and maddeningly hypnotic psychedelia and gloriously catchy prog melodies.
The release follows inspired videos shared at the tale-end of last year; ‘Bruno’s Nightmare’ written and directed by JTV drummer Alistair Brown (the follow up to his last music video ‘Never Fight A Man with a Perm’ for Brit awarded rock band IDLES) and ‘Uncle Doovy’ by green-screen extraordinaire Willy Robinson.
Having sold out London’s Waiting Room, completed a debut UK headline tour, played multiple festivals including Left of The Dial, and supported heavyweights such as Swedish Death Candy, Dead Meadow, Yak, Snapped Ankles, and The KVB, in February 2020 Japanese Television take on their biggest UK headline tour to date.