Monday, 16 July 2018

Mescaline Drive "Deep Morning Glow" 1988 Japan Psych Rock Garage Rock


Mescaline Drive  "Deep Morning Glow" 1988 Japan Psych Rock Garage Rock
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Mescaline Drive were an all-female Japanese alternative rock band that originally formed in 1984. The group enjoyed a huge underground following during their time together, with their sound being similar to the Western riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, more specifically L7 and Babes in Toyland. They were also close collaborators with the influential experimental band, Newest Model. However, despite their impressive underground following, Mescaline Drive ended up splitting in 1993…..~



Osaka psychedelic/garage pioneers Mescaline Drive, formed in 1982, was the predecessor of the more widely known Soul Flower Union. The band, all women, got together when guitarist Hideko Itami, bassist Kate, and bilingual vocalist Yoko Utsumi met at the end of 1984. At the time, the band’s sound was heavily informed by glam rock like T-Rex and New York Dolls, but Itami gradually steered Mescaline Drive in the direction of New York punk and 60s garage and psychedelic. At odds with the sounds of the “band boom” that was happening at the time, Utsumi’s husky vocal style and Itami’s fuzzed out guitar sound wasn’t anything that would get them to the top of the charts, but did help them achieve a large cult following. Around 1986, the band was collaborating frequently with Newest Model, another indie band on the scene at the time, and in 1988 they jointly launched the Soul Flower Records label, although previously in the year they had released their debut, Deep Morning Glow, on an indie label. Mescaline Drive’s second record, Spoony Selfish Animals, was the first record released on the new label. It was on this record that the band started to shift away from the all-English lyrics of their earlier work to include Japanese, mainly penned by Itami. The third record, Ideology Cooking, was heavily assisted by the members of Newest Model, and marked the full emergence of Itami as the driving force in the group. Now far past the simpler punk themes of their earlier work, Itami’s lyrics touched on issues such as the Ainu tribe in Japan and the relevance of the Emperor in Japan. At the same time, the band was covering an eclectic range of music, including Silverhead’s “Hello New York”, Patti Smith’s “Rock N Roll Nigger”, Bob Dylan’s “Absolutely Sweet Marie”, The Smiths’ “Ask” and many more, many of which appeared in a 2009 compilation called Early Soul Flower Singles. The in its original incarnation called it quites in August 1993 after several high profile dates, closing out a 9 year career and merging with Newest Model to move forward as Soul Flower Union….~


Group members 

Guitar: Hedeko Itami 
Bass: Nagano Kaori 
Songs: Yoko Utsumi 
Drums: Taro Takano 

Former Members: 

Drums: Tenko (part 1985) 
Guitar: Lily (part 1986) 
Bass: Kate (part 1987) 
Bass: Satoru Kamada (part 1987) 
Bass: Asano Fujiko (part 1988) 
Battery: Mika Inoue (part 1988) 
Battery: Mao (part 1990)


Tracklist 
A1 Ass Hole
A2 Oh Boy!
A3 Where Are You Tonight, Mary Jane?
A4 Cocaine Baby
B1 Jimi Jimi
B2 Blue (Deep Morning Glow)
B3 No No Girls!


Albums 
Deep Morning Glow - 1988 
Spoony Selfish Animals - 1989 
Ideology Cooking - 03/1991 

Singles 
(incomplet) 

Liar Liar - 1986 
Oh ! Boy - (Flexi, 7", EP) - 1987 
waraippanashi no shima - 笑いっぱなしの島 - 1989 
cycle game - 1990 
ohanami ressha - 1990 
Nostalgia Syndorome - 1991 

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