TUBA DRUMS GYPSY ROCK
Tuba player Gideon Juckes (Sigur Rós, Orquesta Libre, Cicala Mvta, Bellowhead, Shibusashirazu, Eliza Carthy) and drummer Fu-ching (Charan-Po-Rantan, Libera Cielo, Jinta-La-Mvta, Frank London) met at a Tokyo recording session in 2013. Musical fireworks ensued, and they immediately decided to form a band. In an instant, FU-CHING-GIDO was born!
Heavy Rock meets Heavy Gypsy meets Heavy Multi-tasking in a bright new musical world they are pioneering together.
Gideon plays the keyboard with his feet whilst simultaneously blowing bass, harmonies and melodies on the tuba. Meanwhile Fu-ching creates a whirlwind of drums, all the while playing melodies, harmonies and effects with her left hand, on the keyboard harmonica.
Performing a few surprising covers and an ever-increasing body of astonishing original compositions, FU-CHING-GIDO play live shows with all their bodies, technique, heart, and soul.
Their eponymous first album was recorded in live takes, produced, mixed and packaged by the band and mastered by Mandy Parnell (Music Producer’s Guild Mastering Engineer of the Year 2015, Björk, The White Stripes, Aphex Twin etc.).
In 2016, FU-CHING-GIDO toured in Japan and Korea, and performed at Playtime Festival, Mongolia’s largest live music event.
Their second album “Earthlings” was released in 2017 to huge acclaim, and national and international tours and festival appearances quickly followed.
In 2018, FU-CHING-GIDO toured Japan, Germany, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Republic Of Macedonia, and performed at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL in Japan and Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival in Australia.
・2015, release of Debut Album "FU-CHING-GIDO". Reaches the top 20 in the Bandcamp Rock Charts. Two tracks broadcast on Resonance FM Radio, London.
・Many performances at live events across Japan, including opening sets for Charan-Po-Rantan and Ruins.
・2015-17, performed at Miwazow Matsuri, Tokyo.
・Performed at YATSUI FESTIVAL 2015, Tokyo
・2016, FU-CHING-GIDO Asia Tour, performances in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, and at Mongolia's largest live music event, Playtime Festival. FU-CHING-GIDO Japan Tour 2016, performances in Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.
・2017, first solo live concert. "Earthlings", second album international release.
· 2017, “Katte ni Woodstock” Festival, Sagami Lake, Kanagawa, Japan
· Voted amongst the Top 10 Japanese Releases of 2017, Far Side Radio, Resonance FM, London.
· 2018, Japan Tour, 10 date European Tour, performances at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL and Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Australia.
· 2019, In-depth 4 page interview and live session for Rhythm & Drums Magazine.
TESTIMONIALS For "Earthlings"
"These exquisite grooves created by Fu-ching and Gideon surround the whole world in a warm embrace and will inspire you to live life to the fullest!
When the Earth makes her social debut to the rest of the Universe, let us make this album our calling card! This way, every living being across every star system will love us for sure!"
- International Chindon Diva, Kogure Miwazow
"I've known Fu-ching a long time, since we were both Junior High School students and even back then I thought she was a bit of a strange girl. But when she told me "I've decided to form a new band!", and I heard about FU-CHING-GIDO, I thought “Yeah, I was right- she is a total weirdo!”.
Drums and tuba...
If you try to picture this combination of instruments you can't really form any clear idea of what their sound might be. But I promise you, this band is way cooler than you can imagine!
Also, their flyers are always great!"
- Koharu, Charan-Po-Rantan
"Even with plenty of space, there is no feeling of disconnection, nothing missing and nothing superfluous in these elaborate songs and arrangements.
You can catch a glimpse of madness and poison hiding beneath the cute and cool surface.
In this music, lightness and weight are backed up by technology and groove.
This uncommon duo produces a spiky but gentle and approachable sound.
Thank you guys for making an album where such conflicting elements are packed together so perfectly.
Ah, I really need to go and see them live!"
- Master Accordionist, Sato Yoshiaki
"This is PURE FU-CHING-GIDO STYLE! Fascinating and full of variety!"
- Music Producer/Coordinator, Noise Nakamura
"When I first heard Earthlings, I was both surprised and amused. I thought, “Eh? How can you match this with this?!"
FU-CHING-GIDO's music overflows with a hugely enjoyable crossbreed of influences, which I totally recommend.
Within these rhythms and melodies, you can feel great tension and release, and also I felt something very nostalgic about the music, which I liked very much.
Listen to Earthlings and you will feel "THIS is Music!"."
- Music Writer, Uchimoto Junichi
"These world-class instrumentalists have created a strong and pleasurable album.
I love this original music; created by two people, and unlike anything else I've ever heard. "
- Drummer, Kumagai Daisuke