Group A

This is an archive item from Supersonic 2018

“Nomadic noise pop due Group A blend performance art and DIY post-punk in defiance of economic constraints”The Wire

“The Tokyo duo group A are coolly whipping up an electrical storm of clanking beats, swooping violin and vocals that turn on a dime from cryptic chants to baleful howls.”The Quietus


Japanese avant-garde synth wave duo group A was formed in 2012 by Tommi Tokyo (synthesizers, vocals, percussion) and Sayaka Botanic (violin, cassette tapes). Their early shows came as a shock to most spectators, non-stop waves of experimental noise, intensely emotional poetry readings and nude live-paintings.

While their mixture of synth heavy minimal wave, avant noise, striking visuals and performance art still carries the very breath of early industrial pioneers such as Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire, the duo has since evolved into a beast of its own, sharing bills with artists such as Acid Mother Temple, Merzbow, Nisennenmondai, Phew, and Melt Banana.