Another brilliant discovery. Fushitsusha is an improv band from Japan with a distinct sound, and if there is one sentence to describe it, it would be something like: durgy, avant-garde psych-rock with spasms of hell-bent, raw jazz-noise and antagonistic screamy, howling vocals.

For a band that has been going on for decades, to summarize everything about their work in one sentence (or even one post) does not do them justice. The hope is that this introduction will inspire you to find out more about them.

On first listen, Fushitsusha music feels overpowering, which can lead one to wonder what experiences could have provoked such an extreme aural expression – we can only imagine.

Formed in 1978 by Japanese singer-songwriter and musician Keiji Haino with a diverse cast of collaborators, Fushitsusha’s first album did not emerge until more than a decade later – it was a live recording released in 1989 through Hideo Ikeezumi’s P.S.F. Records in Tokyo.


Fushitsusha has been on a long hiatus since the passing of one of their bassists Yasushi Ozawa, but the band has re-emerged in 2012 with a few festival dates, a studio release entitled Hikari to Nazukeyo via Hearftfast Records and a 3-CD limited edition issue of their live performance recorded in 1996 at Hōsei University released via Utech Records in 2014 called Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself.

Discover more Fushitsusha releases here.