Sumika (band)

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Sumika (band)
Also known assumika [camp session]
OriginKawasaki, Kanagawa
GenresRock
Years active2013–present
LabelsMuffin Discs (2014–2017)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2018–present)
Websitewww.sumika-official.com
Members
  • Kenta Kataoka
  • Junnosuke Kuroda
  • Tomoyuki Arai
  • Takayuki Ogawa

Sumika (stylized as sumika) is a Japanese rock band from Kawasaki, Kanagawa which is affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The band formed as an indie rock band in 2013, before being signed to a major label in 2018. The band is also known as Sumika [camp session] during live performances, which are known for including performances by non-musicians such as filmmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, architects, potters, and poets.[1] The band's music has also been featured in the anime series Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and the anime film I Want to Eat Your Pancreas.

History[edit]

Sumika was formed in Kawasaki, Kanagawa in May 2013.[2] The group's name is derived from the Japanese word sumika (すみか, residence), and refers to the desire of its members to consider the band as their "house" or their "room".[3] The original members were Kenta Kataoka, Junnosuke Kuroda, and Tomoyuki Arai.[3] Takayuki Ogawa, who had previously performed with the group as a guest member, joined the group full-time in 2015.[4]

Sumika debuted in 2013 with the release of their first mini-album Shinsekai Orichalcum (新世界オリハルコン) in October of that year.[5] Their second mini-album I Co Y was released in November 2014 and peaked at number 59 on the Oricon weekly charts.[6] Their third mini-album Vital Apartment was released in June 2015 and peaked at number 32 on the Oricon weekly charts.[7] In 2016, they released the single "Lovers/Dengon Uta" (Lovers/「伝言歌」), the mini-album Answer Parade (アンサーパレード), and the extended play "Sally".[8][9][10] In 2017, they released their first full-length album Familia, which peaked at number 5 on the Oricon weekly charts and charted for 41 weeks.[11]

Sumika became affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2018.[12] That same year, they released the extended play "Fiction"; the title track was used as the opening theme to the anime television series Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku.[13] This was followed by the release of the single "Fanfare/Shunkashuutou" (ファンファーレ / 春夏秋冬) in August;[14] The release's two songs were used in the anime film I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, and the band's members also made voice acting appearances in the film.[15]

Members[edit]

  • Kenta Kataoka (片岡 健太, Kataoka Kenta) — lead vocals, guitarist[2]
  • Junnosuke Kuroda (黒田 隼之介, Kurosa Junnosuke) — guitarist, chorus vocals[2]
  • Tomoyuki Arai (荒井 智之, Arai Tomoyuki) — drummer[2]
  • Takayuki Ogawa (小川 貴之, Ogawa Takayuki) — keyboardist, chorus vocals[2]

Discography[edit]

Independent releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Peak Oricon position[16]
"Dress farm #1"
  • Release date: June 6, 2014[17]
"Dress farm #2"
  • Release date: June 27, 2014[18]
"Lovers/Dengon Uta" (Lovers/「伝言歌)
  • Release date: March 19, 2016[8]
15
"Sally e.p."
  • Release date: December 7, 2016[10]
12
"Dress farm #3"
  • Release date: May 18, 2017[19]

Albums[edit]

Title Peak Oricon position[20]
Shinsekai Orichalcum (新世界オリハルコン)
  • Release date: October 16, 2013[5]
I co Y
  • Release date: November 12, 2014[6]
59
Vital Apartment
  • Release date: June 10, 2015[7]
32
Answer Parade (アンサーパレード)
  • Release date: May 25, 2016[9]
12
Familia
  • Release date: July 12, 2017[11]
5

Major releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Peak Oricon position[16]
"Fiction"
  • Release date: April 25, 2018[13]
3
"Fanfare/Shunkashuutou" (ファンファーレ / 春夏秋冬)
  • Release date: August 29, 2018[21]
4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "sumika | プロフィール" (in Japanese). HMV Japan. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "BIOGRAPHY". Sumika official website (in Japanese). Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "【HMVインタビュー】sumika 初全国流通作品「I co Y」リリース!" (in Japanese). HMV Japan. November 10, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "sumika、新メンバーの加入を発表&4月に自主企画開催決定" (in Japanese). Rockin'on.com. February 12, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "1st Mini Album「新世界オリハルコン」特設サイト" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "I co Y" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Vital Apartment" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Lovers/「伝言歌」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "アンサーパレード" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "SALLY e.p." (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Familia" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "ソニーミュージックのイチオシ新人アーティストが一堂に会するコンベンションイベント、DATSら9組が出演" (in Japanese). Musicman-net. October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Fiction e.p." Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "ファンファーレ/春夏秋冬(初回生産限定盤)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film Casts sumika Band Members". Anime News Network. August 22, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "sumikaのシングル作品" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Dress farm #1". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dress farm #2". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dress Farm #3" (in Japanese). Diffusy. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "sumikaのアルバム作品". Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "ファンファーレ/春夏秋冬" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2018.

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