Ling Tosite Sigure

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Ling Tosite Sigure
Ling tosite Sigure.jpg
Ling Tosite Sigure in 2013.
Background information
Origin Saitama, Japan
Genres Post-hardcore, indie rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, shoegazing, math rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels Sony, JPU Records
Website sigure.jp
Members Tōru Kitajima
Miyoko Nakamura
Pierre Nakano

Ling Tosite Sigure (Japanese: 凛として時雨 Hepburn: Rin Toshite Shigure?, lit. "Cold Seasonal Rain") is a Japanese rock trio, formed in 2002 in Saitama. The band's style resembles post-hardcore and progressive rock, often incorporating rapid changes of tempo and mood framed in complex guitar melodies and technical drumming. They utilize both male and female vocals ranging from soft singing to loud wails and screams.

Biography[edit]

Formed 2002 in Saitama, Ling Tosite Sigure released several demos before starting their own label, Nakano Records, and releasing their debut album #4. Their second album Inspiration is DEAD was released in 2007 following an EP the previous year, giving the band increased popularity and exposure throughout Japan. They appeared in the Countdown music festival in 2007 and continued to tour on a regular basis.

In April 2008, the band released the single "Telecastic fake show", which charted in the Oricon Top 20. In July they participated in the Fuji Rock Festival and in August the Rising Sun Rock Festival. In December 2008, Ling Tosite Sigure released the single "moment A rhythm", after signing to major label Sony Music. The single included an art book consisting of Kitajima's photography.

Their third album, just A moment, was released on May 15, 2009, from which "JPOP Xfile" was featured on Space Shower TV. In August they performed at the Summer Sonic Festival and toured throughout Japan. In 2010, the band performed a massive nationwide tour, "I Was Music", culminating at the high-profile Saitama Super Arena venue in the band's home city. In May, they traveled to England and played their first international shows in London and Brighton before returning to the studio to record new material.

The band released their fourth album still a Sigure virgin? on September 22, 2010. They went on their "Virgin Killer" tour from late October to early December. The first music video from the album, "I Was Music", aired on September 14. In 2011, the band continued to tour as TK released a film and photo book and Nakano released an instructional drum DVD.

On June 27, 2012, TK released a solo album entitled Flowering under the name "TK from Ling tosite sigure".

The band's 5th studio album i'mperfect was released on April 10, 2013. The band signed to specialized European record label JPU Records in June 2013 and released I'mperfect all across Europe.

On August 27, 2014, TK released a second solo album titled Fantastic Magic under the name "TK from Ling tosite sigure".

On 14 January 2015, the band released their first compilation album, titled Best of Tornado.

A mini album titled 'es or s' was released on September 2, 2015.

Members[edit]

  • Tōru "TK" Kitajima (北嶋徹) – guitar, vocals
  • Miyoko "345" Nakamura (中村美代子) – bass, vocals
  • Masatoshi "Pierre" Nakano (ピエール中野) – drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[1]
Reported
sales
[2]
2005 #4 145 9,000
2007 Inspiration is DEAD
  • Released: August 22, 2007
  • Label: Nakano (ANTX-1009)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
39 28,000
2009 just A moment
  • Released: May 13, 2009
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2014)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 44,000
2010 still a Sigure virgin?
  • Released: September 22, 2010
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2174)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 45,000
2013 i'mperfect
  • Released: April 10, 2013
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2526)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 30,000

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[1]
Reported
sales
[2]
2015 Best of Tornado
  • Released: January 14, 2015
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2947)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 -

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[1]
Reported
sales
[2]
2006 Feeling your UFO
  • Released: July 19, 2006
  • Label: Nakano (ANTX-1002)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
192 2,100
2015 es or s
  • Released: September 2, 2015
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2947)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- -

Singles[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[2]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[1]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[3]
2008 "Telecastic fake show" 17 80 21,000 just A moment
"moment A rhythm" One track CD+photo booklet 15 13,000
2012 "abnormalize" OP for the anime series Psycho-Pass 8 13 33,000 i'mperfect
2014 "Enigmatic Feeling" OP for the anime series Psycho-Pass 2 8 5 12,000
2015 "Who What Who What" OP for the anime film Psycho-Pass: The Movie

Singles by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure are featured in the popular anime television series Tokyo Ghoul. The anime series (season 1) aired on Tokyo MX between July and September 2014. The opening theme song is "unravel". "Unravel" and "Fu re te Fu re ru" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure are the most recognized.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "アーティスト: 凛として時雨". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-26.  (subscription only)
  3. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 

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