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BO NINGEN present: A Found History + Announce New Album Sudden Fictions

1st May 2020

London-based Japanese alternative-rock band BO NINGEN are pleased to present A Found History: five days of exclusive rarities and sonic oddments from the past decade which chart a course through the band’s past, and examine how their sound has evolved to encompass the material on their just-announced forthcoming new album, Sudden Fictions, set for release on 26th June 2020 via Alcopop! Records.

In exclusive partnership with The Quietus, The Line of Best Fit, Radio X, Clash Magazine, Rumore Magazine, and UPSET, the band will be sharing collections of previously-unreleased early rehearsal studio demos, self-remixes, live recordings, and ‘Night of The Stickmen’ improvised sets, as they chart the evolution of their own sound, and examine the influences on and origins of their own output within the wider context of the history of music and art.

Accompanied by exclusive graphics and animations by guitarist Kohhei Matsuda, each day will feature unique essays, music, and artwork by each member of the band in partnership with a hand-picked selection of media outlets and publications.

All of the releases will be available on DSPs via the band’s own label, Polytope Records, the day after their exclusive airing at their respective outlets.

The programme begins today, Monday 27th April 2020, at The Quietus, with an exclusive stream of ‘PROTO BO NINGEN’—unreleased early live demos: https://thequietus.com/articles/28168-bo-ningen-new-album-sudden-fictions-proto-ningen

Commenting on some of the origins and inspirations behind the concept, and their approach to writing their forthcoming new album, Matsuda continues: “Miles Davis’ organ tone cluster; variations of themes; connecting Bach and African music through the expansion of counterpoint thinking; one line of guitar contains a whole history, like fractal patterns; the horizontal-ness of blues music; brutal mathematical manipulation of signal—that’s how a ring modulator works; artist Paul Klee’s articulation of lines…”

“I always try to see the inner structure of the things, and extract—abstract—it, into a clearer structure of my own. Then play guitar through it. That is how I pay full respect to the preceding greats.”

Earlier this year the band announced their signing to Alcopop! Records for their fourth studio album, and released lead single ‘B.C’ on limited edition 7” vinyl to support from BBC 6music, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, London in Stereo, DORK, UPSET, The Most Radicalist, Complete Music Update and many more.

Presenting a gateway to the broader themes and concepts behind their forthcoming new album, the six days of A Found History are a chance for both the band and fans alike to re-contextualise BO NINGEN’s output in preparation for what comes next.

Latest single B.C is out now via Alcopop! Records: https://backl.ink/120778411 

‘A Found History’ runs from 27th April—2nd May 2020 at the following outlets:

27.04.20 – The Quietus – ‘PROTO BO NINGEN’
28.04.20 – The Line of Best Fit – ‘BO NINGEN: Night of the Stickmen Live’
29.04.20 – Radio X – ‘Koroshitai Kimochi – Taigen Remix’
30.04.20 – CLASH Magazine – ‘BO NINGEN Live Recordings 2011—2013’
01.05.20 – Rumore Mag – ‘BO NINGEN LIVE 2018’
02.05.20 – UPSET – ‘MG Series: BO NINGEN remixed by BO NINGEN’