A review of Buck-Tick 2 : Can't Stop the Phenomenon is now up at NGS! Please comment or I'll regret having spent so much time writing the damn thing. Oh yeah and for the record, it's not perfect, but I'll be going to see this one again, too, before it leaves the theater. Not perfect doesn't mean, not a lot of fun.
1) Yagami Toll will be playing an "Its a Now +1" birthday tour of Osaka and Tokyo, around, but not on, his birthday. The rest of Buck-Tick will not be joining him onstage. He will instead be joined by the members of the New Blue Sky. No word on other bands yet. So tell me, can you dig a hole?
2) A live DVD of the Cosmic Dreamer Fish Tanker's Only 2013 show held at Tokyo Dome City Hall on March 2nd will be released on October 18th. The limited edition will include a special slipcase printed with your name and fish tank ID number, two live CDs, and a photobook with pictures taken by the Hubble telescope, in addition to the actual DVD. The limited edition can be preordered up until August 9th. This DVD is only available for purchase to members of the fan club. Note: this live DVD contains the first-ever public footage of Buck-Tick playing "My Baby Japanese" live.
3) A Tour in Question will be coming to the Noble Northerners of the Fallout Zones this December, hitting Sendai, Miyagi; Morioka, Iwate; and Kooriyama, Fukushima, before finally arriving at the Nippon Budoukan on December 29th. Radioactivity is in the air for you and me. Note: it's highly unlikely that a day spent at a Buck-Tick concert in Fukushima will shorten your lifespan by a statistically significant amount. The tickets for this tour are not yet onsale so you have a while to decide.
In case you're deep in a period of unbearable Buck-Tick withdrawal and just can't take it, I give you, the best Buck-Tick copyband YouTube channel of all time (these guys ought to pay me for giving them this promotion.) Of course it's nowhere near as good as the real thing, but you know...you could think of it as a sort of blow-up doll.
We are pleased to announce that our review of Buck-Tick: The First Movie is now up over on Not Greatest Site! We hope you'll applaud our industriousness at making it happen so fast! Please leave your comments here.
For those of you who are in Japan, a few notes on the logistics of the movie-going:
1) Not to encourage the consumption of alcohol by fans or anything, but there's a bar at the movie theater.
2) The movie times are displayed on the web pages of the individual movie theaters. Each movie is only running for two weeks, so take care you don't miss them! The second movie opens this coming Saturday.
3) If you bought advance tickets, either through Pia or Fish Tank, you need to physically go to the movie theater in advance of the movie and exchange them for a same-day ticket with a seat reservation for a specific time. I have a feeling the theaters won't be so full during the weekdays, in the mornings, especially, but for weekend showings, if you don't go at least a day in advance, I think you're going to run the risk of either having to sit way down front or not getting a seat at all.
4) The schedule for Buck-Tick 2: Can't Stop the Phenomenon has not been announced yet. Buck-Tick: The First Movie is showing in theater 9 at Shinjuku Wald9 all week at 11AM and 6:30PM. We saw it in theater 6. Get it guys?
5) Not to encourage the fans to consume alcohol, but there's a bar at the theater that serves green cream soda chu-hi. (Actually not really. But they do have all kinds of other boozes. In their pain boozy style. Not to encourage fans to go to pot boozy night. But, y'know.)
Tickets to Buck-Tick: The Movie were delivered to our door yesterday...and look what a surprise they came with! A free pair of stickers modeled after the ones that Buck-Tick's management used to deface all of Harajuku during the promotional campaign for the original BUCK-TICK PHENOMENON concerts, back before BT had ever made their major debut! (This story is featured in Love Me, if you're curious, read it here.)
Incidentally, these are the same stickers on which we modeled the banner for Blog-Tick.
It appears that Mr. Sakurai's hair has grown approximately four centimeters since March.
An impressive growth rate, but the man's been demonstrating his remarkable follicular velocity on a constant basis ever since he first grew hair.
Too bad the hair on his face doesn't grow at that speed, but that's another matter entirely.
The point I'm trying to make here is: Acchan-chan is 4cm longer in hair.
As I'm well aware that the relationship between the exact number of centimeters of hair on Acchan's head (call that x) is directly proportional to the quantitative measure of starry-eyed hysterical fangirl adoration for him at a given time (call that y), and the relationship between the two is best modeled by the linear function y=x, I felt that this news merited a post of its own.
Blog-Tick estimates Acchan's current hair length at about 20cm, with a 10% margin of error.
Given the above information, tell me how much you love him now.
Exrtra credit. Tell me how Blog-Tick readers misread one of the above sentences as containing the word "4chan."
For those of you who didn't know, the premiers for BUCK-TICK: THE MOVIE and BUCK-TICK: THE OTHER MOVIE were held back-to-back in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture on June 1st, that is to say, last Saturday. For those of you who didn't know, Fujioka is Buck-Tick's home town. The director of the movie showed up to make a speech, as did the Mayor of Fujioka. I hope this gives you some idea about how much goes on in Fujioka on a daily basis. According to a friend of Blog-Tick who attended the screening, both the mayor's speech and the director's speech were boring and went on too long.
From left to right: Imai "WTFOMG" Hisashi, Toll "Swank" Yagami, Higuchi "Sweet Valley Junior High" Higuchi, The Mayor of Fujioka, The Director of BUCK-TICK: THE MOVIE, Sakurai "Glazed as a Donut" Atsushi, and Hidehiko "Buttoned Up" Hoshino.
But see, at the end of the movie, when the credits were all done with, the Buck-Tick members themselves came out for an interview. Apparently, Mr. Sakurai reached sketchily inside his jacket and pretended to pull a Revolver (get it??) on the audience, just like James Bond or something, but maybe that was just the picture. Disney afficiandoes note that Imai's t-shirt appears to picture Mickey Mouse. Extra ten points for those fantastic furry leopard print boots. Hidehiko, please unbutton that shirt and show us some curly black chest hair already.
In the words of our on-the-ground-correspondent: "Buck-Tick were supposedly having a small party after that, but I had so much beer I thought I might pass out, so I went home."
Why wasn't Cayce at this screening, you ask? Because, just between you and me, we had a tip-off that the mayor's speech was going to be hella boring and we decided to skip it. That, and it's a three hour train ride from Tokyo to Fujioka, folks. It is with extreme excitement that we prepare to give you a review of the movie, once we actually view it with our own eyes, so stay tuned. Next time you want to send us to a faraway place, send us donations first. Coming soon.
PS. Do any of you think Yutaka is way too close to that Mayor?
One-of-a-kind rock band Buck-Tick got their start in the mid 1980's as an iconic product of Japan's "band boom." Maintaining the same lineup of members for the entirety of their 30-year career, Buck-Tick have had an enormous influence on the subsequent development of Japanese rock and rock-n-roll culture.
In 1989, the band scored their first chart-topping hit with their third album, Taboo. Just two years after their debut, they joined the ranks of Japan's top artists, playing to sold-out crowds at the Nippon Budoukan and the Tokyo Dome.
Never content to rest on their laurels, the band followed their initial success by deepening their pop sensibilities with a darker worldview, and expanding into more experimental territory, taking chances on radical new performance styles and technology in a process of continuing evolution.
In 2012, the band established their own new label, Lingua Sounda, in conjunction with their 25th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, the band held a festival on September 22nd and 23rd entitled "Buck-Tick Fest 2012 on Parade" in Chiba Port Park at an outdoor venue designed specially for the occasion. In addition to two hour-long headlining performances by Buck-Tick, the festival also featured a complete roster of artists who contributed tracks to Buck-Tick's second tribute cover album, Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick.
In 2013, a double-feature documentary film about the 25th anniversary, The Buck-Tick Phenomenon, was released in cinemas throughout Japan to great acclaim.
In 2016, the band returned to their original label, Victor Entertainment, after 20 years of work with other labels. New World, the band's first single since rejoining Victor, was released on September 21st, followed by a new album, Atom Miraiha No. 9 on September 28th.
In 2017, Buck-Tick celebrated their 30th anniversary, and were awarded the Inspiration Award Japan, a special prize given to music artists who have had an outsize influence on the development of pop music in Japan. The band accepted their award on September 27th at MTV Japan's live music video awards show Video Music Awards Japan 2017 -The Live-,” where they also gave a special live performance.
On September 20th, the band released a 30th anniversary best album entitled Catalogue 1987-2016. Following this, on September 23rd and 24th, the band performed a pair of concerts, Buck-Tick 2017 The Parade -30th Anniversary, "Fly Side" and "High Side," at Tokyo's Odaiba Special Outdoor Event Area J, attracting a crowd of more than 20,000 people over two days. Then on November 15th, the band released its first 30th anniversary single, Babel.
Before releasing Babel, the band embarked on an 18-stop national tour, The Day in Question 2017, opening at Omiya Sonic City on October 21st and featuring a stadium performance at Takasaki Arena in their home prefecture of Gunma, before concluding with a pair of finale concerts at the Nippon Budoukan on December 28th and 29th.
In 2018, the band released another single, Moon Tell Me Goodbye, on February 21st, followed by a new album, No. 0, on March 14th. The band are currently in the middle of a new tour, Buck-Tick 2018 Tour No. 0, to promote the new album.
One-of-a-kind rock band Buck-Tick got their start in the mid 1980's as an iconic product of Japan's "band boom." All hailing from the small rural town of Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, the five band members met while still in high school, bonding over a mutual love of records during informal gatherings at the home of band founder, lead guitarist and main songwriter, Hisashi Imai. Though the band's original lineup featured a different vocalist and Atsushi Sakurai on drums, after graduating high school and moving to Tokyo to pursue their dream of becoming professional musicians, the band soon switched Sakurai to vocals, and bassist Yutaka Higuchi recruited his older brother Toll Yagami to play drums instead. The band have maintained the same five members since that time.
After being signed to the indie label Taiyo Records, the band rocketed to stardom, making their major label debut on Victor Entertainment within a year, and taking the Japanese music scene by storm with their infectious punk melodies, spiky bleached hair, bold costumes, and theatrical stage shows. Within two years, they topped the charts with their third album, Taboo. Recorded in London, Taboo marked a turning point for the band, from a teenage pop sensation into something darker. Buck-Tick continued into darker territory with their next album, Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil), named for the poetry of Charles Baudelaire.
Never content to rest on their laurels, Buck-Tick followed their initial runaway success with a push into more experimental territory, spending many more hours in the studio to create ever deeper, more layered records. Koroshi no Shirabe -This is NOT Greatest Hits- (The Song of Murder), a self-cover album featuring heavily reworked versions of the band's earlier material, was followed by another album, Kurutta Taiyou (Crazy Sun), now regarded as a classic of Japanese rock and roll. From this album forward, vocalist Sakurai took a greater role in the band's creative output, penning darker, more introspective lyrics based on personal experience rather than the romantic fantasies of the band's previous works. While lead guitarist Imai remained the band's main composer and creative director, rhythm guitarist Hidehiko Hoshino also began to contribute more to the songwriting, cementing the band's mature sound.
Over the next two decades, Buck-Tick continued to evolve, exploring a diversity of genres ranging from new wave to industrial, shoegaze, punk, electronica, dreampop, surf rock, rap, Latin dance, goth, and symphonic metal. Drawing on both Western and Eastern influences, the band developed a unique style instantly recognizable despite their continuous genre-hopping. Layers of minimalist riffs, melodies, and electronic tracks synergize into an immersive, kaleidoscopic sonic experience far more than the sum of its parts. Tied together with the tight grooves of the Higuchi brothers' bass and drums and the bold simplicity of Hoshino's rhythm guitar, Buck-Tick's songs feature Imai's instantly memorable guitar licks like a second vocalist, even as Imai often adds eccentric backing vocals to Sakurai's rich baritone lead vocals. Cosmic themes of love and death abound in the piquant, poetic lyrics, which traverse as many genres as the music, overflowing with inspiration from art, literature, and philosophy.
The result is something utterly original, which continues to exert a tremendous influence on the progress of Japanese rock music to this day. Maintaining a large and wildly devoted cult following, the band continue to perform for sold-out crowds at Japan's most well-respected music venues, and are regularly cited as an influence by younger Japanese artists. A number of Buck-Tick's songs were also used as themes for popular anime series, expanding the band's fame internationally among fans of Japanese pop culture in dozens of countries around the world.
The band's recent achievements include establishment of their own new record label, Lingua Sounda, in 2012, and a 25th anniversary festival held in September 2012 at a special outdoor venue in Chiba Port Park, featuring an all-star roster of artists who contributed tracks to Buck-Tick's second tribute cover album, Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick-. In 2013, a double-feature documentary film, The Buck-Tick Phenomenon, was released to great acclaim in theaters across Japan.
In 2016, Buck-Tick returned to their original label, Victor Entertainment, after 20 years of separation, releasing a single, New World, followed by Atom Miraiha No. 9, their first new studio album since 2014.
In September 2017, the band cemented their legacy as Japanese rock legends by celebrating their 30th anniversary with a two-day outdoor concert series, Buck-Tick 2017 The Parade -30th Anniversary, "Fly Side" and "High Side," held on Tokyo's Odaiba Island before a crowd of more than 20,000 people. The next week, the band took to the stage again at MTV Japan's Video Music Japan awards to accept the Inspiration Award Japan, a special prize given to music artists who have had an outsize influence on the development of pop music in Japan.
In October 2017, the band embarked on a national tour, The Day in Question 2017, performing a selection of hits from their back catalog to celebrate their anniversary, and featuring a stadium performance at Takasaki Arena, near the band's home town.
Entering their 31st year of major label activities, the band show no sign of slowing down. Two new singles, Babel and Moon Sayonara wo Oshiete (Moon Tell Me Goodbye), preceded the band's 21st studio album, No. 0, and the band are currently in the middle of a new tour, Buck-Tick 2018 Tour No. 0, to promote the new album.