Kinoko Teikoku are a shoegaze band who don't mind breaking a few rules. Instrumentally, they follow the giant footsteps of Ride and MBV but make musical detours along the paths formed by Cap N Jazz, Radiohead, Explosions in the Sky, Jeff Buckley and Battles.
However, the vocals are where Kinoko Teikoku veer off most from traditional shoegaze. Some songs harbour the soft ethereal drone of classic shoegazer but their hallmark is the dynamic range of Sato's hauntingly beautiful vocals that soar skyward with passion and intensity.
The band's line-up parallels that of Lush with two young females handling guitars, lead and backing vocals and their male counterparts on bass and drums.
Closing 2012 with a performance at Countdown Japan, Kinoko Teikoku have quickly emerged as one of the brightest up and coming bands in Tokyo's massive indie scene. Sato, who also performs solo under the moniker kugatsuhascome (September has come) made an appearance at last year's Fuji Rock Festival.
Depending on their mood and setlist Kinoko Teikoku can set the tone either dark and serious or energetic and fun. But either way their performances are enchanting, LOUD, and completely unforgettable.