Gacharic Spin

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Gacharic Spin
Gacharic Spin at J-pop Summit 2015 14.jpg
Gacharic Spin at the 2015 J-Pop Summit
Background information
Also known asMetallic Spin
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresRock
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsJuicy Girls/Universal Music, Victor Entertainment
Associated actsDoll$Boxx, Eu Phoria
Websitegacharicspin.com
MembersF Chopper Koga
Hana
Tomo-zo
Oreo Reona
Mai
Past membersEita
Armmy
Arisa
Nenne

Gacharic Spin is an all-female Japanese rock band formed in 2009.[1] Currently composed of four instrumentalists and one performer, almost all the members have performed lead vocals, although drummer Hana and keyboardist Oreo Reona are the main singers.

Gacharic Spin have performed live at Anime Matsuri in Texas, at Japan Expo in France, and had a concert in South Korea, they also performed at Tekko in Pittsburgh.[2] Together with vocalist Fuki from Light Bringer, all four instrumentalists from Gacharic Spin are also in the band Doll$Boxx which formed in 2012.[3] The four also have an alter ego band called Metallic Spin where they cover classic heavy metal songs, currently with Saber Tiger vocalist Takenori Shimoyama.

Career[edit]

Gacharic Spin was formed in 2009 by former high school classmates, bassist F Chopper Koga (Michiko Koga) and drummer Hana (Hana Sano).[4] Koga was previously in a band called The Pink Panda but was unhappy, to the point of wanting to quit music. Friends persuaded her to start her own band, and she decided she would but only if her best friend Hana agreed to join her, which Hana did.[5] After open auditions, they recruited vocalist Armmy (Takae Ashitomi) and guitarist Eita (Stylized as EITA) and opened their website on June 10. However, Eita left after a November 28, 2009 concert and was replaced by former Eu Phoria member Tomo-zo (Tomoko Midorikawa).

Less than a year after forming, Gacharic Spin made their national television debut in July 2010 performing "Lock On!!" on NHK General TV's Music Japan.[6] The members have also served as backing band to Nanase Aikawa, as motion capture models for the 2011 video game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend, and coached members of AKB48 for their 2012 music video "Give Me Five!".[6]

Armmy left the band on March 14, 2012 due to an undisclosed illness and was idle for almost two years before resurfacing in 2014 with a new band, TakaEita, which she formed with Eita.[7]

During that early 2012 tour, keyboardist Oreo Reona (Reona Suzuki) was added as a support member. She had previously been a member of Eu-Phoria with Tomo-zo. Reona would become a permanent member providing keyboards and vocals just ten days later.[8] Although they began to look for a new vocalist, they had a French tour confirmed and were not satisfied with the women who auditioned, and since Hana and Reona had previously been singers, they decided to share the job.[9]

In 2013, Gacharic Spin recruited dancers Mai and Arisa into the band. The reasoning was because their main vocalists were stuck behind a drum kit and keyboards, they wanted someone able to move freely and stir up the audience. Mai was initially added alone but Arisa quickly followed. [10]

Gacharic Spin signed to major label Victor Entertainment in 2014, releasing the compilation album Gachatto Best 2010-2014. In 2015, they played at the J-Pop Summit in San Francisco.[11] Their 2015 single "Don't Let Me Down" was used as the final ending theme song of Dragon Ball Kai.[12]

Performer Arisa decided to leave the band in July 2015 because she was entering her senior year of high school and wanted to focus on her studies. Mai's sixteen-year-old high school classmate and fan of the band, Nenne, was recruited in her place.[9][13]

Ashitomi passed away on October 15, 2015. No cause of death was disclosed. Koga mentioned her passing on her blog, expressing regret that issues between Ashitomi and the band were never settled.[14]

In September 2016, the band released Kakujitsu Hendo, shortened to "Kakuhen." In August 2017, Nenne announced that she had to leave the band due to hearing damage and the chance she could lose her hearing if she continued to be exposed to loud noise like a concert.[15] Her symptoms included a frequent ringing in the ears and a plugged up feeling but that she would recover.

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Eita – guitar (2009)
  • Armmy – vocals (2009–2012) Died October 15, 2015.[7]
  • Arisa (ありさ) – performer, vocals[9] (2013–2015)
  • Nenne (ねんね) – performer, vocals, keyboards[16] (2015–2017)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon
[17]
Delicious
  • Released: March 6, 2013 (2013-03-06)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: CD
78
Winner
  • Released: April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: CD
40
Music Battler
  • Released: September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
21
Kakujitsu Hendo -Kakuhen- (確実変動 -KAKUHEN-)
  • Released: September 7, 2016 (2016-09-07)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
13
G-litter
  • Released: April 11, 2018 (2018-04-11)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
21

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon
[17]
Gachatto Best 2010–2014 (ガチャっとBEST<2010 - 2014>)
  • Released: October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
20

Mini albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon
[17]
Virgin-A
  • Released: May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: CD
172
"Go Luck!"
  • Released: November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
-

Singles[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon
[17][18]
"Lock On!!"
  • Released: March 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)
  • Label: Juicy Girls Records
  • Formats: CD
-
"Hunting Summer" (ハンティングサマー)
  • Released: June 2, 2010 (2010-06-02)
  • Label: Juicy Girls Records
  • Formats: CD
-
"Yukinaku ~Setsunaku~ Melody" (雪泣く〜setsunaku〜メロディー)
  • Released: September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)
  • Label: Juicy Girls Records
  • Formats: CD
-
"Nudie Rhythm" (ヌーディリズム)
  • Released: June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: CD
56
"Boku Dake no Cinderella" (僕だけのシンデレラ)
  • Released: March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats:
45
"Sekira Liar/Tokenai Candy" (赤裸ライアー/溶けないCANDY) with Gacha Gacha Dancers
  • Released: February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
32
"Don't Let Me Down"
  • Released: June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
34
"Shaki Shaki Shiite!!/Arubusu no Shōjo" (シャキシャキして!!/アルブスの少女)
  • Released: June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
17
"Generation Gap" (ジェネーレションギャップ)
  • Released: September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
36

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon
[17]
Gacharic Spin Live & Lesson
  • Released: April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)
  • Label: Athos International
  • Formats: DVD
-
Gacharic Spin 1st Anniversary Live –Shogeki! Shogeki? Show Geki ~ Kanzenban (Gacharic Spin 1st Anniversary LIVE〜衝撃!笑撃?SHOW劇〜完全版)
  • Released: April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: DVD
175
Delicious Live DVD
  • Released: October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)
  • Label: Juicy Girls Records
  • Formats: DVD
146
Delicious Tour DVD Limited Edition -Kanōnakagiri Tsumekomimashita- (Delicious Tour DVD 限定盤〜可能な限り詰め込みました〜)
  • Released: November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)
  • Label: Juicy Girls Records
  • Formats: DVD
32
Gachallenge Final!! 2014 -Odaiba Kesshou Sen- (ガチャレンジFINAL!! 2014〜お台場決勝戦〜)
  • Released: March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: DVD/Blu-ray
95/82
Sekira Liar Tour Final -Shibuya Public Hall- (赤裸ライアーTOUR FINAL!!!〜渋谷公会堂〜)
  • Released: December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: DVD
42
What! Seventh Anniversary!!!!!!! Tour Final (な・な・なんと7周年!!!!!!! TOUR FINAL)
  • Released: February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: DVD
13
Tour Tomaranai 2018 Final - Yoiko (415) wa Mane Shinaidene (TOUR 止まらない 2018 FINAL ~良い子(415)は真似しないでネ~)
  • Released: August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: DVD
14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Female JRock band Gacharic Spin returns to America for 'Tekko 2014'". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 27, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Gacharic Spin performs new songs "Winner" and "Beauty and the Beast" at Tekko 2014". J-Rock 24/7. April 14, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "実力派ギャルバンDOLL$BOXX、1stアルバムでPV大量制作". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "メン募の件について☆". ameblo.jp. March 11, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. ^ http://blindmouse.tumblr.com/post/99634184186/doll-boxx-gacharic-spin-primer
  6. ^ a b "Japanese Pop/Rock Band Gacharic Spin Comes to U.S. for Special Concert". Anime News Network. July 28, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
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  8. ^ "朗報". ameblo.jp. March 25, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
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  10. ^ a b "Interview with Gacharic Spin". Jame-World. June 19, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Gacharic Spin To Perform At The 2015 J-Pop Summit". July 28, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Girl Band Gacharic Spin to Perform New Dragon Ball Z Kai Ending". Anime News Network. March 10, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "An Interview with Japanese Pop Rock Group Gacharic Spin at the J-Pop Summit". Nihongogo. September 4, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  14. ^ https://ameblo.jp/f-c-k/entry-12084997927.html
  15. ^ http://gacharicspin.com/_src/5379/img20170731171912283576.jpg
  16. ^ a b c "Gacharic Spin's F Chopper KOGA – Interview (2017)". JRock247.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Gacharic Spin Oricon chart". oricon.jp (in Japanese).
  18. ^ "Gacharic Spin/Gacha Gacha Dancers Oricon Chart" (in Japanese).

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