Chiyoda Ku have been on the tips of our tongues for a while now, playing well-received shows with 65DOS and Thought Forms, as well as taking the stage at ArcTanGent Festival twice and recently releasing their debut full-length album ‘How It Works’.
In this interview, ahead of their headline show at The Facemelter this Friday 1st December at The Black Heart, Chad Murray seeks answers as to exactly what that name on our tongues is, who are the people behind this sobriquet and what is it exactly this is, what is it?
So, first and foremost how does it work and what is it? What were you hoping to explore with your album and, for those unfamiliar, how does your live sound differ from your studio sound?
It can be anything really. ‘That’s just how it works’ is a phrase we heard a lot; people say it when there’s a lack of reasoning or understanding for something that happens. We found ourselves saying it loads too, we like the idea of lacking reason.
We wanted the songs to sound the same as the practice room, it was important to not to mask our live sound with studio tricks and keep the raw energy. There are a few field recordings here and there, but overall, the album is very close to our live sound.
We’ve been having a quandary here at HQ, we were wondering how you guys like your band name to be pronounced? I personally thought it was: Chee-Yoda Koo but, I’ve heard it as Ky-Oda-Koo and Chyodda Ku and Chi-yo-da Kuh and all sorts so, please save us with a phonetic solution.
We pronounce it Chee-Yoda Koo, others say chode boys, also chiyoda poo. It’s up to you really.
You’re playing this edition of The Facemelter with Low Sun and Archelon, have you guys played with either of these bands before and are you seeing either or both of them for the first time?
No, we’ve not played with either of the bands before, but we’re excited to see what they have to offer!
What sort of Chiyoda Ku merch might I find at The Facemelter?
We’ll have the album on CD and vinyl, and hopefully some T-shirts too!
Interview by Chad Murray