“In the space of three songs [OGIKUBO STATION takes us] on a journey of pop, indie and pop punk and it’s as fun as it sounds!”

OGIKUBO STATION set out with the simple goal of having fun making music which they appear to have achieved with Mike Park of the duo stating that “we’ve gotten pretty good at bouncing ideas back and forth until we have a really good concept of how we want the song to sound.” Not only they are having fun but in the space of three songs we’re taken on a journey of pop, indie and pop punk and it’s as fun as it sounds!

Many from the UK won’t be aware of OGIKUBO STATION as they’re yet to tour Europe but with an EP that will appeal to most guitar music fans we expect their upcoming dates won’t be their last. So… OGIKUBO STATION is named after an actual tube station in Tokyo, a station around the corner of the office of Mark Park who is the man behind Asian Man Records (yes, before you ask it’s released on Asian Man). You get the picture, Mike is in Tokyo, but the fascinating thing is Maura Weaver (the other half of the duo) best known for her work in Mixtapes is based in Ohio. Despite the 2,231 miles between them the pair don’t seem to be phased and having released a well-received full length last year it was only a matter of time before the pair were back concocting the next release from their unpractical band! For those further intrigued the duo was never officially planned it was bred out of Mike asking Maura to sing a song he had written but after the pair commented how well their voices worked OGIKUBO STATION was born.

“With both of the duo most comfortable playing guitar the lead work is where the EP really shines and catches in your brain somehow avoiding being annoying. “

Okinawan Love Songs is a product of 1 rehearsal which then turned into an 11-hour recording session and although relentless in length the result is a cohesive three tracks which span many ideas but have united feeling. With both of the duo most comfortable playing guitar the lead work is where the EP really shines and catches in your brain somehow avoiding being annoying.

“OGIKUBO STATION have created their own arrangement for Dr. Worm, a whimslical number that is sure to become a fan favourite.”

The final track is a tribute and one they’ve pulled off with quirky expertise; the pair decided to cover Dr. Worm by They Might Be Giants in “homage to TMBG and their dial-a song sessions that ran from 1983 to 2006, where fans could call in and hear a song from their answering machine.” OGIKUBO STATION have chosen to pay thanks to the once vital 80s answer machine taking the cover version in a completely different direction using the outdated technology as their inspiration. OGIKUBO STATION have created their own arrangement for Dr. Worm, a whimslical number that is sure to become a fan favourite.

8/10

Words: James Wadsworth

Released: 14.06.2019

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