Katsuhiro “Hana” Hanamura of former Edmond band High Pressure Idiots passed away last Tuesday, June 11, of a heart attack in the Vancouver International Airport terminal. He was 30.
A native of Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan, Katsuhiro moved to Edmond to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001 or 2002. Along with bassist Masanobu Asai and drummer Yuki Kuze, he formed the garage rock band High Pressure Idiots in 2003. Their first gig was a Japanese Students Association (JSA) party at UCO and they would eventually frequently play The Conservatory and The Green Door with bands like Captured! By Robots, Gore Gore Girls and The Riverboat Gamblers.
“We (The Oh Johnny! Girls) went to all of their shows and became great friends. Both bands had massive respect and support from each other. Playing music and living the rock’n’roll life in my early 20’s with those guys was more fun that I could have ever imagined. Those were the days when Sandy and I wore matching short dresses to all of our shows and The High Pressure Idiots always wore some version of a black suit and tie with a leather jacket. The ultimate cool guys.” - Brooke Haney
Hana also played in a short-lived punk band The Vermen with Masanobu Asai and Danny Harry.
When Hana returned to Japan following graduation from UCO in 2006, the High Pressure Idiots disbanded. Before they called it a day, the band and the Oh Johnny! Girls released a split EP, produced by Harry. You can stream the four High Pressure Idiots songs below.
Harry will be releasing a High Pressure Idiots compilation in a few weeks. We’ll let you know when it’s available.
“He was the best friend I ever had on this lonely planet, and honestly, he’s NEVER going to be forgotten by the lucky few he touched in his short life.” - Danny Harry
Hana was employed by a trading company, Mitsui Bussan, that sent him all over the world. He and his wife lived in Tokyo, Japan.
“Saying Hana was a nice guy is an understatement. There really aren’t any words to describe how genuine and funny he was.” - Brooke Haney
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hana’s family and friends.