Golden Bomber

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Golden Bomber
Golden Bomber Japan Expo.jpg
Golden Bomber in 2011
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres J-pop, pop punk, comedy rock
Years active 2004-present
Labels Euclid/Zany Zap, Atlantic (2008 - )
Website Official site
Members
  • Shō Kiryūin (Vo-karu)
  • Yutaka Kyan (Gita-)
  • Jun Utahiroba (Be-su)
  • Kenji Darvish (Doramu)
  • (Position are listed on the bands official name style)
Past members
  • Dankichi Tenkujō (Doramu)
  • Teppei Chimatsuri (Drums)
  • Niwatoriwa Susatobeni (Doramu/staff member)

Golden Bomber (ゴールデンボンバー Gōruden Bonbā?, abbreviated as Kinbaku (金爆), Bomber (ボンバー) or GB) is a Japanese visual kei "air" rock band formed in 2004 and signed to the independent label Euclid Agency (sublabel Zany Zap). Despite not actually performing the music themselves, they have gained popularity through their theatrical "live shows".

Currently, Golden Bomber have released 12 singles and 11 albums, some of which have gained the top places in national Oricon chart.[1][2]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2004 by vocalist Shō Kiryūin and guitarist Yutaka Kyan. The band's concept was "Hyper Giga Hybrid Super Subculture Visual Rock". Teppei Chimatsuri joined as the first drummer and keyboardist; when he left later, Dankichi Tenkujō took over as drummer. Jun Utahiroba joined as bassist on April 22, 2007. On April 5, 2009, Dankichi left the band, and on April 10, 2009, Kenji Darvish joined as a drummer.

None of the members except Shō Kiryūin play instruments. The band's studio recordings are done by professional musicians, as attested to by the group members themselves. Shō Kiryūin writes the music and lyrics, and creates the arrangements with Tatsuo of Everset. In concert, the band members don't play their instruments; instead they dance and perform and act out dramas with the aid of videos. Shō Kiryūin is the only one who always sings live. The band's creative output, including songs, music videos, promotional videos and performances, contains parodies of famous bands, artists, manga and other aspects of Japanese popular culture.

Their first single, "Dakishimete Shwarz", was released on 1 May 2008, followed by four more consecutive singles.[3] Their first two albums, "The Golden J-POPS" and "Renai Shuukyouron" were put on sale on December 24, 2007, and their first live DVD was released that same day. In 2009 Golden Bomber had 12 consecutive one-man concerts on the 1st day of each month and performed a country-wide 4646 tour. Their most famous song, "Memeshikute", was released as single on 21 October 2009.

Through 2010 they continued putting on their one-man concerts during the Oneman Kowai, and Zenryoku Baka tours, and they had a consecutive 12 month song releases on dwango.jp.[3] All the songs released on dwango were No. 1 in dwango daily rankings. In 2010 the band was due to perform in Shanghai, China during Expo 2010, but the performance was cancelled.[4]

The popularity of the band increased significantly through 2010. By the end of the year, Golden Bomber had received major debut offers from seven companies, but rejected them all, preferring to remain a "good-for-nothing" indie band out of consideration for feelings of their fans.[5][6]"Mata Kimi ni Bangou wo Kikenakatta" single reached No. 4 on Oricon weekly charts[1] and was ranked No. 3 in Oricon 2010 year top selling indies singles chart.[7] "Shimohanki Best" album was ranked No. 3 in Oricon weekly charts.[2]

In 2011 Golden Bomber continued with the "Life is All Right" spring national tour (the initial name of the tour, "Isshou Baka (Lifetime Idiot)" was changed due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan).[8] In July 2011 Golden Bomber performed at Japan Expo in Paris, France,[9] and in August played two live shows in Seoul, South Korea. "Yareba Dekiru Ko" national tour is scheduled for autumn 2011.[10]

On 14 and 15 January 2012 Golden Bomber performed in Nippon Budokan, and on 21 January - in Osaka-jō Hall.

Golden Bomber also performed for 2 days at the Yokohama Arena on 17 and 18 June 2012. On 18 June 2012 they released their first international album: "The Golden Best" in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Taiwan and Korea.[11]

Golden Bomber also hosts a program on Nico Nico Douga. The members have collaborated with different artists not only from music, but also from the fashion industry,[12] with different fashion brands and game producers.

Members[edit]

  • (Vo-karu): Shō Kiryūin (鬼龍院 翔 Kiryūin Shō?)
    • Born on June 20, 1984, in Tokyo.
    • Writes all music and lyrics by himself. He can play various musical instruments, including violin.[13]
    • Created lots of parody songs of songs by famous singers and bands, imitating their melody, lyrics, singing style. For example, "Ultra Phantom" is Koshi Inaba, "Tsunami no Johnny" - Keisuke Kuwata imitation.
    • A host of the All Night Nippon radio program, from January 5, 2011 to present.[14]
    • Released his autobiography "I’m Golden Bomber’s vocalist, are there any questions?"[15] on June 20, 2012.
    • Fan of Gackt and Malice Mizer.
    • Made his solo debut with the opening theme "Life is SHOW TIME" from Kamen Rider Wizard.[16]
  • (Gita-): Yutaka Kyan (喜矢武 豊 Kyan Yutaka?)
    • Born on March 15, 1985, in Tokyo.
    • He creates all the stage proprieties for the shows on his own.
    • Played main role in "Shi ga futari wo wakatsu made" film ("Iro no nai Ao" chapter) released in September 2012 [17]
  • (Be-su): Jun Utahiroba (歌広場 淳 Utahiroba Jun?)
    • Born on August 30, 1985, in Chiba.
    • Graduated Nihon University, Faculty of Fine Arts Literature Department
    • A fan of Ryohei (Megamasso) from his Ayabie times, and wrote graduation thesis on his subject.
    • Writes an interview column called "No Ikemen No Life" about music artists in Monthly TVnavi magazine[18]
    • Creates the dances for the band
    • Model for h.NAOTO Sixh.MINT brand in 2012[19]
  • (Doramu): Kenji Darvish (樽美酒 研二 Darubisshu Kenji?)
    • Born on November 28, 1980, in Fukuoka.
    • Joined on April 10, 2009.
    • Famous for doing white-black-red kabuki-like make-up
    • Originally a guitarist, also did vocals in his previous band, now vocalist in Reverset.
    • His blog is published as a book "The Best of Obama blog" on the 2nd of February 2012[20][21]

Past members[edit]

  • Doramu: Dankichi Tenkūjō (天空城 団吉 Tenkūjō Dankichi?)
    • Born on August 13, 1984, in Hokkaido.
    • Left on April 5, 2009 at Takadanobaba Club Phase live.
  • Drums: Teppei Chimatsuri (血祭 鉄兵 Chimatsuri Teppei?)
    • Born on May 6, 1973, in Nagasaki.
    • First drummer, also played keyboards on stage
    • Joined on December 24, 2005 at Roppongi Edge live.
    • Left on March 15, 2007 at Ikebukuro Cyber live.
    • He and Shō Kiryūin were originally colleagues of the same shop of Lawson.
  • Doramu: Riku Toriaezu (鶏和酢 里紅 Toriaezu Riku?)
    • He stood in as a drummer and a keyboardist when Dankichi Tenkujo left, when Tenkujo returned he went back to being a staff member.
    • He managied BAR of "Beer Bar Lemon Heart" in Tokyo.
    • Now, He is Fruit parlor "Autumn leef" 's foods producer, and the assistant of Japanese Manga "BAR lemon heart" .

Music relationships[edit]

Different musicians took part in Golden Bomber recordings, Golden Bomber also appeared together with a number of bands. (Deluhi Leda, Janne Da Arc shuji, Ikuo, HIROKI, La'cryma Christi SHUSE, Kishidan, Shokotan etc.)[22]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

No. Title Title (Japanese) Date of release Notes
01 Dakishimete Schwarz / Doutei ga! 抱きしめてシュヴァルツ / 童貞が! 1 May 2008
02 Saite Saite Kirisaite / Masashi 咲いて咲いて切り裂いて / まさし 1 June 2008
03 Gomen ne, Aishiteru / Kame Power ごめんね、愛してる/ 亀パワー 1 July 2008
04 Torauma Kyabajou / Motokare Korosu トラウマキャバ嬢 / 元カレ殺ス 1 August 2008
05 Hotel Love / Itsumo to Onaji Yoru ホテルラブ / いつもと同じ夜 1 September 2008
06 Blow Wind / Time Machine ga Hoshii yo Blow Wind / タイムマシンが欲しいよ 17 June 2009 Joint single with SMILY☆SPIKY.
"Time Machine ga Hoshii yo" is 5pb.'s game Skip Beat! ending theme[23]
07 Memeshikute 女々しくて 21 October 2009 3 types. Oricon Weekly chart No. 77, Oricon Indies chart No. 4
08 Mou Bandoman ni Koi Nante Shinai もうバンドマンに恋なんてしない 25 November 2009 2 types. Oricon Weekly Chart No. 103
09 Mata Kimi ni Bangou wo Kikenakatta また君に番号を聞けなかった 6 October 2010 3 types. Oricon Weekly Chart No. 4, Oricon Indies Chart No. 1
10 Boku Quest 僕クエスト 1 June 2011 4 types. Oricon Weekly Chart No. 5, Oricon Indies Chart No. 1.
"Boku Quest" is Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime ending theme.[24][25]
11 Memeshikute/Nemutakute 女々しくて/眠たくて 24 August 2011 3 types
Oricon Weekly Chart No. 4, Oricon Indies Chart No. 1
12 Yowasete Mojito 酔わせてモヒート 23 November 2011 3 types
Oricon Weekly Chart No. 3
13 Dance My Generation Dance My Generation 1 January 2013 3 types
Oricon Weekly Chart No. 1

Albums[edit]

No. Title Title (Japanese) Date of release Notes
01 Ongaku ga bokura wo dame ni suru 音楽が僕らを駄目にする 24 December 2006 Was distributed at the first lives in the venues. Out of production. Contained 7 songs, including Suppin (スッピン, "Without make-up")
02 The Golden J-POPS The Golden J-POPS 24 December 2007 Was distributed at live venues. Out of production.[26]
03 Ren'ai Shuukyouron 恋愛宗教論 24 December 2007 Was distributed at live venues. Out of production.[26]
04 Imitation Gold ~Kinbaku no Meikyoku Niban Shibori~ イミテイション・ゴールド〜金爆の名曲二番搾り〜 1 January 2009 The parodies of hit songs by famous artists:

Gackt, Southern All Stars, CHAGE and ASKA, B'z, Aqua Timez.

05 Sorinokoshita Natsu 剃り残した夏 29 July 2009 Soundtrack CD for "Sorinokoshita Natsu" film
06 Golden Album ゴールデン・アルバム 4 January 2012 4 types
Oricon weekly No. 2
07 The Past Masters Vol.1 ザ・パスト・マスターズ 24 April 2013

Best Albums[edit]

No. Title Title (Japanese) Date of release Notes
01 Golden Best ~Pressure~ ゴールデンベスト〜Pressure〜 6 January 2010 Oricon Chart No. 150
02 Golden Best ~Brassiere~ ゴールデンベスト〜Brassiere〜 6 January 2010 Oricon Chart No. 193
03 Golden Hour ~ Kamihanki Best 2010~ ゴールデン・アワー〜上半期ベスト2010〜 21 July 2010 Oricon Daily Chart No. 6, Oricon Weekly Chart No. 14, Oricon Indies Chart No. 1
04 Golden Hour ~ Shimonanki Best 2010~ ゴールデン・アワー〜下半期ベスト2010〜 6 January 2011 Oricon Daily Chart No. 1, Oricon Weekly Chart No. 3
05 The Golden Best The Golden Best 18 June 2012 6 versions. Released by Atlantic Records.

PV[edit]

01. Memeshikute (女々しくて)

02. Mou Bandoman ni Koi Nante Shinai (もうバンドマンに恋なんてしない)

03. Mata Kimi ni Bangou wo Kikenakatta (また君に番号を聞けなかった). 3 versions

04. Boku Quest (僕クエスト). 3 versions

05. Memeshikute (女々しくて) from Memeshikute/Nemutakute single. 2 versions

06. Yowasete Mojito (酔わせてモヒート)

07. Ii Hito (いい人)

08. Sayonara Fuyumi (さよなら冬美)

09. Chéng lóng hěn kù (成龍很酷) (01/01/12)

10. Dance My Generation (01/01/13)

11. Gomen ne, aishiteru (ごめんね、愛してる)

DVD[edit]

No. Title Title (Japanese) Date of release
01 Gyaru Punch DE Batan Q (Out of production[26]) ギャルパンチDEバタンQ 24 December 2007
02 "Kinbaku Nengoro Tour Final Hatsu Oneman
"Ai wa Chikyuu wo Sukuu" ~Miwa-san 100 km Marathon~
"金爆ねんごろツアー ファイナル 初ワンマン

「愛は地球を巣喰う」〜美輪さん100kmマラソン〜"

1 February 2009
03 Sorinokoshita Natsu (Golden Bomber performance, script, direction.) 剃り残した夏 29 July 2009
04 - 09 Golden Bomber 2009 Year Oneman Live DVD (January - June) ゴールデンボンバー 2009年ワンマンライブDVD (1月-6月) 24 December 2009
10 - 15 Golden Bomber 2009 Year Oneman Live DVD (July - December) ゴールデンボンバー 2009年ワンマンライブDVD (7月-12月) 1 January 2010
16 Dai-ichi Yoru Request On The Best ~Pressure night~ 第一夜 リクエスト・オン・ザ・ベスト~Pressure night~ 10 March 2010
17 Dai-ni Yoru Request On The Best ~Brassiere night~ 第二夜 リクエスト・オン・ザ・ベスト~Brassiere night~ 10 March 2010
18 “STYLISH WEAPON’10 ~Haru no SoyoKaze~ Omake no Ran “STYLISH WEAPON’10〜春のそよ風〜おまけの乱” 27 April 2010
19 Golden Bomber Hatsu Kyoufu no Zenkoku Oneman Tour
-Oneman Kowai- Tsuika Kouen(2010/6/25@Shibuya O-WEST)」
「ゴールデンボンバー 初 恐怖の全国ワンマンツアー

-ワンマンこわい-追加公演(2010/6/25@渋谷O-WEST)」

30 July 2010
20 Golden Bomber Pantsu Daisakusen Tour Final
(2010/9/24 @Ebisu LIQUIDROOM)
ゴールデンボンバー パンツ大作戦ツアーファイナル

(2010/9/24恵比寿LIQUIDROOM)

24 November 2010
21 Zenryoku Baka(2010/12/27@SHIBUYA-AX) 「全力バカ」(2010/12/27@SHIBUYA-AX) 25 February 2011
22 SoCcer 24 SoCcer 24 15 March 2011
23 ”Life is all right” Tsuika Kouen (2011/5/17@TOKYO DOME CITY HALL) ”Life is all right”追加公演(2011/5/17@TOKYO DOME CITY HALL) 27 July 2011
24 Golden Bomber Zepp Tour 2011 "Yareba Dekiruko" 2011.10.7 at Zepp Tokyo ゴールデンボンバー Zepp全通ツアー 2011 "やればできる子" 2011.10.7 at Zepp Tokyo 21 December 2011
25 Golden Bomber OneMan Live Tokudaigou "Isshou Baka" 2012.15.01 at Nippon Budokan ゴールデンボンバーワンマンライブ特大号「一生バカ」公演、
1月15日(日)日本武道館
18 March 2012
26 Golden Bomber OneMan Live Tokudaigou "Isshou Baka" 2012.14.01 at Nippon Budokan ゴールデンボンバーワンマンライブ特大号「一生バカ」公演、
1月14日(土)日本武道館
16 March 2012
27 Golden Bomber OneMan Live Tokudaigou "Isshou Baka" 2012.21.01 at Osaka Jo Hall ゴールデンボンバーワンマンライブ特大号「一生バカ」公演、
1月21日(日)大阪城ホール
30 March 2012

Limited Distribution[edit]

No. Title Title (Japanese) Date of release
01 JUSTICE Kyoto ni Tsugu Shoku no Utage album
("Announcement for JUSTICE Believers... Food Feast")

1.DANDAN Kokoro Hikareteku (FIELD OF VIEW cover)
2.Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi dake wo Kizutsukenai (B'z cover)
3.Beethoven da ne Rock'n'Roll ("21 Emon" Ending cover)
4.Donna Toki Mo (Noriyuki Makihara cover)

JUSTICE教徒に告ぐ・・蝕の宴

1.収録曲:DAN DAN 心魅かれてく(FIELD OF VIEWのカバー)

2.愛のままにわがままに僕は君だけを傷つけない(B'zのカバー)

3.ベートーベンだねRock'n'Roll(21エモンのオープニングのカバー)

4.どんなときも。(槇原敬之のカバー)

31 October 2007
02 Datsu Indies Cover Shuu ("Indies Cover Compilation") single
1. Meteo no Hi (Idenshi Kumikae Kodomokai cover)
「脱・インディーズカバー集」

1.メテオの日(遺伝子組換こども会のカバー)

7 June 2008
03 Miwa-san 100 km Marathon Documentary 美輪さん100kmマラソンドキュメント 21 July 2008
04 Miwa-san Osaka⇒Tokyo Hitch-hiking 美輪さん大阪⇒東京横断ヒッチハイク 22 November 2008
05 "Legendary Creatures Really Existed!!

Chase after the Kappa who appeared in megapolis Tokyo!!!!"

伝説の妖怪は実在した!!大都会東京に現れた河童を追え!!!! 4 January 2009
06 "In midwinter it's cold for Atonu" 真冬にアトヌは寒い 1 February 2009
07 Golden Busters, last time promt! Environmental pollution resulted in mutation?

At last we've seen mysterious creature, Kentaurus!

"Kentaurus makes heart beat faster" Documentary DVD

ゴールデンバスターズ、さっそく最終回!

環境汚染が引き起こした突然変異か?!

ついに我々は謎の生物、ケンタウロスを見た!!

〜ケンタウロスドキドキドキュメントDVD〜

1 March 2009
08 "Show your rock soul! All 21 songs! Gold-gold extatic live!"

Special DVD "Extremey rare Heartwarming DVD"

~Rock魂見せてやれ! 全21曲!金金がギンギンライブ!~

[特典DVD]激レアほのぼのDVD

5 April 2009
09 Kokucchao! 告っchao! 3 May 2009
10 Tomorrow never world Tomorrow never world 3 May 2009
11 Gi-ga-! ギーガー! 3 May 2009
12 "Total coverage documentary! Forever continuing big depression!

Surviving in city full make-up singer ~Homeless visual kei~ Yamada-san"

密着ドキュメント!いつまでも続く大不況!都会を生き抜く

フルメイクシンガー 〜ホームレスビジュアル系〜

3 May 2009
13 It's not 20th, it's the 7th! Vo. Kiryuin Sho Birthday Oneman Live!

Special DVD - "Kiryuuin Sho's splendid development"

20日じゃないよ7日だよ!Vo.鬼龍院翔バースデーワンマンライブ! 

特典DVD 鬼龍院翔の華麗なる生い立ち

7 June 2009
14 "Dripping sweat, losing weight, become thin" oneman live.

Special DVD - "Before becoming Miwa-san"

汗かきゲッソリ激ヤセワンマンライブ! 

特典DVD 美輪さんができるまで

5 July 2009
15 Haru ga Kuru Mae ni (Yamada-san version) 春が来る前に(夜魔堕さんVer.) 29 July 2009
16 "Middle of summer! Hidden in "I hate suntan" phase Kinbaku summer festival!"

Special DVD - "Gita- Solo Kyan Yutaka! ~July tour eating local products revolt~"

夏真っ盛り!日焼け大嫌いフェイズに隠れて金爆夏祭り!

特典DVD ギターソロ喜矢武豊! 〜7月ツアー名産品食べまくりの乱〜

2 August 2009
17 "Congratulations on 34 years! Yawara-chan Birthday" Oneman Live!

Kin at highest, Baku at lowest.

Special DVD - "Yawara-chan Birthday Special ~Legend of YAWARA"

祝34歳!ヤワラチャンバースデーワンマンライブ!

「最高で金、最低でも爆」 

特典DVD 〜ヤワラチャン誕生日スペシャル〜 Legend of YAWARA

6 September 2009
18 "Evangelist of love, showing the ass! Miwa-san's men's ass fesival" ケツ出せ愛の伝道師!美輪さん男尻祭り! 4 October 2009
19 Gachupin Challenge Series! First part! ガチュピン チャレンジシリーズ!第一弾! 1 November 2009
20 "Unexpectedly landing in the middle" trip

- GLOY Homecoming to Hokkaido Compilation-"

ぶらり途中着陸の旅-GLOY 北海道帰郷編- 6 December 2009
21 Mou Bandoman Ni Koi Nante Shinai (Kyan Yutaka version) もうバンドマンに恋なんてしない(喜矢武 豊Ver.) 15 December 2009
22 Kokucchao! (Kyan Yutaka version) 告っchao!(喜矢武 豊Ver.) 16 December 2009

Omnibus works[edit]

  1. Tribute to Murakami (2007) Omnibus Release
    • Featured song: Ikiteita Murakami
  2. Zany Zap Complex (22 July 2009) Omnibus Release
    • Featured songs: Sick Lady Tabun.../TSUNAMI no Johnny/Motokare Korosu
  3. NEO VOLTAGE(26 May 2010) Omnibus Release
    • Featured song:†Za・VKei-ppoi Kyoku†

Songs written for other artists[edit]

  • The Boss - "Love Days" - lyrics and music by Shō Kiryūin
  • Dancing Dolls - "Melomelo Bakkyun" from the single "Touch -A.S.A.P- / Shanghai Darling" - lyrics and music by Shō Kiryūin[27]

Media[edit]

Drama CD[edit]

  • Genpei Gakuen Kassen Roku (2010). Kiryūin Shō - Imai Kanehira role, Kyan Yutaka - Taira no Munemori role, Utahiroba Jun - Kisou role, Darvish Kenji - Kisou role

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Oricon album ranking". 
  3. ^ a b "Golden Bomber on JaME World". 
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  8. ^ "Yahoo!Japan Headlines news" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
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  10. ^ "natalie.mu news" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
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  12. ^ "tokyohive.com Mizca announces new single, "Rafiora"" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-05-16. Kiryuuin Shou as producer
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  14. ^ "All Night Nippon official" (in Japanese). 
  15. ^ "JaME World". 
  16. ^ "Kamen Rider Wizard opening theme". 
  17. ^ ""Shi ga futari wo wakatsu made" OHP". 
  18. ^ "TVnavi" (in Japanese). 
  19. ^ "Sixh. OHP" (in Japanese). 
  20. ^ {{cite web
      • Famous for appearing in the 28th and 30th tournaments of Sasuke(Ninja Warrior).
    |url=http://www.fusosha.co.jp/book/2012/06546.php%7Ctitle=Fusosha Publishing official|language = Japanese}}
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  22. ^ "V-kei group Golden Bomber welcome guests on new single". Retrieved 2009-09-09.  tokyohive.com
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  25. ^ "natalie.mu, 2011-04-11". (in Japanese)
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  27. ^ "Dancing Dolls、キリショー提供曲含むデビュー盤先行配信". Natalie. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-10-18.