“There aren’t any other bands like us” — Interview with Hibushibire

Alexander W. Raworth
7 min readJun 11, 2018

The Eagle Inn pub is situated in what is possibly the most Salford of Salford places — the industrial estate. It is in the middle of what is seemingly an urban-nowhere. Its owners are ‘straightedge’, or so I have heard. Its venue is quite possibly the smallest in Manchester. And it is, like its siblings The Castle Hotel and Gullivers a few miles up the road, a stopping point for nationally super-underground touring artists.

However, on the 28th of April, there was a scheduled change. The Eagle Inn in Salford was due to host Osaka’s Hibushibire — an act that seemingly most of the audience knew very little about. But, that was the entire basis of an argument for a small interview with the group: to get to know them a bit better in the hopes delivering an introduction or even a small biography to the trio that had seemingly taken the UK underground physical music market by surprise in March 2017, upon the release of their debut, ‘Freak Out Orgasm’.

Much like their set at The Eagle Inn, their LP, ‘Freak Out Orgasm’, was sporadic, chaotic, moody and as hard as a kneecap to the thigh. The only difference between the two was that their performance carried with it elongated versions of the tracks within ‘FOO’, much to this writer’s pleasure. After all, when psychedelia, Hibushibire’s self-labelled genre, transcended into the norm, wasn’t that how it was meant to be? Playing with feeling and not stopping until you felt like it, even if that meant bringing inspirational improvisation into the room?

The answer is, well, kind of. What is psychedelia anyway and how does it relate to Hibushibire? The urban dictionaries answer isn’t that specific; they note it as something that only LSD users or fans of hallucinogenic drugs would understand — heightened sensitivity and often feelings of despair or euphoria. If that is the meaning, then Hibushibire, along with their debut, are psychedelic as fuck.

Perhaps because Hibushibire has shown the UK (a nation that is infested with parasites that claim the word ‘psychedelic’ in order to separate themselves from the masses of indie-rock bands) a return to the original and old school psychedelic experience meant that the only viable conclusion would end in their debut selling out everywhere. A prewarning here…