Thrash Hits

November 19th, 2009

Future Hits 044: Japanese Voyeurs

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Japanese Voyeurs
From: London, UK
Sounds like: Daisy Chainsaw, Babes In Toyland, Kyuss
Website: www.MySpace.com/JapaneseVoyeurs

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!

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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!

You’re So Cool by Japanese Voyeurs

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.

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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 bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Romily: Wet Paint, Deep Shit, The Plurals, Violent Soho.
Tom: Dinosaur Pile Up

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?
Romily: Tour!
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.


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