Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner Profiled

Source: burning ambulance.

Makoto Kawabata is best known as the shamanic, wild-haired leader of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., a psychedelic band that has released about 500 albums since 1995. I’ve never really connected with Acid Mothers Temple — the ratio of rambling hippie bullshit to RIFFFFFSSSSS was always skewed in the wrong direction, even on their most aggro releases like 2002’s Electric Heavyland. At the same time that he was getting AMT off the ground, though, Kawabata started Mainliner in 1995 with bassist Asahito Nanjo, also of High Rise and Musica Transonic, and drummer Hajime Koizumi. Koizumi appeared on the group’s first album, the ironically titled Mellow Out, but only played two shows with them before quitting. Kawabata and Nanjo replaced him with Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins and soldiered on.