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FLOW to release new album “BLACK & WHITE”, appearing at Anime Matsuri 2012

March 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Following the smash-hit anime tie-in compilation album “FLOW ANIME BEST”,

FLOW will be digitally releasing their new album “BLACK&WHITE” through iTunes and Amazon, celebrating their 10th anniversary!

Actively performing internationally from the US, Singapore, to Korea, FLOW will appear at the largest anime convention in France this summer.

Next month in April, FLOW will also return to the US once again for a performance at Anime Matsuri 2012 held near Huston.

<New Album “BLACK&WHITE”>
Available on March 13, 2012 via iTunes & Amazon

[Tracklist]
1. Hey!!!  ( Opening theme song to Anime BEELZEBUB)
2. Rock Climber
3. Kakumei
4. Konosaihakkirisasetokouka!
5. Kanjyou kousinkyoku
6. Chelsea girl
7. Ohayou Japonica
8. BLACK & WHITE
9. Tabidachi Graffiti
10. Hikari
11. ON THE LINE

Album “FLOW ANIME BEST” is also available on iTunes and Amazon!
Including theme songs from NARUTO, Eureka Seven, Code Geass, etc.

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FLOW’s US Live Information

<Anime Matsuri 2012>
April 6-8, 2012
THE WOODLANDS, TX
The Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Canter

http://animematsuri.com/

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[PROFILE]
Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE and his older brother/vocalist KOHSHI, the band was named FLOW in ’98 and evolved into its current line-up in 2000, after bassist GOT’S, another vocalist KEIGO and drummer IWASAKI joined the siblings.

They released an indie debut album a decade ago in 2001, and since then the 5-piece band’s fast ascent to the top of the mainstream J-Pop scene has been virtually unstoppable.

In 2003, they dropped their last indie single “Okuru Kotoba”, a New Found Glory-style, punk rock cover of a well-known Japanese tune from the 70s, and sold 270,000 units.

That same year, they signed with Ki/oon Records and followed up the single’s success with their first major release SPLASH!!!, which dashingly reached number two on the Oricon chart.

By the spring of the next year, FLOW has become a household name with at least 7 of their records picked up to be theme songs for commercials and TV shows.

Then, in April 2004, “GO!!!” became the opening song for Naruto – an anime series that was already massively popular in Japan.

Needless to say the song became an instant hit and the first of many anime theme songs that FLOW would come to create.

The May 10, 2011, U.S. released FLOW ANIME BEST includes 10 of these anime theme songs that have been released between 2004 and 2009.

With the now legendary “GO!!!” and continues to showcase FLOW’s exciting contributions to the anime world throughout.

The band’s West Coast punk-inspired signature sound fills the tracks like “Re:member”, another opener from Naruto, and “CALLING”, the ending song from a new series HEROMAN (U.S. air schedule pending); while some songs, such as “DAYS”, a mid-tempo number with the dramatic strings, introduce a fresher side of their sonic offerings.

Their lyrics are often uplifting and empowering, and complement the anime stories, as exemplified by “COLORS”, the opening for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. 2011, made appearances at anime conventions FanimeCon (San Jose) and Anime Central (Chicago) in the U.S., both in May. Again in 2012,  they are ready to rock on the international arena for their growing fan base throughout the world!
With the genesis of the band’s true success story is only now unfolding!

FLOW are:
KOHSHI (Vocals)
KEIGO (Vocals)
TAKE (Guitar)
GOT’S (Bass)
IWASAKI (Drums)

www.FLOW.mu

Exclusive Interview with the Japanese rock band, FLOW by Dennis A. Amith (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

You can download our interview with FLOW here.

With their Anime Central & FanimeCon performances just around the corner, FLOW released their new album FLOW ANIME BEST in the U.S. today!

May 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

FLOW’s new album “FLOW ANIME BEST” is now available digitally in the US!


Including theme songs for anime series “NARUTO”, FLOW ANIME BEST collects ten of their best songs and more, creating a denser experience than plain “Best of” albums.

The tunes are familiar not just as chart-topping hits, but also for the power and emotion of their television tie-ins.

FLOW will be making a special appearance at both Anime Central (Chicago) and FanimeCon (San Jose).


FLOW “FLOW ANIME BEST”
May 10, 2011 release

―Album Tracklist―
1. GO!!!“NARUTO” opening theme song
2. DAYS“Eureka Seven” opening theme song
3. RealizePlayStation2 exclusive game “Eureka Seven TR1: NEW WAVE” theme song
4. Re:member “NARUTO” opening theme
5. COLORS“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” opening theme song
6. WORD OF THE VOICE“Persona: Trinity Soul” opening theme song
7. WORLD END“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2” opening theme song
8. SUMMER FREAK “NARUTO ~Shounen hen~” theme song
9. Sign“NARUTO: Shippude” opening theme song
10. CALLING “HEROMAN” ending theme song)

-Bonus Track-
11. 1/3 No Jyunjyou Na Kanjyou
12. FLOW ANIME OPED Size Special Collection
13. FLOW – 2 ANIMEny DJ’s MEGAMIX
14. METAL BLADE HIGH-SCHOOL

*Click here for iTunes Link <http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/anime-best/id430347951>

*Click here for Amazon Link  <http://www.amazon.com/Anime-Best/dp/B004VSSOUU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1305060913&amp;sr=8-1>


<FLOW>
Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE (guitarist) and his older brother KOHSHI (vocalist), the band was named FLOW in 1998 and quickly evolved into its current line-up in 2000 after GOT’S (bassist), KEIGO (vocalist), and IWASAKI (drummer) joined the original two. After their indie debut in 2001, FLOW went on to release their first major album “SPLASH!!!”. They later released “GO!!!”, which eventually became the opening song for Naruto.

FLOW’s West Coast punk sound defines numerous anime shows, including international favorites Naruto and Eureka Seven. While catchy melodies leave plenty of hooks in listeners’ heads, the band’s empowering lyrics perfectly complement anime messages of moving forward and seizing moments.

For more information about FLOW, please visit their official web site at www.FLOW.mu <http://www.flow.mu/>  and the Sony Music site at www.sonymusic.co.jp/FLOW <http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/FLOW> .


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FLOW’s US Live Information

<Anime Central>
5/20 Fri 5/22 Sun
at Hyatt Regency O’Hare / Rosemont, IL
www.acen.org <http://www.acen.org/>

<FanimeCon>
5/27 Fri 5/30 Mon
at San Joes Convention Center / San Jose, CA
www.fanime.com <http://www.fanime.com/>

J-Pop Group FLOW to Perform at Anime Central and FanimeCon

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Anime Central and FanimeCon announced that the internationally renowned Japanese pop band FLOW will perform live at their annual conventions. FLOW is visiting the United States to promote their new album, FLOW ANIME BEST. They will perform in Rosemont, IL, on Friday night, May 20, for Anime Central, and they will return to San Jose, CA for FanimeCon’s MusicFest during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2011.

Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE (guitarist) and his older brother KOHSHI (vocalist), the band was named FLOW in 1998 and quickly evolved into its current line-up in 2000 after GOT’S (bassist), KEIGO (vocalist), and IWASAKI (drummer) joined the original two. After their indie debut in 2001, FLOW went on to release their first major album “SPLASH!!!”. They later released “GO!!!”, which eventually became the opening song for Naruto.

FLOW’s West Coast punk sound defines numerous anime shows, including international favorites Naruto and Eureka Seven. While catchy melodies leave plenty of hooks in listeners’ heads, the band’s empowering lyrics perfectly complement anime messages of moving forward and seizing moments.

FLOW’s new album, FLOW ANIME BEST, collects ten of their best songs and more, creating a denser experience than plain “Best of” albums. The tunes are familiar not just as chart-topping hits, but also for the power and emotion of their television tie-ins. The album releases May 10, 2011.

For more information about FLOW, please visit their official web site at www.FLOW.mu and the Sony Music site at www.sonymusic.co.jp/FLOW .


About Anime Central – Anime Central is the Midwest’s largest Asian pop-culture convention. Started in 1998, the show attracts almost 20,000 people to Rosemont, IL (outside Chicago) to celebrate anime, manga, and Japanese culture. A volunteer-run event presented by the non-profit Midwest Animation Promotion Society, Anime Central truly embodies a For Fans, By Fans mentality. Visit www.acen.org for programming details and more information.

About FanimeCon – FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. Over 16,000 enthusiasts joined FanimeCon 2010, and 2011 promises to be another record-breaking year. FanimeCon will return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2011. Visit www. fanime . com for the information you’ll need to gear up for FanimeCon 2011.

J!-ENT Special Pictorial Feature: FLOW in California – J!-ENT Interviews and Articles

June 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Here is our special pictorial feature with FLOW

FLOW – Nuts Bang!!! (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

September 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“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.’!”

GROUP: FLOW

CD SINGLE: Nuts Bang!!!

LABEL: Ki/oon

CATALOG #: KSCL-1434

DURATION: 17:59

RELEASE DATE:  July 22, 2009

BUY THIS CD SINGLE

  1. NUTS BANG!!!
  2. SUMMER FREAK
  3. Bring it on!
  4. 黄昏サマーデイズ
  5. 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!

BUY THIS CD SINGLE

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