This piece originally appeared in Side By Side Magazine, July 2015.
Kyoko was a founding member of OOIOO, often attributed as the most notable offshoot of noise lords Boredoms. She played guitar and contributed vocals to OOIOO’s first three albums before leaving due to the unnamed illness that eventually claimed her life. Bandleader Yoshimi P-We memorialized Kyoko yesterday, breaking the news via an Instagram post containing an old photo of the group.
Her caption reads:
This is Yoshimio.
I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July
Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was
the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure
her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows.
She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.
Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace , optimistic and natural blur.
I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us
anymore. I love to see her again.
From 2000’s Gold and Green.
OOIOO’s last album was 2013’s Gamel, released here via Thrill Jockey. Rest in Peace, Kyoko.