BO NINGEN x BOBBY GILLESPIE (Primal Scream) Team Up For New Single 'Minimal'

Preorders + Details Revealed For New Album Sudden Fictions Released 26th June 2020 via Alcopop!

October 2020 UK Headline Tour Dates On Sale Now


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London-based Japanese alternative-rock band BO NINGEN are today delighted to reveal their new single ‘Minimal’ which features a guest vocal appearance from Bobby Gillespie of Scottish rock icons Primal Scream, and is out now on all good DSPs.

The track is the latest single to be taken from their forthcoming new album Sudden Fictions, which the band are today pleased to reveal the artwork and tracklist for (see below for details and images).

The album is set for release on 26th June 2020 via Alcopop! Records and all preorders will come with a free art print, available now from:

Commenting on collaborating with Gillespie, bassist and vocalist Taigen Kawabe says: “Minimal is the first-ever ‘properly produced’ track—as well as the most catchy song—in Bo Ningen’s thirteen year history. After crossing the world line guided by Andrew Innes and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, the anthemic element of a new sound was extracted and finalised by producer/electronic musician Matthew Herbert.”

The aforementioned “world line” is the path which an object traces in 4-dimensional spacetime. It is an important concept in modern physics, and particularly theoretical physics, which the band see as central to the ambitious theme of sonically re-contextualising themselves within “history seen as open structure” explored on forthcoming album Sudden Fictions.

On the new single, BO NINGEN utilise vocalist Taigen’s lyrics—performed in a duet with Gillespie in both Japanese and English on the track—to emphasize and re-define the meaning of the love song and pop music itself, without using obvious golden rules in its creation. As such, ‘Minimal’ is a challenge to BO NINGEN to confess love without losing their identity.

Earlier this year the band announced their signing to Alcopop! Records for their fourth studio album Sudden Fictions, and released lead single ‘B.C’ on limited edition 7” vinyl to support from BBC 6music, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, London in Stereo, DORK, UPSET, The Most Radicalist, Complete Music Update and many more.

Working with Drew Brown as producer—best known for his work on albums such as ‘Amok’ by Atoms For Peace, and ‘Hyperspace’ by Beck—the album sessions took place at Vox Studios, East West Studios and Studio 101.

Recorded around the world in London, Tokyo, and LA in a constant search for inspiration, and embodying the contemporary art and music scenes where crossovers of different cultures are flourishing, the quartet fuse disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves that marks Sudden Fictions out as their most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

BO NINGEN recently revealed a run of UK headline tour dates for October 2020, including a London headline on 13th October at Village Underground (see below for full listings), with tickets on sale now:

Sudden Fictions is released 26th June 2020 via Alcopop! Records

Sudden Fictions Tracklist

1. You Make A Mark Like A Calf Branding
2. AKA
3. Silenced
4. Zankoku
5. Minimal (feat. Bobby Gillespie)
6. Kyutai
7. Kuzurenai
8. B.C
9. Riff

Tour dates:

Date City Venue
Sat 03 Oct 2020 Kent Ramsgate Music Hall
Sun 04 Oct 2020 Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
Tue 06 Oct 2020 Bristol The Fleece
Wed 07 Oct 2020 Birmingham The Hare and Hounds
Thu 08 Oct 2020 Sheffield Picture House Social
Fri 09 Oct 2020 Glasgow Stereo
Sat 10 Oct 2020 Liverpool District
Mon 12 Oct 2020 Oxford Bullingdon
Tue 13 Oct 2020 London Village Underground
Thu 15 Oct 2020 Southampton The Loft
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Brighton Chalk


A Found History:

As a precursor to their new record, BO NINGEN recently revealed ‘A Found History’—a week of exclusive rarities and sonic oddments from the past decade which charted a course through BO NINGEN’s past, and examined how their sound has evolved in exclusive partnership with The Quietus, The Line of Best Fit, Radio X, Clash Magazine, Rumore Magazine, and UPSET Magazine.

All of the ‘A Found History’ releases are now available to purchase and stream via the band’s own label, Polytope Records, at:

May 29, 2020 5:32am ET by Wall Of Sound PR  

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