Plastic Tree

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Plastic Tree
Origin Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Genres alternative rock, shoegaze, garage rock, noise rock, ambient rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Gio Records (1995–1997)
Warner Music Japan (1997–2001)
Entrance (1997–1998)
Sweet Heart Records (2001 and 2003)
Atmark Corporation (2002)
Universal Music Japan (2003–2004 and 2006–2010)
Sick Room Records (2003–2005)
J-Rock (2005)
Akatsuki label (2007–present)
Tokuma Japan Communications (2010-2012)
Flying Star (2012-)
Associated acts Tatsuya Nishiwaki (1998)
Shinobu Narita (1999-2002)
Seiji Kameda (2003-2004)
Masataka Kitaura (2007)
Masao Akashi (2007-current)
Members Ryutaro Arimura
Akira Nakayama
Tadashi Hasegawa
Kenken Sato
Past members Shin (Drums) (left 1996)
Takashi (Drums) (left 2001)
Hiroshi "Bucchi" Sasabuchi (Drums) (left 2009)

Plastic Tree is a Japanese visual kei alternative rock band, formed in December 1993 in Chiba Prefecture.[1] They released their first mini-album in December 1995, and in 1997, they released their first single on a major label.[2]

Biography[edit]

Plastic Tree, also known as PuraTuri (プラトゥリ?) or Pura (プラ?) to fans, was formed in December 1993 originally under the name of CAM-FLAGE. The band was renamed to NTT FUCKS then later decided on Plastic Tree, aiming for "something abstract and natural at the same time", as Ryutaro puts it. [3] [4]

In 1995, they released their first mini-album Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits after changing drummers twice.[5] Two years later, they released their first single, "Wareta Mado", with Warner Music Japan, their first release on a major label.[6]

Plastic Tree made their first overseas tour in 2006, named the Chandelier Tour, and performed concerts in France, Germany and Finland.[7]

On February 23, 2009, Hiroshi Sasabuchi announced his resignation as the band's drummer after having been with the band for seven years. On July 3, 2009, Kenken Sato was announced as the band's new drummer. Since forming, the band has had four drummers.

Sound and style[edit]

Early in their career, their music had heavy visual kei influences. As time went on, their sound seemed to change and evolve with every album. Plastic Tree combine alternative rock with art rock, electronic, and heavy metal. Their sound is a blend of raw melody, with the occasional orchestral backing track. However, the band does not think that they should be placed into any specific genre.[8] Plastic Tree claim that their sound has been considerably influenced by British bands such as Radiohead and The Cure.[8]

The most easily recognizable signature of Plastic Tree's music is the melodic, childlike voice of Ryūtarō Arimura. Their sound is also aided by Arimura's abstract lyrics. All four band members collaborate to write songs and lyrics, with Arimura writing most of the lyrics.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Arimura at an autograph session at Japan Expo 2007

Current members[edit]

Member Instrument
Ryūtarō Arimura (有村 竜太朗?) Vocals, backup guitar
Akira Nakayama (ナカヤマ アキラ?) Lead guitar
Tadashi Hasegawa (長谷川 正?) Bass guitar
Kenken Sato (佐藤 ケンケン?) Drums

Former members[edit]

Member Instrument Start year End year
Hiroshi Sasabuchi (ササブチ ヒロシ?) Drums 2001 2009
Takashi Ōshōdani (大正谷 隆?) Drums 1996 2001
Shin Drums 1993 1996

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits (December 11 1995)
  • Hide and Seek (October 10 1997)
  • Puppet Show (August 26 1998)
  • Parade (August 23 2000)
  • Cut: Early Songs Best Selection (March 27 2001)
  • Plastic Tree Single Collection (November 14 2001)
  • TRÄUMEREI (September 21 2002)
  • Best Album (Premium Best) (November 7 2002)
  • Shiro Chronicle (October 27 2003)
  • Cell (August 25 2004)
  • Shiro Ban (greatest hits) (October 26 2005)
  • Kuro Ban (greatest hits) (October 26 2005)
  • Chandelier (June 28 2006)
  • Nega to Poji (June 27 2007)
  • Plastic Tree (EP) (What is "Plastic Tree"?) (July 13 2007)
  • B-Men Gahou (September 5 2007)
  • Utsusemi (September 24 2008)
  • Gestalt Houkai (August 26 2009)
  • Dona Dona (December 23 2009)
  • All Time The Best (greatest hits) (July 7 2010)
  • Ammonite (April 6 2011)
  • Ink (December 12 2012)
  • Echo (March 5 2014)

Singles[edit]

  • リラの樹 "Rira no ki" (25 September 1996)
  • 割れた窓 "Wareta Mado" (25 June 1997)
  • 本当の嘘 "Hontō no Uso" (15 February 1998)
  • 絶望の丘 "Zetsubō no Oka" (25 June 1998)
  • トレモロ "Tremolo" (10 March 1999)
  • シンク "Sink" (25 August 1999)
  • ツメタイヒカリ "Tsumetai Hikari" (10 December 1999)
  • スライド "Slide" (19 April 2000)
  • ロケット "Rocket" (12 July 2000)
  • プラネタリウム "Planetarium" (7 January 2001)
  • 散りユク僕ラ "Chiriyuku Bokura" (14 September 2001)
  • 蒼い鳥 "Aoi Tori" (26 June 2002)
  • バカになったのに "Baka Ni Natta Noni" (21 May 2003)
  • もしもピアノが弾げたなら "Moshimo Piano ga Hiketanara" (25 March 2003)
  • 水色ガールフレンド "Mizuiro Girlfriend" (1 October 2003)
  • 雪蛍 "Yuki Hotaru" (12 January 2004)
  • 春咲 センチメンタル "Harusaki Sentimental" (10 March 2004)
  • メランコリック "Melancholic" (28 July 2004)
  • 讚美歌 "Sanbika" (11 May 2005)
  • 名前のない花 "Namae no Nai Hana" (12 October 2005)
  • ゴースト "Ghost" (16 November 2005)
  • 空中ブランコ "Kūchū Buranko" (14 December 2005)
  • ナミダ ドロップ "Namida Drop" (10 May 2006)
  • スピカ "Spica" (23 January 2007)
  • 真っ赤な糸 "Makka Na Ito" (16 May 2007)
  • アローンアゲイン、ワンダフルワールド "Alone Again, Wonderful World" (9 April 2008)
  • リプレイ/DOLLY "Replay/dolly" (13 August 2008)
  • 梟 "Fukurō" (10 June 2009)
  • サナトリウム "Sanatorium" (28 October 2009)
  • ムーンライト ――――。 "Moonlight-----" (28 July 2010)
  • Mirai iro|みらいいろ "Mirai Iro" (15 December 2010)
  • 静脈 "Joumyaku" (29 February 2012)
  • くちづけ "Kuchizuke" (20 June 2012)
  • シオン "Shion" (5 September 2012)
  • 瞳孔 "Doko" (4 September 2013)

DVDs[edit]

  • 二次元ヲゴール③ Nijigen Orgel 3 (22 December 2004)
  • 黒テント② Kuro Tent 2 (18 December 2002)
  • 黒テント Kuro Tent (21 March 2002)
  • 二次元ヲゴール② Nijigen Orgel 2 (22 November 2000)
  • 二次元ヲゴール Nijigen Orgel (28 July 2005)
  • 花燃えて、亡霊の涙、天幕に堕ちる。- hanamoete, bourei no namida, tenmaku ni ochiru Live & Clips 2005 (9 March 2006)
  • Zero 10th Anniversary Live at Budokan (8 September 2007)
  • Merry Go Around The World (24 December 2008)
  • Tent (Tento) Live performance at Budokan (30 August 2009)
  • メジャーデビュー十五周年"樹念"『Hide and Seek』-追懐公演-【Hide盤】 (20 March 2013)
  • 青の運命線 最終公演:テント③ 於 日本武道館(DVD版) (June 19, 2013)

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview With Plastic Tree". JaME (jame-world.com). Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Zy 38: Ryutaro Arimura (Interview)". JaME (jame-world.com). Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  3. ^ "History". Schwarzes Zelt. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Band Biography". SickRoom. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Plastic Tree". Kiraku.tv (kiraku.tv). Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Plastic Tree Discography". Warner Music Japan. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Plastic Tree World Tour". JaME (jame-world.com). Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Interview with Plastic Tree". JaME (jame-world.com). Retrieved 13 July 2008. 

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