A Tokyo-based all-female instrumental trio that makes equally raw and danceable music, Nisennenmondai formed in the late '90s and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase "Y2K bug." Guitarist Masako Takada, bassist Yuri Zaikawa, and drummer Sayaka Himeno met at a club near their university and formed the band soon after, taking as much inspiration from the cool kids at school as they did from experimentalists like This Heat, Pop Group, Sonic Youth, DNA and Neu! Their debut EP, Sorede Souzousuru Neji, was released in 2004, with another EP, Tori, arriving the following year. The band's first album, Rokuon, appeared in 2006, but it wasn't until 2008 that Nisennenmondai's work was distributed outside of Japan. Neji/Tori, which combined the band's first EPs, was released by Heartworm Press/Free News Projects on vinyl in the U.S. and by Smalltown Supersound on CD. That spring, the band's second full-length, the sleeker, more groove-oriented Destination Tokyo, was released in Japan; it was released elsewhere in summer 2009. By that time, Nisennenmondai had released Fan, a single 35-minute track expanding on Destination Tokyo's polyrhythmic approach, in their homeland. ~ Heather PharesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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