's psychedelic jam band SHAG
will release its first album
on July 1st.
Formed in 2002, SHAG
was mainly active in the club/rave music scene. In 2020, after 12 years of inactivity, SUGIZO
reorganized some of the band's members and restarted
with a new concept.
The new concept is inspired by the members' respect for Miles Davis
' album Bitches Brew
, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. It also draws inspiration from the music scene of the time period it was released in, which saw jazz
and rock fuse and music become closely connected with social rebellion, outrage, protests, and anti-war messages. The reborn SHAG
aims to capture that attitude, carrying it into the 2020s and building upon it with their continuing musical evolution.
consists of six members: SUGIZO
on guitar and violin, RIZE
on bass, Shinpei Ruike
's jam session partner for 15 years - on trumpet, ex-Yasei Collective
member Kazuhiro Bessho
keyboards, Kenji Yoshiura
on percussion and Yukino Matsuura
The current version of the band is said to have a jazz-rock sound, freely incorporating funk, punk, new wave, avant-garde, noise, ambient and dub elements.
Titled THE PROTEST JAM
, the band's first album will contain eight tracks. A unique method was used to record the release: all of SHAG
's shows since their restart were recorded in multi-track format, and SUGIZO
edited the selected takes from the recordings. Due to this process, takes from different dates and venues have been mixed together in each song. Any overdubs required for the members were then added in the studio. This method is said to "combine
the powerful vibrancy that can only be achieved live with the extreme acoustic treatment of a recording studio".
In addition, SHAG
will hold a concert to commemorate the album's release, titled THE PROTEST JAM for PEACE
, at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on July 4th. More details on this concert and the album are available on this special site