Kyuso Nekokami

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Kyuso Nekokami
Native name キュウソネコカミ
Origin Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Genres Punk rock, comedy, post-hardcore
Years active 2009-present
Labels Exxentric Records, Getting Better
Website 02.mbsp.jp/kyuuso/
Members Seiya Yamasaki, Shinnosuke Yokota, Kazuma Okazawa, Takurō Kawakubo, Taisuke Sogō
Past members Hagane-maru

Kyuso Nekokami (キュウソネコカミ, Kyūso Nekokami, "Cornered Rat's Bite of a Cat") is a Japanese punk rock band that formed in 2009.

Biography[edit]

The band formed in December 2009, and was made up of students from Kwansei Gakuin University's music club in Nishinomiya. After finding it difficult to find full-time employment, the members decided to form the band.[1] For three of the members, this was the fourth time they had formed a band.[2] Seiya Yamasaki and Kazuma Okazawa were originally from a band called Self Borraginol (セルフボラギノール, Serufu Boraginōru), which formed at Kwansei Gakuin University and was active in 2008 and 2009.[3][4][5] Keyboardist Shinnosuke Yokota was originally from a band called Blank Map, and drummer Taisuke Sogō from a band called Bakajikara (バカ力).[3] The band took their name from an accessory from the game Final Fantasy X-2, Kyūso Nekokami (キューソネコカミ),[3] which was translated as "cat nip" in the English version of the game. The name is a reference to the Japanese proverb Kyūso neko o kamu (窮鼠 猫を噛む, "A cornered rat will bite a cat").

In 2010, the band started performing at live houses across the Kansai area. In March 2012, the band released their first album Jūdai de Dashitakatta, followed by Daiji na Oshirase in December.[1] The band entered the Rockin' On Japan web competition Ro69Jack 2011, and were one of 14 prize winning bands.[2]

The band's 2013 extended play We Are Indies Band!! was successful, debuting in the top 20 of Oricon's albums charts.[6] On April 1, 2014, it was announced that Kyuso Nekokami signed with major label Victor Entertainment, where they released Change the World in June.[1]

Members[edit]

  • Seiya Yamasaki (ヤマサキ セイヤ, Yamasaki Seiya) is the band's main vocalist and guitarist. His name in kanji is 山崎正也, and he is originally from Gobō, Wakayama.[4]
  • Shinnosuke Yokota (ヨコタ シンノスケ, Yokota Shinnosuke) is the band's keyboardist and occasional vocalist.
  • Kazuma Okazawa (オカザワ カズマ, Okazawa Kazuma) is the band's guitarist. His name in kanji is 岡澤和真, and he is originally from Nishiki-chō in Sasayama, Hyōgo.[4]
  • Takurō Kawakubo (カワクボ タクロウ, Kawakubo Takurō) is the band's bassist, who joined the band on November 25, 2011 after Hagane-maru left.[3]
  • Taisuke Sogō (ソゴウ タイスケ, Sogō Taisuke) is the band's drummer.

Former member[edit]

  • Hagane-maru (はがね丸) is the band's former bassist, who left on November 25, 2011 to be replaced by Takurō Kawakubo.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[7][A]
JPN
[6]
Jūdai de Dashitakatta (10代で出したかった, "We Wanted to Put Out Something in Our Teens") 194[B] 900
Daiji na Oshirase (大事なお知らせ, "Important Message")
  • Released: December 19, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Exxentric
  • Formats: CD, digital download
201 1,000
Jinsei wa Madamada Tsuzuku (人生はまだまだ続く, "Life Keeps Going On and On")
  • Released: October 21, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Getting Better
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
4 20,000

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[7]
JPN
[6]
We Are Indies Band!! (ウィーアーインディーズバンド!!, Uī Ā Indīzu Bando)
  • Released: October 16, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Exxentric
  • Formats: CD, digital download
19 16,000
Change the World (チェンジ ザ ワールド, Chenji za Wārudo)
  • Released: June 18, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Getting Better
  • Formats: CD, digital download
15 18,000
Happy Ponkotsu Land (ハッピーポンコツランド)
  • Released: January 14, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Getting Better
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 18,000

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[7] Album
JPN Oricon
[6]
JPN Hot 100
[8][C]
"Mega Shake It!" 2015 13 11 15,000 Jinsei wa Madamada Tsuzuku
"Happy Ponkotsu" (ハッピーポンコツ)

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN Hot 100
[8][C]
"Bibitta" (ビビった, "Froze") 2014 88 Change the World
"Galaxy" 2015 19 Happy Ponkotsu Land
"Naku na Oyaji" (泣くな親父, "Don't Cry, Old Man") 88 Jinsei wa Madamada Tsuzuku

Video albums[edit]

List of media, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
JPN DVD
[6]
DMCC: Real Oneman Tour
  • Released: July 19, 2013 (JPN)[13]
  • Label: Exxentric Records
  • Formats: DVD
DMCC-Real Oneman Tour: Doko Made mo Chokochoko Live in Studio Coast (ドコまでもチョコチョコ)
  • Released: March 25, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Getting Better
  • Formats: DVD
16

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest hundred copies.
  2. ^ Charted in 2014.
  3. ^ a b Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Bibitta",[9] "Galaxy",[10] "Mega Shake It",[11] "Naku na Oyaji".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c キュウソネコカミ プロフィール (in Japanese). Victor Entertainment. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b 入賞インタビュー (in Japanese). Rockin' On Japan. 2011. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Profile" (in Japanese). Kyuso Nekokami. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c プロフィールです。 (in Japanese). Self Borraginol. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ セルフボラギノールの・・・ (in Japanese). Self Borraginol. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "キュウソネコカミのリリース一覧" [List of Kyuso Nekokami's releases]. Oricon. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved May 25, 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  9. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). June 25, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). July 29, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ キュウソネコカミ、初のDVDリリース決定&ツアーの全ゲスト発表. Rockin' On Japan. March 7, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 

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