Suchmos

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Suchmos
Origin Kanagawa, Japan
Genres
Years active 2013–present
Labels Space Shower Music (2015–2017)
F.C.L.S. (2017–present)
Website suchmos.com
Members Yonce (Vocals)
Taiking (Guitar)
Hsu (Bass)
OK (Drums)
Kcee (DJ)
Taihei (Keyboards)
Past members Ayustat (Guitar)

Suchmos is a Japanese rock group formed in 2013. Suchmos was inspired by black music such as rock, jazz, and hip-hop. The band’s name, Suchmos, is adapted from a jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s nickname, “Satchmo”.[1][2]

History[edit]

2013: Formation and earlier days[edit]

Yonce, Taiking, Hsu, OK, Kcee, and Taihei were playmates. OK and Kcee are brothers. OK, Taiking, and Hsu are childhood friends from elementary school. Kcee and Yonce are acquaintances from high school days; Taihei is Hsu's junior at college. They gathered at OK's and Kcee's house at night and watching YouTube, singing, dancing, and playing.

In January 2013, OK formed Suchmos with Yonce, Hsu, Ayustat, and a support member, Taihei. Kcee accompanied the band as a video group.[3] The band's name, Suchmos, comes from a jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s nickname, “Satchmo”. The first live appearance was decided prior to deciding the band's name. While Yonce was suffering at the rehearsal studio of Tokyo University at that time, pictures of Armstrong flowed to the monitor there. Hsu who was studying jazz music saw it and said that Louis Armstrong is "Satchmo". They liked the sound and adopted it as the band's name.[4]

2014–2016: The Bay[edit]

On April 8, 2015, Space Shower Music released the band's debut EP Essence.[5] From this work, the music video of "Fallin" which directed by Kcee was released.[6] In the same year, the guitarist Ayustat left the band,[7] then Kcee and Taiking joined as new members.[8] Taihei who was a support member became an official member.

On July 8, 2015, the band's first studio album The Bay was released. It peaked at 26th on the Oricon weekly chart[9] and 16th on Billboard Japan Top Albums.[10] The lead single "YMM" from the album peaked at 44th on Billboard Japan Hot 100 and 2nd on J-Wave Tokio Hot 100.[11] In December 2015, they won Best New Artist for the annual feature project "Apple Music Best of 2015".[12] On December 12, 2015, their first independent event "Suchmos the Blow Your Mind vol.1" was held at Roppongi Super Deluxe.[13] It is a voluntary event which was held regularly by inviting artists respected by Suchmos. Sol & Pimp Sessions appeared as the first guest.

On January 17, 2016, they released the second EP Love&Vice.[14] It reached Top 15th on the Oricon chart,[15] and peaked at 1st on the iTunes General Album chart. The EP's lead song "Stay Tune" won the first place at J-Wave Tokio Hot 100.[16] In September 2016, it was used as a commercial song of Honda Motor's compact SUV "Vezel".[17] On the Billboard Japan Hot 100, it reached the top ten rankings, played the first major music chart top 10 through albums and singles.[18]

From April 2 to April 23, 2016, their first nationwide live tour Tour Love&Vice was held. On July 6, 2016, they released the third EP Mint Condition.[19] The music video of lead song "Mint" (directed by maxilla) was produced collaborating with Levi's and won The Best New Artist Video of the 15th MTV Video Music Awards Japan.[20] The song "Mint" peaked at 16th on Billboard Japan Hot 100.[21]

From October 16 to October 29, 2016, the band's first one-man tour Tour Mint Condition was held. An additional performance entitled Tour Mint Condition Extra Show was held on November 11, 2016.[22]

2017–present: The Kids[edit]

On January 25, 2017, Suchmos released their second studio album The Kids. On Billboard Japan Top Albums Sales chart, it peaked at the second place.[23] Through a single album, they reached the first Oricon chart Top 3 entry.[24]

In March 2017, they participated in Petroz's tribute album Where, Who, What Is Petrolz? and covered "Rain".[25]

Musical style[edit]

Suchmos' music includes elements such as rock, soul, jazz, hip-hop and so on. Former editor-in-chief of Tower Record's free paper "bounce", Daisaku Nishio points out that Suchmos's music has a great influence from black music such as 1970's soul and funk, acid jazz, and 1990's R&B. They are digesting the influences from various genres of jazz, alternative rock, hip-hop, neo soul, and the current Western music scene.[26]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Yonce (Kasai Yosuke, born August 28, 1991) — vocals (2013–present)
  • Taiking (Totsuka Taiki, born May 1990) — guitar[27] (2015–present)
  • Hsu (Kosugi Hayata, born 1989) — bass (2013–present)
  • OK (Ohara Kento, Kcee's brother, born August 27, 1990) — drums, DJ (2013–present)
  • Kcee (Ohara Kaiki, born September 18, 1992) — DJ[27] (2015–present)
  • Taihei (Sakurauchi Taihei, born July 1992) — keyboards (2013–present)
Former members
  • Ayustat — guitar (2013–2015)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak charts Sales[28]
Oricon[29] Billboard Japan Top Album
2015 The Bay 26 16[10]
  • JPN: 76,126
2017 The Kids 2 1[30]
  • JPN: 157,211
2018 The Ashtray
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: June 20, 2018
  • Label: F.C.L.S.
2

EPs[edit]

Year Title Peak charts
Oricon[31] Billboard Japan Top Album
2014 Essence 84
2016 Love&Vice
  • Released: January 27, 2015
  • Label: Space Shower Music
15[15]
Mint Condition
  • Released: July 6, 2016
  • Label: Space Shower Music
14

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Suchmos Apple Music Best of 2015 — Best New Artist [32] Won
2016 The Bay CD Shop Awards — 関東ブロック賞 (Kanto Block Prize)[33] Won
Mint MTV Video Music Awards Japan — Best New Artist Video [20] Won
2017 Suchmos Space Shower Music AWARDS — Best Breakthrough Artist [34] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.suchmos.com/biography/
  2. ^ Yompool, Warut (2015-08-21). "Suchmos "The Bay"". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  3. ^ http://flying-postman.com/kansai/musics/7480.html
  4. ^ http://www.j-wave.co.jp/blog/news/2016/04/suchmos.html
  5. ^ http://www.cinra.net/news/20150225-suchmos
  6. ^ http://diggity-jp.net/news/16132/
  7. ^ http://ototoy.jp/feature/20160127
  8. ^ https://www.musicman-net.com/artist/47191.html
  9. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/644776/products/1131378/1/
  10. ^ a b http://www.billboard-japan.com/chart_insight/detail?kind=albums&date=2016-08-01&main=90533#graph_sort=sales&rank_or_point=rank&show_week=150
  11. ^ https://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokiohot100/cgi-bin/top100.cgi
  12. ^ http://www.musicman-net.com/business/52510.html
  13. ^ https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000119641
  14. ^ http://diggity-jp.net/news/26562/
  15. ^ a b http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/644776/products/1157466/1/
  16. ^ http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokiohot100/cgi-bin/top100.cgi
  17. ^ http://spaceshowermusic.com/news/61020/
  18. ^ http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=hot100&year=2017&month=01&day=16
  19. ^ https://qetic.jp/music/suchmos-160423/188365/
  20. ^ a b http://spaceshowermusic.com/news/61787/
  21. ^ http://www.billboard-japan.com/chart_insight/detail?kind=h100&date=2016-07-25&main=101381#graph_sort=chartin&rank_or_point=rank&show_week=30
  22. ^ http://skream.jp/news/2016/08/suchmos_extra-show.php
  23. ^ http://www.billboard-japan.com/d_news/detail/46900/2
  24. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2085237/full/
  25. ^ http://natalie.mu/music/news/220495
  26. ^ http://jbpress.ismedia.jp/articles/-/49047?page=2
  27. ^ a b "Suchmosに新メンバー2人加入&7月に初のフルアルバム - 音楽ナタリー". Natalie.mu. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  28. ^ オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」 -CD・ブルーレイ・DVD・書籍・コミック-. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 7, 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  29. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/644776/rank/album/
  30. ^ http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=top_albums&year=2017&month=02&day=13
  31. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/644776/rank/single/
  32. ^ http://spaceshowermusic.com/news/48158/
  33. ^ http://www.skream.jp/news/2016/03/cd-shop-2016_result.php
  34. ^ https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000139278

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