The highly anticipated third album from British aural dramatists Japanese Fighting Fish is uncaged this week, a release which not only confirms that there is no other proposal like the London based quartet but shows the band hitting another plateau in their breath-taking sound and invention. There are few with the musical craft and adventure to match an imagination as daring as it is inimitable but Japanese Fighting Fish have it all in abundance and in full enthralling flow within Swimming with Piranhas – The Ringmaster review
After a surprise spot play from Alan Raw of BBC Radio Leeds, the Fish have decided to release ‘For Queen Marilyn’ as the next single from ‘Swimming with Piranhas.’ The track references themes of debauchery and alienation in true Fish style, and catches the listener with a soaring vocal from ringmaster Karlos. The video was shot on short notice in Leeds by Big Blue Whale featuring Olesja Sidorovich.
The boxing world is shocked by the sudden entry of this unstoppable punching machine’, the newspapers read. Yes, our ginger-bearded protagonist, The Beast, looks to further his winning streak by entering into an underground boxing tournament. No doubt in his mind, but have those daily Eye-of-the-Tiger training regimes prepared him for his mightiest opponent yet?
U Ain’t Gonna Win This is the first single from third album Swimming with Piranhas and will be released on November 13th, including the band’s exciting debut music video collaboration with Big Blue Whale.
A dejected, miserable, and bearded Bat, Man! grapples with his identity as he finds himself middle-aged and looking for work in the City of London on his Batscooter. Between-albums single Don’t Wanna Be Bat, Man! was released digitally on BDeye Music on 27th October 2014 and received 145k views in its initial week on Facebook.
Having finished touring for second album Day Bombs, released in 2013, the Fiiish embarked on a road trip to Ireland, and unsuspectingly rescued Mister Matt McGuinness during one fateful stop in Stab City. In return, he would guide the Fishmobile through potholes towards Caherdaniel, where the band, instead of resting, would write third album Swimming with Piranhas with McGuinness as the new JFF bassist.
And so the theatrical beast returns. Unlike its recorded-in-garages predecessor, Swimming with Piranhas was 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…S P A C E…into the Fish Tank. The craziness that was there since the beginning – yes, that remains!
Third time lucky and finally succumbing to the pun, Swimming with Piranhas is to be scheduled for a release in Summer 2015.
New logo, new typeface, new album, new Fiiiish? Keep your eyes peeled for the official announcement of Swimming with Piranhas and with it a revamped website with new artwork, photos, tracks, upcoming gigs, and generally all new things fiiishy. n-evans.com