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@ The Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, 15 January 2009

Afrirampo are a band from Osaka, Japan. They are Oni (guitar, vocals) and Pikachu (drums, vocals). Since forming in 2002 they have toured with Sonic Youth and Lightning Bolt, collaborated with Acid Mothers Temple and released several CDs on various labels. In 2005 they performed at All Tomorrow's Parties, the avant-garde music festival curated by Vincent Gallo, and joined performance artist Yoko Ono on stage for her closing piece. Afrirampo, like fellow Osakans the Boredoms, are fond of free noise, improvisation and nonsensical call and response vocals. Unlike the Boredoms however, they demonstrate an affection for catchy melodies, and during live performances often alternate between manic, distorted pop and extended, abstract, improvised noise pieces composed of looping fret noise, droning feedback, guttural barks and impromptu squealing. .