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Formed in 1979, Hijokaidan began as the duo of Jojo
Hiroshige and Naoki Zushi. After the initial experiments,
the core group of Hiroshige, T. Mikawa, and Junko
solidified. Hijokaidan (aka Emergency Staircase) quickly
became known as "the most heinous band from Kansai"
through their legendary wild performances, featuring
spewing fire extinguishers, smashed venue lights,
garbage, raw fish, and urinating on stage. First
introduced on a split LP with NG and Jurajiam in 1980
titled Shumatsu Shorijo (Sewage Treatment Plant),
Hijokaidan made their full length LP debut in 1982 with
Zouroku no Kibyo (Zouroku’s Strange Disease), both on
the Unbalance label. Soon after Jojo created the Alchemy

Records label which has become one of the most impor-
tant Japanoise labels, not only releasing 20+ Hijokaidan

releases, but also releasing seminal albums by Japan's
finest, Merzbow, Incapicatants, Hanatarash, Masonna,
Solmania, and Aube, as well as USA's Borbetomgus, and
Canada's Nihilist Spasm Band. Now on their 40th
anniversary, Hijokaidan not only remains to be the KING
OF NOISE, but also an obvious influence on everyone who
On King Of Noise Hijokaidan is pared down to the duo of
Jojo Hiroshige (on electric guitar) and T. Mikawa (on
drums, electronics, and voice.) In it's early years,
Hijokaidan saw as many as 19 members, but whether it be
19 or just two, Hijokaidan creates the same sheer wall of
noise that gives them their apt title, KING OF NOISE! On
the opening track "The Wreck Of A Once Promising
Youth", you've got a one note Hawkwind groove that's
almost immediately abandoned for full on, full volume

noise that brings to mind Doug Snyder and Bob Thomp-
son's Daily Dance but filtered through Jojo's ear piercing,

shards of glass guitar moves. After the opening track,
Mikawa abandons his drum kit for the crumbling feedback
electronics and vocal yelping that he's come to be known

for, in Hijokaidan, and especially in Incapicitants. Remas-
tered and pressed to vinyl for the first time in 34 years,

King Of Noise is as much of a statement as to Hijokaidan's
reign as it just a classic example and important footnote
in the history of Japanoise and noise music in general. All
hail Hijokaidan, KING OF NOISE!