Mowmow Lulu Gyaban is an indie band from Kyoto. Their crazy universe is inspired by the art rock and glam rock scenes of the 70’s.
Japanese music scenes are full of UFOs. Recently we told you about Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the queen of kawaii J-pop. But this young woman who sells millions of albums is clearly not the only example of Japanese artist offering a crazy universe.
Mowmow Lulu Gyaban is in this trend. Unlike Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the Kyoto trio is an indie band that does not reach an audience as wide as the muse of Harajuku. Nevertheless, the rock band of Gary Bitche has developed its own visual and musical universes over the years, and that is what we will discuss in this article.
The hectic universe of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban
Gold costumes with spangles, hairstyle affecting the ozone layer and insane underpants are central visual elements that constitute the universe of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban.
In recent years, the Kyoto band has overtly been inspired by the 70’s rock, and especially by art rock and glam rock. Mowmow Lulu Gyaban brings us beyond time with a reinterpretation of these musical styles. Those genres are refreshed through the experimental nature of the band.
It is common to see Gary Bitche, the singer of the band in spangle underpant during music videos and lives of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban. His cronies have also crazy outfits.
On a hairstyle perspective, it is possible that the singer/drummer of the band as more hairspray than hair on his head. I am not an idiot! Japanese men with curly hair only exist in manga.
The unusual structure of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban
If you watched some of the MV dotting this article you have seen that the formation fo Mowmow Lulu Gyaban is rather atypical. First of all the singer Gary Bitche is also the band’s drummer. Finally, there is no trace of guitar on the songs of this rock trio from Kyoto. Indeed, the other two members of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban are T-Margarita, the bassit, and Yuko Cuttie, the keyboardist.
This strange set-up for a rock band comes from successive splits in the creation of the band. Indeed, the beginning of Mowmow Lulu Gyaban was cataclysmic. In two years, the band increased successively from a trio to a quartet, then a quintet, to ultimately become again a trio.
With so many upheavals, Gary Bitche, which was originally the singer and guitarist, had to take the sticks and abandon his guitar, while preserving its role as a singer. At the same time, this has caused the disappearance of the guitar on the Mowmow Lulu Gyaban tracks. Besides, it has certainly helped to direct the band’s musical style to the limit of experimental.
Loony early days, but far from the 70’s
Mowmow Lulu Gyaban exists since 2005. In more than ten years, the group has evolved both musically and visually.
The Kyoto trio starts to get a little fame with the song “Yuki-chan“, the clip is just above this paragraph. As you can see, the band is the same as today. The musical style was closer to classic J-rock, with messy phases. As for the visual style, we were far from extravagant outfits that the three musicians wear today.
Mowmow Lulu Gyaban has really taken off on the Japanese indie scene in 2011. Thanks to an appearance on the NANO-MUGEN compilation orchestrated by the famous Japanese band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Since then, this group is always looking to try new things, by pushing away the limits of kitsch.
Mowmow Lulu Gyaban is a Japanese indie band to follow now. The trio has just released a stunning EP titled “Pirates of Dr.Dandy”, whose title track is in the article.