Sundays & Cybele are a psych rock band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 2004 and led by multi-instrumentalist Kazuo Tubouchi. Last year they released Chaos & Systems which made my favorite records of 2017 list. Their sound traverses psych rock, prog rock, kraut rock, and Japanese folk, blending into a beautiful sonic experience that is best understood with one’s ears. When I first heard the leitmotif in “Butterfly’s Dream” paired with that catchy, driving bass line, from last year’s record, my face melted and my mind expanded.
Band: Sundays & Cybele
Country of Origin: Japan
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
I would bring the album intermezzo and ballad of Brahms played by Glenn Gould.
2. How did the band members meet?
I met the original members at my university in a small city Hakodate. Also all current members are from the area around Tokyo. Some are the friends of the previous band members or the friends of my friends.
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
There are so many amateur musicians in Japan. But I can’t briefly explain how the underground music scene is. Because several musicians belong to the scene in their region and have power which give influence to each other and people as well. However each musician is isolated from the others.
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
I am often inspired by the conversation with my friends.
5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.
My favorite show is the one in Berlin. There was a trouble of our equipment but the atmosphere was still very good. I could almost say that the show changed my life.