Friction-Crazy Dream +2 EP [1979 Japan Art-Punk]
this band grew out of japanese psych band 3/3
they formed in '78 and where one of the first japanese punk bands.
They returned to Japan in 1978 to start a new group which became very famous: Friction. In 1979 Friction appeared on a compilation and in 1980 they recorded their first album. Friction released more than 10 albums in Japan. Friction has certainly a heavy influence on the late 1970's Japanese punk and new wave scene. Reck is again active on the Tokyo scene and has teamed up with Haino Keiji and hardcore drummer Pill, with whom he performs under the name Head Rush. This album of 3/3 is the rarest underground album ever released in Japan.
Friction was the trio of: Reck, Tsunematsu Masatoshi & Chico Hige. Bassist Reck had resided in NYC in the late '70s and played with James Chance and the Contortions as well as Lydia Lunch in the No Wave heyday. Friction was the band he formed upon returning to Japan in 1978. The band continued to exist for the better part of two decades and eventually issued a domestic album on Tzadik in 1999 (Zone Tripper), but this heavily charged debut (aggressive rock/punk, informed by No Wave and Japanese noir aesthetics) was their defining moment. Considered the most legendary underground Japanese group of the time (their albums were at least barely available in the US, unlike the earliest efforts from Keiji Haino or the Alchemy label), now reissued for the second time in equally definitive fashion.