Now based in London, formerly Screaming Tea Party’s vocalist Koichi Yamanoha delivers a cinematic and experimental sound through his new solo-project under the name GrimmGrimm.
Following his debut ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’ released by Pickpocket Records – owned by the shoegaze god, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) -, the sophomore album ‘Cliffhanger’ leads a soft psychedelic revolution, melting the folk-inspired acoustics, a common motif which defines his work, to layers of effects and harmonies.
Baroque folk, futurist lyricism and electroacoustic oddities characterise this new experimental work. There are opaque, semi-conscious pop deconstructions such as ‘Afraid‘ or ‘Take Me Down to Coney Island’ as well as daydream songs such as ‘Ballad of a Cell Membrane‘ comparable to the sonic fragility of Syd Barrett‘s later recordings and the cosmic folk leanings of Vashti Bunyan.
Hyperdawn immerses audiences in their own brand of pop, recorded and processed live on sprawling reel-to-reel tape loops with modified keyboards and diy instruments. Informed as much by the temperamental machines as the duo itself, this is pop music held together with sellotape. Each show takes its own journey, shifting between semi-improvised performance and lyrical earworms, somewhere between performance art and a post-pop duo.
Since 2016, Salford-based hyperdawn has performed across the UK, EU and North America, alongside the likes of Maria Somerville and Warp artist Kelly Moran, and in festivals such as Jauna Muzika (Vilnius), SOTU (Amsterdam) and Musica in Prossimita (Turin). Venues include New York’s National Sawdust, Montreal’s Casa Del Popolo and Berlin’s Rotor Salon, as well as local iconic hotspots.
Hyperdawn have had regular airtime on NTS Radio, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 3, Berlin Community Radio, Resonance FM, Reform Radio amongst others. Their debut album Bleach was released on Them There Records in Oct 2019, and next year sees hyperdawn’s first UK tour following their headline Manchester show.
Taking inspiration from artists such as The Cure, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Alvvays, controlled ambience is paired effortlessly with cascading noise and chaos.
Wowing audiences at numerous shows across the North of England including Stay Fresh Fest and a triumphant headline at Yes Manchester, their live input has cemented them as ones to watch. Presented is an experience that immerses you into an equally intimate and cathartic psychedelic state.
Their BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio backed releases have seen them go from strength to strength, and you can be assured the new year will see them put forth their most daring material yet.
“Grungy pop at its best” BBC Introducing
“Beautifully fuzzy and guitar layered catchy shoegaze” NBHAP
“With an emphasis on reverb and distortion that have a psychedelic tinge, crush create a wide range of truly lush sounds” Let It Happen Music Blog
“Kaleidoscopic, dreamy sounds are supported by thrashy guitars and dulcet vocals. Frenetically good noise pop at its best” Born Music Online