Spyair

 


Singles Below
Rockin' Out
Genjou Destruction
Niji
Sakura Mitsu Tsuki
Wendy- It's You
Naked
O Game
Beautiful Days
Samurai Heart (Some Like it Hot!)
Japanication

25th March 2015
Rockin' Out
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Every time Spyair release something new it is almost like you are rediscovering why you appreciate this band so much. 
Of course with the title, "Rockin' Out", you would be anticipating something upbeat that you can indeed 'rock out' to and you can definitely count on Spyair to do just this with an added amount of style that you weren't expecting!
"Rockin' Out" is very much one of those songs that sounds like it would fit right into place in a fast paced movie scene, with the extra background sounds of fast cars, motorcycles, explosions and breaking glass, it's those little quirks that make a good release great. You have abundant energy already with the band and the vocals but with the background elements too "Rockin' Out" becomes something more than your average rock song. 
As a song overall, "Rockin' Out", is fun to listen to and will probably never become anything less. Spyair really deliver the goods time after time with their single releases and we cannot wait to hear what will be next!
If there was anything you would rate as disappointing about this release it would be the track list altogether. As amazing a song as "Rockin' Out" is, it is the only new track on there, however if you have some extra money to be spending then the Limited Edition release comes with a bonus DVD with the music video and plenty of live footage to keep you content for hours.
"Rockin' Out" will be released officially on the 25th of March.  
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3rd July 2013
Genjou Destruction
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Genjou Destruction", the Limited Edition, is a brilliantly composed single release. Each track that features on this particular edition sounds perfectly placed as though these three tracks were meant to fall together, in that order, on this one single. 
Starting with the newest, the title track, "Genjou Destruction" begins with a slightly heavier introduction than what we have been hearing from the title tracks on SPYAIR's single releases this year. 
The guitar from UZ opens with a low and heavy growl of an introduction but as the song opens fully, the drums (Kenta) and the bass (Momiken) and the vocals (Ike) work together with the harder sound of the guitar to bring us down into a more catchy and pop rock atmosphere.
"Genjou Destruction" is altogether a fantastically upbeat and catchy new track from SPYAIR and certainly a refreshing thrill after the slightly less energetic but beautiful "Niji" previously released. 
"Sakura Mitsu Tsuki" follows on from "Genjou Destruction" and, as mentioned earlier, this track really is a strong track to continue with as both have an equally upbeat nature and of course because of this they compliment each other by being similar in pace rather than having one song with mass amounts of rhythm and melody and then a b-side completely the opposite. 
Closing the single (not mentioning the added instrumental tracks) is "Samurai Heart". This was released back in 2011 however it is just as good to hear this track this time around as it was the first time it was released. With a bouncing rhythm and vocals packed full of attitude, the pleasure of listening to "Samurai Heart" once more is realised... it really is unavoidable not to enjoy listening to this one. 
"Genjou Destruction" will be released officially on the third of July in a Regular and a Limited Edition. The Regular Edition will feature two songs altogether which are "Genjou Destruction" and "O Game (80KIDZ Remix)". The Limited Edition on the other hand will feature six tracks in total. The tracks featured are "Genjou Destruction", "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki", "Samurai Heart", plus the instrumental versions of these three. 

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29th May 2013
Niji
Written by Rachel Yarwood
After the last few single releases from SPYAIR, the sound of "Niji" is a down tempo and remarkably eloquent piece of music to listen to, in comparison to the faster paced tracks like "Naked" or "Turning Point". 
 "Niji" opens with a lovely and 'earthly' introductory composition from strings followed by distant and echoed vocals. The drums offer much of the rhythm for the first verse and everything sounds very serene and laid back until the chorus picks things up. Ike's voice sounds exceptional here especially as the tempo increases, as does the volume of melody and strength of the vocals, making this part of the track sound immense after the calming mood of the opening verse. 
 Other than the pretty melodies from the guitar (UZ) and the rhythms from the drums (Kenta) and bass (Momiken) there is a lot of focus on the vocals through out "Niji" until we hit the guitar solo mid song. The solo itself is wonderfully executed and it is not too drawn out neither does it take the focus away too much from the atmosphere of the track as a whole. Rather it is a fitting piece and leads very well into the final and rather dramatic chorus, which brings everything to a close abruptly, leaving you feeling the need for more. 
 The second track on the single, "Are You Champion? Yeah!! I'm Champion!!", on the other hand is the complete opposite of the first track. If you were craving the faster and more rock sound from SPYAIR then this song is definitely going to fit the bill. 
From the onset this song has a cool and cheeky sound about it, with a bouncing beat, more heavier rock elements from the string instruments and funkier vocal work from both Ike and the background of female 'cheerleading' vocals.  
"Niji" will be released officially on the 29th of May and will come in two editions, Regular and Limited.  The Regular Edition will feature four tracks in total, "Niji", "Are You Champion? Yeah!! I'm Champion!!" plus the instrumentals for both.  The Limited Edition will feature the same number of tracks plus a bonus DVD with the accompanying music video for "Niji". 
 

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13th March 2013
Sakura Mitsu Tsuki
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Sakura Mitsu Tsuki", used as the opening theme for the new series of "Gintama", is a pleasant enough song to listen to. With a mid tempo opening, lovely melodies and equally nice vocals, this new song from Spyair is amiable but does not give much in the way of excitement. 
There is no real wow factor about this new track, in comparison to what we have heard with the previous few releases, but on the other hand many fans of the band will appreciate the more enjoyable and mild pop-rock style of "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki". The track does pick up as we come into the chorus yet, apart from the increase of tempo and the ever refreshing vocals of Ike, this new piece is cheerful enough but there is also a certain sense of austerity. There is definitely an overhanging feeling that this track is probably too exact, too formal, and too nice. 
On the other hand, the second track "Turning Point", does exactly what it says. It is a turning point for the single release as, with possibly all of Spyair's b-sides, this song is the one with the quirks. You can always count on having a different and interesting b-side with their single releases. 
As soon as the guitar (UZ) opens you realise this is going to be a slightly heavier song than "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki" and you might feel your mood alleviating. Eventhough the deeper rhythms of the guitar and of the bass (Momiken) make this track sound heavier, the tempo itself is still quite mid tempo picking up again for the chorus much like the first song did. 
However, Ike's vocals have also made a switch from pleasingly pop-boy-band vocals to compliment the change in style of the song we are now hearing. He uses lower tones for the verses and edgier singing for the chorus which sound good along with the instrumentation. There is also a nice bridge before the closing chorus, with a good backing beat from the drums (Kenta), which is both catchy and pleasing to hear.
"Sakura Mitsu Tsuki" will be released officially on the 13th of March and it will come in two editions in total; Regular and Limited. 
The Regular Edition will feature the two songs as mentioned plus the instrumental versions of both "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki" and "Turning Point". 
The Limited Edition will also come with these four tracks but will be accompanied with a bonus DVD featuring the music video to "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki". 


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21st November 2012
Wendy- It's You
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Spyair have once more given us a single release well worth a listen. Their fourth single this year, and just over a month after the release of their second album, "Wendy - It's You" is a feel good and inspirational way to end the year on. 
The title track "Wendy - It's You", which will be used as the theme song for NHK's newest drama "Koi Suru Hae Onna", is more of a gentle pop-rock song. It is perhaps not the exciting follow up some might have expected after the bands previous racey release of "Naked" however this track is pleasant to listen to and the lyrics, albeit based on the lead character of the drama, have a positive and motivational message. 
"Wendy - It's You" begins with a few seconds of what is likely to be the last we hear of Enzel's DJ-ing. With an additional beat from Kenta on the drums and a chorus of vocals, we are led into the single with a 'funky' and upbeat mood. 
The opening tempo of the track is more what you might call mid-tempo but the beat of the drums remain consistent and clean throughout each verse whilst Momiken's bass rhythm here especially is exceptionally highlighted as UZ takes more of a back seat with regards to the guitar melodies. 
The chorus does pick up a lot more, with a heavier drum rhythm and more guitar work going on, as do Ike's vocals which bring a little extra charm to the mood of this track as well.
Everything combined sounds rather clean and crisp but at the same time the less flamboyant nature of this track is quite pleasing and also flows nicely into the second track, "Blowing". 
"Blowing" is also a mid- tempo track as well but notably this one seems much more bouncy and lively, with its pop-jazz feel to it, to be the most memorable track on the single. 
There is a particular gentle flow with the smooth bass rhythms and guitar composition but what stands out is the drum beat and the vocals again which, as we come into the chorus, invites more excitement and the possibility of whoever is listening to this to feel their limbs moving along to the beat and quite possibly singing along with Ike as well.
Spyair's "Wendy - It's you" single will be released officially on the 21st of November and will come in two editions in total; Regular Edition and Limited Edition. The Regular Edition will feature two tracks, "Wendy - It's you" and "Blowing", and the Limited Edition will feature the same two tracks but also includes a bonus DVD with the accompanying music video for "Wendy - It's you". 

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5th September 2012
Naked
Written by Rachel Yarwood
SYPAIR's newest single "Naked" sparked interest amongst many, not just because it's so close after their last single and even closer to the release of their new album "Just Do It", but also regarding the rumours circulating about the newest music video to accompany the title track. 
Of course the preview of the video confirmed these rumours as actual truth, which sent an excited and curious shockwave amongst fans of the Nagoya rockers. If you haven't heard the rumours, or seen the preview, it would be too much of a spoiler to describe the visuals of the video... the clue is in the name of the single. 
The song itself begins first with a hum of the guitar (Uz) followed quickly by the rest of the instruments in a rapid and melodic introduction. 
The vocals from Ike however sound quite humbling in comparison with lovely melodies, as always, which are layered with emotion in just the right places. The chorus especially brings an increase of tone and melody perfectly whilst still retaining that humbling quality. The beat of the drums (Kenta) remain consistent through out becoming prominent as the song leads into the bridge, and together with the vocal work and the guitar in the background, offering a good flowing rhythm. 
As "Naked" draws to a close the drums become more aggressive, not too overpowering, but just enough to hint at the final minute and wrapping the track up really well. 
"Star", which is the second track on the single, is slightly different in style from the opening track, which you can more or less anticipate with a B-side from SPYAIR.
The guitar offers a more funky and jazzy quality to the song in particular and along with the upbeat drumming offers a rather feel-good tone. The bass (Momiken) also has more focus towards the middle of this track, having a little more lime light and show casing some excellent solo rhythms. 
On the other hand, this track is arguably not as defining as "Naked" when you compare the two tracks side by side. "Naked" is seemingly the stronger of the two which makes it a good choice as a title track. 
Ike's vocals remain the consistent factor though. This is the only thing, possibly out of everything considered, that remain consistent at all times with a nice flow to them in both tracks. 
"Naked" will be released officially on the 5th of September and will be released as a 'maxi-single'. It will feature the two tracks "Naked" and "Star".


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27th June 2011
O Game
Written by Rachel Yarwood
The title track, "0 Game", is not only SPYAIR's newest single release of the year but will also be the theme song to the Japanese edition of the new movie "The Amazing Spiderman". With this now in mind, expectations for the single and the track "0 Game" are high. 
Kenta's drums and Momiken's bass open "0 Game" with a deep and slightly jazzy mood, complimented for just a few seconds by an equally low, near grind, of the guitar (UZ), before giving way to a more pop melody as Ike leads with clear and melodic vocals in the first verse. 
The style of the song now has become something of a softer rock song, the bass being the only thing that really stands out against the other instruments, offering a deeper quality with a continual and strong rhythm like it is the heartbeat of the track. 
On the other hand, as we come to the chorus, the pace quickens and the rhythm becomes more energetic. The guitar composition also becomes more pronounced for this part, taking the lead with the melody, and now shadowing what we heard previously with the bass slightly.
The instrumental presents another little change. Here the mood shifts to something pleasantly mellow and instead of an outstanding guitar solo that some may come to expect from a band with a brand new track on the shelves, we instead have a medley of instruments including piano, UZ on guitar, a slower and more subtle drum beat, and Ike on vocals. 
"Rock 'n Roll", the second track on the single, is that song on a new single that definitively stands out from the rest. 
The difference in style with this track is so different to the other three and at the same time it is like a breath of fresh air. The pace is faster with a heavier and energetic drum beat plus Ike's vocals have more of a rocker quality to them which, looking at the title of the track itself, is not hard to understand. 
"0 Game" will be released officially on the 27th of June and will come in two editions in total. The Regular Edition will feature "0 Game", "Rock 'n Roll", Movin' On" and "You 2". The Limited Edition will feature only "0 Game" on the CD but will also come with an additional DVD which features the music video.
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24th August 2011
Beautiful Days
Written by Kacey Woodham & Kitty Linton
‘Beautiful Days’ is the theme song for the new NTV drama, "Don Quixote".  With their growing popularity and this being another song to be featured in a TV drama, lets hope the song will be something to remember.
Starting with IKE‘s enthusiastic and unique voice backed up with the lovely sound of soft drumming and subtle violins, adding a nice atmosphere to the song from the start, something that will be pleasant to listen to and it doesn’t disappoint us.
The verse is short and sweet with guitars and bass low in the background as the focus is very clearly on IKE‘s voice as well as the more classical instruments to give it the element of class throughout the song that is desired.  Sadly there isn’t much that can be said for the rest of the instruments as their sound is too delicate to really focus on.  However in areas you can hear the strum of acoustic to add to that lighter feature and it all plays a part to keep the song together.
The chorus starts in a similar way as the introduction with a slightly more crashing of instruments well orchestrated with that sound of the cymbal to start it off and so the introduction is repeated.  There is little fault to IKE‘s voice which is steady and pleasant throughout the song, knowing his strengths and playing them well but perhaps the song lacks just a touch of excitement that would give it an added element that would just push it higher on the scale.  
This single has the usual two versions.  Regular edition comes with the additional songs ‘RESET’ and a live recording of ‘KANJOU DISCORD’, while limited edition has the added DVD music video.  Whether this song is exciting or not it is most certainly sweet and easy to listen to.
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8th June 2011
Samurai Heart (Some Like it Hot!)
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Sometimes you can get the totally wrong impression of a band by simply taking a look at them before listening to their music.
However, in some instances you can start listening to a band first and then upon seeing them, their image can completely contradict what your ears are hearing. Spyair would be one of those bands that do just that.
Spyair’s brand new single of the month, “Samurai Heart (Some like it hot)”, is officially up for grabs on the 8th June. 
This new release comes with two tracks, the title track and another entitled “Crazy”.
“Samurai Heart (Some like it hot)” is a wonderfully energetic song, bursting with powerful vibe and melody.
 Ike has a great set of vocals, a nice pop and indie quality to them, which makes Spyair, together with the melody from the guitar and the energy and rhythm from the drums and bass, such good fun and a real pleasure to listen to.
If a bit of melodic indie rock is your calling, then Spyair will certainly be the answer for you. They have a fantastic, if a little weird, combination of image going for them and their music is just as good.
“Samurai Heart (some like it hot)” is no disappointment, for their fans and for new listeners alike, they have definitely hit the mark with this one. This is one single not to be missed.
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9th March 2011
Japanication
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
For those who have never heard of the band SPYAIR, a good starting point would definitely be this single, Japanication. Consisting of Ike on vocals, Uz on guitars and programming, Momiken on bass, Kenta on drums and Enzel with his amazing mohawk as their DJ, this band is something else for the hardcore rock fans.
Opening with a little speech which consists of the song title “Japanication” and the band name, Momiken testing his bass in the background, Kenta playing with his drumsticks, a bass riff begins as the speech begins to end and the vocalist lets out a long “JAPANICATION!” with a backing drone seeping in before POW, the song begins in one hell of a riff that’s catchy, heavy and pretty much unexpected.
The bass playing of Momiken is heavy and deep, shuddering through the whole song, low and thundering. You can hear the note changes clearly and his ability to change tempo is pretty good. Guitarist Uz ups the rock anti, nearly bringing a heavy metal feel to the song alongside the other two instrumentalists.
Ike’s the surprising one alongside the instruments. You would have thought with the tone of the music, he’d have a heavier sounding voice, but far from it, he actually has one of those voices that seem to have a vague raw emotion attached to it. You’d probably think he’d sound good in a Jpop band in some places, but his long notes have that untarnished sound to them… it works either way.
An excellent release from the band, for fans of heavy instruments and that emo-esque sound to their vocals, these guys are actually pretty surprising. It’ll be interesting to see more from them in the future.