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GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Japan


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GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE are from Tokyo, formed in 2001 after the breakup of the grindcore band 'No Rest For The Dead'. Searching for new musical horizons 'A' (drums) and 'Dead K' (guitar, vocals) went different ways for a while but came together again to build up a new band. 'Benjian' (bass) completed the first classic trio line-up which then was into jam sessions musically oriented at playing progressive rock with the emphasis on psychedelic and space.

The band released the 7'' production 'The Shape Of Rock To Come' (2001) and the full album 'Birth Of The Neo Trip' (2002) on their own label Ancient Records representing a special blend of space and jazz rock. This received good reviews from Japanese and American magazines. 2003 saw bassist 'Benjian' replaced by 'T'. The same year they went to USA to produce a new album but the work could not be completed. So they kept recording for themselves after going back to Tokyo. Finally it was finished at the end of June containing five well-elaborated songs. 'He's Crying Look' got to be the first album for Beta-lactam Ring Records - released in 2004 on compact disc as well as on double vinyl.

The band continued touring USA/Canada for several times and produced the next full album 'City Calls Revolution' - released end of May 2005. As for the next year two new EPs saw the light of day before they lost bass player 'T' in 2007. GMFTTO went to sleep then for an indefinite period only interrupted by the official announcement that new band mate 'Margarette H' was found in the summer of 2008.

GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE offers excellent space and heavy psychedelic rock and can be rated on the same level as other Japanese acts like 'Acid Mothers Temple' and 'Flower Travelin' Band'.

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Birth Of The Neo Trip
2002
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He's Crying Look
2004
3.63 | 6 ratings
City Calls Revolution
2005

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The Shape Of Rock To Come
2001
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You Take Me To The World
2006
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Loop
2006

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 City Calls Revolution by GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.63 | 6 ratings

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City Calls Revolution
Green Milk From The Planet Orange Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by HolyMoly
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl and Canterbury Teams

3 stars Much like the Boredoms, this Japanese group has roots in the hardcore scene but have since graduated to the world of crazy cosmic psychedelic music. But whereas the Boredoms have beefed up their sound with multiple layers of instruments and studio wonderment, this group prefers to keep it raw, live, and simple. Think of them as the modern Japanese equivalent to Guru Guru - crazed, echoey songs that jam relentlessly, keeping your attention through the incredible energy level they're able to sustain for many minutes at a time.

This album, usually considered their best (I haven't heard any others), is over 70 minutes long, consisting of two very long tracks and two shorter tracks. "Concrete City Breakdown" opens the album with a deceptively calm synthesizer intro, until the drums, bass and guitar come in with furious riffing and frenzied vocals. The song goes through several movements, different settings for some wailing guitar solos and ultra-fast drumming. At 19 minutes long, it's a wild ride of a song. "OMGs" follows, with what almost resembles a hardcore song, but impossibly stretched out to 7 minutes, incorporating lots of impressive rhythmic twists and turns. My favorite track, the 8 minute "Demagog", follows, with a classic prog song structure (I'm thinking "Schizoid Man" here). Awesome riff in the vocal section, with a different but related middle section, returning to the vocal section to close. Bringing the album to a close is the 38 minute "A Day in the Planet Orange", which is pretty much what you'd expect it to be -- drifting jams divided into multiple sections, with a fairly quiet one towards the end, suddenly erupting into the inevitable conclusion. Personally, I probably would have preferred it shorter (say, a mere 20 minutes), with another short snappy track like "Demagog" added instead, but I really can't otherwise find anything to complain about with this epic track -- it flows well while it's on, and it gives the album its first real relaxed mood, taking several minutes to build out of its ambient-like beginning.

While I don't usually go ga-ga over psychedelic jam music for its own sake, this band has enough energy to keep the listener on his (or her... yeah right) toes. This is hard-edged mind melt music. I give it a strong three stars -- captivating and well played, but overall just not enough ideas generated for the amount of time it lasts.

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 City Calls Revolution by GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.63 | 6 ratings

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City Calls Revolution
Green Milk From The Planet Orange Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Great freak-out jamming output from the Japanese trio GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE, partially build up with a heavy, sometimes even noisy punk attitude on 'City Calls Revolution'. Four songs with an approximate length of 70 minutes - this is pointing to at least one extended epic. And there are even two I would say - starting with Concrete City Breakdown initiated by a mellow spacey bass/synthesizer collaboration. The band, featuring new bassist T, let you listen to music made up with creativity and structure in opposite to aimless noodling.

And then all machines are immediately running on maximum speed to take you on a freaky ride - tons of acid, echoing and fusionesque guitar work furthermore, a hypnotic bass, furious drums and wild high-pitch vocals somewhere between screaming and singing. Taking a breath here and there this is coming near to the trickiness of 'The Mars Volta' or 'Sonic Youth' - excellent! OMGS now is adopting an attitude of punk and garage blending impressions where Demagog comes less tricky but shines with joy of playing though. This is a fine heavy psych jam at least showing their excellent instrumental interaction.

The 38 minute running suite A Day In The Planet Orange is consisting of a blues inspired jam half way through proving Dead K's complete guitar skills. This is gliding then into a spacey part coupled with mysterious Japanese vocals and samples until the band falls into a weird crushing and puzzling attitude once more. This track is a rollercoaster ride by all means (especially if you really take the time to listen completely).

GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE are offering a creative and powerful performance with this album and it might also give you a clue how impressing their live gigs must have evolved (don't know if they are still active yet). 'City Calls Revolution' is well done - suitable in any case if you're new to this band.

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3.63 | 6 ratings

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Green Milk From The Planet Orange Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Let me say - for me, there are two sorts of psychedelic progressive rock. One is what I listen to for some comfort or relaxed mind, and another is for getting more active and more powerful - a musical charger as it is said. GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE, a power play, is of course the latter.

As said about Jaapnese psychedelic bands, GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE's musical style on City Calls Revolution is the garage rock flavour of MARBLE SHEEP blended with the spacey innovation of ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE. Aside from just the beginning of the first track Concrete City Breakdown, mellow and hypnotic spelling of a keyboard solo, here is exactly a lump of fuzzy, noisy, hardy guitar and active, aggressive, cumulative drums and percussion. Obsucure voices and whispers and shouts can make their sounds more violent and more incoherent - sorry that I cannot understand Dead K's voices, not only English words but Japanese ones, but his voices should be a real violent instrument itself, especially the Japanese shouts like a leftist movement or proclamation in the latter part of the Concrete City Breakdown. Who cares what they said in the track - everything active, everything powerful, and everything violent is okay for us 'depressed listeners'. (Um, in this sense, the beginning of fragile keyboard sounds would be heard like an weird opening act. ) OMGS is characterized by an intense battle between a speedy guitar and strengthened drums. Fiercely terribly terrific with violent shouts added! Demagog is exactly a psychedelic grind core as from Earache label.

And, contrary to the previous tracks, the longest laidback jam session A Day in the Planet Orange gets started unnoticed. Slowly stoner / shoegaze and strongly persistent riffs by all instruments including crazy chorus are immediately erosive and comfortably itchy bitchy. An earachy and deeply dignified guitar solo in the second third of the track should be kickin' knockin' us "tired listeners" and makin' us active and aggressive immediately. The last third part is, I consider, surely "lingering imagery" or "subtle overtones" with exploded violence once again at last. Why don't we get powerful and intensive with bein' immersed by this volcanic work?

Sadly, absolutely sadly, GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE has suspended their activity - we may not gain their power anymore.

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