Hey gang, have you read the poll that J-Rock Revolution did for which J-rock bands fans would love to see as DLC for the game “ROCK BAND”?
As you can see, practically all the bands people chose were visual-kei bands. Not that this is an entirely bad thing. However, there are some really good bands out there that deserve to be noticed for the game that AREN’T VK. So without further ado, here are some of our choices for “J-Rock Bands That Should Be In Rock Band”.
One VK exception we’ll make for this list & the only exception. X Japan practically started the whole VK movement. They are so popular that they even had an entry in “The Otaku Encyclopedia”. Even former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi calls them his favorite band. X Japan is going to be at Lollapalooza this August and will have a new album out around the same time. American rock fans will finally get a chance to see a pioneer of Japanese rock. Their music did appear in the Japanese version of Rock Band 2, so why not an actual appearance in a Western copy of the game?
BOOM BOOM SATELLITES
One of the most awesome Japanese rock bands ever. Boom Boom Satellites is a combination of Nine Inch Nails/Prodigy/Chemical Brothers & other industrial/techno acts. They are highly praised for changing their sound, but still remaining the same. These guys sing in English too. A lot of their songs were in movies, commercials, anime, etc. Their live performances have been known to generate new fans of their music. BBS did do a newer version of one of their hits “Kick It Out” in America (in collaboration with Tahj Mowry & Flo-Ride). It felt a little off, but they do have the makings of being popular in the U.S.
One of the more wackier bands out there. Polysics is another electronic/rock outfit that never ceases to amaze fans with its funky live performances and use of synthesizers, computer-generated sounds, & guitars. They are also known for their unique costumes. One of their albums, “Polysics or Die!!!! Vista”, was released exclusively in the U.S. under MySpace Records. Some of their songs have even been played on U.S. college radio. If Lady Gaga were to join a band, Polysics would be the perfect band for her.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for Part II of our feature!