LUSTS, for those unfamiliar, is composed of brothers Andrew and James Stone. A seething mass of perfected contradictions, moments of their instrumentals wouldn't sound out of place in Blade Runner, and possesses a Lynchian atmosphere.

Deeply rooted in the 80's, with reverb-heavy riffs and a post-punk ambiance, yet sounding more akin to the synth-pop so prominent in the era, LUSTS have combined their varying influences into a strangely catchy mixture.

Searching for inspiration for their sophomore record, the pair traveled to nowhere less than Tokyo, Japan. A fitting sojourn, as their sound wouldn't sound in the least out of place about the neon streets of one of the world's greatest cities. To say the least, they found what they were looking for, and Japan would greatly influence what would come to be Call Out of the Void.

LUSTS linked up with The 405 to share some highlights from their journey, through photography and words. Enjoy!

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Enter LUSTS, all words their own:

1. We’d heard about an amazing place called JBS, a vinyl bar in Shibuya-ku. We went in late one night and the bar owner, Kobayashi, plays his records and you sit and drink and listen. It is GREAT to just go to a bar and hear music and not talk. While we were there he played Keni Burke and Mary Jane Girls, he sort of tells a story through his selecøons. His taste is second to none.

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2. While we were in Golden Gai, we ended up in a bar where the owner was hammered and started pouring us drinks, telling with us about life in Tokyo. He ended up raving about a band called YMO, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and played us one of their tunes ‘You’ve Got To Help Yourself’. We were blown away, it was amazing. Then in a weird stroke of luck the next night we ended up in Music Bar 45 in Shibuya, and one of the producers of YMO was DJing. It was one of those rare moments where it all comes together and you discover something you never would have expected to.

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3. We’re big Lost In Translation fans, and so one night we decided to go to Park Hya , the hotel that Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray stay in in the film. We’re up on the 52nd floor, drinking beer in the same seats they did, looking out over Tokyo, and I just had Death In Vegas ‘Girls’ playing over and over in my head. It’s a film that’s inspired a lot of our music and to actually be there was really surreal.

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4. This was taken as we were travelling through Tokyo to the airport. We’re listening to ‘Just Like Honey’ by The Jesus & Mary Chain, like the ending to Lost In Translation. The song just captures that slightly hazy, other-worldly feeling you get as you’re travelling around a different country perfectly.

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5. We visited the graveyards of Koyasan, as we stayed in a Buddhist temple for a night. A Buddhist monk was telling us about his faith, consciousness, how our brains are like the moon. It was pre y psychedelic. This is one of the rare parts of the graveyard where you can actually take pictures, as it’s considered one of the holiest places in Japan.

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6. We went to a robot cabaret in Tokyo (how could you not??). It was a mind-blowing mix of rhythmic drumming, robot ba les, and lasers. AI is a theme that we explore in the track ‘machine’ from the new album. It’s wild seeing the growing role it’s taking in our day-to-day lives and in the creation of art and entertainment.

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7. We are big admirers of Studio Ghibli and it was a dream to visit the museum and get some insight into how the films are created. There was a room which was sca ered with storyboards and inspirations, everything from toys to the Sco sh landscape feeds into their work. We always try and grab inspiration from everything with our music, so this really resonated with us.

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8. We travelled to Hakone to see Mt Fuji and ended up travelling in a cable car over an acøve volcano. This picture is in front of the sulphur mines, which are constantly pouring out smoke. It’s also known as ‘The Death Valley’, so of course, we had to visit.

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09. Murakami is an author that we’ve taken a lot of inspiration from with visuals and themes in our tracks. This was essential reading for travelling around Japan.

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10. Computer game music is a big inspiration for us on the new album. We’re always trying to fit in synths that echo games that we love. We visited Akihabara and went into the SEGA towers to record some sounds on our phones. We’re always building drones and loops from sounds we pick up, slowing them down or drowning them in reverb so they’re unrecognisable. There will definitely be some Japanese arcades making some appearances.

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