Golden Bomber

 

Dance My Generation
Written by Rachel Yarwood

"Dance My Generation", the newest release from 'air band' Golden Bomber, brings a bit of old 90's pop disco to the new year. The title track of the same name, and the dance moves in the accompanying music video, make a challenging combination against their previous releases and we can only wait in anticipation to see what will unfold for the rest of this year. 
 "Dance My Generation", if of course you remember some of the disco dance tunes of the 90's with an abundance of melody and synthesizers, the visuals being glamorous with bright colours and plenty of glitter, and of course a dance routine to go with it. You get all of this with this new song, along with a lively guitar solo, which reminds you that they are supposed to be a band of four, and Shou's vocals are unquestionably on good form. 
So for the sound we have a very disco and dance theme. There is a catchy upbeat rhythm, though the tempo from the drum percussion is a little overpowered by the melodies, and of course the addition of that electric guitar solo together with the synthesizer and trumpets make this release a bit of a blast from the past... but in a good way!
There is also the music video to absorb. Of course there are the expected humorous moments, not just the weird dancing, but the expressions and a few of the stunts the guys play on the people in the club. 
Nevertheless this video also has a strong and serious underlying message. Whilst adorning garishly coloured suits and flashing their cash, the comedic scenes turn sour towards the end and we see them making reference not only to the music style of the 1990's but also to the lost decade of the 90's where Japan suffered the collapse of the 'Bubble Economy'. The irony of this is apparent considering what is happening globally nowadays.
Golden Bomber's "Dance My Generation" single will be released officially on the 1st of January and will come in three editions in total; Regular, Limited Edition A and Limited Edition B. The Regular Edition will feature three brand new tracks plus the instrumental versions of each. The Limited Edition A will be an 8cm CD edition of the single with three versions of "Dance My Generation" and a randomly selected sticker.  The Limited Edition B will have only the three main new tracks plus an additional DVD which will feature the music videos. 

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Ixion Saga DT
Written by Rachel Yarwood
The new single release from Golden Bomber, or rather Golden "Ixion" Bomber "DT", is a hefty release whichever version you choose to purchase.
"Ixion Saga DT" comprises of the opening theme and ending theme songs for the anime "Ixion Saga". Each edition also features three more versions of the songs where the vocal actors of the anime replace Shou for the singing parts. 
The first, and opening theme, song "DT Suteru" begins rapidly with a chant of "DT" backed by a heavy sounding guitar rhythm and a single beat of the drums. 
Of course this soon gives out to Shou's melodic voice along with a cheerful mix of upbeat rhythms, a good pace on the drums, and a chirpy mock glockenspiel tune. 
The addition of female vocals also gives this track a bit of adorable charm and proves to be a nice effect against Shou's own vocals and compliments the cheerful harmonies of the instruments used. 
The second song "Let's Go ED", even before you have listened to this, you can guess will be another take on their song "Let's Go KY" which funnily enough is present on the Type C Edition of the single. So, as far as imagination is concerned, musically there is not much to cheer about but Golden Bomber have again conjoined the song and a reference within the anime so that it fits hilariously and cleverly in place (the lead character 'Kon Hokaze' nicknamed "DT" and the opposition 'Erecpyle Dukakis' nicknamed "ED" - you will have to watch the series to understand the references made!).
As Shou, barring the main tracks, does not do the majority of the singing it presents us with either a fantastic collaboration or a real horror of a single release. 
If you are not familiar with the anime in question then the musically inept members will most surely promise a cringe worthy listen. On the other hand, if you have the patience, you could just see the funny side of this release. Although whether or not you will be tempted to purchase all four copies for the sake of the button badges at offer is another thing best not questioned. 
"Ixion Saga DT" will be released officially on the 7th of November and will come in four editions in total; Regular and Limited Editions A, B and C. 

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Life is SHOW TIME (Kiryuuin Sho Solo)
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Life is SHOW TIME", which is the newest theme song for the Kamen Rider series, marks the solo debut of Golden Bomber's front man Kiryuuin Sho who provides the vocals on the track.
The title track, which bears the same name, opens with a slightly eccentric and yet catchy introduction. 
From the very beginning we have this overpowering sense of pop and dance, most probably because of the theme of the song and what it has been arranged and produced for. Of course for an action packed drama you need a song which will compliment this and excite the audience into watching it right? 
"Life is SHOW TIME" certainly is an upbeat and highly melodic track, and for Golden Bomber fans who are interested in how Sho fares in his solo debut, this isn't so bad. Even though he did not arrange the music or write the lyrics himself, listening to this song and not knowing anything about the background, you would be tempted to think this was just another release from the band. 
Nevertheless, Sho's vocals are up to scratch (despite the recent news of him needing to rest his chords a little) giving us plentiful pleasant melodies and an inviting chorus which will need a lot of mental strength to not join in with by the second or third listen. 
"Life is SHOW TIME" really is a catchy-pop and overal fun song to listen to. There is a good combination of upbeat drums and bass, guitar melodies, but also added brass compositions too which give the song that extra bit of cheesy and jazzy pop as well. 
The second track on the single, "Life is SHOW TIME (WIZARD Orchestra Edit)", sounds rather odd as a follow up track.
Instead of leading on to just a simple instrumental of the leading song (which actually follows on from this one) we instead have a soothing and beautiful classical track, with a lovely collaboration of the orchestra and female operatic vocals. 
"Life is SHOW TIME" will be released officially on the 24th of October and will come in four editions in total. 
The Regular will feature the three tracks as mentioned; "Life is SHOW TIME", "Life is SHOW TIME (WIZARD Orchestra Edit)" and "Life is SHOW TIME (instrumental)".  The three other editions feature separate bonus DVD's which feature the music video plus extra footage. 

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Yowasete Mojito
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Golden Bomber are back once more, and are entertaining their increasing fan base, with their newest single release of the year which is officially out on sale as of the 23rd of November. 
"Yowasete Mojito" comes in three editions, the regular and the A and B editions; the A and B editions again being rather generous with videos and live extras.
"Yowasete Mojito", the first track, starts the single off with a slightly heavier rock sound, one that is a completely different sound in comparison to what we heard on the last single release "Memeshikute". However for those who are more familiar with their material, or indeed purchased their previous releases with the DVD of live clips, this different sound is not out of place for them by any means.
The more 'rock band' element of "Yowasete Mojito" is overturned slightly by the synth present in the background, which adds a bit of pop to the song together with the upbeat rhythm of the drums.
Shou's vocals, and indeed the power of his lungs, are precise and melodic as he belts out the lyrics with clarity not only for this track but it continues without fault through the entirety of this new single.
"Ii Hito", the second track, and the song chosen for their newest promotional video, begins with a pleasant and upbeat piano introduction.
The introduction of this song follows on perfectly from the last. It is slightly more upbeat, and as the song progresses you get the overall feeling that this is something that will get you in the dancing mood, and will be sure to be a good hit for their next live together.
"Sayonara fuyumi" is the last track on the single release and this one begins with another entrance from the piano. This time though, you are given the impression from this beginning that the end will be with a ballad... and you would not be wrong.
Shou's vocals here also differ, taking on a slightly mellower tone to add to the strangely calm atmosphere coming from the music, although we can still hear the definite strength behind them.
"Yowasete Mojito" is a more diverse single to follow from their last, perhaps giving newer fans something more to work with, and by no means disappointing the rest with their catchy songs and of course their invaluable ability to amuse.

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Memeshikute/Nemutakute
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Golden Bomber have released their second single of this year, "Memeshikute", reminding their long time fans and introducing their new fans to this fantastic and extremely catchy take on pop rock.
"Memeshikute", already having been released previously in 2009 is, unbelievably for some, topping the charts and giving the 'air' band an increasingly rapid fan base throughout Japan. This release comes in three versions, a regular CD version, an A and B type complete with DVD extras and will be released officially on the 24th August.
"Memeshikute" is certainly a different sound from their last single release "Boku Quest". In place of a fast, heavy beat and a pounding bass line, we now have this completely different side of Golden Bomber.
We are thrown straight into the heart of the song, the introduction a mix of Shou's vocals, a fanfare of trumpets, along with a good tempo and rhythm meant to get you off your feet and dancing along.
It is undoubted that Shou has talent, not just to amuse with his lyrics and on-stage antics, but also his vocal capability. This new release from the four piece does not fall short as we have a range of vocal elements from him, from the pop rock, to visual kei, to opera... you name it, this single has it.
The limited edition, Type A, comes with a hilarious (if a little tongue in cheek) K-pop video version and this is the point where you ask yourself how much helium did Shou have to breathe in to make his voice reach that pitch.
Nevertheless, along with their original music video, which has been re-released along with the actual song, you will find it hard not to want to get up and do those moves. The only difference is, the K-pop version may make your cheeks hurt just that little bit more from laughter.
There is no denying what actually goes in to making this group as fantastic as they are. Sure enough, Yutaka, Jun and Kenji are just faces behind the instruments, but this is a band that is supposed to be taken lightly.
Their live shows, collaborating music with comedy, with an array of themed, colourful and interesting characters gives their fans a truly entertaining and original experience. This is not just an 'air' band but a musical and comical sensation that is meant to tickle your humour... and it works spectacularly.
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Boku Quest
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
Golden Bomber are typically known as the ultimate air band, what with the exception of Kiryuin Sho vocals, the band do not play the instruments themselves. With their concept being hyper-giga-hybrid-super-subculture-visual rock.
The track opens with a surge in sound with heavy drums, thundering, repetitive riffs and overall, a dark, shuddering sound.
So, we’ll begin with Kiryuin’s vocals. Honestly, his voice stands out more so through the verse work, with a deeper sound. The song's appeal declines through the chorus compared to the heavier and more interesting instrumentals of the song.
It certainly has a fun sound to it, with the mix of up beat and lighter sounding chorus, Countering that, the bass and drums are low and shuddering against the songs background, the guitars are likewise, with at one point, a quick succession of high pitch notes, sadly, the instruments seem to merge in the backing, with the vocals being of prime dominance.
An interesting sound, with a PV definitely worth checking out, Golden Bomber certainly know how to please the fans with their antics. It is easy to see how they have been evolving in the popularity stakes, because you can’t deny a fun band to say the least.