An Cafe

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An Cafe
Also known as Antic Cafe
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop rock, dance-rock, power pop
Years active 2003–2010, 2012–present
Labels Loop Ash, MusicRay'n, Red Cafe (2003-2010)
Sony Music Records / VVV Records (2012- )
Gan-Shin (EU)
Sony BMG (KR)
Maru Music (US)
Website www.ancafe-web.com
Members Miku
Kanon
Teruki
Takuya
Yu-ki
Past members Bou

Antic Cafe (アンティック-珈琲店- Antikku Kafe?, nicknamed An Cafe)[1] is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 2003[2] and signed to Sony Music Japan. Their visual image is oshare kei,[2][3] and they describe their music as "Harajuku Dance Rock".[1] The group has released five full-length albums, one compilation album, and four EPs. On September 1, 2009, the band announced that after their live show on January 4, 2010 at the Nippon Budokan, they would suspend activities and put the group on hiatus, however they stated they will not disband.[4] On April 1, 2012, after two year break, the team announced the resumption of activity.[5]

History[edit]

An Cafe was formed in May 2003 by vocalist Miku, guitarist Bou and bassist Kanon. Miku's former band, Revirii, had disbanded two months earlier in April, and even though the band did not have a drummer at this point, they started to perform at several events. They were later joined by Teruki after he left his former band, Feathers-Blue.

In 2004, An Cafe released their first demos and signed a record deal with Loop Ash. Their first release, "Candyholic", was released in March and reached the second spot on the Oricon indies single chart.[6] The band continued touring and releasing, including their first album, Shikisai Moment, in 2005. The band released even more singles in 2006 until their second studio album, Magnya Carta (a play on "Magna Carta").

In 2007, the band announced their first overseas appearance at Project A-Kon. The announcement of this was followed shortly by the departure of guitarist Bou. The last performance with Bou was on April 30, 2007, and was featured in a DVD titled Hibiya On ☆The☆ 0 New Sekai. After Bou left the band, two new members were announced: Takuya was to replace Bou as the guitarist and Yu-ki was to join An Cafe as a keyboardist. The first single with their new lineup was announced as "Kakusei Heroism" followed by "Ryūsei Rocket". At the end of 2007, An Cafe announced their first overseas tour, taking place in Europe in 2008.

Kanon at Japan Expo 2010

In the opening weeks of 2008, An Cafe announced their upcoming single, "Cherry Saku Yuki!!", in February, as well as their next studio album, Gokutama Rock Cafe, which was released on April 9, 2008.[7]

An Cafe's EP, Harajuku Dance Rock, was released by the Los Angeles based Maru Music on March 13, 2009. This special release was made exclusively for overseas fans in North America and Europe.[8]

BB Parallel World, An Cafe's fourth studio album, was released in Japan on September 9, 2009; and in Europe on October 2, 2009.[dated info] It contains title track singles "Aroma", "Summer Dive" and "Natsu Koi ★ Natsu Game", and eight other songs.

In 2010, An Cafe announced that they will be taking a break from activities. It is unknown as to how long they will be on hiatus, but they have not stated they will be disbanding. The message, issued on their official homepage, claims that "after the Budokan show, each member will concentrate on their own activity to be prepared for the band to restart in the future." The aforementioned Nippon Budokan show took place on January 4, 2010.[9]

In wake of the hiatus, several members are now involved in other projects. Kanon is heading a mobile phone game called Pinky☆Distortion, which is to be released in July 2010.[10] He will also be a guest at Otakon 2010 as a panelist and a guest DJ, as well as pairing up with Kanon Wakeshima to form a duo act called kanonxkanon.[11] Miku is serving as the vocalist for the new visual-kei band, Lc5, which started in June 2010.[12] Teruki is playing as a support drummer for the band Dog in the Parallel World Orchestra.

On April 1, 2012, An Cafe announced that they will be resuming activities and will be doing a world tour in November in Europe and the UK, the tour being named "An CaFesta '12 Summer Dive". On 30 May, An Cafe announced that they will be releasing a mini-album titled Amazing Blue on August 8, their first release since returning from their two year hiatus. Later in the following year, they announced a three month consecutive single release coupled with a large tour to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. The singles would be released in the months June, July, and August, the tour finale being on January 4, 2014 at the Nippon Budokan

The band announced that will be performing for first time in Canada at Animethon next August 9, 2014.[13]

Members[edit]

Former Members
  • Bou (?) – guitars, backing vocals (2003–2007)

Equipment[edit]

Yu-ki (keyboards) uses a Korg X50 and a Yamaha MO6 in a firm Ultimate AX48B rack. His speaker is a Roland Jazz-Chorus 120 and he has a Mackie 1202-VLZ PRO mixing panel as well. A lot of functions are used, for instance the excessive use of pitch bend in Respect Mommy on the Yamaha MO6 and the use of his arpeggiator (on the Yamaha MO6 as well) in Cherry Saku Yuki!!.

Takuya (guitar) uses many guitars, among those being a Royal Blue Paul Reed Smith Custom 24, Black Gibson Les Paul Custom, Candy Apple Red Fender American Standard Telecaster, Dean Z, and guitar pedals, including a Korg Pitchblack, Vox Wah, Boss Super Chorus CH-1, TC Electronics ND-1 Nova Delay, MXR Phase 90, Musicom Lab EFX MK III + Audio Controller, and previously a Boss Delay DM-2. He runs his signal through Hughes and Kettner amps.

Kanon (bass) uses two basses, a Sunburst Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass and a Black Fender Custom Shop Jazz Bass, along with an EBS Multi Comp, Providence Vitalizer, MXR D.I.+ M80 Preamp/D.I., and Basson amps.

Teruki (drums) has the following setup: one Splash Cymbal (Paiste 10"), two Crash Cymbals (Paiste 16" and 18") Cymbals, one China Cymbal (Paiste 18"), one Ride Cymbal (Zildjian 20"), one Hi-Hat (Zildjian 14"), onei-Hat stand (Pearl), a Bass Drum (Pearl 22" x 16"), a Snare (Pearl 14" x 5,5"), one Mid Tom (Pearl 12" x 8"), one Floor Tom (Pearl 16" x 16"),two Pedals (Pearl) and Behringer amplificat.

Endorsements[edit]

An Cafe has been a longtime supporter and endorser of popular Japanese fashion label Sex Pot Revenge, and they are frequently seen wearing clothing from that label. They have appeared on the cover of Sex Pot Revenge free company magazine, V!nyl Syndicate.

In 2008, An Cafe vocalist Miku hosted Volume 2 of Visual Kei DVD Magazine alongside the magazine's mascot, Biju.

International recognition[edit]

An Cafe has gained great success in Japan. It has also gained moderate success in Europe, mainland Asia (Korea, China), Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada and the United States.

In 2008, the band visited Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, the UK, Spain, the US, and Korea on their first overseas tour, "Live Cafe-Tour '08 - Nyappy Go Around World". They played a total of twelve concerts in the eight countries.[14]

As of November 2008, An Cafe confirmed an overseas tour, "Live Cafe Tour '09 Nyappy Go Around the World Ⅱ -Harajuku Dance Rock Night-" which encompassed twelve countries: Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and the USA. This tour took place over March and April, playing a total of 17 dates.[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums
EPs
Compilations
Singles
  • "Candyholic" (キャンデーホリック, March 24, 2004) No. 75[16]
  • "√69" (June 6, 2004) No. 88[16]
  • "Komou Cosmos" (孤妄, November 24, 2004) No. 91[16]
  • "Karakuri Hitei" (カラクリ否定, March 30, 2005) No. 64[16]
  • "Tekesuta Kousen" (テケスタ光線, July 20, 2005) No. 67[16]
  • "Escapism" (エスカピズム, August 24, 2005) No. 75[16]
  • "Merrymaking" (メリメイキング, September 21, 2005) No. 63[16]
  • "10’s Collection March" (10's コレクション マァチ, March 1, 2006) No. 42[16]
  • "Bonds ~Kizuna~" (BondS ~絆~, May 17, 2006) No. 39[16]
  • "Smile Ichiban Ii Onna" (スマイル一番 イイ♀, September 20, 2006) No. 32[16]
  • "Snow Scene" (スノーシ一ン, October 18, 2006) No. 26[16]
  • "Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero Without a "Name"~" (覚醒ヒロイズム~THE HERO WITHOUT A "NAME"~, August 22, 2007) No. 13[16]
  • "Ryūsei Rocket" (流星ロケット, November 7, 2007) No. 19[16]
  • "Cherry Saku Yuki!!" (Cherry咲く勇気!!, February 27, 2008) No. 20[16]
  • "Summer Dive" (August 30, 2008, live distribution only)
  • "Aroma" (March 11, 2009) No. 16[16]
  • "Natsu Koi ★ Natsu Game" (夏恋★夏GAME, August 12, 2009) No. 13[16]
  • "Bee Myself Bee Yourself ~Jibun Rashiku Kimi Rashiku Umareta Story wa Hajimattenda~" (Bee Myself Bee Yourself ~自分らしく君らしく生まれたストーリーは始まってんだ~, June 12, 2013)
  • "Itai Onna ~No Pain, No Love? Japain Girls in Love~" (イタイ女〜NO PAIN,NO LOVE? JAPAIN GIRLS in LOVE〜, July 10, 2013)
  • "Roman ~Let's Make Precious Love~" (狼MAN 〜Let's make precious love〜, August 14, 2013)
DVDs
  • Like An Cafe (ライカ・カフェ, October 10, 2004)
  • 20051203 Shikisai a On (20051203色彩亜音, December 3, 2005)
  • Yagai de Nyappy (野外でニャッピー, December 17, 2006)
  • Hibiya on ★the★ o New World (HIBIYA ON★ザ★御NEW世界, July 2, 2007)
  • Nyappy Go Around Fever (April 25, 2008)
  • AnCafesta '08 Summer Dive (December 24, 2008)
  • Live Cafe - Tour '08 Nyappy Go Around the World (March 11, 2009)
  • Finale of Nyappy - Kawayusu Rock de Go Gogo!! (November 4, 2009)
  • Live Cafe 2010 King of Harajuku Dance Rock Ikinari Nyappy Legend (August 22, 2010)
  • AnCafesta '12 Summer Dive - Daikoukai Jidai - (March 27, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oricon.co.jp Antic Cafe Artist Profile Retrieved Nov 4, 2010
  2. ^ a b Oricon.co.jp Antic Cafe Band History Retrieved Nov 4, 2010
  3. ^ Shoxx Bis No 3 October 2004 issue, pg 69
  4. ^ shattered-tranquility.net Antic Cafe goes on pause retrieved Nov 4, 2010
  5. ^ [1] AN CAFE in YATTAR JAPAN retrieved Apr 1, 2012
  6. ^ An Cafe Goes to A-KON 06.16.2007 by Cynthia, retrieved Jun 26, 2008
  7. ^ "An Cafe's Upcoming Album". jame-world.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  8. ^ An Cafe - Harajuku Dance Rock 05.20.2009 by Ruka, retrieved April 24, 2010
  9. ^ "An Cafe suspends activities". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  10. ^ "Pinky☆Distortion homepage". Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Otakon 2010 guests - Kanon". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Lc5 (band) homepage". Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  13. ^ An Cafe - Animethon 21 Guest, retrieved April, 2014
  14. ^ Teichi, Naoko; Shimizu, Motoko (April 2008). "Gokutama Rock Cafe (極魂ROCK CAFE)". PATi・PATi (パチ パチ). pp. 10–24. 
  15. ^ "Live Report (LIVE情報)". November 2008. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Oricon.co.jp Antic Cafe Single Rankings Retrieved Nov 4, 2010

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