As mentioned before, the conventional wisdom around Tokyo’s Kinoko Teikoku is their first two records were the ‘gazey ones, and after that they went more conventional indie rock or broadened their sonic palette, depending on how you want to look at it. But whatever your perspective, their later albums still had some great material – my appetite for more of them has led me to the rest of their discography, and while it’s not as loud, it doesn’t disappoint. Their final indie album in particular, 2014’s Fake World Wonderland, stands right alongside its predecessors – or it would, if it were available on streaming.
But even in their later days, they were still capable of channeling the noise that they made their name with. To wit, the live DVD that accompanied 2016’s Aino Yukue, recorded that Summer in Tokyo. Of the seven songs included, four come from those first three records and the band certainly play them like they still feel it. Actually they all sound great, old and new, and I’ll just go over here and kick myself again for not seeing them when they came to town.