ZENI GEVA is a Japanese prog-hardcore band, led by singer and guitarist KK Null, one pioneering group of innovators and legends.
ZENI GEVA was founded in Tokyo in 1987 and quickly found a dedicated fan base in Europe and the US. Their popularity in the west enabled ZENI GEVA to be one of the first Japanese bands to tour in Europe and the US with bands like Bastro, Crash Worship, Dazzling Killmen, Don Caballero, Eyehategod, Melvins, Neurosis, Pain Teens, Shellac and more.
Steve Albini rates ZENI GEVA as one of his favorite bands. He highlights the band's wide range of influences for keeping the ZENI GEVA sound diverse and challenging. Steve also admires the way ZENI GEVA embrace the Japanese culture in their sound rather than trying to Westernize it.
Subsequent tours have comprehensively covered Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, proving a fast emerging worldwide audience.
ZENI GEVA has released 12 albums (5 out of them produced by Steve Albini) on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, Null's self label NUX Organization, Skin Graft, Neurosis' Neurot Recordings and more. Also ZENI GEVA recorded twice for John Peel Session on BBC.
In 2009 the 2nd original drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) who had been playing in the band in 1989-90 and recorded the 1st CD "Maximum Money Monster", came back and brought the band with more complexity and hyper energy.
Oct.-Nov. … tours in Europe playing shows in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, etc.
Sep. …makes their live debut in Hokkaido, playing 3 shows in Sapporo & Asahikawa.
Jul.-Aug. … makes the live debut in Hanoi, Ho Chi Min in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand, and also is invited to perform at "OFF Festival" in Katowice, Poland.
Dec. … is invited to perform @ "All Tomorrow's Parties: The Nightmare Before Christmas" curated by SHELLAC OF NORTH AMERICA.
Oct. … Europe tour including festivals such as "LUFF" (Lausanne, Switzerland), "Supersonic" (Birmingham, UK), "Nødutgang" (Bodø, Norway).
Jan. … tour in Kyushyu, Japan.
Apr. … Europe tour playing 20 concerts.
Oct. … invited to play at "Supersonic Festival" in Birmingham and also Glasgow, Bristol, London in the UK.
TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS, KOENJI HYAKKEI, etc.) comes back as the drummer of ZG.
Apr. … ZG is invited to play at the "Beyond the Pale at Roadburn Festival" in Tilburg/Netherlands, "Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival" in St.Petersburg/Russia and also a few shows in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Netherlands.
The digitally remastered 1st CD "Maximum Money Monster" is reissued with new cover plus 3 unreleased bonus live tracks.
"Last Nanosecond: Live in Geneva" is released.
Apr. … ZG is invited to play at the "All Tomorrow's Parties U.K." and also a few shows in Switzerland, France and Belgium.
"10,000 Light Years" is released.
ZG supports the first Japan Tour of NEUROSIS. Records the new album "10,000 Light Years" in Chicago by STEVE ALBINI, and does a live radio session at KFJC and live show with NEUROSIS at the Great American Hall in SF.
ZG records KRAFTWERK's "Sex Object" for a tribute album to KRAFTWERK "Muisque Non Stop" on Toshiba EMI (Japan).
ZG tours in Australia again and plays at "Livid" festival in Brisbane.
ZG tours in USA with BLAKE FLEMING (drummer from ex-DAZZLING KILLMEN) and also does radio session at WFMU & KFJC. ZG tours in USA again with new drummer, MASATAKA FUJIKAKE and in Europe, playing in many countries for the first time including Norway, Poland, Czech, Slovenia, Croatia & Portugal.
ZG records "Freedom Bondage" in France before touring in France & Italy and plays with SHELLAC in Chicago. Tours in Australia and New Zealand for the first time. The 2nd Europe tour of two months and plays at JOHN PEEL SESSION again.
ZG tours in Europe for the first time, playing more than 40 shows in Germany (inc. POP-KOMM), Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Holland (inc. VPRO), Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and England (inc. JOHN PEEL SESSION on BBC).
ZG records "Desire For Agony" with ALBINI in Chicago before the 3rd USA tour.
ZENI GEVA & STEVE ALBINI record "Nai-Ha" in Tokyo. This album is subsequently selected as one of the best Japanese rock albums of the year (1992) by Music Magazine. ZENI GEVA & ALBINI also play live together in Tokyo & Osaka. The 2nd USA tour with support from CRASH WORSHIP, DAZZLING KILLMEN, etc.
After YASUKO quit, EITO joins ZG. Records "Total Castration" engineered by STEVEALBINI in Chicago. Live debut in USA (Chicago, Madison, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco) with support from MELVINS, NEUROSIS, PAIN TEENS.
After YOSHIDA quit, YASUKO (ex-AVALANCHE) joins ZG.
After TAKETANI quit, TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS) joins ZG. Releases the 1st CD "Maximum Money Monster" from Pathological (UK).
MITSURU TABATA (ex-BOREDOMS) joins ZG. Releases the 2nd album, "Maximum Love & Fuck" LP from Nux Organization.
KK NULL starts ZENI GEVA with ex HANATARASHI drummer, IKUO TAKETANI. Releases 1st album, "How To Kill" LP from Nux Organization.