Goggle-A started playing gigs through Japan in 1999 and till 2003 they’ve played in all Japan’s prefectures. In the same year they started touring in Europe and USA. They’ve toured in more than 10 countries such as China and Mexico.
Their sound is a combo-rock-sound based on the Japanese 60s sound (group sound, eleki, Japanese styled surf sound, pop, new rhythm) with the taste of surf/hot-rod. The band is loved from a wide board of listeners, from the maniacs to the beginners. Their exciting live shows with the key-word niyari(=grin) has a hot reputation in Japan and abroad.
They’ve released till now a bunch of albums and singles and participated in several compilations in Japan, Germany and Mexico. They’ve produced commercial-songs, jingles and background music, and took part in theater plays and movies.
And last but not least they are the founders of the leading independent label Sazanami, one of the most famous independent record label in Japan.
All songs by Goggle-A except : Karen (Jack W. Marshall), Red River Valley (traditional) & Yozora No Hoshi (Kosaku Dan).
A1. Sterrin’ Fun Fun
A3. Gomenne Go-Go Girl Zuruiyo Twist Boy
A4. Bump And Go!
B1. Go-Go Girl & Twist Boy
B2. Tokio Duck Drive
B3. Red River Valley
B4. Yozora No Hoshi
If like me and nothing gets the pulse quickening like a shot of killer surf twang then allow me to introduce you to Goggle-A who hail from Japan and have just sneaked out a killer 8 track beach twisting dandy by the name of ‘Sayonara Summer Hootenanny’. this babe comes via the Green Cookie imprint all pressed up on 10 inches of heavy duty wax and strictly limited to just 300 copies.
As to Goggle-A they collectively craft lost sounds that imagine a 50’s golden age of bubblegum pop, among these rapido riff rifled groove you’ll encounter the carefree summer sun innocence of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean all carefully studded to the back of “Karen’s” leathers while “Go Go Girl And Twist Boy” is kissed with the strut cool of the Phantom Surfers. Elsewhere “Tokio Duck Dive” is needle threaded to a killer Mexicana shake down that recalls the Los Straitjackets while “Steerrin Fun Fun” is just pure roadster buzz pop cutting shapes in the sand. All said best of the set is the parting “Yazora No Hoshi’ – a slamming punch you in the face slab of garage rumble that has more than a subtle whiff of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates about its wares. — Sunday Experience (27 Dec 2013).