CARTHIEFSCHOOL is a three-piece band based in Sapporo, Japan. The band has emerged from the city’s thriving underground scene alongside bands like Nango and The Hatch. Hot on the heels of their debut album – released in February this year – CARTHIEFSCHOOL bring the noise again with a new EP, kenjimiyazawa. On this release, they blast through six new songs, opening with the title track, inspired by the author Kenji Miyazawa. As unrelenting and terse as its predecessor, the hyperactive rhythm section of Genki Tsusaka (bass) and Yudai Takasago (drums) provide the foundation for Tomoya Murosaki’s angular guitar work and vocals. A clearer, more direct production brings the trio’s furious energy into focus, as heard on the hard-charging “baramos” and the monolithic closer “song for kyrgyzstan”.