Shogun Kunitoki is a band from Helsinki, Finland, with a mission to help electronic music regress back to a more human state, the time of the tube organ and the ring modulator, the spring reverb and the test oscillator.
Shogun Kunitoki's debut album, Tasankokaiku, released by Fonal in early 2006 came out of nowhere and established the previously unknown band as one of the most original instrumental groups to have emerged after the post rock boom. Tasankokaiku's psychedelic mix of minimalist form and maximalist sound that draws equally from the academic avant-garde and the left-field rock canon from the 60s to the present day has won the group a small but fervent fanbase.
The roots of Shogun Kunitoki go back to the late 1990s. After a few years of creating hypnotic, churning drones with Commodore 64 computers the group grew frustrated by the restrictions of the 8-bit universe and started experimenting with more expressive sound sources. Slowly, Shogun Kunitoki moved away from computer-based music, and was eventually reborn as a real band with live instrumentation and a new, organic sound.
With Tasankokaiku, Shogun Kunitoki cemented their newfound sound that was immediately recognized by reviewers and music fans as a compelling cocktail of accessibility and ambitious aspirations where edgy 8-bit bleeps and soft-focus psychedelia shake hands on seven kaleidoscopic trips. The record received favourable reviews from such established publications and websites as Wire Magazine, PopMatters, Stylus Magazine, Exclaim!, Dusted Magazine, and Pitchforkmedia, where it was even tagged as 'recommended'.
Shogun Kunitoki's concerts, accompanied by entrancing Super 8 -projections, have been rare occasions, especially outside their native Finland. So far only a handful of club and festival audiences in Sweden(Fylkingen), Estonia(HUH), Russia(IKRA), Belgium(Klarafestival, Etoiles Polaires) and the Netherlands (Bazaar Curieux) have had the chance to witness the group's double-organ attack. The music, however, has traveled wider, thanks to the endorsement of numerous music blogs and underground radio DJs in the US and Europe and as far as Australia and Japan. At New York's WNYU Tasankokaiku even hit the number one position on the weekly chart.
With their second album, Vinonaamakasio released on Fonal Records in 2009, Shogun Kunitoki expand the boundaries of their self-created sonic universe with a wider array of sounds and rhythms. Where Tasankokaiku squeezed cosmic dust into fiery balls of molten lava with gravitational push and pull and followed the planets whirring through the void on looping trajectories, its yet untitled successor zooms in to explore the jagged shapes of exploding volcanoes, rolls with the moonlit waves through the cracks of sleeping, phosphorescent coral reefs and marches in step with the six-legged insect armies making their trails through the steaming jungle. Still, there is no mistaking the sound for any other band, because every atom of this newborn planet of sound has its origin in the seething psychedelic stew that flows under the surface and burns your feet if you let them stop moving.
Mulberg from Vinonaamakasio is also included in A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble compilation CD that is released together with February 2010 issue of Mojo Magazine. As A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind: Volume 2 which also featured Shogun Kunitoki, this new one is also compiled by the Amorphous Androgynous. Don't be confused by the typo at the back cover spelling our name as Shogun Kinotichi.
Shogun Kunitoki will be touring UK 5.-12. March 2010. Stay tuned. For UK booking, please contact NO-FI.
Shogun Kunitoki t-shirts are now available from Tasankokaiku Shop. Get your own as long that we have stock!
Our second album, titled Vinonaamakasio, has been officially released by Fonal Records. It is available on CD, 12" picture vinyl and digital download/stream (iTunes, Spotify, etc...). The picture vinyl features two animations that can be viewed using a special Shogun Kunitoki Strobe Light. You may purchase the album straight from Shogun Kunitoki at Tasankokaiku Shop. Record is also available at Fonal shop and from distributors and shops worldwide.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! If you have uploaded online (your blog, Flickr, Youtube etc.) any Shogun Kunitoki related material, whether it is reviews or critics, photos, videos etc. that you have took/made yourself, please drop us an email. We are always interested in linking to existing material from our site. We will link to all reviews (good,bad,whatever language) from our site if they reach certain quality as written text. Photos/videos are also welcome, we might be interested in using your photo as promo material! But in order to do the linking, we have to know that material is online. So please, let us know!
Shogun Kunitoki is artist of the week at Finnish MySpace. This means that all MySpace users can listen Vinonaamakasio from beginning to the end at our official MySpace site. Full album will stay online up to and including official release date March 11.
Our second album, titled Vinonaamakasio, will be released on March 11 by Fonal Records. Vinonaamakasio will be available on CD and 12" picture vinyl. The picture vinyl features two animations that can be viewed using a special Shogun Kunitoki Strobe Light. We are now taking in pre-orders for the record at Tasankokaiku Shop.
Tasankokaiku Shop is now open. At the moment we only have Tasankokaiku CD:s and pin badges but as the release of our second album, Vinonaamakasio, gets closer, we will soon have much more items to sell. You can enter the shop from the flashy banner on the right.
Our next album titled Vinonaamakasio has been finished. The planned release date is February 2008. Vinonaamaksio will be released by Fonal Records and on CD and 12" picture vinyl. More details will be revealed later.
Fonal Records has made a small pressing of Shogun Kunitoki -buttons. You can order them from Fonal Records online shop or from us at our concerts.
Remember also that while waiting for the new Kunitoki album (which is in the post production stage at the moment), you can still order a copy of Tasankokaiku directly from the band from our own online shop. The price, including postage, is 13 euros.
The second pressing of Tasankokaiku is now in stock. You can order a copy directly from the band at email@example.com. Check out the ordering info. The price, including postage, is 13/15 euros (Finland/Rest of the world).
Our tiny European tour which was intended to happen in 8.-19. September is cancelled due lack of interest except for concerts 14.-16. September in Benelux countries.
Shogun Kunitoki is setting up a small tour in 8.-19. September. Rute goes through Sweden, Germany, Benelux-countries and possibly Denmark, Norway and France.
There are some dates available (confirmed concerts can be found on the concerts section below) so if you are interested in booking the band, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fonal 10th anniversary promo compilation, Summer and Smiles of Finland, which features the track Montezuma from Tasankokaiku is now more or less out of print. The cd is no longer available through Fonal Records, but if you act fast, you might still be able to find a copy from one of the distributors and shops that carry Fonal releases.
The opening track from the album, Montezuma, is also included on the Fonal 10th anniversary promo compilation, Summer and Smiles of Finland, which was released today as well and comes FREE with the purhcase of any normal-priced cd from Fonal. The other artists featured on the cd are Es, Islaja, Kemialliset ystävät, Kiila, Paavoharju, Risto and TV-Resistori.
Vinonaamakasio CD/Picture LP
- Fuzzabeth Crackleby
FR-62/FR-62LP / FI-SSP-09-00001 - 00009
Release date 11/Mar/2009
FR-41 / FI-SSP-06-00006 - 00012
Release date 14/Feb/2006
A couple of our tracks can be found on compilations.
Mulberg appears on Mojo presents A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind, MOJO
Mulberg appears on A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind: Volume 2, PLATCD191
Riddarholmen appears on Wire Tapper #21.
Montezuma appears on Summer and Smiles of Finland, FR-40.
Soul Root - Eight Miles High appears on Voima ja Notkeus, 4x7" box, Hinkstoona:001.
5:36 appears on Avanto 2001 cd.
|08||Dec||2012 -||VadelmaGaala, Sture21, Helsinki|
|09||Nov||2012 -||Nordic Sound Station, Eskilstuna|
|18||May||2012 -||Psychotropic Caravan Club, Lepakkomies, Helsinki|
|08||Oct||2011 -||Keroxen, Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|29||Jan||2011 -||Nasti Club, Madrid /w Rockettothesky|
|28||Jan||2011 -||Tanned Tin, Teatre Principal, Castellón de la Plana /w Thurston Moore, Rockettothesky, ...|
|27||Jan||2011 -||La lata de bombillas, Zaragoza /w Rockettothesky|
|10||Dec||2010 -||Trans Musicales, Rennes|
|23||Oct||2010 -||NOTCH10 Festival, Village North N6, Beijing|
|20||Oct||2010 -||Yugong Yishan, Beijing /w Jacob Sikker Remin|
|18||Oct||2010 -||Expo 2010 Shanghai, Finnish Pavilion Kirnu, Shanghai|
|16||Oct||2010 -||NOTCH10 festival, Mao Livehouse, Shanghai /w Islaja, Lau Nau, Antti Tolvi|
|15||Oct||2010 -||NOTCH10 Festival, Tu Space, Guangzhou /w Islaja, Lau Nau|
|02||Oct||2010 -||Fritz's Corner, Debaser, Stockholm /w Kriget|
|09||Sep||2010 -||YK, Helsinki|
|15||Jul||2010 -||Lieveilmiö, Dynamo, Turku|
|04||Jun||2010 -||Kumu öö, Kumu, Tallin|
|22||May||2010 -||Spot Festival, Aarhus|
|12||Mar||2010 -||AV Festival, The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle /w Kiila, Alasdair Roberts and band|
|08||Mar||2010 -||Cafe OTO, London|
|09||Jan||2010 -||Ptarmigan, Helsinki /w Tomutonttu, C Spencer Yeh, Les Manures|
|09||Dec||2009 -||TOKYO's Funeral X C.U.N.T., Kuudes Linja, Helsinki /w Risto (Soolo)|
|14||Nov||2009 -||Susiklubi, Andorra, Helsinki /w Sen kuinka kertoisin, Masalin & Muut, Ville Ahonen yhtye|
|10||Oct||2009 -||PHONO 09, Odense offentlige slagtehuse, Odense|
|09||Oct||2009 -||Inkonst, Malmö /w This is head|
|09||May||2009 -||Daydream Nation, Strand, Stockholm /w Laakso|
|08||May||2009 -||Galleri ORO, Göteborg|
|07||May||2009 -||Koloni / Pustervik, Göteborg /w Es, Tomutonttu|
|28||Apr||2009 -||Tavastia, Helsinki /w Grails|
|25||Apr||2009 -||SKIF Festival, Modern Art Center, Saint-Petersburg /w Deerhoof, Moremoney, Baaba|
|03||Apr||2009 -||Pixelache, Dubrovnik, Helsinki|
|12||Dec||2008 -||Iltamat kujalla, KokoTeatteri, Helsinki /w Kuupuu, Vuk|
|18||Oct||2008 -||Actzal, Moscow /w Lau Nau|
|21||May||2008 -||100% Finlande, La Flèche d'Or, Paris /w Regina, Pets on Prozac|
|13||May||2008 -||Kuudes linja, Helsinki /w Atlas Sounds|
|03||May||2008 -||Vastik Disko, Polymer, Tallin /w Regina, tba|
|26||Jan||2008 -||Boring as Fuck, Kantis, Helsinki|
|14||Dec||2007 -||Etoiles Polaires, Vooruit, Ghent /w Pekko Käppi, Uumen, Kuusumun Profeetta|
|25||Nov||2007 -||Itsenäisyysyö, IKRA, Moscow /w Eleanoora Rosenholm, Ville Leinonen, Don Johnson Big Band, Pooma|
|19||Oct||2007 -||Musiikki & Media, Yo-Talo, Tampere /w Eleanoora Rosenholm, Kemialliset ystävät, Islaja|
|18||Aug||2007 -||Flow Festival /w Quiet Village, hannulelauri, Luomo, Jori Hulkkonen, ASS (Andreas Söderström Solo), et al.|
|11||Aug||2007 -||Tavastia /w Martin Rev|
|26||Jun||2007 -||redrum, Helsinki /w Islaja|
|19||May||2007 -||Se on OK, Porin taidemuseo, Pori|
|21||Apr||2007 -||Jyrock, Ilokivi, Jyväskylä /w Risto, Athletic Arms, Marissa Nadler, Agent M, Felix Zenger, Tuomas Toivonen, Kaukolampi, Puranen, Nykänen|
|07||Dec||2006 -||Myymälä² / If Society Vaguelly Unsettling Daydream Before Christmas Party, Kuudes linja, Helsinki /w Tuomas Toivonen|
|16||Sep||2006 -||Bazar Curieux, Now & Wow, Rotterdam /w Peaches and Herms, Stijn, Cansei de Ser Sexy, TicToc, Liars, Bat for Lashes, Pink Mountaintops|
|15||Sep||2006 -||Gog Bot, Atak, Enschede|
|14||Sep||2006 -||Klarafestival, Festivalboat/Kaai, Brussels|
|06||Sep||2006 -||Potlatch & Robot Rock!, Semifinal, Helsinki /w Sunburned Hand of the Man, Tomutonttu, Hot Rod|
|26||Aug||2006 -||Wäiski, Helsinki /w The Radians|
|05||Aug||2006 -||Uuden musiikin festivaali, Päiväkoti, Turku /w Risto, Tv-resistori|
|17||Jun||2006 -||Läs, Kuudes linja, Helsinki /w Joose Keskitalo|
|13||Apr||2006 -||Vallaton Klubi, Taidehallin klubi, Helsinki|
|31||Mar||2006 -||Dynamo, Turku w/ Mr Velcro Fastener|
|02||Dec||2005 -||Là-bas, Kaapeli, Helsinki w/ Cloama, Sadkarma, Rene Kita / Ibrahim Terzic, Nosfe, Kuu-maa|
|25||Nov||2005 -||Ravintola Kirja, Helsinki w/ Es, Markku Lahtelan Sirkus|
|13||Nov||2005 -||Mental Alaska, Telakka, Tampere w/ Islaja, Ben Reynolds|
|29||Oct||2005 -||Cityside & Countryside, Kortteliravintola Kerttu, Turku|
|07||Oct||2005 -||Hea Uus Heli, Von Krahli Teatri Baar, Tallin w/ Funckarma, Kriipis Tulo, Antoine Verhaverbeke & Richard Widerberg, Tencu|
|08||Jun||2005 -||Factory, Helsinki w/ The Radians|
|23||Apr||2005 -||Pixelvärk, Fylkingen, Stockholm w/ Differnet, Johan Skugge|
|12||Feb||2005 -||Koti-ilta, Siamintie, Helsinki w/ Joose Keskitalo, Kuokkavieraat|
|14||Jan||2005 -||Potlatch, Oranssi, Helsinki w/ Radiopuhelimet, Aïr, Harry Hunks, et al.|
|14||May||2004 -||Non Repetat, Forum Box, Helsinki w/ Es, Janne Martinkauppi|
|03||Apr||2004 -||Pixelache, Gloria, Helsinki w/ Farben, Visiomat inc., Silmu|
|27||Mar||2004 -||AMA, Kipsari, Helsinki|
|21||Jan||2004 -||Fonal Fest, YO-talo, Tampere w/ Kiila, Magyar Posse|
|22||Oct||2003 -||Tulipesä, Kirjakahvila, Turku|
|08||Aug||2003 -||Boring as Fuck, Kipsari, Helsinki w/ Vuk|
|22||May||2003 -||Myymälä², Helsinki w/ Avarus, Kukkiva Poliisi|
|08||Dec||2001 -||Potlatch, Oranssi, Helsinki w/ Audionom, Seamonster¹|
|09||Nov||2001 -||Avanto, Gloria, Helsinki w/ Keuhkot, Op:l Bastards, Es|
|21||Jan||2001 -||Potlatch, Oranssi, Helsinki w/ Es|
|01||Sep||1999 -||Kaukana väijyy ystäviä, Oranssi, Helsinki w/ Office Building, Aïr, et al.|
Our official MySpace site.
Our official Facebook site.
A short Interview at Avanto 2001 festival site.
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Updated: 14/Nov/2010 20:04+02.