毛皮のマリーズ (Kegawa no Maries) – “Faust E.P.” 10″ (2008 / 2018)

faustepI snagged this 10″ over at Osaka’s Flake Records a few weeks back.  Little did I know at the time, but on our last trip to Japan I actually bought a greatest hits comp CD for this same band called Maries Mania.  As near as I can tell from the translation on the band’s Japanese-language Wikipedia page their name translates to either “Kegawa no Maries” or something like “Marquis of Kegawa”, and their fans are referred to as either “Mary’s” or “Maries”.  They formed sometime around 2003 and eventually imploded at the end of 2011.  This clear 10″ just came out last month, but it looks to be a slightly re-named re-release of their 2008 mini-album Faust CD, comprised of the same six songs that appeared on the original.

There’s a dirty lo-fi-ness to Faust E.P.  The opening track “おはようミカ” (“Good Morning Mika” is defined by Rolling Stones-like riffs and vocals reminiscent of Jet’s Nic Cester, though 毛皮のマリーズ manages to avoid falling into definitive categories.  “ハートブレイクマン” is all 1960s dream-psych-pop, while “非・生産的人間” is a like a crust punk assault.  There’s an overall sense of cultivated sleaze that feels like an oxymoronic attempt at planned spontaneity, despite which I still find myself drawn to each and every song and feeling like I need to go back and get that Maries Mania into rotation on my iPod.

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