MASAKICHI stream new single ‘Hummingbird’ & Announce show in London

July 17, 2015


MASAKICHI stream new single ‘Hummingbird’

Release date: 24th July, 2015
Debut mini album ‘Hummingbird’ set for release 18th Sept via Fierce Panda 

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Live date at London’s The Hospital Club on 29th July plotted

London’s Masakichi are streaming another mellifluous cut from their forthcoming debut mini album in the form of its title track ‘Hummingbird’. The single is set for release via beermat download through Fierce Panda Records on 24th July and the mini album of the same name will follow on 18th September. Masakichi have also been announced to play Fierce Panda’s ‘Evening of Murderous Midsummer Fun’ at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden on 29th July, along with Longfellow (entry via free guestlist only).

As vocalist/guitarist Hannah Cartwright explains “The guitar at the beginning of Hummingbird was the first inspiration for the lyrics. It sounds like the fast fluttering of wings -fragile and fleeting. It is about the frustration of not being able to hold on to what you need. The harder you try to cling on, the more it slips from your grasp.”

Combining the expansiveness of post rock and shoegaze with fuzzed up indie rock structures and dance-orientated grooves, Masakichi was formed by guitarist Reuben Gotto who has spent the past few years travelling the world with bands such as Foals, Maccabees and Alt-J, immersing himself in the sonics and inspirations of a nomadic musical lifestyle and returning home with a mammoth catalogue of tracks recorded in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and on long haul flights. Finding kindred spirits vocalist Hannah Cartwright (Snow Ghosts) and bassist Hattie Williams (Telegraphs) in London, the trio began to fully form Reuben’s tracks into songs. Enlisting Reuben’s old band mate Ben Calvert (Killing Joke, Calvin Harris) on drums, the band laid down the six core songs that comprise ‘Hummingbird’ at the end of last year with Rich Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs, Adele) and Larry Hibbitt (Marmozets), and have been throwing themselves into the London live scene since.

Masakichi is the name of a character from Reuben’s favourite Murakami book ‘After the Quake’. Masakichi was also an artist in the 1800’s who made a statue of himself for the woman he was in love with, finishing it with his own hair, finger nails and teeth. A great story of passion turning to insanity.

1. Paper Cuts
2. Spring
3. Hummingbird
4. Bulletproof
5. Without Arrows
6. The Smallest Light
7. Spring (Alt-J Remix)

29th July – The Hospital Club, London –


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