Mucc

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Mucc
MUCC-Montmartre-2009.jpg
Mucc performing in Paris in 2009.
Background information
Also known as 69, ムック
Origin Ibaraki, Japan
Genres Alternative metal, experimental rock, hard rock, grunge, dance rock
Years active 1997–present
Labels Peanuts, Danger Crue/Shu, Universal, Sony Music Associated
Gan-Shin (EU), Spinefarm (EU)
Associated acts Karasu, Geki ga Kutai, Daishi Dance
Website 55-69.com
Members Tatsurou
Miya
Satochi
Yukke
Past members Hiro

Mucc (ムック Mukku?, romanized as MUCC) is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in 1997. Named after a character from the Japanese children's TV show Hirake! Ponkikki,[citation needed] the band is also known by the nickname 69 since "six nine" can be pronounced "muku" in Japanese. As of 2012, the band has released eleven studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, twenty eight singles and thirteen DVDs, some of which were also released in Europe.

History[edit]

Formed in 1997 by Miya, Tatsurou (then called "Tattoo"), Satochi and Hiro, they originally played The Blue Hearts and Glay covers. In 1999 Hiro left and was replaced by Miya's childhood friend Yukke. In December Mucc made their first official release, the EP Antique. They released their first album, Tsūzetsu in January 2001. In 2002 they signed to Danger Crue, but to their own sublabel Shu, and released their second album Hōmura Uta.

Mucc debuted in Europe in August 2005, including a performance at Wacken Open Air. The following year, they performed in the United States at the Otakon anime convention. They returned to the United States in 2007 for the JRock Revolution Festival.

Mucc performing in Sweden in 2008.

They participated on the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour,[1] which stopped at forty cities across the United States and Canada from February to May, along with fellow Japanese bands D'espairsRay and the Underneath. After returning to Japan in May, Mucc performed at the hide memorial summit alongside other famous rock groups such as X Japan, Luna Sea, Versailles and heidi.. In October the Taste of Chaos tour went to Europe, in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. Mucc performed at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on December 7, 2008 and the House of Blues in Los Angeles on December 10.[2]

In 2009, they once again went to Europe for their "Solid Sphere Tour" starting with a live in Russia on October 3,[3] and for the first time performed two shows in Latin America (Chile and Mexico).[4] The band completed the tour on November 16 in Japan at the JCB Hall, with a total of 18 songs.[5] Mucc started 2010 with a concert on February 14 at the NHK Hall, where they announced they would release a new album that fall.[6] Karma was released on October 6 and has a post-disco or dance sound mixed with Mucc's usual hard rock and metal.

On May 21, 2011, at their "Mucc History Gigs 97~11" Nippon Budokan show, Mucc announced they would be switching labels to Sony Music Associated Records.[7] Their single "Akatsuki" was first sold exclusively at that concert and the following day's, later being available as a digital download with all proceeds donated to aid the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8] Mucc's next single, "Nirvana", was released on March 7, 2012 and used as the opening theme song for the Inu x Boku SS anime.[9] It is their third contribution to an animated series; previously their song "Chain Ring" was used as the ending theme to the Zombie-Loan adaptation and their single "Yakusoku" was used as the opening theme to Night Raid 1931.

15th Anniversary[edit]

An album titled Aishū no Antique, composed of remastered songs mainly from their two EPs Antique and Aishū, was released at their 15th anniversary live, Mucc vs ムック vs Mucc, at Makuhari Messe on June 9, 2012. At the concert they announced a consecutive 3 month DVD release documenting the entire 15th anniversary live. They also announced the release of their eleventh studio album Shangri-La for November 30, 2012. The third single for the album, "Mother", was released on October 31 and was one of the ending themes for Naruto Shippuden, their fourth anime tie in. The album's song "Kyōran Kyoshō -21st Century Baby-" was the theme song for the horror movie Fuan no Tane.

In 2013, Mucc began looking for two new members who would participate in recording, photo shoots and interviews. Applicants had to send in five stickers included with CDs, DVDs and other goods, released in commemoration of the band's 15th anniversary along with an application; it was noted that they did not need to know how to play an instrument.[10] The winners were selected by Mucc's four primary members themselves and given stage names, after interviews and reviewing resumes on a live broadcast on Niconico on July 26. Hancho, a Hungarian female study abroad student from the band's native Ibaraki, and Dean, a male office worker from Chiba Prefecture officially joined the band on August 17.[11][12] However, on September 4, roughly two weeks later, it was announced that both had left the group. Dean left after his parents found out he had joined a rock band by seeing him on TV, and Hancho stated she had achieved her dream of joining Mucc and could now leave to become a fan once more.[13][14]

On December 1, 2013, Mucc gave a free performance in Amerikamura's Triangle Park to an estimated 3,000 fans.[15]

Members[edit]

Also in the supergroup Karasu (カラス?), that formed in 2009 with Hiroto (Alice Nine), Mizuki (Sadie), Dunch (Jealkb) and Kenzo (Ayabie).[16]
Also in the group GeKiGaKutai (激楽隊?), that formed in 2003 with Nezaki (La Vie En Rose), Tsuyoshi (Jully) and Yoshida (Three 9).[17]
Former members
  • Hiro – bass, backing vocals (1997–1999)

Discography[edit]

Mucc discography
Releases
Studio albums 12
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 6
EPs 2
Singles 31
Video albums 15

Studio albums[edit]

Album Japanese Release date
Tsūzetsu 痛絶 January 7, 2001
Hōmura Uta 葬ラ謳 September 6, 2002
Zekū 是空 September 3, 2003
Kuchiki no Tō 朽木の灯 September 1, 2004
Hōyoku 鵬翼 November 23, 2005
6 April 26, 2006
Gokusai 極彩 December 6, 2006
Shion 志恩 March 26, 2008
Kyūtai 球体 March 4, 2009
Karma カルマ October 6, 2010
Shangri-La シャングリラ November 28, 2012
The End of the World June 25, 2014

EPs[edit]

Album Japanese Release date
Antique アンティーク December 25, 1999
Aishū 哀愁 December 25, 2001

Live albums[edit]

Album Release date
Kuchiki no Tō Live at Roppongi January 26, 2005
Psychedelic Analysis March 28, 2007

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Release date
Cover Parade June 6, 2006
Best of Mucc June 6, 2007
Worst of Mucc June 6, 2007
Coupling Best August 12, 2009
Coupling Worst August 19, 2009
Aishū no Antique
哀愁のアンティーク
August 22, 2012

Singles[edit]

Date Title Album
2000 "Shōfu/Hai" Tsūzetsu
2001 "Aoban" No featured album
"Akaban" Hōmura Uta
2002 "Fu o Tataeru Uta"
"Suisō"
2003 "Ware, Arubeki Basho" Zekū
2004 "Rojiura Boku to Kimi e" Kuchiki no Tō
"Monokuro no Keshiki"
2005 "Kokoro no Nai Machi" Hōyoku
"Ame no Orchestra"
"Saishū Ressha"
2006 "Gerbera" Gokusai
"Ryūsei"
"Utagoe"
"Horizont"
2007 "Libra" Shion
"Flight"
"Fuzz"
2008 "Ageha" Kyūtai
2009 "Sora to Ito"
"Freesia" Karma
"Diorama" No featured album
2010 "Yakusoku" Karma
"Falling Down"
2011 "Akatsuki" No featured album
"Arcadia" (feat. Daishi Dance) Shangri-La
2012 "Nirvana"
"Mother"
2013 "Halo" The End of the World
"World's End"
2014 "Ender Ender"
"Yue ni, matenrou" No featured album

V/A Compilations[edit]

Album Release date
Hot Indies Best Selection Vol. 1 August 25, 1998
Non Standard File: @6Sight July 16, 2000
Shock Edge 2001 September 1, 2001
Boøwy Respect December 24, 2003
Rock Nippon Noriko Shoji Selection January 24, 2007
Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth- December 19, 2007
Cloverfield: Rob's Party Mix January 17, 2008
Detroit Metal City Tribute Album: Ikenie Metal Mix March 28, 2008
This is for You: The Yellow Monkey Tribute Album December 9, 2009
Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick- July 4, 2012

Videos[edit]

  • Nihon Rettō Konton Heisei Kokoro no Naka (日本列島混沌平成心ノ中?, December 10, 2003)
  • Mucc History DVD The Worst (ムックヒストリーDVD ザ・ワース?, December 22, 2004)
  • Tonan no Hōyoku (図南の鵬翼?, March 29, 2006)
  • World Tour Final Nippon Budokan 666 (ワールドツアーファイナル日本武道館「666」?, December 10, 2006)
  • Mucc -Live Chronicle- (MUCC 〜ライヴ クロニクル〜?, November 28, 2007)
  • Mucc -Live Chronicle 2- (MUCC 〜ライヴ クロニクル2〜?, December 24, 2008)
  • The Clips -Track of Six Nine- (August 5, 2009)
  • Mucc Live Chronicle 3 - "Kyūtai" in Nippon Budokan- (MUCC ライヴ クロニクル3〜 「球体」 in日本武道館〜?, December 23, 2009)
  • Mucc Live Chronicle 3 - "Kyūtai" in Nippon Budokan- Tsūjōban (MUCC ライヴ クロニクル3〜 「球体」 in日本武道館〜通常版?, March 10, 2010)
  • Winter Circuit 2010 @ NHK Hall (WINTER CIRCUIT 2010 @NHKホール?, February 14, 2011)
  • Mucc Chemical Parade (November 23, 2011)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Shisei (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「死生」?, August 22, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Misshitsu (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「密室」?, September 13, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Kodō (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「鼓動」?, October 3, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Kanzenban (-MUCC 15th Anniversary year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」完全盤?, February 14, 2013)
  • Mucc Tour 2012-2013 "Shangri-La" (October 2, 2013)

Demos[edit]

  • "No!?" (October 1997)
  • "Aika" (March 20, 1998)
  • "Tsubasa o Kudasai" (December 1, 1998)
  • "Shūka" (February 14, 1999)
  • "Aka" (July 24, 1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ J!-ENT Taste of Chaos J-Rock Interview May 6, 2008, by Wynne Ip, retrieved May 6, 2008
  2. ^ J!-ENT interviews MUCC Feb 9, 2009, by Wynne Ip, retrieved Feb 9, 2009
  3. ^ "MUCC WORLD CIRCUIT 2009 -Solid Sphere- Special Corner". MusicJapanPlus. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  4. ^ MUCC in South America 2009 -Solid Sphere- Tour Schedule Confirmed!
  5. ^ "Drawing a Sphere at the End of a Long Journey". MusicJapanPlus. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Episode 155:MUCC as a New Piece of Art for Valentine's Day". MusicJapanPlus. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  7. ^ "MUCC announces label change to Sony Music + "MUCC day" special event". Tokyohive. 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  8. ^ "MUCC's Charity Song on iTunes and More". JaME World. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  9. ^ "MUCC’s "Nirvana" becomes opening theme song for ‘Inu × Boku SS’". Tokyohive. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  10. ^ "MUCC, recruiting for new members? Big chance to 'become MUCC' by collecting 15 years anniversary sticker". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  11. ^ "MUCC, "The Right to Join MUCC": Two New Members & Release of New Song "HALO" on September 25". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  12. ^ "[Interview]MUCC's Six Members Gather For Their First Hilarious Interview! (1 of 2)". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  13. ^ "MUCC、新メンバーまさか(!?)の脱退、その真相に爆笑5". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  14. ^ "MUCCs new members already left the band!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  15. ^ "[EVENT REPORT]MUCC Performs for On-Street Free Live in Osaka, 3000 Fans Gather". barks.jp. 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  16. ^ "KARASU is "free"". Tokyohive. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  17. ^ "GeKiGaKutai". JaME World. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 

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