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WonderLand

Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Duo Alternative Post-rock

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Dec
29
WonderLand @ 三軒茶屋HEAVEN'SDOOR

Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan

Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan

Dec
04
WonderLand @ モルガーナ

国分寺市, Tōkyō, Japan

国分寺市, Tōkyō, Japan

Oct
27
WonderLand @ 二万電圧

杉並区, Tōkyō, Japan

杉並区, Tōkyō, Japan

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"The Consciousness Of Internal Time And Space/WonderLand Album Review"

Why This band set a new standard for the music which caused me anxiety so much?
WonderLand is a young trio band, which member is in their mid twenties.
1st EP Welcome to Wonderland released two years ago was orthodox grunge for good and bad, but this character disappeared completely at the last year when I saw their show for the first time at Heaven’s Door, and then I was amazed by their extremely mad songs which included post-rock, doom, and psychedelic rock.
But now they even did away with that, and they created this new album in which condensed how WonderLand was remarkable.
This album recorded by themselves is the great work which includes 7 parts of a song in 26 minutes.
I wrote that, so you might think that their music was just post-rock influenced by MONO ,Mogwai and so on and they were the one of many band like that.
However, such idea may be moved.The arpeggio of the introduction is like a just post-rock sound,but it is just a trap to get a large amount of game.
The beautiful arpeggio gradually turned into dissonant sound, and after roar sound bursted, the clean sound of piano and guitar made my brain confused. The uncanny chord as signs showed from the beginning clearly appeared,and then the inorganic piano made me more anxious.
Drums and bass guitar playing tightly maintained the contour of a sound-scape, but melody eroded it. At the middle of the song, trumpet played in fanfare, but it puzzled me too much and I felt be in neither light nor dark like the dead of night about 3 a.m.When distorted guitar sound roared,I felt that I finally found the light on the street.
And the latter part of this song resolved dissonance.The guitar riffs influenced by math rock and grunge and more powerful beat constructed new entrance on the cul-de-sac.
After the former 17 min when I felt embarrassed, because I couldn’t judge which it completed perfectly or imperfectly and which it described positively or negatively passed, the latter 9 min was going by fast. The Beat got consistency and, it had the contrast between an explosion of distorted guitar playing dissonance and a clean guitar playing the most beautiful melody of this song.
While the former described confusing feeling, the latter did blessing by powerful riffs and beats trying to change the limit of what three persons could do.After the last sound gone,you would have a peace of mind.
This album is not too difficult and has many friendly parts, but you may feel uncomfortable and think it cannot be identified. If you haven’t listened to their past songs since before, you may think that this is not grunge and you may feel their sounds destroy post-rock-style.
It is not false but not true.It is nothing but that they spit out on all music style existing in the world and they choose to deny to copy and paste for styles other bands have.This album contains many ideas and sounds many bands imitating grunge couldn’t create. Moreover, uncomfortable this album has is the same as things those who have gone before us sung through grunge.This album has no words, but I think their sound fight against the violence called peer pressure.
Probably, you think that how strange this band playing uncanny songs calls themselves WonderLand, but this album is anthem for us to go to WonderLand which are still unseen.
I don’t know the world they would describe after that.
It is only true that the incredible great young band has come.


グランジを起点にしながら何故こんなにも心を不安にさせる新次元へと到達してしまったか…
 WonderLandはメンバーがまだ20代半ばと若手な3ピースバンドだ。二年前にリリースされた1stEP「Welcome To Woderland」では良くも悪くも正統派グランジといった音楽性だったが、僕が初めてヘブンズで観た一年前はその面影は完全に消滅し、ポストロックやドゥームやサイケといった要素を盛り込んだ尖りまくった狂気を放出していてド肝を抜かれた。
 その当時の曲すら廃棄し生み出された今作は現在のWonderLandの異常さが凝縮された作品になっている。フロントマンのKohey氏が自らレコーディングを進め完全セルフプロデュースで生まれた今作は、全7パートではあるが26分で1曲という大作志向に仕上がっている。
 とこうして書くと「MONOとかmogwai系のポストロックなんだろ?もう掃いて捨てる程いるよ。」って思うかもしれない。しかしそんな考えは完全に裏切られると思う。イントロの出だしのアルペジオこそ「それっぽさ」はあるけど、あくまでも間口を広げるための罠でしか無い。
 美しいアルペジオが徐々に不協和音に変わり、轟音を一瞬だけバーストさせてから、ピアノとギターのクリーントーンの音色が、頭を混乱させる旋律を奏でていく。序盤から既にその兆候を感じさせていた不気味なコードはより明確に姿を表し、無機質に奏でられるピアノも余計に不安にさせる。タイトに叩きつけるドラムとベースが曲の輪郭を保ちながらも、メロディがその輪郭を侵食していく。
 中盤ではトランペットの残響音がファンファーレの様に響くけど、それも余計に心をざわつかせるし、そんな真っ暗でも明るくもない、深夜3時の空気感からディストーションのギターが響いた時はやっと街灯を見つけた気分になる。
 そしてそんな不協和を裏切るのが後半だ。マスロック調だけど、グランジ感のあるギターフレーズと、より力強くなったビートが袋小路から新しい入口を作り出す.。
 完成されているのかされていないのか、ポジティブにもネガティブにも振り切れない燻った感情を描いた様な17分を経てのラスト9分は本当にあっという間だ。
 ビートも整合性を手にし、不協和音を相変わらず奏でながらも爆発するディストーションギターと今作でも特に美麗のメロディを奏でるクリーントーンの対比、前半の17分が様々な楽器を導入し、混乱していく感情を描いているのなら、ラスト9分は3ピースのバンドサウンドで限界に挑む様な力強いリフとビートによる祝福の時間。ラストの轟音が終わった瞬間にやっと心が安らぐだろう。
極端に難解さに走ってないし、取っ付きやすさもかなりあるけど、今作を通して聴いて感じるのは「居心地の悪さ」と「居場所の無さ」だ。予備知識無しで今作だけ聴くとグランジ要素なんて無いと思う人が殆どだと思うし、轟音系ポストロックのテンプレートを破壊しようとする音だと感じるだろう。
 でもそれは正解だけど違うし、彼らはあらゆる既存のテンプレートに対して唾を吐き、スタイルだけをコピペする事を全否定する道を選んだに過ぎない。ハイプでしかないグランジフォロワーには絶対に生まれないアイデアと音が詰まっているけど、でも今作を聴いて感じる「居心地の悪さ」はオリジナルグランジの先人たちが歌っていた事と同じだ。
 今作には言葉は存在しないけど、その音で同調圧力の無意識の暴力と戦っている様にも見えた。「こんな不気味な音でWonderLandを名乗ってるなんて!!」と思う人もいるかもしれないけど、まだ見ぬWonderLandへとたどり着くまでのテーマソングでもある。
そしてその先のWonderLandが描く世界は本当に想像が出来ない。とんでもない若手が現れたって事だけが事実だ。 - Guilty Forest


"What is alternative?"

WanderLand is young ,but this band got unique music style based on grunge and also they have good music skill.
Many listener should check them and go to their concert.

グランジを起点にして、その先の新しい音楽を追い求めオリジナリティを獲得しているバンド
もっと多くのフリークスの間で情報が共有されるべき,オリジナリティも高いライブのクオリティも獲得している若手バンド - Guilty Forest


"shinjuku ANTIKNOCK presents 【ANTIKNOCK POWER PUSH! 30th前夜祭 BIRUSHANAH"魔境-MAKYO-"release party】"

Unwittingly, I lost my way and went deeply forest.There was wonderland. I couldn’t grasp WonderLand again, even though I had seen their gig at Heaven’s door Sangendyaya last year.
The beginning part of their music was post-rock like MONO,but their beautiful clean sound gradually changed into dissonant harmony, and I felt that my brain was looked into by them,as if they knew what I thought.
They mainly played guitar, bass guitar and drums, and they also played another musical instruments like keyboard and trumpet.This trio tried to change the limit of what three persons could do.
Although their music had roar parts, clean guitar sound performed the theater of the absurd.At the last part, they were surely grunge while they are playing sludge riffs dynamically.

I have conviction that WonderLand is going to investigate new grungy music uniquely. It may be because their music doesn’t have only many characteristic but also have dissonant clean sound.

昨年ヘブンズで衝撃的な出会いを果たしたWonderLandは配信でリリースされた最新作「The Consciousness Of Internal Time And Space」を通しで演奏するセット。
 WonderLandというバンドは改めて全容を掴ませてくれないバンドだと思う。導入こそはMONOみたいな王道のポストロックなテイストのサウンドではあったけど、徐々にクリーントーンのまま不協和音が増幅していくサウンドは頭の中を覗かれている不気味な感覚を覚える。
 トランペットやキーボードといった新しい武器を導入しながらも、あくまで3ピースで3ピースの限界に挑んでいくライブであり、轟音パートもありつつ、あくまでクリーントーンで不条理を塗り重ねていく。
 でもラストのパートで歪んだリフを叩きつけていく様は正にグランジの一言であったし、WonderLandは独自のポストグランジを突き進んでいくんだと思った。それは多数の色彩を持ちながらも、歪んだ感触を持つクリーンな音が一番物語っていたのかもしれない。 - Guilty Forest


"精神奴隷解放運動 case4(2014年10月5日)@三軒茶屋HEAVEN'S DOOR"

WonderLand was the really great of all bands I had seen gigs these days, though I saw their gig for the first time.
At first they played two long instrumental songs which had noisy and psychedelic loud sound on the simplest beat and very beautiful melody in the dark mood.
Even though their melody was simple, they changed the world by a single tone which was the extremely loud, psychedelic and drone sound.
At the latter, they played two songs with vocal, they were completely mad. The extremely madness sound like dark guitar sound obscured by effects and repeating mad scream made me paralyzed with fright.
I realized that they were the greatest band of the young, because their ensemble of musical instruments and their sound was high quality.
Now in the world, there is no bands playing heavy, psychedelic and dark rock music like them.
I didn’t know the name of this band since I had seen this time,but their music really was psychedelic rock, and their show was traumatic for me.
After this show I asked them for their disks, and they said that they would start to record soon.
The great show!! I’m exited and looking forward to listening their new album and what this band will be!!
Also, I was surprised that there were many people at their show, even though the typhoon hit Tokyo that day.
This show was filled with new music and especially the show of the presenter,WonderLand is awesome. I really enjoyed meeting wonderful band I hadn’t known,and it was worth doing that I went there despite the bad wether.

 完全に初見だった主催のWonderLandだけど、ここ最近出会ったバンドの中でダントツに凄いバンドだった。先ずは長尺のインスト曲を二曲プレイしていたけど、極限まで削ぎ落としたビート、ノイジーにサイケデリックな音を爆音で鳴らしたかと思えば、とんでもなくクリアな旋律をダークに放つ。音数自体はそこまで多くないにも関わらず、サイケデリックとドローンの衝突地点にある音を極限の爆音で鳴らし、その一音で世界を完全に塗り替えてしまっている。後半はボーカルの入った二曲をプレイしていたけど、そっちは完全に狂っていた。空間系エフェクターで輪郭を完全崩壊させて、ダークさのみを旋律の中に託した音と、狂気しか感じない叫びを繰り出し、狂気を極限まで突き詰めた音に完全に腰を抜かしてしまった。バンドのアンサンブルや音作りはとんでもない完成度を誇っていたし、若手バンドの中でもトップクラスだと実感したけど、ここまでダークさに振り切ったヘビィなサイケデリックロックは今本当にいないと思う。名前も知らないバンドだったけど、また本物のサイケデリックロックが存在していたし、ライブは完全にトラウマ物だった。終演後にメンバーさんに音源を売っているか聞いたら、まだ作ってないらしくて、これからレコーディングする予定らしいが、その音源も含めて今後が本当に楽しみなバンドだ!!いや凄いよ!!
台風真っ只中であるにも関わらず多くのお客さんがいたし、本気でどんだけマニアックな奴らなんだよって思ってしまったりもしたけど、この日のヘブンズには間違いなく新しいオルタナティブロックが渦巻いていたし、特に主催のWonderLandのライブはド肝を抜かれた。悪天候の中で足を運んだだけあったし、こうしてまた新たな素晴らしいバンドに出会えたのは心から嬉しく思う。 - Guilty Forest


"Introduction of performer on 30 Oct 2015"

WonderLand has a unique characteristic of powerful sound despite the absence of singing.
インストでも圧迫力のあるサウンドが特徴的な『WonderLand』 - Heaven's Door


"Introduction of performer on 1 Jun 2014"

WonderLand’s music is serious, heavy and new.
ヘヴィー系オルタナサウンドでシリアスな世界を展開する『WondarLand』 - Heaven's Door


"Introduction of performer on 9 May 2014"

WonderLand cover you with the clear sound based on Grunge.
グランジをベースにしながら透明感のある音で覆い尽くす『WonderLand』 - Heaven's Door


"Introduction of performer on 2 Feb 2014"

WonderLand is Post-rock based on Grunge.
グランジを根本とした上でポストロック等の要素も取り入れた『Wonder Land』 - Heaven's Door


"Welcome to Wonderland review"

This band must be enfant terrible.
This band has both the first intension and innovation and their music are unusual.

Their sound is like grungy and shoegazing, but if you are careless,you would be dead by powerful distorted guitar sound and screaming.

初期衝動と未来開拓の狭間に生息する、奇妙で稀有な生物。

その生態は、常に気怠さと夢うつつな浮遊感を好み、油断している間にゆっくりと忍び寄り、破壊力のあるヒズミ超音波と投げっ放し暴投気味の絶叫で相対する者を卒倒させる。


末恐ろしいバンドであることは間違いない。 - Antiknock (November 2013 Schedule)


Discography

Welcome to Wonderland (2013)
The Consciousness Of Internal Time And Space(2015)

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Bio

"Why This band set a new standard for the music which caused me anxiety so much?"

"This trio try to change the limit of what three persons can do."

"I was amazed by their extremely mad songs which included post-rock, doom, and psychedelic rock."

"I have conviction that WonderLand is going to investigate new grungy music uniquely."

Guilty Forest

WonderLand is Kohei Wada (composor, playing guitar and keyboard ), Shuto Ogawa (playing drums and trumpet) and Kaoru Kaneko (playing bass guitar)

WonderLand was formed at Tokyo on September 2012, including Kohei Wada, Shuto Ogawa and former bass player. They started to write songs and they played the gig for the first time on 9 Dec 2012.

 In 2013 they performed 33gigs.The former bass player was fired on Aug 2013, and Daiki Ishimura took part in WonderLand at the same time. They released the 1st EP Welcome to Wonderland on Sep 2013. 

 In 2014 they started to play more gigs and to create more songs. In 2014 they performed 45 gigs.In the winter of 2014 they started to record the new album by themselves and they decided not to play the show till they finish to record. 

 In 2015 they played many sessions at music rehearsal studio for 8 months, finally they finished to record, and then they started to play a gig on 23 Jul 2015.

The 2nd EP The Consciousness Of Internal Time And Space is released on iTunes Store on Sep 19 2015. This album is conceptual art about what they think about internal time and space. They did recording, mixing and mastering by themselves.

In 2015 they performed 11 gigs.

In 2016 they toured in Japan including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto,Nagoya and Shizuoka on February.

In 2016 they performed 20 gigs, they have 4 more shows

Statement

“We want to express many things. For example, it is not only many beautiful sights in the world which impressed us, but also many mental conflicts we underwent, time we have inside our mind and space we describe inside our mind. We also want to express music based on Japanese musical method.

 We think time on music is the most important thing of music. We think it is important that time on playing music is different from usual time. For example, in the real world the same time has never come again, but in music as many songs have something repeated, so we can repeat the same time.   Moreover, it’s more deeply inside our mind and it is multidimensional. Yes, we talk about internal time. What is internal time? We basically agree with On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time written by Edmund Husserl. Every time he talked about internal time, he gave a character of music as an example.

 Besides, we think Japanese ancient court music called Gagaku and Noh which is traditional masked dance-drama have a unique characteristic of music in the world. To put in simply, it is interval among tones. We want to express it. We also agree on Toru Takemitsu. He wrote many times about what Japanese style music is, how Japanese people grasp music, and how Japanese people grasp sound like noise which foreign people said."

Band Members