“Hello” is quite an apt name for the new Half Japanese album considering it has been 4 years since their last album. But, it hasn’t been a complete absence since their driving force and principle songwriter Jad Fair has released a dozen new albums in that time under different monikers or together with different bands, such as Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo, Adult Rodeo, Jad & Jason, Strobe, Jad & Kramer, and soon after this release we put out the excellent Jad Fair & Teenage Fanclub record!
Jad Fair is an international ambassador of rock’n’roll. He is constantly zipping around the world to Switzerland, Canada, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, where he records with friends. And his main band, Half Japanese – that he formed with his brother David over 20 years – is continually listed high in the “all time cult bands” charts and is touted internationally. There is even a documentary about the band well worth checking out entitled “The Band That Would Be King”.
“Home” is an excellent mix of what Half Japanese are all about : eclectic indie-rock maliciously deviating from standard chord structures, nerd-punk diatribes, and beautiful love songs dripping in maple syrup.
The line-up this time features : John Sluggett – guitar, keyboards; Gilles Rieder – drums; Jason Willett – bass, guitar, keyboards; Rob Erickson – guitar, backing vocals; Dallas Good – guitar; Jad Fair – vocals, guitar. It was recorded in Toronto at Hallamusic by Nick Holmes.
The LP has a few less songs than the CD version due to time limitations. Artwork is original Jad Fair work. All of these songs are new and are exclusive to this album. (One song “temptation” is also on our recent compilation The Ecstasy Of The Agony)