I've always been a bit of a prog fan, that goes without saying. But a good friend of mine, who used to run an independent record label, introduced me to the world of post rock, DIY, post hard-core and shoe gazing. I was luck enough to meet Hirameka Hi-Fi whilst they were recording their EP Play Hard in 1998. Prior to this I had seen them live at the Lord Nelson in Clacton-on-Sea. The bands use of instrumentation and melodies is simply stunning, incorporating a blend of heavy noisy guitar riffs and delicate intricacy. The balance between soft and heavy, light and dark, really sets the scene for some interesting signature changes. I enjoy Hirameka Hi-Fi's use of guitar textures and effects and how the band translates raw emotion in their music. I have been an avid fan ever since but sadly the band are no longer together. In some respects maybe that is a good thing, as none of their material is bad at all! It is all excellent in fact! Finally, when I heard Hirameka Hi-Fi for the first time, I'd heard nothing like it before. Unusually inspiring, unique and beautiful! Thanks to Jason Graham for introducing Hirameka Hi-Fi to me!