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90 Day Men

After releasing the critically acclaimed Panda Park in early 2004, Chicago's 90 Day Men decided it was time for a break. Having put out three albums in the span of four years and toured extensively behind each disc, the band definitely was entitled to a few months rest. Guitarist and vocalist Brian Case explains that the brief hiatus was beneficial as it allowed the group's four members to focus on themselves and their other interests for a while.

"During our down time we were just sort of taking a break," states Case. "When you are in a band and spend so much time together traveling and working, it's nice to have some space to reflect on what you do and gain some perspective. It was a good thing."

Luckily for music lovers here one of the first things the band is doing now that they have re-grouped is touring Japan. Their upcoming week long trek marks 90 Day Men's second visit to the country and Case confirms that they are super excited about their return. He's looking forward to eating sushi everyday, checking out the cities they are playing in, doing some record shopping, and discovering some new Japanese bands. Case is already a fan of artists such as the Boredoms, Nisennenmondai, Melt Banana, and Acid Mother Temple.

90 Day MenSince forming in 1995, the act have been constantly re-vamping their sound and expanding their musical boundaries. Not content to sit back and enjoy their accolades, they go to great lengths to remain one of the few truly unique artists in the world of indie rock. Their excellent debut full-length, 2000's (It (Is) It) Critical Band, saw the quartet exploring the realms of post-hardcore and math rock. With its follow-up recording, To Everybody, 90 Day Men set out to destroy any pre-conceived notions that people had about the group. Placing a greater emphasis on Andy Lansangan's piano and keyboard parts allowed the band to craft warmer, more melodic music that see-sawed back and forth between fantastic avant-garde art-rock and psychedelic pop. Their most recent effort, Panda Park, follows in the traditions of its predecessors by being different from anything else the guys have done. Touching upon several genres, the group's progressive piano driven masterpieces and soulful delivery are challenging and enlightening at the same time. If there was any justice in this world, the track "Too Late or Too Dead" would have been a top 40 single last year.
It should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with 90 Day Men's recorded output that the band likes to experiment with their songs in a live setting as well. Case says that when performing the group feeds off of the audience's emotions and uses this energy to change the direction and style of their music.

"I think Japanese fans can expect the live versions of the songs to be different from the recorded versions. We try and play off the mood and energy of the crowd so the songs can be really different from night to night. As far as what we want to accomplish, I'd say we obviously want to perform well and have a good time. I guess we want fans to leave the show having had a good time and feeling like they saw something special."

90 Day MenUpon the completion of their Japanese dates 90 Day Men plan on returning to the States to start work on the follow-up to Panda Park. Although it probably won't be finished this year, there is a chance that the band's 2001 radio session with the legendary John Peel may surface on CD sometime in the coming months. As for now, Case states the band are just focusing on enjoying playing music together. Fully appreciating all that they've seen and done, the guitarist simply would like to continue sharing his craft with fans everywhere.

"The best thing about 90 Day Men is the friendship between the four of us. It's really what I look at as the most important thing about what we do; I think the music is a total reflection of that. I'm probably most proud of the fact that we've made unique music, met some great people traveling and got to record a Peel session. As far as what we would like to still accomplish, I really can't say. It would be nice to just continue to make music. I think everything really just comes down to that."

interview by shawn

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The official site

90 Day Men


The latest album :

90 Day Men

" Panda Park"
(US import)

tour dates

March 14 Tokyo - Shibuya O-Nest
March 15 Nagoya - KD Japon
March 16 Kyoto - Nijyou Nano
March 17 Osaka - Club Water
March 19 Shizuoka - Spiral Market
March 20 Tokyo - Shibuya O-Nest
March 21 Tokyo - Koiwa em7

previous works

90 Day Men

" To Everybody"
(US import)

"Too Late or Too Dead [SINGLE] "(US import)
"(It (Is) It) Critical Band"(US import)

check the albums?



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buttonWeekly Service : The Chemical Brothers (12th Feb @ Shibuya AX)
buttonTattoos and a Whole Lotta Hair : EXTREME THE DOJO Vol.12 feat. Every time I Die, As I Lay Dying and Shadows Fall (7th Feb @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonGeography At Its Best : ISIS (5th Feb @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonTo The Extreme : The Shins (31st Jan @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonCD review : "Panopticon" : Isis (27th Jan)
buttonWinter Be Damned : Ash (17th Jan @ Shibuya AX)
buttonInterview : Peaceful, But Far From Quiet : Mono (20th Jan)
buttonCD review : "The Nein" : The Nein (13th Jan)


buttonCD review : "Christmas" : Old Man Gloom (28th Dec)
button"And to all A Good Night" : Shonen Knife (19th Dec @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonExciting Music for Exciting People : illreme (6th Dec @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonIt's In Their Hands Now : Franz Ferdinand (29th Nov @ Shibuya AX)
buttonLights, Camera, Action : Brahman (15th Nov @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonMostly Business : The Stills (8th Nov @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonScare The Rock Right Outta Ya : Halloween Ball 2004 feat . The 5,6,7,8's, Gasoline, The Woggles (30th Oct @ Shiomkitazawa Shelter)
buttonThree More, Two More, and Take it to the Left : Hawaiian6/ Idol Punch (11th Oct @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBusting Eardrums : Mogwai (5th Oct @ Ebisu Liquidroom AX )
buttonGrey Skies Are Going To Clear Up... : HUSKING BEE (5th Sept @ Shibuya AX )
buttonno title : V∞REDOMS (8th Aug @ Ebisu Liquidroom )
buttonCD review : Andre Ethier With Christopher Sandes : Andre Ethier


buttonCause Music Must Be Magic : Mayor McCa (21st Dec @ The Casbah,Hamilton, Ontario )
buttonMake It a Double : EVANESCENCE (28th Jul @ Shinjuku AX)
buttonGetting Knifed in Tokyo : Shonen Knife / bloodthirsty butchers(12th Jul @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonHail Hail! Some of Japan's best come together to pay tribute to San Diego's finest : TRIBUTE TO ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT feat. John Speedo with Jet Boys, Retro Gretion, and KEMURI, (21st June '03 @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonThe Canucks are Coming! The Canucks are Coming! : Simple Plan & GOB (26th Apr @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonno title : Banda Bassotti with Doberman, Oi Skall Mates & Rude Bones (12th May @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonThe Enchanting Sounds of Summer : KEMURI (31st May @ Shinjuku ACB Hall)
buttonAbsolutely F**king Brilliant!! : The Coral (21st Apr @ Shinjuku Liquid Room)
buttonno title : Short Circuit w/ Asparagus (24th Mar @ Shibuya AX)

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