Shishamo (band)

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Shishamo
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Performing at the Tokyo Summer Sonic Festival in 2015
Background information
Origin Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 2010–present
Labels Good Creators Records
Website shishamo.biz
Members Asako Miyazaki, Misaki Yoshikawa, Aya Matsuoka
Past members Aya Matsumoto

Shishamo (stylised as SHISHAMO) is a Japanese band. Formed in 2010 while at high school in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, the band began releasing music in 2012.

Biography[edit]

The band formed in early 2010, after the original three members attended the light music club during their first year of high school at Kawasaki City High School for Science and Technology.[1] Asako Miyazaki and Aya Matsumoto had been childhood friends, but Misaki Yoshikawa met the others for the first time at high school.[1] The band named themselves after shishamo, a type of small fish commonly eaten in Japan, however they originally spelled their name in kanji, 柳葉魚.[2]

In 2011 they started writing original music.[1] In May, the band competed at the Teens Rock in Hitachinaka music contest, where they won the grand prize and the best vocalist award.[1][2][3] After this, the band decided to spell their band name "SHISHAMO" in Latin script.[2] The band made released their debut CD in October with "Shukudai ga Owaranai", a single exclusively sold at Tower Records. At the same time, the band members became radio personalities for All Night Nippon R.[1] In January 2013, they released Sotsugyō Seisaku, a compilation of their songs recorded while at high school, and toured Japan in March.[2]

In Spring 2013, after graduating high school, the band members began devoting their time fully to the band, releasing their debut album Shishamo in November.[2] On December 6, 2013, the band held their first solo concert at the Shibuya WWW in Tokyo.[3] After performing their second national tour "Kanojo ga Dekita Bandman ni Koi Suru Kyūjitsu" in May, the band performed at nine summer festivals across Japan, and released the single "Kimi to NatsuFes".[2]

On September 11, 2014, the band announced that Aya Matsumoto was leaving Shishamo, due to a promise to herself made in high school to leave the band when she turned 20. She was replaced by bassist Aya Matsuoka, and the band released the single "Ryōsangata Kareshi".[4]

Members[edit]

  • Asako Miyazaki (宮崎朝子, Miyazaki Asako) is the band's vocalist and guitarist, as well as the primary songwriter.[1]
  • Misaki Yoshikawa (吉川美冴貴, Yoshikawa Misaki) is the band's drummer and considered the band leader by the members.[1]
  • Aya Matsuoka (松岡彩, Matsuoka Aya) is the band's bassist. Originally from Osaka, she joined the band on September 11, 2014, replacing original member Aya Matsumoto.[1]

Former members[edit]

  • Aya Matsumoto (松本彩, Matsumoto Aya) was a founding member of the band, and the band's former bassist. After declaring that she would leave the band when she turned 20, she left the band on September 11, 2014.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[5][A]
JPN
[6]
Sotsugyō Seisaku (卒業制作, "Graduation Project")
  • Released: January 23, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
94 2,000
Shishamo
  • Released: November 13, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators
  • Formats: CD, digital download
34 5,000
Shishamo 2
  • Released: March 4, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 10,000
Shishamo 3
  • Released: March 2, 2016 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 10,000
Shishamo 4
  • Released: February 22, 2017 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8
Shishamo 5
  • Released: June 20, 2018 (JPN)
  • Label: Good Creators
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[5] Single Album
JPN Oricon
[6]
JPN Hot 100
[7][B]
"Shukudai ga Owaranai" (宿題が終わらない, "The Homework Doesn't End") 2012 Sotsugyō Seisaku
"Kimi to NatsuFes" (君と夏フェス, "Summer Music Festival with You") 2014 21 16 5,000 Shishamo 2
"Ryōsangata Kareshi" (量産型彼氏, "Mass Produced Boyfriend") 26 39 4,000
"Nettaiya" (熱帯夜, "Tropical Night") 38 42 4,000 Shishamo 3
"Kimi to Gerende" (君とゲレンデ, "You and the Ski Slope) 2015 30 48 4,000
"Natsu no Koibito" (夏の恋人, "Summer Lover") 2016 23 46 5,000 Shishamo 4
"BYE BYE" (バイバイ, BYE BYE) 2017 22 71 5,000 Shishamo 5
"Hora, Waratteru" (ほら、笑ってる, "Come on, Smile") 27 84 4,000
"Mizuiro no Hibi" (水色の日々, "Light blue days") 2018 26 15

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[7][B]
"Boku ni Kanojo ga Dekita n da" (僕に彼女ができたんだ, "What That Girl Did to Me") 2013 47 Shishamo
"Boku, Jitsu wa" (僕、実は, "Actually, I") 2015 Shishamo 2
"Nakaniwa no Shōjo-tachi" (中庭の少女たち, "Girls in the Courtyard") 2016 [C] Shishamo 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest thousand copies.
  2. ^ a b Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Boku ni Kanojo ga Dekita n da",[8] "Kimi to NatsuFes",[9] "Ryōsan-gata Kareshi",[10] "Nettaiya",[11] "Kimi to Gelände"[12]
  3. ^ Charted at number 49 on the Radio Songs sub-chart.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ryosuke Suzuki (October 14, 2012). 川崎のトンカツ屋から、全国へ?女子高生バンドデビュー (in Japanese). Beeast. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Biography" (in Japanese). Shishamo. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Tomonori Mori (December 8, 2013). "話題の3ピースロックバンド"SHISHAMO"、本格始動!" (in Japanese). EMTG. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "SHISHAMO、松本彩脱退&新体制で新曲発表" (in Japanese). Natalie. September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "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 September 26, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b "SHISHAMOのリリース一覧" [List of Shishamo's releases]. Oricon. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). November 13, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). July 9, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Radio Songs". Billboard (in Japanese). March 9, 2016. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 

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