Literature for Sheep
Japanese rock music as a whole was in a creative crisis for a long time. For decades, there was little sign of anarchy, change or even revolution; the genre's participants were content to pluck away on their guitars as a copy of a copy of a copy, delivering a run-of-the-mine sound that drew no one outside the Land of the Rising Sun from the woodwork.
Hitsujibungaku also want no destruction, no downfall, no hate. But that doesn't matter. The alternative rock band, consisting of Moeka Shiotsuka, Yurika Kasai and Hiroa Fukuda, with a delicate yet powerful sound, was formed in 2017 and already boasts three released albums, Dear Youths, Powers and Our Hope.
Celebrated by the Japanese media as a smooth whirlwind, Hitsujibungaku, which roughly translates to Literature for Sheep, quickly made their musical breakthrough. Their songs are about the search for happiness, about dancing in the moonlight, about the dreams of a hopefully never-ending summer. And they show with loving force that there may still be hope for Japanese rock music as a whole.
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