From: London, UK
Sounds like: Daisy Chainsaw, Babes In Toyland, Kyuss
Thrash Hits verdict: The grunge revival is alive and kicking right here in the UK of A and Japanese Voyeurs are most definitely one of the hottest frontrunners. Take some snarling/fuzzy ’90s guitars, add a superhot, slightly ditzy-sounding but still very, very angry frontwoman and slap two very cool words at the top of all their posters and this is what you end up with. Very nice!
How did you meet?
Romily Alice: Over time, through friends. There’s no real story there, sorry.
What made you want to start a band?
Romily: It’s the ultimate ticket out of growing up.
Tom Lamb: Party and babes
Where did the name come from?
Romily: I first saw the phrase in an article in the International Herald Tribune about a guy who took photos of Japanese people having sex in parks. It kind of stayed with me!
How has London affected your sound?
Romily: I guess cause it’s so over-saturated with bands, it showed us what we didn’t want to sound like.
Raj: There is always new stuff about so it keeps you full of ideas.
What are your musical influences?
Johnny: Kyuss and sweet bass riffs.
Jon Jackson: Slayer, dude.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in Japanese Voyeurs?
Raj: Playing Download ‘cos we thought it might have been too metal for us and too early in the morning but the crowd seemed to dig it.
Romily: Not getting in trouble for being pissed off.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Romily: Sonic Youth, Pissed Jeans, Harvey Milk.
Tom Lamb: DOWN.
Johnny Danger: Creedence Clearwater Revival for me.
Raj: Anything with Dave Grohl.
Jon: Slayer, dude.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Romily: I’d say volume.
Raj: I’d say rock
Watch the video to ‘Dumb’ by Japanese Voyeurs
What have you got planned for the future?
Jon: Slayer, dude.
Raj: More recording.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Tom: Jumbo Boomers are rad.
Have you ever been to Japan?
Romily: I’ve been but not since I was old enough to have a good time. I’d like to go out there and party, I’ve heard some good things from friends of ours who’ve been out there. My little sister is Japanese and I want to bring her out there with us as an interpreter. Us and a little Japanese kid showing us the way. Radical.