Sunday, October 5, 2008

Alice Nine.

... also known as A9 :)



Woot! It's already 4 years! :)

Members Line Up : -

Vocalist ... Shou 将
Guitarist ... Hiroto ヒロト
Drummer ...
Nao ナオ
Bassist ... Saga 沙我
Guitarist ... Tora 虎

credits to :
alice nine. is a visual rock band with a sound that easily covers multiple genres. From hard-hitting, edgy rock songs to sentimental pop-influenced ballads, alice nine.'s style is one that is constantly evolving. The band formed in 2004 and got off to a quick start as both the first and second presses of their debut single quickly sold out. Over the years, this five member group has shown no sign of slowing down.
Author : Sarah & Chantel (2008-07-06)
Formed in April of 2004, alice nine. retains today their original line-up: Shou (ex Givuss) on vocals, Tora (ex Givuss) and Hiroto (ex BAQUEPIA) on guitar, Saga (ex Visage) on bass and Nao (ex Fatima) on drums. Shortly after forming, the band held their first live at the Ikebukuro Cyber and continued to perform, including their June participation in "Ps Company presents: Tribal Arivall Vol.81".The next month, they released their first maxi-single Namae wa madanai, which was limited to 1000 copies and sold out during its pre-order period. They released a second press of Namae wa madanai in August, this one limited to 3000 copies, which also sold out. During this time, they went on a short two-man tour with fellow indie band Ayabie, with the final tour performance at Shibuya O-East selling out.In September, this young band joined the label PS Company (home to such groups such as The GazettE, Kagrra,, and miyavi) and released their first mini-album shortly afterwards. Like alice nine.'s previous releases, this one was also limited and did well, coming in third on the Oricon Indies chart. They also went on a second two-man tour, this time with the group Karen and it was much larger than their first with Ayabie; this tour took them all across the country with about a dozen shows. They continued to perform for the rest of the year, ending their first year together at an event at the Holiday Shinjuku.alice nine. kicked 2005 off by holding their first one-man live at Liquid Room-Ebisu. They participated in a number of other events throughout February and March, including a live on Valentine's Day at Electric Land Lady. In the next three months, they released three more singles and then the band spent April by playing as label-mate Kagrra,'s opening band during their 2005 tour. In June, they held another two-man tour with Ayabie, this one much more extensive than their previous tour together, taking both bands across Japan.When July rolled around, alice nine. had just finished up their tour with Ayabie when they hopped right back into the tour busses to participate in "Ps Company presents: Tribal Arivall Tour 2005" with Kra and bis, both also PS Company artists at that time. The band also released their second mini-album, ALICE IN WONDEЯLAND, on July 27th to the delight of their fans. After that exhaustive summer, the band seemed to take a bit of a break in August and September, performing only once and doing various in-store events. As the temperature began to cool, however, alice nine. heated back up, performing at the Shibuya O-West with Duel Jewel and Soroban in October before re-releasing previous CDs such as their first single once again. When December came, fans found alice nine. taking part in the massive "Peace & Smile Carnival Tour", organized, naturally, by the PS Company label and featuring their artists. Also during this month, the band's official fanclub opened.In 2006, alice nine. brought in the new year with some new releases: their first live DVD titled ALICE IN WONDEЯ FILM and then three new singles, one of which was featured in an animated series. In April, alice nine. released their first full length album, Zekkeishoku. alice nine. seemed to take a brief breather over the summer but fans weren't left waiting long as the group released their second DVD, NUMBER SIX, this one containing a short movie written by guitarist Tora as well as a music video and some behind-the-scenes footage. In October, they released an internet-only single, Blue Planet, which required a Japanese credit card to access. They ended the year by performing at various events, including Beat Shuffle's anniversary show held on December 30th.The band kicked off 2007 with a number of new releases, including a DVD, new single, and photobook. Perhaps the most exciting news for their many international fans however was their participation in the Jrock Revolution event held in Los Angeles, California. After taking part in this multiband event at the end of May, they continued to produce plenty of new music, including their second full album, Alpha.
---from wikipedia---
They've just released their new single "Rainbows".
"Rainbows" (typeset in promotional material as RAINBOWS.) is the 13th maxi single by Alice Nine. It was released on August 6, 2008 in three different versions. Each version contains the title track and a B-side, which may include a booklet, a music video, or another bonus track, respectively within the three versions. The single marks a significant change in the bands overall dress style which no longer resembles their original Visual Kei look.
In Japan, the single went straight to #3 on the Oricon daily charts, selling over 3,500 copies on its first day and marking their highest position on a mainstream Japanese music chart to date. On the Oricon weekly charts, it ranked at #6, having sold a total of 15,921 copies during its first week.
alice nine. is a Jrock band and part of the Visual Kei movement. They are also part of the Indies, which they are independent and all music and lyrics are created by their own.

What is Visual Kei? (credits to wikipedia)
Visual Kei (ヴィジュアル系, vijuaru kei) refers to a movement among
Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of eccentric, sometimes flamboyant looks. This usually involves striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Some sources state that Visual Kei refers to a music genre, or to a sub-genre of J-rock (a term referring to Japanese rock in general, with its own particular sound, related to glam-rock, punk and metal. However most insider sources state that Visual Kei's unique clothing and make-up fashions, and participation in the related sub-culture, is equally as important as the sound of the music itself in the use of the term as while similarities can be drawn between some bands; most are from widely different genres including but not limited to Pop, heavy metal, power metal, classical, rap and electronic.

[Otsukare-sama! :D]

[Mirror Ball single]

[Tsubasa single]

[They are such cuties]

[Shou and Tora.. Shouuu!! :3]

When did I started to like them?
About a week only. Right after The GazettE.

Why do you like them this much?
Same as to the GazettE! The only thing is, A9 is much more fun together, funny too! :D They're not really "hard" or "rocky" to each other in MVs. And that's not a bad thing. XD

What songs you like most from Alice Nine?
Rainbows, Cosmic World, Jewels, Blue Planet, Mirror Ball, 9th Revolver and Q(Saga and Shou together sing :3). Well it changes depends on my mood . :) I have 99% songs for A9. Shou sings REALLY REALLY GOOD. Perfect vocal.

Which Music Videos you like best?
Rainbows and Cosmic World. OMG I love the way Shou shouts in Rainbows, so kakkoi! XD And COSMIC WORLD. OMG. First time I saw I nearly fainted! :D SO SO CUTE *huggies* That headband in cosmic world REALLY, really suits him.

How big is your Alice Nine file in your computer now?
Currently 836 files, 36 folders, 177 MB for pictures. And 70 files, 6 folders and 397 MB for songs. Plus, 46 files, 2 folders and 1.65GB for MVs and other vids like interviews, randoms etc. I'll be searching for more HOHOHO. (Gosh I didn't know that my A9 song and MV files are bigger than my GazettE ones :D)

Who's your favorite member?

Least favorite member?
I'm not so sure, since I've only know them for like a week. Well currently is Tora. ;) But I admit he's really cool. And a good english speaker since he's 1/4 ang mo lang LOL.

Who else you like a lot besides Uruha?
Saga. He SERIOUSLY looks like Leah Dizon. HEHEH. He and Shou are a PERFECT match. And they are really close, best friends, and they've been together in previous bands before. (wahahaha? Ey you must know that I LOVE gays! ;D)

Anymore comments?
I don't know, I'll just continue loving them deeply in my heart! BIG SUPPORT TOO! :D:D
And hopefully...hee heee...



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