The Montreal-based TEKE::TEKE started off as a tribute band to Japanese guitar legend Takeshi Terauchi, who rode the wave of the Eleki boom, a musical style encompassing surf and beat instrumentals. But the septet, headed by performance artist and vocalist Maya Kuroki, had ambitions of their own. And this month they’re releasing a debut album of original songs titled Shirushi, a Japanese word meaning sign or symbol.
“Featuring traditional Japanese instruments, flute and trombone alongside raging guitars and a pulsing rhythm section, TEKE::TEKE creates a sound reminiscent of 1960’s and 70’s era psychedelic Japanese soundtracks, with a frenetic, modern twist.” I couldm’t have described it better myself. It’s truly a cross-continental mashup of psychedelic sound that is somehow remains grounded in Japanese instruments.