Andymori

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Andymori
Origin Japan
Genres Indie rock, Alternative rock, Pop rock
Years active 2007–2013
Labels Youth Records
1994 Co., Ltd.
Faith Music Entertainment
Website andymori Official Site
Members Sōhei Oyamada (小山田壮平) (vocals+guitar)
Hiroshi Fujiwara (藤原寛) (bass)
Kenji Okayama (岡山健二) (drums)
Past members Hiroki Gotō (後藤大樹) (drums)

Andymori (アンディモリ andimori?) (stylised as "andymori") is a Japanese indie rock band, signed to Youth Records. They debuted in 2008 with the EP Andy to Rock to Bengal Tora to Whisky. The band's name came from merging Andy Warhol and the phrase memento mori.[1]

Biography[edit]

Andymori first formed in 2007, performing live at live houses in the Tokyo area.[2] Their first big event was the Fuji Rock Festival in 2008, where they performed on the new artist stage.[3] The band released their first EP "Andy to Rock to Bengal Tora to Whisky" in October 2008, as the first new artist signed to Youth Records.[4] This was followed by their full-length album in February 2009, Andymori.[2] The lead single, "Follow Me," was chosen as an iTunes Single of the Week free download song in January.[5]

The band performed at many of the major summer festivals in 2009, such as Rock in Japan and Summer Sonic.[6][7] In October, the band held their first one man live,[2][8] and featured on the 10 year anniversary tribute album for Quruli.[9]

In 2010, the band released their second album, Fanfare to Nekkyō. Prior to its release, they were picked as one of the iTunes Japan "Sound of 2010" break-through artists,[10] and their video for "Follow Me" was nominated for the Best New Artist award for the 2010 Space Shower Music Video Awards.[11] The album has so far reached No. 9 on the Oricon albums daily charts.[12]

The band performed overseas for the first time in 2010, with four concerts across Canada in May 2010 at the first Next Music from Tokyo!!! concert event.[13]

Hiroki Gotō performed his last live show with the band on November 27, at Club Seata in Kichijôji.[14] Sôhei Oyamada said in a radio show held in Ôsaka (MUSIC FREAKS FM802) that Hiroki asked for "Life Is Party" to be on the setlist for the show because it is his favorite song. The new drummer was announced to be Okayama Kenji (岡山健二), with his first live show held on December 2, 2010 at Shimokitazawa Shelter.[15]

In 2013, it was announced that Andymori would break up after six years. The band will release a final album, Uchū no Hate wa Kono Me no Mae ni , on June 26, and perform a tour from July until September. The final date of the tour will be held at the Nippon Budokan on September 24.[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
[17]
JPN
[18]
Andymori
  • Released: February 4, 2009
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1112)
  • Format: CD, digital download
162 1,500
Fanfare to Nekkyō (ファンファーレと熱狂?, "Fanfare and Enthusiasm")
  • Released: February 3, 2010
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1113)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
23 14,000
Kakumei (革命?, "Revolution")
  • Released: June 8, 2011
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1114)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12 17,000
Hikari (?, "Light")
  • Released: May 2, 2012
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1115)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 14,000
Uchū no Hate wa Kono Me no Mae ni (宇宙の果てはこの目の前に?,
"The Edge of the Universe Is Before These Eyes")
  • Released: June 26, 2013
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1116)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
TBA TBA

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Andy to Rock to Bengal Tora to Whisky (アンディとロックとベンガルトラとウィスキー?, "Andy, Rock, Bengal Tiger and Whisky")
  • Released: October 8, 2008
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-1111)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Tokai o Sugoi Hayasa de Hashiru Bengal Tora (都会をすごい速さで走るベンガルトラ?, "Bengal Tiger Running Through Town with Great Speed")
  • Released: February 4, 2009
  • Label: Youth Records (XQFQ-4001)
  • Formats: Vinyl

Singles[edit]

Title Year Billboard
Japan Hot 100
[19]
Album
"1984" 2010 40 Fanfare to Nekkyō
"Kyōdai" (兄弟?, "Brothers") 2011
"Kakumei" 100 Kakumei
"Hikari" 2012 85 Hikari
"Uchū no Hate wa Kono Me no Mae ni" 2013 TBA Uchū no Hate wa Kono Me no Mae ni

DVDs[edit]

  • Bokutachi andymori: Hibiya Yagai Daiongakudō (ぼくたちアンディモリ ~日比谷野外大音楽堂 ?, "We Are andymori: Hibiya Great Open-Air Concert Hall") (2010)
  • Aki no Rakuen Tour 2011.10.07 Studio Coast (秋の楽園ツアー?, "Autumn Paradise Tour") (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Short Interview with andymori". JaME World. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Profile". andymori official site. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  3. ^ "フジ「ROOKIE A GO-GO」1次審査通過50組決定". Natalie.mu. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ "youth records label 第一弾アーティスト!!andymori 1st e.p. 「アンディとロックとベンガルトラとウィスキー」". Youth Records. 2008-09-16. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
  5. ^ "1stアルバム・リリースも迫るandymori、iTunes「今週のシングル」無料ダウンロードがスタート!". CDJournal. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "「ROCK IN JAPAN」第3弾でPerfume、アジカンら4組追加". Natalie.mu. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  7. ^ "サマソニ第16弾でフジファブ、時雨、狂撃ら35組追加". Natalie.mu. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ "andymoriが秋にLIQUIDROOMワンマンライブ挑戦". Natalie.mu. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  9. ^ "(CD) くるり鶏びゅ~と / オムニバス". Neowing. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ "iTunes、2010年ブレイクが期待できる新人10組を発表". Barks. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  11. ^ "ノミネート作品一覧" [SPACE SHOWER VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS]. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
  12. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-05.  (subscription only)
  13. ^ "the Next Music from TOKYO!!! Canadian Tour". JaME World. 2010-02-26. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  14. ^ "andymoriからの大事なお知らせ". andymori Official HP. 2010-09-25. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  15. ^ "andymori official site|News". andymori Official HP. 2010-12-01. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  16. ^ "andymoriが解散を発表、ラストライブは9月武道館" [Andymori announce their break-up, last life at Budokan in September]. Natalie.mu. May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved May 27, 2013.  (subscription only)
  18. ^ "andymoriのリリース一覧" [A Look at Andymori's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 

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