Exclusive Interview with the Japanese rock band, FLOW by Dennis A. Amith (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)
In Japan, FLOW is a popular rock band known for many of their chart topping hits which have been featured on various TV shows, including Japanese animated series.
Recently, the band performed in San Jose, California for FanimeCon and J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith recently had the opportunity to interview the band and photographer Nergene Arquelada covered their concert performance.
Japanese rock band FLOW known for their music featured on animated hits such as “Naruto”, “Naruto: Shippuden”, “Eureka Seven” and many other Japanese anime series were in San Jose at Fanime for their first US performance. J!-ENT photographer Nergene Arquelada was on location to shoot the concert.
“FLOW returns with their 23rd single featuring a little bit of rock, punk, reggae and also a cover of the Beach Boys song ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’!”
CD SINGLE: Nuts Bang!!!
CATALOG #: KSCL-1434
RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2009
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- NUTS BANG!!!
- SUMMER FREAK
- Bring it on!
- SURFIN’ U.S.A.
A heavy hitting Summer rock release!
The rock band FLOW is back with their 23rd single titled “Nuts Bang!!!” to celebrate the Summer.
The band which consists of vocalist Koshi, guitarist Take, vocalist Keigo, bassist Goto and drummer Iwasaki wanted to go with a surf inspired track kicks off the the single with “NUTS BANG!!!”, a track which utilizes Take’s guitar churning and includes rapping and singing about “Summer Days”. Lyrics are written by Koshi Asakawa and music by Takeshi Asakawa. An upbeat, fun and enjoyable summer track.
The second track is “SUMMER FREAK” featuring an uptempo rock track but more upbeat. Electric guitar and bass driven. Very punkish track! Lyrics are written by Koshi Asakawa and music by Takeshi Asakawa.
The third track “Bring it On!” features a track written by Koshi Asakawa and music by Takeshi Asakawa. This time the band goes for a more upbeat reggae-style of track with touch of rock and Spanish influence. Awesome track!
The fourth track “黄昏サマーデイズ” features another track by Koshi and Take and a summer-themed rock track. The track is upbeat, quick and infused with electric guitar during the tracks upbeat moments and bass during the slower moments.
The final track is a cover of the Beach Boys song “Surfing’ U.S.A.” and sung entirely in English. But ends with a cool segment with many people singing the final part of the song.
The CD insert comes with five-fold insert with many pictures of the members and model Megumi Ikeda in her bikini. The foldout features the lyrics and production credits to the song. The outside of the insert utilizes a specialized glittery paper. Also, included is FLOW’s September tour information and a “Nuts Bang!!! Flow” sticker.
Overall, “Nuts Bang!!!” gives FLOW fans a new Summer track with a good diverse amount of music from rock, punk, reggae and a cover of a popular Beach Boys song. But for the most part, a heavy hitting, summer CD single worth checking out!
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