Flow (band)

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Flow
FLOW - Japan Expo 13 - Samedi - 2012-0707- P1410706.jpg
Flow at Japan Expo 2012 in Paris, France
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, pop punk
Years active 1998 (1998)–present
Labels Ki/oon records
Website flow.mu
Members Keigo Hayashi (vocal)
Kōshi Asakawa (vocal, occasional rhythm guitar)
Takeshi Asakawa (lead guitar)
Hiroshi Iwasaki (drums)
Yasutarō Gotō (bass)

Flow (stylized as FLOW) is a Japanese rock band, that formed in 1998 and signed on to Sony Music Japan's Ki/oon Records label. Flow is a five-piece band made up of two vocalists, a drummer, a bassist and a guitarist. As of March 2014, the band has released 27 singles and nine albums.

History[edit]

The group's base was created in 1993 when brothers Kōshi (elder: vocals) and Take (younger: guitar) began playing together. They formed Flow in 1998, and were eventually joined by Keigo (vocals), Gotō (bass) and Iwasaki (drums; joined in 2000). In 2001, the band released its first maxi single, "Flow #0". The group then released two mini-albums within the same year, both of which took nationwide indie charts by storm. "Okuru Kotoba", Flow's first cover single, was released in January 2003. It remained on the Oricon indie chart for seven consecutive weeks and also hit an impressive No. 6 on the overall singles chart. In the spring of that year, their first full-scale album Splash!!! debuted at No. 2. In July 2003, Flow released the single "Blaster" on a major label, Ki/oon Records. In April 2004, they released "Go!!!", which stayed on the Oricon Top 10 Chart for three weeks. In May 2004, Flow released their first major album Game.

A string of singles followed and in July 2005 the band released its third album, Golden Coast. Since the release of Golden Coast, Flow has released two singles with new A-sides, but one of these ("Around the World/Kandata") was a double A-side release. "Colors" is the band's fourth single. The songs "Go!!!" and "Re:member" both served as opening themes to the anime series Naruto, as well as "Sign" for Naruto Shippuden. "Days" was the first opening for Bones' Eureka Seven anime, and "Realize" was the opening for the PlayStation 2 video games based on the same series. Flow performed live in America for the first time in Dallas, Texas on September 2, 2006 at Anime Fest which was held at the Hyatt Hotel and Convention center in downtown Dallas. Flow performed "Colors" in 2006, the first opening for Sunrise's original series, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Their song "Answer" is the first opening theme for the live action Japanese drama Tantei Gakuen Q. They performed "Night Parade" with the hip-hop band Home Made Kazoku. In February 2008, they released a new single entitled "Arigatō", followed by Persona -trinity soul-'s new opening, "Word of the Voice" in June 2008. They performed Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2's second opening theme "World End" released in 2008. In 2009, the band performed "Sign", the sixth opening for Naruto Shippuden. The band released a B-side compilation album on November 4, 2009. Their single "Calling" was featured as the ending for the anime Heroman. Flow returned to North America to perform at Anime Central, in Rosemont, Illinois on May 20, 2011, and FanimeCon in San Jose, California on May 28, 2010 and in May 2011. Their song "Hey!!" was the third opening theme for the anime Beelzebub and the song "Bravelue" was used as the second opening theme for the anime Eureka Seven AO. They provided a cover of "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" as the main theme song for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods; the song, coupled with an insert song from the film, was released as a double A-side single on March 20, 2013,[1] and subsequently would be featured as the opening theme for in the 2014 video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Flow released their eighth studio album Flow The Max!!! on March 27, 2013. Their single "Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bye Bye Bye" released on February 26, 2014 is used as the second opening to the anime Samurai Flamenco.[2]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  1. "Blaster" (ブラスター Burasutā?, July 2, 2003)
  2. "Dream Express" (ドリームエクスプレス Dorīmu Ekusupuresu?, September 18, 2003)
  3. "Ryūsei/Sharirara" (流星/シャリララ?, February 18, 2004)
  4. "Go!!!" (April 28, 2004) - Naruto fourth opening theme
  5. "Life is beautiful" (November 3, 2004)
  6. "Rookie/Stay Gold" (April 27, 2005) - The theme song for the Korean movie Make It Big
  7. "Days" (June 1, 2005) - Eureka Seven first opening theme
  8. "Garden (Summer Edit)" (August 3, 2005)
  9. "Remember" (May 31, 2006) - Naruto eighth opening theme
  10. "Around the World/Kandata" (September 13, 2006) - CM for Suzuki Swift
  11. "Colors" (November 8, 2006) - Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion first opening theme
  12. "Answer" (August 1, 2007) - Tantei Gakuen drama theme song
  13. "Fuyu no Amaoto/Night Parade" (冬の雨音/Night Parade November 28, 2007?) - by Flow∞Home Made Kazoku
  14. "Arigatō" (ありがとう?, February 20, 2008)
  15. "Word of the Voice" (June 4, 2008) - Persona -trinity soul- second opening theme
  16. "World End" (August 13, 2008) - Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 second opening theme
  17. "Snow Flake (Kioku no Koshitsu)/Pulse" (Snow Flake ~記憶の固執~/Pulse?, December 10, 2008)
  18. "Sign" (January 13, 2010) - Naruto Shippuden sixth opening theme
  19. "Calling" (May 12, 2010) - Heroman first ending theme
  20. "Tabidachi Graffiti" (November 24, 2010)
  21. "1/3 no Junjō na Kanjō" (March 9, 2011) cover of the Siam Shade song, "1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou", originally used as Rurouni Kenshin sixth ending theme
  22. "Hey!!" (August 31, 2011) - Beelzebub third opening theme.
  23. "Rock Climbers" (February 22, 2012)
  24. "Bravelue"[3] (ブレイブルー Bureiburū?) (September 5, 2012) - Eureka Seven AO second opening theme.
  25. "Hero (Kibō no Uta)/Cha-La Head-Cha-La" (March 20, 2013) - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods insert song and theme song.
  26. "Tokonatsu Endless" (September 4, 2013)
  27. "Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bye Bye Bye" (February 26, 2014) - Samurai Flamenco second opening theme

Albums[edit]

  • Splash!!! (May 21, 2003)
  • Game (May 26, 2004)
  • Golden Coast (July 20, 2005)
  • Isle (アイル Airu?, March 19, 2008)
  • #5 (ナンバーファイブ Nanbā Faibu?, January 28, 2009)
  • Microcosm (June 16, 2010)
  • Black&White (February 22, 2012)
  • Flow The Max!!! (March 27, 2013)
  • 26 a Go Go!!! (March 26, 2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Nuts Bang!!! (July 22, 2009)

Compilations[edit]

  • The Best: Single Collection (December 20, 2006)
  • Coupling Collection (November 4, 2009)
  • Anime Best (March 23, 2011)

DVDs[edit]

  • The Play Off: Game 1 (December 1, 2004)
  • Flow Countdown Live 2006-2007 "Kizuna Factory: Differ Toshiake" (March 21, 2007)
  • Flow Live Tour 2007-2008 'Isle' Final at Nippon Budokan (December 24, 2008)
  • Flow First Zepp Tour 2011 'On The Line' (September 11, 2011)
  • Flow Live Tour 2013 "tour THE MAX!!!" -Grand Final-at Maihama Amphitheater (December 18, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FLOW announces new single + album + nationwide tour". Tokyohive. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "愛愛愛に撃たれてバイバイバイ" [Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bye Bye Bye] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ブレイブルー" [Bravelue] (in Japanese). Rakuten. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 

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