Ruins is a Japanese prog-rock/zeuhl/punk/noise/fusion duo, formed in 1985 by drummer/vocalist Tatsuya Yoshida and a bass guitarist (in the course of 20 years the group changed four bassists). Since the departure of bassist Sasaki Hisashi in 2004, Tatsuya proceeds playing solo with only a drum-kit as Ruins alone. Formed in 1985, the group was intended to be a power trio; after a handful of rehearsals as a trio, the band abandoned the guitar and chose to move forward as a two-piece.

Ruins produce a unique fusion of punk and progressive/noise rock, with elements of jazz fusion, math rock and zeuhl, with all material composed and written in a score form by Tatsuya Yoshida. French band Magma (6) was one of the group's most important influence, such as Ruins' original lyrics were mainly written in an invented language similar to Kobaïan language, invented by Christian Vander of Magma.

On their first recordings, Ruins teamed up with NYC experimental sax-icon John Zorn, who would later release their albums on Tzadik. Ruins have collaborated with several other musicians, including prominent avant-garde figure Derek Bailey, auteur guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Keiji Haino and Ground Zero alumnus Kazuhisa Uchihashi. They released a number of albums on Shimmy Disc, Skin Graft Records, Sonore, Yoshida' own Magaibutsu and other prominent labels. Ruins have toured around the world numerous times, most notably as part of the Japanese New Music Festival.

After the last bassist a=Sasaki Hisashi] left the band, Yoshida went on a 'Bassist Wanter Tour' in 2005, performing his material solo with a task to recruit a new companion for the project. Since then, he decided to pursue a solo unit as Ruins alone. For instance, he was invited to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties 2010, curated by Matt Groening. He also performs as Sax Ruins with alto-saxophonist Ono Ryoko.

Ruins' Bassist Hall of Fame

Hideki Kawamoto – bass, vocals (1985–1987)
Kazuyoshi Kimoto – bass, vocals (1987–1990)
Ryuichi Masuda – bass, vocals (1991–1994)
Sasaki Hisashi – bass, vocals (1995–2004)
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TRANS-39, MR-01 Ruins - Ruins III album art Ruins Ruins III (Album) Transrecords (2), Magaibutsu TRANS-39, MR-01 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
S 37 CS Ruins - Stonehenge album art Ruins Stonehenge (Album) Shimmy Disc S 37 CS US 1990 Sell This Version
ZIKSBB-004 Ruins - Early Works: Live & Unreleased Tracks album art Ruins Early Works: Live & Unreleased Tracks(CD, Album) Bloody Butterfly ZIKSBB-004 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
shimmy 057 Ruins - Burning Stone album art Ruins Burning Stone (Album) Shimmy Disc shimmy 057 US 1992 Sell This Version
NG-D 03, NG-D03 Ruins - Graviyaunosch album art Ruins Graviyaunosch(CD) Nipp Guitar, Nipp Guitar NG-D 03, NG-D03 US 1993 Sell This Version
FSF-001 Ruins - Ruins album art Ruins Ruins(Cass, Album) F.M.N. Sound Factory FSF-001 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
009 Ruins - Jason Willett And Ruins album art Jason Willett And Ruins Jason Willett And Ruins - Jason Willett And Ruins(CD, Album) Megaphone Limited 009 US 1994 Sell This Version
FSF - 009 Ruins - Ruins + 梅津和時 album art Ruins + 梅津和時* Ruins + 梅津和時* - Ruins + 梅津和時(Cass, Album) F.M.N. Sound Factory FSF - 009 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
TZ 7202 Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem album art Ruins Hyderomastgroningem (Album) Tzadik TZ 7202 US 1995 Sell This Version
TZ 7205 Ruins - Saisoro album art Derek* And The Ruins* Derek* And The Ruins* - Saisoro (Album) Tzadik TZ 7205 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Ruins - March - October 1997 album art Ruins March - October 1997 Magaibutsu none Japan 1996 Sell This Version
GR 45CD Ruins - Refusal Fossil album art Ruins Refusal Fossil (Album) Skin Graft Records GR 45CD US 1997 Sell This Version
MGR-04 Ruins - Improvisations album art Ruins Improvisations(CDr, Album) Magaibutsu MGR-04 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
MGC-14, SON-01 Ruins - Vrresto album art Ruins Vrresto (Album) Magaibutsu, Sonore MGC-14, SON-01 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
PLE 1101-2 Ruins - Tohjinbo album art Derek* And The Ruins* Derek* And The Ruins* - Tohjinbo(CD, Album) Paratactile PLE 1101-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
TZ 7215 Ruins - Symphonica album art Ruins Symphonica(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7215 US 1998 Sell This Version
SON 09 Ruins - Pallaschtom album art Ruins Pallaschtom (Album) Sonore SON 09 France 2000 Sell This Version
FREE012CD Ruins - Death Seed album art Guapo W/ Ruins & The Shock Exchange Guapo W/ Ruins & The Shock Exchange - Death Seed(CD, Album) Free Land Records FREE012CD Italy 2000 Sell This Version
TZ 7234 Ruins - Live At Kichijoji / Mandala II album art Ruins Live At Kichijoji / Mandala II(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 7234 US 2001 Sell This Version
IPC-35 CD Ruins - Tzomborgha album art Ruins Tzomborgha (Album) Magaibutsu IPC-35 CD Japan 2002 Sell This Version
NAIM13CD Ruins - Live In Guang Zhou - China album art Ruins Live In Guang Zhou - China(CD, Album) Noise Asia NAIM13CD China 2002 Sell This Version
fnc-028 Ruins - Ruins + Kazuhisa Uchihashi album art Ruins + Kazuhisa Uchihashi* Ruins + Kazuhisa Uchihashi* - Ruins + Kazuhisa Uchihashi(CD, Album) F.M.N. Sound Factory fnc-028 Japan 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TRANS-11 Ruins - Ruins album art Ruins Ruins Transrecords (2) TRANS-11 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
TRANS 22 Ruins - Ruins II album art Ruins Ruins II(12", EP) Transrecords (2) TRANS 22 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
PB-10, PB 10 Ruins - EP album art Ruins EP(7", EP, Num) Public Bath, Public Bath PB-10, PB 10 US 1992 Sell This Version