The Bohicas went to Japan for Fuji Rocks, and all they came back with were these stunning photos (and some words too, of course). They brought their forthcoming debut album The Making Of (out August 21st via Domino) to Niigata Prefecture, and by all accounts, it was well recieved. Check out the diary below, and head here to watch the video for 'Swarm'.


A Japanese Adventure by The Bohicas

The first time we went to Japan was last year to play at Studio Coast for Hostess Club Weekender. It was an incredible experience and any opportunity we get to return, we will pounce at. There seems to be an appetite for our music out there and we had such a good time it would have been foolish not to go back. Last year we only had one single released so if anybody was coming to see us, they only would have known that one tune. In the year since we'd been over we've released a handful of singles that have luckily got people's attention so it made the gig itself more enjoyable. You begin to see a new recognition amongst the audience when you play the songs they've heard online or on the radio. And that is a fantastic thing to witness.


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The culture shock is always staggering when you enter Japan. It feels like you're in an episode of Futurama. Well, that's how Tokyo feels to me. This time we didn't go straight to Tokyo, we drove to the festival up in the hills, five hours away from Tokyo. This was less Futurama. The landscape is like nothing I have ever witnessed before. The thick green tropics of the mountainous landscape were incredible. It seemed to both disappear into the distance and tower over and engulf you at the same time. Our van snaked around these thin roads through the hills of Japan and we stared out the window in absolute amazement at where we were and why were there. We saw a triangular road sign that had a picture of a monkey on it...


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The gig itself was wonderful. We played a 5,000 capacity tent that looked rammed and the reception was perfect. It was less of a tent and more of a sauna. The air was red hot and wet and we were sweating buckets by the end of the first song. We exhausted our Japanese on the audience by saying 'The next song is...' and 'We love Japan' etc. The crowd seemed to appreciate it so if we return, we'll have to up our game. Maybe recite Shakespeare in Japanese or something. The rest of the festival was great, but unfortunately we didn't get to see any other acts. I would've loved to have seen Ryan Adams. I saw his Glastonbury set on YouTube and thought it was banging.


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The next day we were in Tokyo doing interviews and that seemed to run smoothly. We met some wonderful journalists and translators as well. But it's boring spending an entire day talking about yourself in a city you want to explore, but luckily we were finished by about 5pm and we went to a brilliant restaurant and ended the night with Karaoke.


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Woke up after two hours sleep with a hangover from hell and had to hop on a flight back home. We were gutted to leave because of the fun we always have in Japan, but I like to think we'll be back there once the album is out. Unless they hate us, then it'll be a different story.

Words by The Bohicas' Dom McGuinness.


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