The band has racked up an impressive resume, including busy summers alongside the likes of
Wild Beasts, The Stranglers, and Babyhead at Shambala Festival, Beat-Herder Festival, Weyfest, and Beacons Festival.
How we Formed
In 2009, the mysterious Ishii christened the Leeds-born, now London-based, alt-rock band Japanese Fighting Fish, and they continue to blast out tunes in his honour with a third LP set for release in 2015.
But the Fiiish are no longer the Fiiish they once were. In 2011, the debut album Just Before We Go MAD experimented with South American rhythms, fierce vocals, and grunge guitars.
2013 saw the release of second album, the punkier and louder Day Bombs (recorded in several skuzzy garages in Leeds and London and on a considerably lower budget than the Foo Fighters’ album at that time that inspired it – recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, albeit effectively a high-end studio).
Now the theatrical beast returns with third album Swimming with Piranhas scheduled for release in 2015, this time recorded at Air-Edel Studio in London, mastered by Tim Young (Massive Attack,The Clash, Sex Pistols, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Elbow, and The Beatles 'Love' Album, for which he won a Grammy Award), and injects hooks, fuzz, funk and ...SPACE... into the Fish Tank. The craziness that was there since the beginning – yes, that remains!
What They Say
"What a voice, I Love this record"
Loz Guest - Kerrang Radio
Matt Stocks - Kerrang Radio
"A boiling pot of Madness and Brilliance melded together"
Beatsurrender 4 Stars
"It is almost like being at the theater in your own home, just close your eyes hear the creative lyrics and picture the show"
Redhotvelvet.co.uk 4 stars
"Karlost lets his full vocal style loose as the Ringmaster to the show ahead sounding like the bastard son of Serj Tankian and an escaped lunatic spreading his tales to all to hear"
Resdhotvelvet.co.uk 4 stars
"A highlight of my last five years"
..my tip for success!"
Will Jackson - Producer of The Cribs, The Music and The Pigeon detectives / Vibrations Magazine
"Quirky, angular guitar hooks, crushing riffs and a sense of flair and humour"Beacons Festival
The Shed Leicester
JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH // Trap Door @The University of Bradford // BRADFORD
The University of Bradford, Longside Lane, BD7 1DP
Nambucca, Holloway Rd
BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, BRIGHTON
"Oddball Leeds/London noise terrorists on the verge of greatness"BIG CHEESE Magazine