Recommended Artist: 椿屋四重奏 (Tsubakiya Shijuusou)

I’ve been meaning to put this band up for the longest time, but kept on forgetting.

Meet Tsubakiya Shijuusou aka Tsubakiya Quartette.

From Left to Right: Nagata Takashige (bass), Ryouta Kodera (drums), Nakada Yuuji (guitar/vocals), Yasutaka Takurou (guitar)

The band formed in 2000 in Sendai by the vocalist. After many changes in the line-up, the band began as a trio, with Yasutaka joining as an official member in 2005. This band has 4 albums, 1 mini-album, 1 best-of album, and 3 singles under their belt. Their music style infuses jazz with a mix of old and new school rock and roll. What I love about this band is Nakada’s vocals accompanies the melody so well and its rhythms and guitar riffs are quirky and catchy. Their standard 8-beat songs will keep your feet tapping and listening.

Their latest album, “CARNIVAL” on April 2009 and got rave reviews from critics. Their past tour named after the album had sold out tickets immediately as their popularity increases in Japan.

I first heard of this band while browsing for new music on YouTube. I came across a Kai Radio (Kai’s old radio show from the GazettE) translated excerpt from his “Recommended Artist” corner and he recommended Tsubakiya’s “Lover.” The somber love ballad is bittersweet and powerful. I was immediately hooked and went looking for more of their songs. After listening to their entire discography, I was patiently waiting for some of their newer releases to see what kind of surprise they had in store for their fans and then, boom, a single release followed by an album.

“CARNIVAL” is seriously amazing. I love how playful “CRAZY ABOUT YOU” is along with the softer acoustic side of the band in “Boku ni totte no kimi”, the funkiness and sexiness in “LOVE CREATURES” and the tricky rhythm changes in “Finale.”

You should definitely give them a listen. You won’t regret it!


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