Nisennenmondai’s name is the Japanese translation of the phrase “Y2K bug”, but their sound has certainly evolved from that era. Having met at a club near their university, guitarist Takada, bassist Zaikawa and drummer Himeno formed the instrumental band in 1997 and though they haven’t received mainstream attention, have a significant international following. It’s not difficult to see why: their meticulously picked frets give the listeners a frenetic and urgent journey up to until the last kick drum; the tightly choreographed instruments not sounding a millisecond out of place and build ups worthy of injury on the dancefloor. They were showcased on All Saints’ New Music Cities; a series dedicated to displaying the vibrant culture of cities all over the world and its pioneering musical figures, whose previous guests have been Mount Kimbie and Gilles Peterson. Their live sets have been labelled as stand-out: don’t miss it.

Tue 17 Feb, Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF, 7.30pm,

Tue 17 Feb
Edwina Chan
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Tue 10 Feb 2015