May 11, 2007 at 5:34 pm | Posted in Artist, ELLEGARDEN | 3 Comments


ELLEGARDEN is a popular j-rock/j-punk band formed in 1998 in Chiba, Japan, under Dynamord label. One of the band’s uniqueness was, most of their songs are sang in English.

The band members consisted of Takeshi Hosomi (Vocal & Guitar), Shinichi Ubukata (Guitar & Chorus), Yuichi Takada (Bass & Chrous) and Hirotaka Takahashi (Drums & Chorus). Takeshi Hosomi, the vocalist, English fluency is above most average Japanese. It is said that he gained this ability while he studied Computer Engineering in US.

Their music style has been compared to many famous artists such as Sum 41, Blink 182 and Good Charlotte. But to compare them with a j-rock band then I would say, LAST ALLIANCE, but in a more rockish (and here I am inventing a new vocabulary LOL) way.

Another point that is worthing noting is, ELLEGARDEN releases an album and a single each year!

Their latest album, ELEVEN FIRE CRACKERS, ranked #1 on Oricon albums chart. The band’s first ever #1 released and not to mention that it is also the #39 album of the year.

The latest single, Salamander, although not ELLEGARDEN’s best selling single so far, did no less. Salamander broke the record for the indies single with the most copies sold in a week. At the same time, it was the #65 single of the year.

In my opinion, ELLEGARDEN is probably one of the best j-rock band in Japan XD

Besides, I’m so wanna be like you Hosomi-san! I have plans to study for my master degree in Computer Engineering in US too. Once I’m graduate I’m gonna form my own band LOL! But first I have to learn how to sing, play guitar and also find a way to get there D:

ELLEGARDEN – Salamander

Wikipedia – Ellegarden
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ELLEGARDEN Official Site


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