An old-guard band from the early ‘90’s, WRENCH been a big influence in the alternative scene in Japan. Influenced by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and U.K. progressive rock and club music, vocalist Shige, guitarist Azuma Sakamoto, bassist Tomohiro Matsuda and drummer Murochin formed the band in 1992, quickly throwing themselves into Tokyo’s alternative live scene. Since the release of their debut album in 1994, they have produced music across genres ranging from heavy/loud rock to hardcore punk to electro dance music.
They began to collaborate with DJs early on, thinking outside the box of alternative music long before the dance explosion, which garnered attention. The quartet also began to incorporate hip-hop from an early point, after DJ Shakkazombie’s hip-hop reworking of “Sky” from their debut album Black Holiday. Although their music is classified as alternative, they have combined many different kinds of music, including dance music, looking for their unique sound, going so far as to create something entirely new called “bleep rock.”
In 2001, WRENCH performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, becoming known as one of the leading bands in the Japanese music scene. They released their eighth album – and first in three years – “Nitro” in 2007. This was followed up by 2008’s “drub,” an album that saw the band collaborate with Guitar Wolf’s Seiji, heart-throb actor Tadanobu Asano (“Mongol”), Takkyu Ishino (Denki Groove) and Hifana.
Their most recent work includes mixes “Alfalfa No. 1” and “Alfalfa No. 2,” released with No Man’s Records as MP3’s in 2012.
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