Half Japanese

Half Japanese


For the first time in 13 years, groundbreaking lo-fi groundbreakers, Half Japanese, will be relasing a new ablum. Overjoyed, produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, will be released September 3 on Joyful Noise. Brother Jad and David Fair formed the concept around 1974. They were DIY before DIY, if you will, recording at home and self-releasing records, then really started hitting an influential stride for a solid decade starting around 1987’s classic double whammy of Music To Strip By (1987) and Charmed Life (1988). Mentioning that Kurt Cobain liked them a lot is getting ubiquitous, but there you go. He had Half Japanese open on Nirvana’s In Utero tour.
 
Jad Fair essentially created the nerd-rock template, but luckily his smarts and bent songwriting abilities carried the band beyond simple definition, as Half Japanese could go move from their (mostly) clanky, lo-fi pop into noisy outbursts, minute-long scrunch-punk, sad dips, and even some fuzz-bomb riffage that fed the burgeoning grunge hordes too. While too quirky for a cash-in during the ’90s alt-rock payout days, Fair and co. stayed active as ever. They seemed done by the turn of the millenium, so it’ll be interesting to hear how/why Jad Fair has jumped back in the game.
 
Check out a clip from a supposed mini-documentary they’re working on and the Overjoyed tracklist, below.
 

 
Tracklist For Overjoyed:
01. In Its Pull
02. Meant To Be That Way
03. Brave Enough
04. Do It Nation
05. The Time Is Now
06. Our Love
07. Shining Star
08. Each Other’s Arms
09. Overjoyed And Thankful
10. We Are Sure
11. As Good Can Be
12. Tiger Eyes