Tokyo psych-rock quintet Kikagaku Moyo are no more. The band—drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa, guitarist/vocalist Tomo Katsurada, bassist Kotsuguy, sitar and keyboard player Ryu Kurosawa, and guitarist Daoud Popal Akira—announced Wednesday that 2022 will be their last year as a band, after which they will go on the dreaded “indefinite hiatus.” Guruguru Brain will release their final album this May, the band revealed, followed by their “very last tours this spring and fall.”
“We have come to the conclusion that because we have truly achieved our core mission as a band, we would love to end this project on the highest note possible,” their announcement reads. “Since first starting as a music collective on the streets of Tokyo in 2012, we never, ever imagined being able to play all over the world for our amazing audiences. It is all because of you that this was ever possible … and to this we are eternally grateful.”
Kikagaku Moyo released their self-titled debut EP in 2013, and went on to put out four full-length albums, the most recent being 2018’s Masana Temples. Last year, they collaborated with Ryley Walker on a live set titled Deep Fried Grandeur.
Below, revisit Masana Temples, read the band’s announcement in full and see their current tour slate.
Happy New Year, everyone !
We hope you all had great holidays despite the ongoing pandemic.
Today, we have important news to share with you.
After much discussion between the five of us at the end of last year, we have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after 2022. This means 2022 will be our last year as Kikagaku Moyo.
We have come to the conclusion that because we have truly achieved our core mission as a band, we would love to end this project on the highest note possible. Since first starting as a music collective on the streets of Tokyo in 2012, we never, ever imagined being able to play all over the world for our amazing audiences. It is all because of you that this was ever possible … and to this we are eternally grateful.
With this in mind, our very last album will be released by Guruguru Brain on May 2022.
We enjoyed making this album so much and are incredibly excited to finally release it this spring for you.
Following our last album release, we will do our very last tours this spring and fall.
Tickets for the spring tours will go on sale on Jan 21st, and will be available for purchase on our website.
Fall west-coast tour will be announced on Jan 26th.
Please do not miss this chance to get your tickets, because there will be no next time …
We sincerely thank all of you for your continuous support and cannot wait to see you all at our shows one last time.
Kikagaku Moyo Tour Dates:
11 – Toronto, Canada @ Lee’s Palace
12 – Montreal, Canada @ La Tulipe
13 – Winooski, VT @ Walking Windows Music and Arts Festival
14 – Boston, MA @ Royale
17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
19 – Asheville, NC @ Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
20 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
21 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
23 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
25 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
27 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley 2022
06 – Paris, France @ Trabendo
09 – Oslo, Norway @ Loaded Festival 2022
10 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret 2022
12 – Tourcoing, France @ Le Grand Mix
13 – Bruxelles, Belgium @ Le Botanique
14 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebäude 9
15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
16 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
17 – Praha, Czech Republic @ Futurum Music Bar
18 – Vienna, Austria @ Flex
20 – Lausanne, Switzerland @ Les Docks
21 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
26 – London, United Kingdom @ Clapham Grand