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Zeni Geva

Zeni Geva is a Japanese noise rock band featuring singer


and guitarist KK. Null and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida.[2]
Formed in Tokyo in 1987, the groups name translates
roughly as money violence (Zeni is an old Japanese
term for money, and Geva comes from the German
Gewalt, meaning violence).

bum Total Castration, and Jello Biafra, who signed them


to his Alternative Tentacles record label. They next released 1992s Live in Amerika and the collaborative All
Right You Little Bastards live album with Albini performing with the band. The Albini-produced Desire for Agony
marked Zeni Gevas Alternative Tentacles debut, and was
followed by 1995s Freedom Bondage.

Zeni Gevas music can be diverse and experimental,


incorporating elements ranging from death metal and
hardcore punk[3] to math rock, psychedelic, and noise
rock.[4] Their music is often technically unorthodox and
demanding, and has earned progressive rock comparisons: critic Patrick Kennedy describes their 1993 album
Desire for Agony as resembling extquotedblMotrhead
meets King Crimson.[5]

Noro left the band in 1996, and the band toured with
temporary replacement Blake Fleming, an American musician. Masataka Fujikake joined as drummer shortly
thereafter, and the group embarked upon further extensive touring. Despite this activity, the band did not release
another studio album until 2001, six years after Freedom Bondage. Their next record, 10,000 Light Years,
The Chicago-based Skin Graft Records has released was released on the Neurot Recordings label, and marked
much of the bands music in North America, and the band their most experimental eort. Null had been making
released several albums with the American Alternative increasing use of electronic instruments of his own design, and his nulltron device featured prominently on
Tentacles label.
10,000 Light Years. A live album, Last Nanosecond - Live
in Geneva 2002, followed in 2004.
Fujikake departed, and the band was inactive for the
next several years. Null remained prolic via solo and
collaborative releases, while Tabata worked with sevFollowing several years in the Japanese noise rock eral projects, including Acid Mothers Temple. Maxiscene that included collaborations with Merzbow and mum Money Monster was remastered and re-released with
Hanatarashi, experimental noise rock guitarist and elec- bonus tracks in 2007.
tronic programmer KK Null formed Zeni Geva in 1987
In 2009, Yoshida rejoined Zeni Geva, and they returned
with guitarist Fumiyoshi Suzuki (also known as NP),
to touring. The live album Alive and Rising, recorded in
vocalist Elle, and drummer Ikuo Taketani of the Japanese
September 2009 and released in February 2010, captured
experimental groups The Boredoms and Hanatarashi.
a live performance from this incarnation of Zeni Geva.
The group released its debut record, How to Kill, on Nulls
Total Castration, remastered by Null, followed on the Nux
own NUX Organization label later that year. With bassist
Organization label in 2012. A European tour followed
Bunsho Nishikawa replacing Elle, they released the Vast
in October with a two-piece lineup of Null and Yoshida,
Impotenz cassette early in 1988.
marking Tabatas departure after more than two decades
Following the departure of Suzuki and Nishikawa, Null with the group.
and Taketani were ultimately joined by permanent guitarist Mitsuru Tabata (also of The Boredoms) in 1988,
and the group released the album Maximum Love and
Fuck. Tatsuya Yoshida of the progressive rock band
Ruins also joined later this year, replacing Taketani.
They released the Maximum Money Monster album in 2 Band members
1990, packaging Maximum Love and Fuck with additional tracks featuring Yoshida on drums.

History

Yoshida left in 1990 and continued his prolic and lauded Timeline
career with Ruins and in other projects. He was briey replaced by drummer Yasuko, but Zeni Geva found a longer
standing replacement in Eito Noro. This lineup began ex Note: the band was inactive from 2003 to September
tensive world tours, catching the eye of such noteworthy
2009.
rock gures as Steve Albini, who produced their 1991 al1

Discography

References

[1] http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Zeni_
Geva-l-en.html
[2] Ocial KK Null page
[3] http://trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=zeni_geva
[4] http://www.allmusic.com/album/r530523
[5] http://www.allmusic.com/album/r205481

External links
Zeni Geva page on Southern Records site
KK. Null ocial site
Jrawk interview with Tabata Mitsuru

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