ONE OK ROCK

biography - 11.18.2013 10:07

ONE OK ROCK is one of Japan's fastest rising rock acts. With heartfelt songs ranging from emo to punk to rap-rock, they have attracted an impressive following both in their home country and overseas.

ONE OK ROCK was formed in the summer of 2005 by guitarist Toru, who then recruited friend and bassist Ryota and fellow high schoolmate and guitarist Alex. Vocalist Taka joined the band shortly after. They then began playing concerts around Tokyo. The band gained popularity at an impressive rate and, that December, one of their lives even sold out.

Their first mini-album, ONE OK ROCK, was released in July 2006. They released a second mini-album in December, and more than 500 people attended their first one-man live at Shinjuku LOFT, an impressive number for such a young band.

In March 2007, after almost two years as their support drummer, Tomoya finally joined the band as an official member. With this line-up on April 25th, ONE OK ROCK released their first single, Naihi Shinsho. This single earned them exposure on national radio, which won them many new fans and a major record deal with A-sketch under AMUSE Inc. Their long-awaited second single Yume Yume was released on July 25th. The following month, their first nationwide tour began.

In April 2009, the band went through its first major crisis. Guitarist Alex was arrested for touching the leg of a 21 year-old woman inappropriately on a train in Kawasaki. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, a single scheduled to be released that May was cancelled indefinitely along with the opportunity for their song to become the theme for the series “God Hand Teru” and a tour that was scheduled to start that April.

A month later, ONE OK ROCK announced on their website that in order for the band to stay alive, it would be best for Alex to leave. Since then, they have continued on as a four-piece. For the remainder of the year, they scheduled another tour to run from September through November. Their fourth single was released on February 3, 2010 and went on to hit the ninth spot on the Oricon weekly charts. 2010 also saw the band perform for the first time at the legendary Nippon Budoukan.

In 2011, the band released an album called Zankyo Reference, which would go on to hit the number two spot on the Oricon charts that year. Riding on this wave of success, they embarked on a nationwide tour, which wrapped up with them performing to 24,000 fans at two back-to-back sold out shows at Yokohama Arena.

In May 2012, ONE OK ROCK’s albums were made available for purchase on iTunes in 51 countries, making them more accessible to international fans. Furthermore, with the DVD/Blu-ray release of their Yokohama Arena live, the band performed across Asia on their “Start Walking the World” tour until the end of June. In addition to their seventh single, The Beginning, which was released in August and used as the theme song for the live action movie, “Rurouni Kenshin,” ONE OK ROCK's song the same as…, was also used as the theme for the December movie “GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!”

A young and ambitious band that has already attracted an impressive following, be sure to keep your eye on ONE OK ROCK in the future.
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