Contemporaries of Shonen Knife, Kansai’s OXZ were known for the intensity of their live performances. Releasing their first EP in 1984 – an 8" that stands as their finest work and one of the best examples of the Japanese indies – their catalog belies their reputation for moody, dark post-punk ahead of its time. The bass and drums dominate; the guitars are angular and spiky – punk, but with something extra. Along Ago: 1981-1989 collects the band’s entire catalog – three EPs and a single – alongside unearthed, unreleased demos. This reissue comes HIGHLY recommended from us.