Deadman: aie, Toki, Mako, Kazuya
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk|
|Associated acts||Kein, Lamiel, The Studs|
Deadman (stylized as deadman) was a Japanese rock band founded in Nagoya in 2000. The group gained notoriety for popularizing the nagoya kei sub-genre of visual kei, which is a lot "darker" than most and focuses more on musical composition. Deadman also quickly became known for Mako's heavily melancholic lyrical themes, with the music itself touching on alternative rock in sound. The group disbanded in 2006 for unknown reasons.
Guitarist and leader aie, vocalist Mako (眞呼) and bassist Yukino were all previously in the band Kein. In 2000 they formed Deadman with drummer Toki, whom aie previously played with in Lamiel. They played their first concert on January 6, 2001. Shortly after the release of their first single, "Subliminal Effect", Yukino left the group and was replaced by Takamasa previously of Lady. Yukino went on to the bands Gullet and lynch..
In April 2005, Takamasa left and it wasn't until July when Kazuya replaced him. At the end of the year they released their second full length album, In The Direction of Sunrise and Night Light. At the beginning of 2006, Deadman played a couple of shows in Europe. But in March they announced they would be disbanding and on May 23, 2006 performed their last concert.
aie went on to form the band The Studs in 2007 with ex-bassist Yukino, they went on hiatus in 2009. He then formed both HighFashionParalyze and The God and Death Stars in 2010, all the while performing occasional solo shows. On May 29, 2008, Mako released a photo book called Buried Alive by Words, which came with a CD of a song called "Buried with the Light" that features Közi on guitar and bass. Kazuya released a solo album, under the name Gift, called A Man's Walking is Succession of Falls on June 20, 2008. Yukino is currently singer and guitarist for the band Dim My Division.
Deadman cites Buck-Tick, Chage and Aska and Kurt Cobain as inspiring them. Their music incorporates several different genres of rock, drawing heavily from alternative rock and indie rock. A style reminiscent of hardcore punk and post-punk can also be seen, in what is much of Deadman's musical sporadic-ism. Often incorporated into individual songs are several "movements" that seem to drift back and forth, with erratic vocals and sounds.
Mako's lyrics usually touch on the "psychological instability of mankind, the mortality of humans, and religion", particularly Christianity and Shintoism references are made often. The title of their album 701125 is a reference to the date author Yukio Mishima died, November 25, 1970.
- Site of Scaffold (November 21, 2001)
- Jekyll and Hyde of Early Afternoon (April 11, 2002; split mini album with Blast, includes both single versions)
- No Alternative (March 8, 2003), Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 160
- 701125 (April 2004; sold only on tour)
- 701125+2 (June 8, 2005)
- In the Direction of Sunrise and Night Light (December 14, 2005) No. 189
- No Alternative 2.0 (November 30, 2009; remix album)
- "Subliminal Effect" (April 25, 2001)
- "In Media" (August 20, 2001)
- "Jekyll and Hyde of Early Afternoon" (White Version, new songs July 27, 2002; split single with Blast)
- "Jekyll and Hyde of Early Afternoon" (Black Version, cover songs July 27, 2002; split single with Blast)
- "The Intolerable Existence In Suffering" (demo sold only on June 21, 2002)
- "Family" (Osaka Edition, sold only on April 13, 2003)
- "Family" (Nagoya Edition, sold only on April 23, 2003)
- "Family" (Tokyo Edition, sold only on April 26, 2003)
- "Rainy Sunflower" (October 11, 2003), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 102
- "Kafka" (sold only on tour from January 13 – February 3, 2004)
- "℃+1" (sold only on March 10, 2004)
- "℃" (October 6, 2004) No. 85
- "When the Saints Go Marching In" (March 9, 2005) No. 117
- 2 Clips (April 2004; sold only on tour)
- 0605231830 (December 27, 2006)
- Endroll (December 27, 2006)