The word “powerful” comes straight to mind when we think about Japanese dark hardcore/chaotic/powerviolence band Friendship. The band has released 2 full lengths and both are stark, dark and moving…
Due to the cancellation of Friendship (JPN – Grind/PV – Southern Lord) and Kurokuma’s (UK – Doom Metal – Astral Noize Records) UK tour after the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the two bands will be hosting a very special streamed performance this Thursday morning March 26 at 7:00AM Japan time. The time has been decided as a reasonable meeting point to view the stream from different time zones.
The cancellation of the tour has lead to both bands losing approximately over £4k in flight cancellations and lost revenue. A GoFundMe donation link has been set up to help the bands recoup their losses and hopefully reschedule the tour at a later date. You can donate to the GoFundMe at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/recoup-costs-for-friendshipkurokuma
Each band will be streaming a set in their own practice rooms from Tokyo, Japan and Sheffield, UK respectively. Due to health and safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, every effort will be taken to ensure that each band comes into contact with as few bodies as possible with strict hygiene procedures set in place. Expect to hear sickening grinding hardcore and pummelling psychedelic sludge spanning continents.
Friendship were due to tour their sophomore album ‘Undercurrent’ – released through Southern Lord and Daymare last year – with seven UK dates confirmed with Kurokuma, whose latest split 7″ was released through Astral Noize Records last year.
The link for the video is below – don’t forget to click “Set Reminder”! (If 7am is too early for you out here in Asia, don’t worry – the band will leave the video up for a while)