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Rovo is a psychedelic rock-jazz band founded in 1996 in Tokyo by former Boredoms guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto (山本精一), electric violinist Yuji Katsui (勝井祐二), and synthesizer/effects technician Tatsuki Masuko (益子樹), with Jin Harada (原田仁) on bass guitar, Hiroshi Nakanishi (中西宏司) on synths, and featuring two drummers/percussionists, the prolific Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (芳垣安洋) (of legendary improv noise group Ground-Zero) and Yoichi Okabe (岡部洋一).

They describe themselves as “Man Drive Trance”, due to their hands-on methods of creating a kind of music usually produced entirely electronically.


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  • filzbaum

    Fitness tip of the week: Get "Land" on your MP3-PLayer, plug your headphones in, get out of the house and start jogging while making sure that the your running speed machtes the songs pace

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    "Phoenix Rising" with System 7 is really good, too.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • rhinowing

    phase is really really good

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LukarioXO

    Really interesting stuff, at least as far as Imago goes. Never really heard anything quite as similar as it, but I'm really enjoying it.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    Fans of ROVO might also like Bondage Fruit.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    Very good.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • KraeheK

    so good ;_;

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
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    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Vidreven

    Fantastic band. Flage blows my mind.

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • akzincke

    this band turn me into a dribbling hippy.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • antFz

    Amazin'! It's strange, why I did not heard them earlier?!

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    Me too! Where should I go after Ravo?

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    V I want to!!

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Ackibear

    Any of you guys checked out Ravo Dub yet?

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • avanthoms

    Una de mis mayores influencias y bandas favoritas, la energía de ROVO en escena es impresionante, la fusión de estilos, los ritmos de Jin, los beats de las baterías, el feeling de Seiichi y la psicodelía y acidez en los violines de Yuji hacen de esta banda un excelente soundtrack para el trip. Tengo el diseño del Dragón con los nombres de la banda tatuado en mi brazo derecho.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • flame_leaf

    God damn. Amazing band. I feel like I could listen to them all day.

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    LIVE at 日比谷野音 2003.05.05~MAN DRIVE TRANCE SPECIAL~ is the one to track down, imho. So raw and ass-kicking. Though I'm listening to RAVO for the first time and digging the ride...

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • riozebratubo

    You guys remember me Gong at their best, but in your own way. I'm so happy to know that you still do what you do, wich is great. Thanks a lot from Brasil.

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • skeletonghost

    I'm only one song into Ravo, and my jaw is stuck to the floor. TOO GOOD, I GIVE UP.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • lazycats_dawa

    awesome trippy sound!

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
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