Japan in many ways is like another planet reinterpreting Earth's customs then regurgitating them into something completely different. Melt Banana is just that: a Japanese noise rock band known for playing extremely fast grindcore and noise music mixed with experimental, electronica and pop-based song structures. *phew*
In a 2014 interview, Yasuko Onuki explained that the banana comes from The Velvet Underground & Nico album cover and Andy Warhol’s pop art. As for melt? “The word ‘melt’ was in my brain, so I named the band Melt-Banana. Actually, it was when I was thinking about song titles and we used it for a band name later.”
Many times, rock duos are not the most magnetic of performers. It's not their fault - there's only so much stage presence you can have while trying to replicate 3-4 other instruments at the same time. The Bananas, however, are one of the exceptions...
If nothing else, they'll make you rethink everything about The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A.", and maybe life in general.
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