P-Model – In a Model Room (1979). I’ve been listening to a lot of P-Model lately and you should too. They were a Japanese New Wave band from the late 1970s/early 1980s that ended up lasting until 1999. Anyway, I found their first two albums on Mutant Sounds. Their first one In a Model Room (1979) is the better of the two in my opinion, although both of them are just amazing. The closest thing I could compare it to is probably Devo or the Suburban Lawns as filtered through a Japanese lens. The second album Landsale (1980) is more conventional but even with that said, P-Model is pretty wild. There are similarities to The Plastics but there are major differences too.
One of the things that makes P-Model stand out is the insanely tight level of musicianship they employ. But even though its technically proficient it’s also stupidly ridiculous and minimal. Utterly brilliant. On other songs there is almost a synth-rockabilly vibe that is completely retarded and infectious. I challenge you the listener to listen to Kameari Pop and not have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
On Mutant Sounds, P-Model is described as an example of Zolo and although I have some contentions with this moniker, I would begrudgingly agree. A lot of what has been posted on Last Days could theoretically be placed in the Zolo-basket.