At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, the American bomber Boeing B-29 Superfortress dropped its deadly cargo into the morning sky over the Japanese industrial city of Hiroshima. The roar of its engine heralded the beginning of the apocalyptic chapter in the history of man’s inhumanity to man. “Little Boy” took only 50 seconds, after exiting the plane, to explode in the morning sky 600 meters above Hiroshima.
This Thursday marks 75 years since sinister nuclear capabilities were demonstrated on a largely civilian target. London-based band Ooberfuse is teaming up with legendary Japanese musician Hibari to showcase the empty rhetoric of peace and justice, rhetoric used as a band-aid to cover up the truth and reality of what happened that day ago is 75 years old. Reinventing 80s synth pop classic Enola Gay, Hibari tells the story from a Japanese perspective, a song others might not want to hear.
You can see the clip and listen to the song here: https://youtu.be/bLQytpbDc6Y
Hibari, chip tune and straight edge artist from Tokyo, says: “We heard about these pictures and videos in school when we were kids. Everyone should know about the tragic pictures of war. Some say the atomic bombing was necessary to end the war. They are trying to say “The people who die from the atomic bomb were necessary for the present peace.” My song is not what people want to hear … it challenges the myth that Hiroshima had to happen to spread world peace. “
Hal St John’s band of London Ooberfuse, adds: “We live in Woolwich, the place in the 1940s where Britain’s wartime firepower was assembled, tested and stored. It is possible to see behind the veneer of Woolwich’s new prosperity the vestiges of that past. We have traveled and toured with Hibari in India, the Philippines and Japan. We wanted to do a collaboration with our good friend and traveling companion to capture what the Japanese think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki today. “
Ooberfuse manager Cherrie Anderson said: “This is such a difficult subject to tackle because the footage is deeply disturbing and gave me real nightmares. On our last tour of Japan with Hibari, we had spent two days in Hiroshima. Music speaks in the silence that The Nuclear Holocaust follows in its wake. We should not turn away or cover up what happened 75 years ago, if only to remind ourselves that this should never happen again and should never have happened.
Hibari is an electropunk chiptune artist from Japan, capturing the energy of famous Tokyo street performers. Hibari delivers his unique music with the punk-rock attitude rarely found in a country that lives according to the proverb “the nail that sticks out will be driven”. Clad in tattoos and piercings, maverick Hibari refuses to be hammered and is the epitome of Japan’s growing alternative scene. Learn more about Hibari here: www.facebook.com/straight.edge.hibari
Ooberfuse is a duo made up of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson. An influential British music critic said: “Ethereal electronic pop with the intricate beauty of Ooberfuse will last. Well-crafted songs, delivered with powerful, emotional and heartfelt vocals, combined with electronic music meeting east and west are Ooberfuse’s hallmarks.
Visit their website here: www.ooberfuse.com/
Key words: Ooberfuse, Hal St John, Cherrie Anderson, Hibari, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Enola Gay
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