Fact (band)

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Fact
Origin Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Genres Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore
Years active Since 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Labels Maximum10 (Japan)
Bullion Records (a sublabel of Wave Master)
Hassle Records (United Kingdom)
Vagrant Records (United States; Fact album only)
Website factjapan.com
Members Adam
Eij
Hiro
Kazuki
Takahiro
Tomohiro
Past members Takahiro Nakinashi

Fact is a Japanese rock band, formed in December 1999 in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Clean and screamed singing styles are both used, and gang vocals are present in many choruses. Even though a Japanese band, the lyrics to most of the band's songs are written in English.

The members have hidden their faces during every video since 2009 wearing traditional Japanese Noh masks during the time they supported their second album, Fact (2009), but abandoned the imagery in videos the next year[clarification needed] in favor of either partially or fully concealing their faces.

They are signed to Maximum10, an indie-rock imprint of the Avex Group.

History[edit]

The band was formed from members of other bands in the Tokyo area. They then began to tour the local music scene in and around Chiba, Mito[disambiguation needed] and Tokyo. Originally, Tomohiro played bass and sang with support from Kazuki and Takahiro but, in 2002, main vocal duties as well as a third guitar were added when Hironobu joined. Hironobu had been a member of the band Second Base along with Kazuki before either of them joined Fact.[1]

Continuing onward as a group, the band traveled to the United States, specifically California for a short tour in 2003.

In 2005, they released their first full-length album Never Turn Out the Light to Keep Myself on Japan's Bullion Records (a sublabel of Wave Master).[2]

The band later signed a record deal sometime between 2008 and 2009 with Vagrant Records to release Fact, their worldwide début album. A single from the album, "A Fact of Life", was released with an accompanying video in early 2009. In support of the album, the band toured the U.S. accompanying American bands, including post-hardcore A Skylit Drive, metalcore Greeley Estates, metal Iwrestledabearonce, metal Memphis May Fire and post-hardcore Senses Fail. Their tour was abruptly cut short after a car collision early on, injuring drummer Eiji, but another U.S. tour was rescheduled soon after.

Their third full-length album, In the Blink of an Eye, was released on 13 January 2010, and its first single, "Slip of the Lip" was released online with an accompanying music video. The album débuted at number six on the Japanese Oricon weekly charts, becoming their first album to reach the top ten.[3]

The band returned[clarification needed] to the UK in support of In The Blink of an Eye for a second tour of the country between 24 May and 4 June 2010, with a headlining show at London's O2 Academy Islington and then playing as the support act for the American electronic-rock duo Breathe Carolina during the rest of the dates.[4]

Their single "A Fact of Life" was featured in Konami's rhythm music game Jubeat.

In 2011, they released the singles "Attack Me If You Dare", "Error" and "The Shadow of Envy", all of which were later featured in their extended-play album Eat Your Words.

On 11 January 2012, the band released their fourth album, Burundanga, which features their newest member, Adam (from the United Kingdom), on guitar.[citation needed]

On January 27th, 2014 the band released a new single titled Disclosure.[5]

The song is the first single off their upcoming record titled, Witness.

Witness will be released in Japan on March 5th, 2014 and worldwide shortly after.[6]

Members[edit]

All band members are credited by either their first name or stage name.

  • Hironobu "Hiro" Onose (小野瀬 広宣 Onose Hironobu?)lead vocals (since 2002)
  • Kazuki Sakurai (櫻井 一樹 Sakurai Kazuki?) – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (since 1999)
  • Eiji Matsumoto (松本 英二 Matsumoto Eiji?) – drums, percussion, backing vocals (since 1999)
  • Tomohiro Takayasu (高安 朝浩 Takayasu Tomohiro?) – bass, backing vocals (since 1999); lead vocals (1999–2002)
  • Takahiro Onose (小野瀬 孝弘 Onose Takahiro?) – lead guitar, backing vocals (since 1999)
  • Adam Graham – guitar, backing vocals (since 2012)

Past members[edit]

  • Takahiro Nakinashi (中西 高広 Nakinashi Takahiro?) – drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Year Label
Never Turn Out the Light, to Keep Myself 2005 Bullion Records (a sublabel of Wave Master)
Fact 2009 Hassle Records (United Kingdom), Maximum10 (Japan) and Vagrant Records
In the Blink of an Eye 2010 Hassle Records (United Kingdom) and Maximum10 (Japan)
Burundanga 2012 Maximum10 (Japan)
Witness 2014 Maximum10 (Japan)

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Label
"Nivan Runder Soundrugs"
"Co3"

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Label
This Day, This Means (in collaboration with emocore band Nature Living) 2001 independent release
The Fine Day Never Last 2004 independent release
Eat Your Words 2011 Maximum10

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2006 "Resident in My Room" Never Turn Out the Light, to Keep Myself
2009 "A Fact of Life" Fact
2009 "Slip of the Lip" In the Blink of an Eye
2011 "Attack Me If You Dare" Eat Your Words
2011 "Error" Eat Your Words
2011 "The Shadow of Envy" Eat Your Words
2012 "Foss" Burundanga

Videography[edit]

[clarification needed]

Title Year Album Notes
Deviation This Day, This Means
Start from Here This Fine Day Never Last
Reborn This Fine Day Never Last
Resident in My Room Never Turn Out the Light, to Keep Myself
A Fact of Life Fact
A Fact of Life Fact (United States edition) remix by Boom Boom Satellites
Chain Fact
Letter to...
Slip of the Lip In the Blink of an Eye
Rise remix by Steve Aoki
Behind a Smile In the Blink of an Eye
The Shadow of Envy Eat Your Words
Error Eat Your Words
Attack Me If You Dare Eat Your Words
Foss Burundanga
Pink Rolex Burundanga
Polyrythm Winter Burundanga

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bullion". Hsatworks.s134.coreserver.jp. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bullion". Hsatworks.s134.coreserver.jp. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  3. ^ [clarification needed] Kameda, Seiji (2010). "感度のいい音楽ファンにアピールする FACTの"アップデート"感" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ [dead link] Smith, Tom (8 March 2010). "Fact Return for 2010 UK Tour and Album". Neo. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNsMrErccVg
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNsMrErccVg

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