Ling Tosite Sigure
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|Ling Tosite Sigure|
Ling Tosite Sigure in 2013.
|Genres||Post-hardcore, indie rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, post-rock, emo, shoegazing, math rock|
|Labels||Sony, JPU Records|
Ling Tosite Sigure (凛として時雨 Rin Toshite Shigure?, lit. Cold Seasonal Rain) is an indie rock and math rock trio formed in 2002 in Saitama, Japan. The band's style resembles post-hardcore and progressive rock, often incorporating rapid changes of tempo and mood based around complex guitar melodies and technical drumming. They utilize both male and female vocals ranging from soft singing to loud wails and screams.
Formed 2002 in Saitama, Ling Tosite Sigure released several demos before starting their own label, Nakano Records, and releasing their debut album #4. Their second album Inspiration Is Dead was released in 2007 following an EP the previous year, giving the band increased popularity and exposure throughout Japan. They appeared in the Countdown music festival in 2007 and continued to tour on a regular basis.
In April 2008, the band released the single "Telecastic Fake Show", which charted in the Oricon Top 20. In July they participated in the Fuji Rock Festival and in August the Rising Sun Rock Festival. In December 2008, Ling Tosite Sigure released the single "Moment a Rhythm", after signing to major label Sony Music. The single included an art book consisting of Kitajima's photography.
Their third album, Just a Moment, was released on May 15, 2009, from which "JPop Xfile" was featured on Space Shower TV. In August they performed at the Summer Sonic Festival and toured throughout Japan. In 2010, the band performed a massive nationwide tour, "I Was Music", culminating at the high-profile Saitama Super Arena venue in the band's home city. In May, they traveled to England and played their first international shows in London and Brighton before returning to the studio to record new material.
The band released their fourth album Still a Sigure Virgin? on September 22, 2010. They went on their "Virgin Killer" tour from late October to early December. The first music video from the album, "I Was Music", aired on September 14. In 2011, the band continued to tour as TK released a film and photo book and Nakano released an instructional drum DVD.
On June 27th 2012, TK released a solo album entitled Flowering under the name "TK from Ling tosite sigure".
The band's 5th studio album I'mperfect was released on April 10th, 2013. The band signed to specialised European record label JPU Records in June 2013 and released I'mperfect all across Europe.
On August 27th 2014, TK released a second solo album titled Fantastic Magic under the name "TK from Ling tosite sigure".
On 14th January 2015, the band released their first ever best of album, titled Best of Tornado.
- Tōru "TK" Kitajima (北嶋徹) – guitar, vocals
- Miyoko "345" Nakamura (中村美代子) – bass, vocals
- Masatoshi "Pierre" Nakano (ピエール中野) – drums
|2007||Inspiration Is Dead
|2009||Just a Moment
|2010||Still a Sigure Virgin?
|2006||Feeling Your UFO
|Oricon Singles Charts
|Billboard Japan Hot 100
|2008||"Telecastic Fake Show"||17||80||21,000||Just a Moment|
|"Moment a Rhythm"||One track CD+photo booklet||15||—||13,000|
|2012||"Abnormalize"||OP for the anime series Psycho-Pass||8||13||33,000||I'mperfect|
|2014||"Enigmatic Feeling"||OP for the anime series Psycho-Pass 2||8||5||12,000|
|2015||"Who What Who What"||OP for the anime series Psycho-Pass: The Movie|