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Oreskaband in Austin, Texas, during SXSW Asia's JapanNite US tour.
|Also known as||Oreskaband|
|Genres||J-ska, ska punk, pop punk|
|Labels||Sony Music Japan|
Oreskaband (オレスカバンド Oresukabando, stylized as ORESKABAND) is an all-female ska band from Sakai, Japan. As well as performing regularly within Japan, they have toured in North and South America, as well as Europe.
The band name, "ore ska band," literally translates as "we're (a) ska band." While "ore" is normally considered a masculine pronoun and an informal way to say "I" in Japanese, and the suffix "-tachi" is added to personal nouns when emphasizing that they are plural, in this context the term "ore" means something more along the lines of "we fellows." The choice of "ore" is also one of gender play, as the band would typically appear wearing boys' school uniform in their early videos and concerts.
Oreskaband began in 2003 when the members were still in middle school. Ikasu saw Tae playing in a local band and asked her to form a new one with her and some of their other friends. They self-produced their first album, Penpal, in 2005 and were signed by Sony Music in 2006 while they were still in high school.
The band received media attention from their appearance in a commercial advertising the popular Japanese snack Pocky, as well as having their song Jitensha featured as the 13th Naruto: Shippuden anime ending theme. In July 2006, their major debut album Ore was released and a month later, they appeared at the Fuji Rock Festival attracting 1,000 attendees, a record for a new artist. In March 2007, the band members graduated from high school and toured in the United States appearing in Austin, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In April 2007, their song, Tsumasaki (爪先 Fingertips), was featured as the 11th ending for the anime Bleach. They played at Anime Expo in Long Beach, California in July 2007 and at the Vans Warped Tour in Marysville, California and Portland, Oregon. The band also played the entire 2008 Vans Warped Tour. The band was featured in executive producer Barry Rosenbush's film, Lock and Roll Forever, which was set for a 2008 release in Japan. Oreskaband also performed at the Otakon 2015 convention.
In 2016, long-time saxophonist Morico left the band to start a family, and the band released their third full-length album Slogan the same year, with new saxophonist ADD. In December 2018 it was announced that trumpeter Saki would be taking time off from Oreskaband to pursue a songwriting career; support member Hisae Ōtomari began playing trumpet with the band in live performances from January 2019 and in recording beginning the following month. At the band's Stay Irie, Go Rudy event in October 2019, they announced the new addition of keyboardist CC to their lineup.
- iCas - vocals and guitar (2003-)
- Tomi - bass (2003-)
- Hayami - trombone (2003-)
- Tae - drums (2003-)
- ADD - tenor saxophone (2016-)
- CC - keyboard (2019-)
- Saki - trumpet (2003-2018) Taking time off from the band as of the December 2018 to launch a career as an anime songwriter.
- Moriko - tenor saxophone and keyboard (2003-2016) Left band in January 2016 to start a family.
- Hisae - trumpet (2019-)
- Almond (アーモンド) (November 1, 2006)
- Wasuremono / Chuck (忘れもの / チャック) (March 7, 2007)
- Tsumasaki (爪先; Fingertips) (May 9, 2007)
- Jitensha (自転車; Bicycle) (April 27, 2010)
- NEXSPOT / ¡Fiebre! (March 9, 2016)
- Groovin' Work Stylee (November 3, 2017)
- Itokashi (イトオカシ) (October 10, 2018)
- Egao no Manma (笑顔のまんま) (April 17, 2019) (Begin cover)
Albums and EPs
- Penpal (ペンパル) (independent) (2005)
- Ore (俺) (July 19, 2006)
- WAO!! (May 23, 2007)
- What a Wonderful World Vol.1 (October 22, 2008)
- What a Wonderful World Vol.2 (April 15, 2009)
- Color (November 24, 2010)
- Hot Number (February 27, 2013)
- Best [2003-2014] (February 26, 2014)
- Carry On! (Independent) (September 10, 2014)
- Slogan (November 23, 2016)
- "About". ORESKABAND Official website (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-19.
- 8.1. Pronouns sf.airnet.ne.jp Retrieved on July 29, 2010
- J-Pop World interview
- "Osaka's all-girl Oreskaband picked for Hollywood movie set in Japan", Asahi Shimbun (IHT), May 2, 2007.
- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135938/ "Lock and Roll Forever, Internet Movie Database (iMDB), May 20, 2008.
- Slogan (booklet). OreSkaBand. Tokyo: Victor Music Arts, inc. 2016. VMAN015.CS1 maint: others (link)
- ORESKABAND (28 December 2018). "いつも応援してくださっている皆さまへ". ORESKABAND「ORE-BLOG」 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-19.
- ORESKABAND [@ORESKA_Official] (26 January 2019). "2019年が始まって1本目のライブで..." (Tweet) (in Japanese) – via Twitter.
- ORESKABAND [@ORESKA_Official] (27 October 2019). "そして、Stay Irie, Go Rudyの会場で発表しましたが新メンバー、CC" (Tweet) (in Japanese) – via Twitter.