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Gauze is a hardcore–punk band from Japan. Since their formation in 1981, Gauze has been a major influence in both the Japanese hardcore scene, and the underground hardcore scene around the world. The band’s line-up consists of:
Fugu - Vocals
Momorin - Guitar
Shin - Bass
Hiko - Drums


Gauze were formed in the Fall of 1981. Many in the “the international DIY scene” recognize Gauze as “the best contemporary hardcore band in the world”.

The original plan according to Shin the bass player was to play as fast as possible. They attempted to give the impression of playing fast without actually playing fast. The first Gauze recordings are the tracks from the City Rocker compilation LP with features other New Wave bands and Gauze doing 10 songs. They covered Discharge’s “No TV Sketch”, but the song title is “Anti-Machine”. They released 1984’s Fuckheads LP on ADK records.

Equalizing Distort was released in 1986. They released the Genkai Wa Doko Da (“What’s the Limit?”) LP in 1989, and in 1991 they played a 10th Anniversary gig, where they played three sets covering the 3 periods they had gone through in the last 10 years. They played 51 songs over these 3 sets. In 1996, they began a US tour, though it lasted just three shows - a fourth was scheduled, but was cancelld. They played at Gilman St. in Berkeley, at the Bomb Shelter in Minneapolis and in Chicago at the Fireside Bowl. They also recorded songs for a 7” that came out on Prank a little after this, while they were in SF.


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  • oxmar

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, que buena banda!!!

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DaSzet747

    CORETIC!!! No matter it being a boot, I can't believe I now have both Equalizing Distort and Fuckheads on one CD. They really need to get together an official CD release though, I had never even heard of a Gauze CD before yesterday.

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • zeromentality

    only 185k listens? what a travesty! best live band in the world.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Tv_Statis


    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • celtiberic


    22 May 2011 Reply
  • angry_veg_grrrl

    Fucking awesome.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • garyxia

    gauze ages like rotten milk mixed with wine, laced with lsd and with little poop particles sprinkled on top.

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • garyxia

    gauze ages like fine wine.

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • FBWK1989

    Some funky jappanese numbers here.

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • skeletonghost

    Anyone got the hook up to lyrics for the albums 面を洗って出直して来い and 貧乏ゆすりのリズムに乗って? Hard as shit to find on the interwebs, if someone knows a site with the lyrics or has/can scan the lyric sheet I'll be indebted to you for life.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • Muka-chin


    8 May 2010 Reply
  • chuplag

    and oh yeah anyone who think's Gauze's bio is retarded should totally read Totalitar's bio.

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • chuplag

    "Arguably, Japan was a bit behind the rest of the 1st world when it came to hardcore..." always annoyed me in some manner.

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    All you are faces is rertarded belong to us.

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • DuckYouth


    3 May 2010 Reply
  • Masada-sensei

    you're face is retarded

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • Muka-chin

    that bio is retarded :/

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    great stuff!

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • skeletonghost

    Anyone know anything about possible upcoming shows? I'm going to Japan this summer and I HAVE to see them play.

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • amphibious7

    v : the key to making excellent music = stay trve and kvlt

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
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