JROCK: One Ok Rock
Oh yeah~ Hi! Here is a fandom post as promise before 🙂 Well, I wanted to blog RuroKen first but got too lazy XD Anyways, I’ll just introduce to you one of my newest love Jrock bands, One Ok Rock and maybe finding those people who are an avid fan of them 🙂 Thanks!
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ONE OK ROCK. This band, I’m loving them everyday and always listen to their songs without a miss XD I first knew them when I was in my 4th year college. I first listen to their Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer. What attracts me is that they’re not your ordinary Jrock Band. Well, apart from Visual-Kei bands, they’re more Western. Aside from that, their songs are catchy as half of the lyrics are in English and the vocalist charismatically delivered it. Like Ellegarden which has songs that are in English too, but it’s amazing that One Ok Rock’s songs sounded more foreign than Ellegarden (in my opinion). Taka’s diction is amazing <3 Although you can still here Japanese, it’s no big deal and they’re really good. I guess every time they release a song, they’re getting better and better 😀 What you think?
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The foundation for One Ok Rock began when Toru Yamashita, then a high school student, wanted to start a band. He told his friend Ryota Kohama, a fellow member of the hip hop dance group Heads, to learn the bass and asked Alex Onizawa to join. After seeing Taka Moriuchi perform in a cover band, Toru insisted that he join. Drummer Tomoya Kanki had been playing with them since 2006, but only became an official member when they debuted in 2007.
The band’s name, One Ok Rock, comes from “one o’clock”, the time that the band used to practice on weekends. However, noticing that the Japanese language made no distinction between r’s and l’s, they changed “o’clock” to “o’crock” (or “o’krock”), which was then separated to become “ok rock”.
I find the band’s name unique too and for the record, Taka was being known as a former member for the Jpop Idol Group NewS. Yeah! Like I didn’t imagine him into pop, dancing with Yamapi and others then suddenly shifting into a Hardcore, Screamo Rocker vocalist XD Nice Shifting! XD But anyways, that means that Taka is one hell of an Artist. (Although I didn’t notice him in NewS O.O Sorryyy~)
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- Toru(山下 亨 Yamashita Tōru, born December 7, 1988 in Osaka) is the leader and guitarist of the group. He also contributes some vocals. He was previously a member of the hip-hop dance group Heads with Ryota.
- Taka(森田 貴寬 Morita Takahiro, born April 17, 1988 in Tokyo) is the main vocalist of the group. Prior to debuting with One Ok Rock, he was a member of the boy band NEWS. He is the son of singers Shinichi Mori and Masako Mori.
- Ryota(小浜 良太 Kohama Ryōta, born September 4, 1989 in Osaka) is the bassist of the group. He was also previously a member of the hip-hop dance group Heads with Toru.
- Tomoya(神吉 智也 Kanki Tomoya, born June 27, 1987 in Hyogo) is the drummer of the group.
And what made them more popular now is them being known for singing Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie’s ending theme song entitled “THE BEGINNING”. (Yes, they’re also under the same Agency of Takeru Sato, so maybe that’s why. Even so, THEY’RE GOOD!) If you watched Ruroken and listened until the very end of the movie, you’ll know how good they are and I suggest you listen to their other songs too because they’re really aca-awesomeee <3
Here are some of my favorites:
The Beginning – RuroKen OST
One Ok Rock – Chaosmyth
Wherever You Are Live
**Newest: Nothing Helps – DMC OST
**Newest: Deeper Deeper
Others, you may search it on youtube: RE:MAKE, Kanzan Kankaku Dreamer, Notes and Words, NO SCARED, LIAR or simply search ONE OK ROCK :))
I love them. Really. So I am still looking for an album 😀 also, I wanted a printed OOR shirt <3 HAHAHA! And of course, to meet them! Fudge! XDDD So that’s it, I hope to meet lots of OOR fans and Spazz with them! HAHAHA! Till next update!