Japanese Gum is an experimental psychedelic Italian three piece originally from Genova born in the spring of 2005.
The band consists of Davide Cedolin, Paolo Tortora and Giovanni Stimamiglio (from May 2010).
JG music is characterized by wall of echoed sounds, hypnotic vocals, electronic glitch beats mixed with natural drums and live loops, but it’s not right to define their sound into a specific kind: the band is always looking for new developments and different sound solutions: from the first release “Talking. Silently e.p.” (Marsiglia Records), focused on an ambient-glitch type of soundscapes, to “Without you I’m napping”, oriented to massive shoegazing guitars melted with psychedelic obsessive loops and first real percussions ever.
During the sessions for the first full-lenght, Japanese Gum put some unreleased tracks/versions together with few friends’ remixes into “Lost in weirdness” (remixes by Isan, Die Stadt der Romantische Punks, Eniac…) released for the Turin based label Chew-Z.
The full-lenght album “Hey Folks! Nevermind, we are all falling down” has been released in september 2009 by the japanese label Friend of Mine records, and it’s a perfect balanced combo of liquid atmosphere, droning guitars, suspended vocals, electronic patterns and real drums; many featuring on this album, such Freddie and Chiara Lee from Father Murphy and Blown Paper Bags. On september 2010 some new stuff: “End Of Summer e.p.” has been free released on the band website and then also published as 200 handmade 3"CDR edition featuring Daniele Carretti from Offlaga Disco Pax, Stark Vision Of The Morning and Greta Liscio from Still Leven. After the European tour that crossed Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Norway, Denmark and France, during November 2010, Japanese Gum started to work on new compositions that will be included into two new releases expected for 2011, one e.p. and the second full-lenght.
By the years, Japanese Gum has toured and played with artists such Victory at Sea, A Hawk in an Hawksaw, CRTVTR, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, Stafræn Hákon, port-royal, Judith Juillerat, Giardini di Mirò, Saroos, Europ Europ, Mindy Misty, Library Tapes, Far From Tellus, Bodycode, Shackleton, Tempelhof, Sea Dweller, Matteah Baim, Jenniferever and many others and will tour in USA for the first time next September.
Paolo Tortora; pedals, guitar, samples, synthesizers, percussions, vocals.
Davide Cedolin; pedals, vocals, guitar, percussions, samples, keys.
Giovanni Stimamiglio; percussions, drums, keys (2010-present).
Luigi Bozzo; laptop, synthesizers (2005-2007).
2007, January – Talking. Silently e.p. (Marsiglia Records) – CDR/Digital
2008, November – Without You I’m Napping (Self released) – CDR/Digital
2010, October – End of Summer e.p. (Self released) – 3” CDR/Digital
2011, September – Stoned Forevah (Etch Wear) – CD/Digital
2009, September – Hey Folks! Nevermind, we are all falling down (Friend of Mine) – CD
2011, November – Captcha (Etch Wear) – CD/Vinyl
2009, July – Hon.e – Digital
2010, October – In The Shadow Of a Hood – Digital
2011, April – Hon.e (Alternate – Almost Instrumental – Version) – Digital
2011, October – Fine Again (Etch Wear) – 12”maxi single
2006, November – The Winter is Already Out (But I Can Still Feel Its Flavour) on “First AID Kit I” – Chew-Z – Digital/CDR
2007, June – Cluster of Bees (Early Version) on “L.S.O.A. Buridda – vol. 1” – Marsiglia Records – CD
2008, November – Take Me Where I can Fade With No Rumors (live) on Emptv Nights Compilation I” – Emptv – Digital/CDR
2010, March – Cluster of Bees on “Shiver vol.1” – Shiver Webzine – Digital
2010, May – First Reminder on Handmade ’10 compilation – Handmade Festival – CDR
2010, May – Dividing Opinions on “Altri Giardini” by Giardini di Mirò, featuring Blown Paper Bags – Digital/CD
2011, March – Hon.e (Alternate – Almost Instrumental – Version) on “Goodbye Icy Winter” – Breakfast Jumpers – Digital
2006, December – Paul Leni (deep mix) – port-royal – Digital
2007, August – A bunch of loops, jamming tape recordings and electronics for the live soundscape and soundtrack of “Il Fauno”, a film by Febo Mari, 1917, ArenaSonica festival, Brescia – Tape/Cassette
2008, March – Take Me Where I can Fade With No Rumors – Soundtrack for the video “Respiri/Breaths” by the artist Francesco Arena – Web/DVD
2009, September – Lost in Weirdness (Chew-Z) – Digital/CDR
2010, January – Cluster of Bees, Chlorine Blue, Mistake/Ghost on “Nike 6.0 Partners in Crime” – Soundtrack for this awesome Bmx Video – Web
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