Baroque (band)

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baroque
Origin Japan
Genres Rock
Years active 2001–2004, 2011, 2012–present
Labels S'Cube, Firewall Div./SMEJ
Associated acts Kannivalism
Website Official site
Members ryo
Kei
Past members Naru
Yuji
Bansaku
Akira

Baroque (stylized as baroque) is a Japanese rock band originally formed in 2001.[1][2] They have been credited as one of the bands that started oshare kei,[3] a sub-genre of visual kei that features more colorful outfits and utilizes upbeat and "happy" music. Originally signed to S'Cube, a sub-division of the independent record label Free-Will, the band later switched to the company's Firewall Division, with distribution handled by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. After releasing two albums, along with a greatest hits compilation, several singles and home video releases, baroque disbanded in 2004. baroque reunited for a free concert in 2011 and fully restarted activities in January 2012.[4][5]

History[edit]

2001–2004: Formation and disbandment[edit]

baroque began with the members ryo, Akira, Kei, Bansaku, and Naru. In late 2001, baroque released 2 demotapes. After releasing a mini-album and video tape, Naru left the band in March and was replaced by Yuji.[6][7] In 2002, still as an independent band, baroque released three singles and was able to play at NHK Hall.[1][6] After the singles were released, Yuji left the band due to problems with his brain/memory.[8]

Their first major single was Gakidou.[9] When baroque went major in 2003, their sound shifted and included a drum machine; also their style shifted to casual clothing.[10] Their second major single "Ila" in particular had a trance/electronica sound.[1]

Shortly after their major label debut, the band's bassist announced he was resigning.[11] The band announced on September 11 that they would break up, but they continued activities through the rest of the year.[7][12][13] Their last concert was a sold out performance at Zepp Tokyo on December 25, 2004, titled "baroque Last Live Mumirai -No Future-".[1][10]

Vocalist ryo and guitarist Kei then reformed their previous band Kannivalism in 2006.[11]

2011–present: Reunion and the disappearance of Bansaku[edit]

baroque reunited for a free live, titled "Odai ha Kekkou Irimasenkara", on July 17, 2011 at Yokohama Red Brick.[4] On September 28, 2011, they announced that they would fully restart activities at a live called "baroque Re: First Live in Future" on January 6, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo.[5] On January 4, they released three singles, "Rinzen Identity", "Mono Dorama" and "Teeny-Tiny Star".[14] The singles reached third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, on the Oricon chart, making baroque the first independent band to have three of the top five positions on the majors' chart.[14] They then went on a nationwide tour in March, followed by a hall tour in April.[14]

On June 26, baroque posted on their website that bassist Bansaku had been missing since June 24.[15] The band notified the police and even retitled their tour to "Search for Bansaku".[15] A month later, on July 30, a message was posted on their website stating that a representative of Bansaku's contacted the band saying he was safe, but due to his health has decided to leave baroque.[16] However, as the message was not from Bansaku himself, the other members stated that they are trying to arrange a meeting with him in person.[16]

Members[edit]

  • ryo (?)vocals
  • Kei (?) – guitar
Former members
  • Naru (ナル?)drums
  • Yuji (祐二?) – drums
  • Bansaku (万作?)bass
  • Akira (?)guitar

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Sug Life (September 9, 2004) Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top Position: No. 31[17]
  • Non-fiction (ノンフィクション, April 3, 2013) No. 7[17]
Mini albums
  • Tokyo Stripper (東京ストリッパー, January 12, 2002)
Compilation Albums
  • Brq 2001-2004 (December 12, 2004) No. 55[17]
  • Complete Collection 2001-2004 (April 3, 2013) No. 57[17]
Singles
  • "Sukebe Boy" (スケベボウイ, August 7, 2002)
  • "Caramel Drops" (キャラメルドロップス, November 29, 2002)
  • "Chaplin" (February 5, 2003) Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top Position: No. 23[18]
  • "Gakidou" (我伐道, July 24, 2003) No. 14[18]
  • "ila." (April 7, 2004) No. 17[18]
  • "Gariron" (ガリロン, April 21, 2004) No. 18[18]
  • "Nutty a Hermit" (July 28, 2004) No. 28[18]
  • "Rinzen Identity" (凛然アイデンティティ, January 4, 2012) No. 3[18]
  • "Monodrama" (モノドラマ, January 4, 2012) No. 4[18]
  • "Teeny-Tiny Star" (January 4, 2012) No. 5[18]
  • "Zaza Ori Ame" (ザザ降り雨, June 20, 2012) No. 7[18]
  • "Mellow Hollow" (メロウホロウ, July 18, 2012) No. 9[18]
  • "Kizuna" (キズナ, December 12, 2012) 10[18]
  • "Tatoeba Kimi to Boku" (たとえば君と僕, January 23, 2013) 10[18]
Videos
  • Anakuro Film (あなくろフィルム, August 12, 2001)
  • Kamen Final (絶交KAMEN Final, April 3, 2003)
  • Brq DVD (December 15, 2004) Oricon Weekly DVD Chart Top Position: No. 55[19]
  • Clip Collection (March 23, 2005) No. 130[19]
  • Last Live Mumirai No Future (Last Live 無未来 NO FUTURE March 23, 2005) No. 112[19]
  • Re:First Live In Future 2012.1.6 Live at Tokyo Dome City Hall (April 25, 2012) No. 87[19]
  • Tour Baroque Phenomenon 0th Phenomenon 2013.03.03 (TOUR バロック現象 第0現象 2013.03.03, May 15, 2013) No. 53[19]
  • Tour Baroque Phenomenon 4th Phenomenon (TOUR バロック現象 第4現象, May 15, 2013) No. 58[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d baroque's Biography at CD Journal Retrieved August 27, 2007
  2. ^ Bounce Di(s)ctionary Number 13 - Visual Kei Retrieved November 19, 2008
  3. ^ Oshare kei Retrieved August 3, 2012
  4. ^ a b baroque comes back with first live in seven years Retrieved September 29, 2011
  5. ^ a b baroque officially announces their revival Retrieved September 29, 2011
  6. ^ a b baroque's Page on Grass Thread
  7. ^ a b baroque Profile & Bibliography JAME Retrieved August 21 2007
  8. ^ Asian Rave JAME news Retrieved August 20, 2007
  9. ^ Personal Interview Part 1 Arena 27c Special - Vol 013 August 2003 pg 3 - 25
  10. ^ a b baroque's page at Visunavi Retrieved August 20, 2007
  11. ^ a b Cure magazine, Volume 30, March, released 2006.1.21 pg 38
  12. ^ Official Website Announcement Retrieved April 2, 2006
  13. ^ Members Comments on their Official Website Retrieved April 2, 2006
  14. ^ a b c baroque Entering ORICON Weekly Top 5 with all 3 Singles at Once! Retrieved January 12, 2012
  15. ^ a b Update on baroque's Bassist Missing Retrieved August 3, 2012
  16. ^ a b Update on baroque's Bansaku Retrieved August 3, 2012
  17. ^ a b c d baroque Album Ranking Retrieved Nov 12, 2010
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l baroque Single Ranking Retrieved Nov 12, 2010
  19. ^ a b c d e f baroque DVD Ranking Retrieved July 18, 2013

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