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Chris Jack: Guitar, vocals, Keyboards
Yuichiro Tomishige: Drums
Kensaku Muronaka: Bass
No gimmick, no bullshit, Stomp'n'Grind, Garage Rock, Garage Punk, Surf, Rhythm and Blues.
Based in a bowl in the mountains (Hita City, Oita prefecture), Anglo-Nipponese trio The Routes play independently over 600 miles south of the Tokyo garage scene.
The Routes play mostly original music, taking influence from UK and US 60s music and culture, happily oblivious to the fads and trends of today.
I remember back in those heady days of Britpop that all these wee bands were making it big in Japan. It seemed to be the badge of the “not quite made it” in the UK... “Yeah, well we’re big in Japan.”
Dirty Water is becoming one of our new favorite labels, and that is thanks to releases like this disc, magnificent pepinazo of eleven songs of infuriated 60 garages and primitive sound in charge of Anglo-Japanese trio THE ROUTES.
High up in the mountains of Oita prefecture on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu lives an Anglo-Nipponese garage three piece that demands to be heard. They're that good.
Dirtywater Records continue to release some fabulous, gutsy albums. No overproduction here, earthy, gritty........ REAL music is the principle behind the label.
So ya like “Dirty Water”. You like badass 60’s garage fuzz classics like “Blackout of Gretely”. You like that Headcoats stomp, those Childish power chords, crude Mummies records, and all that glorious shit.
From the opening drum roll I get the feeling that Dirty Water Records have released another fuzz-filled retro trip with this full album from The Routes. This is vintage retro garage rock that had Ealing swinging its pants in the 60s and had Carnaby Street hipsters shaking their shit in clubs.
As a music fan, sometimes you get excited about new releases from specific bands. Other times, it's a little broader and you get excited whenever you hear about a new release from a certain record label. I was definitely excited to receive this new release from Dirty Water Records and from the beginning, I wasn't disappointed.
Oh yes - more dirty jive jagged retro rock a boogie from those devil dealing dudes over at Dirty Water HQ, man i would happily sell my soul to get on their mailing list, this time of asking they’ve strayed their shade adorned sights to the turned on sound of the Routes - an anglo - Japanese trio we believe who’ve already set by all accounts tongues a-wagging furiously among vintage vibed 60’s beat grooved aficionados courtesy of a debut full length entitled ‘left my mind’ being picked up by (previously unknown to us) Irish imprint Motor Sounds.
Yes, it is possible to become sick of garage rock. But this Japan-based, Anglo-Nipponese three-piece bring sufficient stomp-and-grind to renew the appeal.
The Routes are certainly pushing the homage to 1960s rock ‘n’ roll pretty hard with their pin-point style, the vintage nature of the “Do What’s Right By You” album cover, and of course the plucked-from-the-decade sound they’re bringing.
In my blind, ignorant times, as I held fast to 2003 and prayed the Soledad Brothers would get back together, I sometimes felt that garage rock was dead. It’s not, obviously. But bear with me for a second here, and take my mental journey. “All the Detroit groups I love have changed or become culturally irrelevant!” I wailed. “All the other music journalists make fun of me!”
The Routes are fantastic; this is what’s right with music in 2014. Garage Rock at its best, The Routes are the bomb, if you don’t love the noise they make we have a problem understanding what the definition of cool is or ought to be.