Unknown Pleasures #185 ft Pelegrin, The HU, Tokyo Taboo


Tokyo Taboo at Rebellion

Unknown Pleasures has had something of a hiatus but now it’s back with a new selection of delights to tempt you from Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody.

The last time we ran an Unknown Pleasures column was back in January.

Since then it’s been allowed to lapse, but now we resurrecting it as a regular weekly column of new finds and recommendations. Getintothis is about new music and this column is a place where you can come to find just that.

First off we’ve a couple of tunes sent to us in recent emails that caught our ears, from Pelegrin and The HU.

They’re followed by a band, Tokyo Taboo, who we caught at Rebellion and really impressed.

It’s all a fascinating journey in the search for fresh gems, so dig in.


The French psych three piece have an album, Al-Mahruqa, coming out on September 13 and they have recently released this taster from it. This 9 minute monster takes influences from both east and west, it fuses rock, prog, psych with the call of the Muezzins and the chaos of the souk.

The band name, Pelegrin, is apparently ancient French for “pilgrim” and you definitely get a sense these three have mined influences from as many genres and styles as they can as well as leading the listener into a journey of the unknown.

It’s quite mesmerising stuff and, if we do say it ourselves, this is a belter to kick off this week’s Unknown Pleasures.

The HUThe Great Chinggis Khaan

This is the third teaser from Mongolian heavy rockers, The HU, from their forthcoming album, The Gereg, also set for a September 13 release.

This is a great thumping giant of a track from a band who make a noise quite like no other, as they combine western style heavy metal with traditional Mongolian throat singing.

The addition of the traditional Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle) just adds to the atmosphere of bellowed war cries and lyrics taken from Mongolian poetry.

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The band’s name The HU, is the Mongolian root word for “human being”.

They call their style “Hunnu Rock”…inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire, better known as The Huns in western culture.

This is an infectious track that will have you coming back for more. The earlier releases Wolf Totem and Yuve Yuve Yu are also worth checking out.

Tokyo TabooNo Pleasure Only Pain

Whiskey, the new single from London based Tokyo Taboo, is currently only available on line as a short teaser of a few seconds. So we’ve gone with this release from December last year.

Tokyo Taboo were a big hit on the Introducing Stage at Rebellion in Blackpool earlier in the month and drew a large crowd as lead singer Dolly contorted herself around a pole set up on the stage.

No Pleasure Only Pain is a rallying punk anthem that should be familiar territory for anyone who digs, say Witch Fever or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The video has Dolly and the band set up in the middle of a scorching looking desert location, somewhere in California while the band were recording their second album. It’s full of raw energy and visceral vocals as Dolly sports the most extraordinary pair of platforms.

The new album is due out in October 2019.




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