Eight Gigs: Melt Banana
Sat., June 13, 9:30 p.m., Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, $13-$15
Japanese noise rock band Melt Banana has released seven studio albums and dozens of EPs since forming in 1992. The duo's latest album, 2013's Fetch, had to postpone its initial recording sessions due to the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Members Yasuko Onuki (vocals) and Ichirou Agata (guitar, effects) create chaotic, erratic, and extremely fast-paced grindcore-esque music. Agata layers multiple guitar tracks that simulate lasers, sirens and sounds of disorder with myriad effects pedals. That's all paired with high-pitched shrieks and quickly delivered lines (in English) courtesy of Onuki. Hot Nerds and xTom Hanx will also perform. 2708 J Street, www.harlows.com.