Man with a Mission

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Man with a Mission
Man with a Mission at Japan Expo 2012 in Paris in France.
Man with a Mission at Japan Expo 2012 in Paris, France.
Background information
Also known as MWAM
Origin Shibuya, Japan
Genres Rap rock, melodic hardcore
Years active 2010-present
Labels

FROM YOUTH TO DEATH RECORDS (2010- )
Crown Stones (2011-2013)

Sony Music Records (2013- )
Website mwamjapan.info
Members Tokyo Tanaka(Vocals)
Kamikaze Boy(Bass)
Jean-Ken Johnny(Vocals/Guitar)
DJ Santa Monica(DJ)
Spear Rib(Drums)

Man with a Mission (stylized MAN WITH A MISSION) is a Japanese alternative pop band with features of hard rock and dance pop that was formed in 2010 in Shibuya, Japan.[1] They are made up of five band members, with stage names of Tokyo Tanaka (vocals), Kamikaze Boy (bass), Jean-Ken Johnny (guitar), DJ Santa Monica (disc jockey), and Spear Rib (drums). Their distinguishing feature is that all of the members wear differently designed wolf masks during both their concerts and their music videos.[2]

Background[edit]

Before becoming popular, the band invented a back-story for why they wear wolf masks, which involves them being created as the "Ultimate Life Form" by Jimi Hendrix, who is described by the band as being the doctor of the guitar and master wolf biologist.[3]

History[edit]

The earliest debut of the band was in a number of live gigs at venues in the Shibuya area.[1] The band organized an American tour in late 2010, which was called their "Whisky a Go Go" tour and involved multiple gigs at night clubs in Los Angeles. The tour itself ended in November 2010.[4][5][6] The end of their tour coincided with the release of their first mini album, Welcome to the New World, in November as well, which went on to sell out in a number of stores across Japan.[7] The mini album also spent six weeks on the Oricon Top 100 for number of sales.[8] On April 29, 2011, they released a new single titled "Never Fxxkin' Mind the Rules". After the single release, the band started another music tour on March 7, 2011, called "Man with a Mission Japan Marking Tour 2011", which included 13 different performances across Japan.[2] Their first full debut album, Man with a Mission Vol. 1, released on June 8, 2011.[9][10]

Soon after the release of their album, they participated in a major Japanese concert event, known as "Summer Sonic 2011" in mid-August, and also a number of other summer festivals, such as "Countdown Japan 11/12".[11] Labeled by Eggman Magazine as the "Most Promising Newcomer", tickets to their show at the concert festival sold out within ten minutes. During the stream of concerts, their songs were also run on 27 of the major FM and AM radio broadcasting stations nationwide across Japan.[12] On October 5, 2011, the band released an EP titled Trick or Treat, which included a number of original songs and also cover songs, such as Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.[13][14] The members of Man with a Mission were also featured in a poster campaign by Tower Records titled "No Music, No Life?", which began on September 13, 2011.[15][16]

On May 27, 2012, MWAM held a show tour at Shibuya-AX with an attendance of 1,800 fans. It was an early performance for the band's Don't Feel The Distance tour set in November, which was meant to highlight one of the singles, "Distance", from their upcoming album. The single's earlier release on April 4 to the Oricon rankings saw it rise to #6 in the sales chart. The expected stops on the tour included Zepp Nagoya, Zepp Namba, and Zepp Tokyo. Pre-order tickets for all venues of the tour were sold out "instantly" across Japan.[17][18] The band's second full album, Mash Up The World, was released on July 18, 2012. The band uploaded the music video for one of the album's singles, "From Youth To Death", onto YouTube on June 21, 2012. The official app for the album also included snippets of the single, along with two other original songs, Mash UP The DJ! and Neutral Corner.[19] "Distance"'s April release also saw it being chosen as the opening theme music for TV Asahi's Music Ru TV channel for the month.[20]

The band was also invited as guests to Japan Expo 2012, playing as the rock showcase on July 5, 2012.[21] Their next single, "Emotions", which was used as a theme for the live action movie adaptation of the Hentai Kamen manga, was released on February 20, 2013.[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Oricon charts
Position Weeks
2010 Welcome to the New World
  • Released: November 3, 2010
168[23] 10
2011 Man with a Mission
  • Released: June 8, 2011
28[23] 98
Trick or Treat e.p.
  • Released: October 5, 2011
15[23] 25
2012 Welcome to the New World -standard edition-
  • Released: March 14, 2012
39[23] 47
Mash Up the World
  • Released: July 18, 2012
4[23] 60
2014 Tales of Purefly
  • Released: March 12, 2014
3[23] 18

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Peak Position
(Oricon/Billboard)[24]
[25]
Weeks
Charted
Notes
Self-produced June 26, 2010 MAN WITH A MISSION - / - - / -
March 17, 2011 RAIN OF JULY - / - - / -
Indie April 6, 2011 NEVER FXXKIN' MIND THE RULES 88 / - 2 / -
1st April 4, 2012 distance 6 / 8 15 / 4
2nd February 20, 2013 Emotions 3 / 3 16 / 4 Theme song for the Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen movie
Limited Edition July 1, 2013 Wake Myself Again - / 25 - / 1 Commercial theme song for the PlayStation 3 version of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
3rd October 9, 2013 database feat. TAKUMA(10-FEET) 4 / 2 18 / 4

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Oricon charts
Position Weeks
2014 Beef Chicken Pork
  • Released: February 12, 2014
2[23] 15

DVDs[edit]

Year Title Oricon charts
Position Weeks
2012 Wolf Complete Works I
  • Released: October 3, 2012
2[26] 39
2013 Wolf Complete Works II
  • Released: August 7, 2013
2[26] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff writer (June 1, 2011). "MAN WITH A MISSION:Gt & Vo. Jean-Ken Johnny interview". Eggman Magazine (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Staff writer (March 30, 2011). ""謎のオオカミバンド"MAN WITH A MISSIONが「臭う肉」枚限定シングル。". Narinari (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Staff writer (June 8, 2011). "MAN WITH A MISSION : 話題の"オオカミバンド"がデビュー記念で"餌"発売". Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (December 28, 2010). "噂の"オオカミ"バンド、MAN WITH A MISSIONがイベントに登場!". CDJournal (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Staff writer (April 16, 2011). "謎のオオカミ覆面ロックバンド現る 国籍不明の5人". MSN (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Staff writer (April 18, 2011). "謎のオオカミ覆面バンドの正体…渋谷センター街に出没". Sankei Shimbun. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Staff writer (January 5, 2011). "謎のオオカミ・バンド、MAN WITH A MISSION年末の渋谷に出没". Barks (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Staff writer (July 25, 2011). "オオカミバンド"MAN WITH A MISSION"、早くも新作リリース決定!". CDJournal (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ Staff writer (September 10, 2011). "第一ミッション、完遂!!". Ro69 (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ Staff writer (June 8, 2011). "林原めぐみさん登場!オオカミ男バンドやAKBも!". Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Staff writer (August 15, 2011). "サマソニにMWAM登場で大熱狂、"謎のオオカミバンド"が観客の目を奪う。". Narinari (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ Staff writer (June 7, 2011). "「10分で完売」勢いづくマンウィズ、27のラジオ局でパワープレイなども。". Narinari (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ Staff writer (September 2011). "MAN WITH A MISSION 『Trick or Treat e.p.』". Jungle Life (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ Staff writer (October 4, 2011). "【インタビュー(前半)】オオカミバンド"MAN WITH A MISSION"最新EPをリリース「オオカミが敬愛するカート・コヴァーンについて語る」". Infoseek Woman (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  15. ^ Staff writer (September 13, 2011). "ワンオク、スクービー、MWAMがタワレコポスターに登場". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  16. ^ Staff writer (September 13, 2011). "NMNLポスターに、SCOOBIE DO、MAN WITH A MISSION、ONE OK ROCKが登場!". MSN (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  17. ^ Staff writer (April 10, 2012). "狼×人間? 洋楽派も納得の異色集団がオリコン6位の大健闘". HotExpress Magazine. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ Staff writer (May 28, 2012). "MAN WITH A MISSION 東名阪Zepp公演開催&サマソニ出演". HotExpress Magazine. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ Staff writer (June 22, 2012). "MAN WITH A MISSION、新曲ミュージック・ビデオが解禁!". CDJournal. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ Staff writer (April 6, 2012). "オオカミバンド オリコン4位&タワレコ1日店長に就任". HotExpress Magazine. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ Staff writer (April 18, 2012). "パリにオオカミ旋風を!? MAN WITH A MISSION 人気イベ出演". HotExpress Magazine. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  22. ^ Staff writer (February 14, 2013). "「変態仮面」実写映画化!主題歌はMAN WITH A MISSION". Natalie. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g "Album Singles Rank: Man with a Mission" (in Japanese). Oricon. October 3, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Sales rank in Single: Man with a Mission" (in Japanese). Oricon. October 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "DVD sales ranking of Man With A Mission" (in Japanese). Oricon. October 3, 2011. 

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