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Formed in 2016, Psychic Warrior Durian are made up from friends who met at college. The members of the band are やっさん (Yassan) [Vocals, Guitar and Executive Producer], おーちくん (Ochi-kun) [Vocals and Dance], and けつぷり (Ketsupuri) [Guitar and Chorus], with a mascot called Peach Boy (who isn’t a Durian). As an independent unit, they have released 4 EPs and 1 mini-album, with their last two releases being nationally distributed. It is still early days for the band, who are making a name for themselves in the live music scene, hopefully one day they will perform on our shores.
Psychic Warrior Durian’s sound can be perfectly described in one word, fun. The comedic drive of the songs aren’t lost in translation through the use of a bouncy rhythm and the tone of the vocals. Not only that, some of their videos have some handy subtitles in English although I think it’s still fun without it if you don’t know Japanese. Moving back to the vocals, which have a more shouty punk vibe. Again, it just works to emphasise the bouncy rhythm of the tracks as the vocals aren’t aggressively shouty, but feels like they are just having fun.
Moving to focus on the actual musicality of the sound, it is a blend of electronic rock. Bringing more of a drive from rock, the guitars are the core of the instrumental, going from heavy riffing to shredding, creating the underpinning energetic drive of each track. The electronic synths follow this, having an 80’s techno sound but played more in the style of rock. Where there is a traditional synths, working in a rhythm capacity. The drums tend to have a realistic sound, but on the odd track can be electronic, although I think the real drums work better as they don’t then get drowned out by the synths. Early on in their discography their sound isn’t very polished but as they have gone on it’s clear their production skills have improved and their newer tracks particularly have a higher quality feel.
Their live shows are another large part of their act, as you may of gathered from the description above, as おーちくん (Ochi-kun) choreographs the dances to go with each track. Where this does feature in their music videos, it is more of a thing for their live shows. From the videos on youtube, they put on a dynamic show in a way bringing a rock twist to an idol routine as the other two members still play guitar live (for most of the tracks anyway). They would be a great band for an overseas festival promoting Japanese culture, which I hope to see sometime soon!
My Top 5 Hits
Only their EP, I Give You My One Durian, is avaliable digitally. The rest of their music has to be imported, although their first 3 EPs were independently released so it may be difficult to get ahold of these.