My First Story

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My First Story
マイファーストストーリ
Origin Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active 2011–present
Labels Intact Records
Website www.myfirststory.net
Members Hiroki "Hiro" Moriuchi
Nobuaki "Nob" Katou
Sho Tsuchiya - Inactive
Teruki "Teru" Nishizawa
Shouhei "Kid'z" Sasaki
Past members Masaki "Masack" Kojima

My First Story (stylized as MY FIRST STORY) is a Japanese rock band formed in 2011 in Shibuya, Tokyo. Their single "Fukyagaku Replace" (不可逆リプレイス, Fukagyaku Ripureisu) is used as the ending theme for the anime Nobunaga Concerto.[7]

History[edit]

2011–2012: Formation and Earlier Days[edit]

Having known Hiro through Pay Money to My Pain's vocalist K, producer Nori Outani suggested him to Sho in August 2011, when he was still mainly active in his previous band Fromus together with drummer Masack and bassist Nob. Only a little later, the newly founded formation decided to add another guitarist and Hiro remembered Teru who he had already tried to start a band with in their highschool days.[8][9] Their band name "My First Story" had been suggested by PTP vocalist K.

In October 2011, they appeared in a music event sponsored by Sanei Shobo Co., which publishes the street fashion magazine Book (Ohlie), and performed in public for the first time. In November 2011, they appeared in a music event sponsored by the street fashion brand Subciety (Sub-society).

On April 4, 2012, eight months after the formation, they released their first full album, self titled My First Story, that by 2013 had already sold 20,000 copies. This work was the first release from the record label Intact Records (established by Core Trust which operates Subciety).[10] The music video of the lead song "Second Limit" was directed by Maxilla, a video production team known for coldrain, Crossfaith, and SiM.[11] The band’s first independent show, “HIGHEST LIFE PARTY Vol. 1”, held in June sold out immediately. On August 19, 2012, they appeared at the Summer Sonic Festival.

2013–2015: Japan Tours and New Formation[edit]

On February 6, 2013, the second album The Story is My Life released. After the release, the band supported All Time Low on their Japan tour, followed by their own tour “The Story Is My Life”, which sold out at every venue. They appeared in several music festivals such as Punkspring, Rock in Japan Festival, Summer Sonic Festival, and many more.

The band joined Swanky Dank, Blue Encount and Air Swell, 3 other indie bands, to make a split album project, titled Boneds in the beginning of 2014. In conjunction with the album release, the 4 bands held a nationwide Boneds tour and an accompanying documentary & DVD of the tour released later that year in April.

On February 5, 2014, the first live DVD The End of the Beginning Tour Final Oneman Show at Ebisu Liquidroom released. In June, the band held a duo live with nano, “HIGHEST LIFE PARTY Vol. 4 & United We Rock On”, who collaborated with the band for her single “Savior of Song”.

On July 16, the second single “Black Rail” released.

On September 24, the third single "Fukyagaku Replace" (不可逆リプレイス, Fukagyaku Ripureisu) released. The song was used as the ending theme for the anime Nobunaga Concerto.

On October 29, 2014, the band's third album Kyogen Neurose (虚言Neurose) was released, including the song "Someday" that was written as a tribute song to K who passed away in December 2012. The album ranked number 14 on the Oricon charts.[12] The Itsuwari Neurose tour was held over 2 months, with the final at Shinkiba Studio Coast. Several shows had to be postponed due to vocalist Hiro and drummer Masack becoming sick with influenza.

In May through June of 2015, the band appeared on a tour with fellow Intact Records labelmates, titled “My First Story vs Another Story”.

On May 27, the second live DVD Itsuwari Neurose Tour Final at Shinkiba Studio Coast released.

On August 5, the fourth single “Alone” released. The single was made in collaboration with Project Hal and used in a TVCM for it.

In October 2015, guitarist and leader Sho announced he'd go on hiatus due to personal circumstances.[13] On December 2, Sho performed in his last oneman show before his hiatus. The live, “We Are Not Alone - Sho Time !!-”, was dedicated to him. During Sho's last performance with the band at Countdown Japan 15/16, vocalist Hiro started to cry as he informed the audience about it being their last 5-men-show before Sho would leave for his hiatus.[14] Despite his absence onstage with his band members, Sho remains present in My First Story's following albums, credited as composer or sound producer.

2016: Antithese and "We're Just Waiting 4 You"[edit]

In January 2016, the band members all deleted their public Twitter and Instagram accounts before launching their Official Member's Club "Storyteller"[15] on January 8. As of now, none of the members have reactivated their social media accounts.

On March 3, 2016, the drummer Masack announced withdrawal.[16] Kid'z (ex.Shohei) of the band Loth who broke up in November 2015, joined as a new drummer after he had already been friends with Hiro and Teru. After Sho's suspension of activity and Masack's withdrawal, the first live performance with that new band constellation, "HIGHEST LIFE PARTY Vol. 5" was held at Shibuya O-East on March 10, 2016. There the band announced they would conduct their 47 prefecture one-man tour "We're Just Waiting 4 You Tour 2016" and release their 4th full-length album in summer 2016.[17]

On May 4, 2016, they appeared on Japan Jam Beach 2016.

On June 29, 2016, their fourth album Antithese was released, reaching number 4 on the Oricon charts which was the band's highest spot on Oricon for an album so far. From June to October 2016 they toured all 47 prefectures of Japan for their "We're Just Waiting 4 You" Tour, and held their tour final at Nippon Budokan on November 18, 2016, accompanied by the release of the limited single "We're Just Waiting 4 You" that was sold at the venue only. The single included the two songs "We're Just Waiting 4 You", written for Sho who had announced his hiatus in 2015, and "Take My Hand".[18] At Budokan, the band performed a setlist consisting of 28 songs in total, including every song from their latest album Antithese, as well as the newly released single "We're Just Waiting 4 You" that they played together with Sho who joined them onstage for encore. Before finishing off their setlist, Hiro announced the last song, "Home", would be performed at Budokan that night for the first and last time.

2017–present: All Lead/Secret Tracks and "MMA"[edit]

The We're Just Waiting 4 You Tour 2016 Final at Budokan DVD was released on April 12, 2017 and reached number 4 on the Oricon charts.

In February, the first documentary movie My First Story Documentary Film -全心- screened nationwide through TOHO cinemas.

On June 12, 2017, they announced their "MMA" Tour 2017. The tour covered 17 shows from September to November 2017 and would have its final one man show "The Premium Symphony" at Makuhari Messe on December 23, 2017. The band never clarified what MMA stood for. The tour sold out.

On June 21, 2017, My First Story released their Documentary Film ―全心― (Zenshin) that tells the story of the band from the creation up until Budokan, looking at the evolution and hardships they faced while following them for their "We're Just Waiting 4 You Tour 2016".

On July 19, 2017, the band released their fifth album, All Lead Tracks that came in 4 different versions: Regular version with 5 tracks, limited version with a bonus track featuring UK from MOROHA, an Amazon version that came with an illustration of vocalist Hiro, and the Storyteller version that included a DVD. The album's track "Let It Die" was used for the soundtrack of the eponymous PS4 game Let It Die,[19] "Reviver" was part of the soundtrack for the Hortensia Saga: Ao no Kishidan, "Though being the happiest person in this world is something I may not be able to do..." (この世界で一番の幸せ者にはする事など出来ないかもしれないけど..., kono sekai de ichiban no shiawase-sha ni suru koto nado dekinai kamoshirenai kedo...) served as theme song for the Japanese TV-show Buzz Rhythm, "Smash Out!!" was used for Shinjuku Swan II and "The Storyteller" was chosen as the theme song for the band's documentary film ―全心― (Zenshin).

In the same year, on December 12, the band released their sixth album entitled All Secret Tracks. The album contains 6 tracks including the cover of "See You Again" and the song "Overcoming the Night Without You" (君のいない夜を越えて, Kimi No Inai Yoru O Koete) which will be the theme song of Ochanomizu Rock.[20] Fans guessed that while All Lead Tracks was named after the fact that every track was used for another project, All Secret Tracks may have received its name because there had been no release announcements on the part of staff and band, and the CD itself did not come with any song lyrics either.

On December 23, 2017, My First Story held their "MMA" Tour Final "The Premium Symphony" at Makuhari Messe in front of 18,000 people and performed 23 or their songs together with a live orchestra and choir. Another limited single, “Merry Christmas” was released that day and sold at the venue only. Apart from the title song "Merry Christmas", the CD also included an acoustic version of "Fukagyaku Replace".

On January 25, 2018, the band announced a new CD titled The Premium Symphony. It will contain eight previously released songs, rearranged with a full orchestra. The CD released March 28, 2018.

On March 16, the band was announced to open for Fall Out Boy’s MANIA Tour in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo on April 26.[21]

On March 23, the DVD of "MMA" TOUR 2017 Final One Man Show "The Premium Symphony" was announced to release on May 23. In addition to the regular DVD, a special VR set was sold through WIZY and includes original My First Story VR goggles plus 3 songs specially recorded for VR viewing.[22] Another special that came with "The Premium Symphony" was a second DVD including bassist Nob's one man show ~This is Truly Alone~ (〜これがホントのALONEや〜, ~Kore ga honto no ALONE ya~) that was held on March 7th 2018 at Tsutaya O-East, Tokyo. The limited bundle was only available for pre-order until April 15th.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Hiroki "Hiro" Moriuchi (森内 寛樹, Moriuchi Hiroki)lead vocals (2011–present)
  • Nobuaki "Nob" Katou (加藤 伸明, Katō Nobuaki)bass guitar (2011–present)
  • Teruki "Teru" Nishizawa (西澤 照貴, Nishizawa Teruki)guitar (2011–present)
  • Shouhei "Kid'z" Sasaki (佐々木 翔平, Sasaki Shōhei)drums (2016–present)
Inactive
Former member
  • Masaki "Masack" Kojima (Kojima Masaki)drums (2011–2016)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon charts[23]
Weekly
2012 My First Story
  • Released: April 4, 2012[24]
26
2013 The Story Is My Life
  • Released: February 6, 2013[25]
15
2014 Kyogen Neurose (Neurose)
  • Released: October 29, 2014[26]
14
2016 Antithese
  • Released: June 29, 2016[27]
14
2017 All Lead Tracks
  • Released: July 19, 2017
6
All Secret Tracks
  • Released: December 13, 2017[28]
22
2018 The Premium Symphony
  • Released: March 28, 2018
24

Singles[edit]

Year Title Oricon Weekly
charts[29]
Billboard
Japan Hot 100
2013 "Saishūkai STORY"
(最終回STORY, The Last Round Story)
  • Released: July 3, 2013[30]
12[31] 51[32]
2014 "Black Rail"
  • Released: July 16, 2014[33]
13[34]
"Fukyagaku Replace"
(不可逆リプレイス, Irreversible Replacement)
  • Released: September 24, 2014
15[35] 47[36]
2015 "Alone"
  • Released: August 5, 2015
15[37] 32[38]
2016 "We're Just Waiting 4 You"
  • Limited single available only at We're Just Waiting 4 You Tour 2016 Final at Budokan venue
  • Released: November 18, 2016[39]
2017 "Merry Christmas"
  • Limited single available only at MMA Tour Final at Makuhari Messe venue
  • Released: December 23, 2017[40]
2018 "Accident"
  • Released: July 11, 2018

DVDs[edit]

Year Title Oricon chart[41]
2014 The Ending of the Beginning Tour Final one man show at Ebisu Liquidroom
  • Released: February 5, 2014
7
Boneds Tour Movie
  • Released: May 21, 2014
24
2015 Itsuwari Neurose Tour Final at Shinkiba Studio Coast
  • Released: May 27, 2015
6
2017 We're Just Waiting 4 You Tour 2016 Final at Budokan
  • Released: April 12, 2017
4
虚言NOBROSE Special

(Kyogen NOBROSE Special)

  • Released: April 12, 2017
10
My First Story Documentary Film ―全心―

(My First Story Documentary Film -Zenshin-)

  • Released: June 21, 2017
23
2018 “MMA” TOUR 2017 FINAL ONE MAN SHOW ”THE PREMIUM SYMPHONY”
  • Released: May 23, 2018
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Covers[edit]

Year Song Original Artist Performer Released on
2014 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor Swift MY FIRST STORY 不可逆リプレイス (Fukyagaku Replace) single
2017 "See You Again" Wiz Khalifa
(featuring Charlie Puth)
Hiro
  • JMSTV1 Official YouTube channel
  • All Secret Tracks album

Songs appearances[edit]

Year Song Appearance
2014 "Fukyagaku Replace" The ending theme for the anime Nobunaga Concerto.[7]
2015 "Alone" HAL (Japan Vocational School) commercial song.[42]
2017 "Smash Out!!" Shinjuku Swan II movie.[43]
"Reviver"
"この世界で一番の幸せ者にはする事など出来ないかもしれないけど…"

(I may not be able to do the best happiest person in this world, but ...)

Japanese TV series Buzzurism ending theme in July 2017
"Let It Die" Let It Die PS4 game song.[45]

Music videos[edit]

Official music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
2012 "Second Limit" Maxilla
"Take it Back!!" Kimura Kazuaki
2013 "The Story Is My Life" Maxilla
"The Reason" Unknown
"Saishūkai Story"

(最終回Story The Last Round Story)

Maxilla
2014 "Fake" Kanaria
"Black Rail"
"Fukyagaku Replace"

(不可逆リプレイス Fukyagaku Ripureisu)

"Kyogen Neurose"

(虚言Neurose)

"Someday"
2015 "Child-error"
"Shissō Flame"

(失踪Flame Disappearance Flame)

Unknown
"Alone" Kei Ikeda
2016 "Missing You"
"Last Call" Unknown
2017 "Reviver"
"Let It Die"
2018 "Accident (Trailer)"

Featured music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Artist Notes
2013 "Savior of Song"
(featuring My First Story)
Rock on.[46] nano Used as opening theme song of anime series Arpeggio of Blue Steel.
2014 "Sink Like a Stone"
(featuring Hiro)
Circles[47][48] Swanky Dank

Awards and nominations[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards Japan
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 My First Story Next Break Artist[49] Nominated

Tours and Festivals[edit]

Japan Tours[edit]

  • "THE STORY IS MY LIFE" Tour (2013)
  • "BONEDS" Tour (2014)
  • "Itsuwari Neurose " Tour (2015)
  • "We're Just Waiting 4 You" Tour (2016)
  • Storyteller Tour 2017
  • "MMA" Tour (2017)
  • "S・S・S" Tour (2018)

Support[edit]

Festival Performances[edit]

  • Summer Sonic (2012)[51]
  • Punkspring (2013)[52]
  • Rock in Japan Festival (2013)
  • Summer Sonic (2013)[53]
  • Rock in Japan Festival (2014)[54]
  • Summer Sonic (2015)
  • Countdown Japan 15/16 (2015)
  • Rock in Japan Festival (2016)
  • Countdown Japan 16/17 (2016)
  • LET IT FES (2017)
  • NIIGATA RAINBOW ROCK (2017)
  • A.V.E.S.T Project Vol.10 (2017)
  • METROCK (2017)
  • JOIN ALIVE (2017)
  • Number Shot (2017)
  • Rock in Japan Festival (2017)
  • MONSTER baSH (2017)
  • RUSH BALL (2017)
  • a-nation (2017)
  • TREASURE05X (2017)
  • FM802 RADIO CRAZY (2017)
  • Countdown Japan 17/18 (2017)
  • METROCK (2018)
  • Summer Sonic (2018)

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