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Melt-Banana is a Japanese noise rock band that was founded in 1992 by friends attending Tokyo University for Foreign Language. These friends were Onuki Yasuko (also known as Yasuko O. or just Yako), Agata Ichirou, Rika mm', and Toshiaki Sudoh (more widely known as simply Sudoh).



Melt-Banana has released 8 full-length CD albums, and 19 EPs (a number of which are collaborations with other bands). In 1997 they created A-Zap (their own recording company), and re-issued all of their previously released albums on their label. One month later Sudoh quit, and the band has had different drummers helping for tours and recordings since. They do massive U.S. tours yearly, do frequent European tours, and do smaller Japanese tours (the reason for this, according to them, is that traveling in Japan is quite expensive). Steve Albini has engineered many of Melt-Banana's albums, and is a notable music figure in the experimental world and popular music world, as he has worked on albums for bands such as Nirvana.


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Left to Right: Rika, Yasuko, Agata
  • Yasuko O.-Vocals, Writing
  • Agata Ichirou-Guitars, Effects
  • Rika mm'-Bass
  • ???-Drums (as mentioned above, they currently have different drummers helping them out for certain things, including Dave Witte of Discordance Axis and Burnt By the Sun)

Former members


As said above, Melt-Banana has a specific brand of music, many call it noise rock or noisecore. They mean the same thing, as in a type of music blending rock, noise, and other genres. Agata overlaps two different guitar riffs most of the time, and also belts out seemingly random sound effects, almost all made through his guitar and large amount of effects pedals ( (this link is current as of 1999). Yasuko O. belts out high-pitched screams and raps, and is described by many as a rabid poodle on caffeinated speed. Rika mm''s bass lines aren't subdued like in most bands, but is given as much overt influence as Agata's guitar work. The sounds from the bass provide a distinct dimension to the music not found in many other bands. The drums are usually quite straightforward (however, in their recent albums, they have become more complex), especially on the faster songs, where they beat almost straight through with set cymbal crashes, providing an insane amount of energy to the songs. The band describes their recent music (especially Teeny Shiny and Cell-Scape) as pop, but it is far from it, except more accessible, perhaps. Also of note, most of their albums (except the two just mentioned) are intentionally lo-fi, as that is Agata's feeling for the music, however they disliked how it sounded on the radio, so they aimed to make their last two albums more hi-fi.


Melt-Banana has produced a large number of full-length albums and EPs throughout their 11-year history.



External links

  • Official Site (
  • Official U.S. Distribution ( This site carries all of their U.S. CD reissues and one or two of their split EPs.
  • Skin Graft Page (, has a highly detailed history from one of Melt-Banana's old labels, Skin Graft.
  • Nippop Profile | Melt Banana (

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