In this year of 2017 where you can find out the latest news by clicking on your phone, download anything you want in an instant and experience different cultures in seconds, there are still a lot of Bands that people have never heard of from all over the world.
I’m not just talking about new bands that have suddenly popped out of nowhere, of course you would have never heard of them before if they started whilst you were having your afternoon tea. Actually I’m talking about groups that could have been together for nearly a decade or two, bands that might be super popular in their countries to the extent that it would be weird for natives not to have heard of them, however in the west (Europe and the USA) most people have never heard of them before.
To begin this chain of ‘Bands you’ve never heard of’ I’ll start with the kawaii country of Japan. Now Japan has a plethora of Bands that many may have never heard of before, but I am going to narrow the scope to look at some of the very popular bands in Japan that have been around for a decent amount of time that some people in the west are unlikely to have heard of.
Additionally this list may not have all the bands that fit the criteria of very popular and not well known in the west. I admit I haven’t heard of them all and can’t fit them all in a top 5 list, thus I would love it if people in the comments would tell me some of the Japanese bands they think are really popular and underrated in the west that I have missed out on in this post.
B’z is one of my favourite bands ever. They have an energetic sound that is reminiscent of the rock we get from some of the legends such as The Scorpions or Alice cooper. Every time I listen to them I admit I go a bit crazy.
According to Wikipedia they are ‘one of the best selling music artists in the world’. They have had ’46 consecutive no.1 singles, 25 no.1 albums and sold more than 100 million records’.
B’z was founded by Koshi Inaba and Tak Matsumoto in 1988 and they’re still playing strong, they’ve been around for a whooping 29 years. They have performed with bands such as Aerosmith and are in my opinion, legends. Now I’m sure that some people in the west must of heard of them but I’m putting them on this list because they are freaking awesome.
L’arc en Ciel is one of my all time favourite bands. Hyde (the lead vocalist) is just gorgeous, his voice, his face, his soul I just love everything about him. They have this really unique psychedelic or soft rock indie sound.
They formed in 1991 when Tetsuya, bassist, recruited Hyde and then the miracle that is L’arc en Ciel began. Ken and Yukihiro joining later (replacing the original guitarist and drummer) and they’ve been going strong since. They have sold over 40 million records and were the first Japanese band to headline at Madison Square.
Janne Da Arc (1991-2007) / Acid Black Cherry (2007- Ongoing)
Janne Da Arc was formed in 1991 with the members Yasu, You, Ka-yu, Kiyo, and Shuji. They released 3 indie albums, 9 major label albums, 26 singles and 14 DVD’s, They have been on haitus since 2007 after their last album Heaven.
After that the lead vocalist Yasu created his own solo project called Acid Black Cherry. He works with other artists from other bands and has created some of the most awesome albums and music ever. ABC, for need of a better word, are freaking awesome. Their music honestly gives me the chills and Yasu’s voice is just euphoric.
Mr. Children are one of those bands that you can listen to when you’re feeling happy or melancholic. They can accommodate to your every mood with their soothing and uplifting rocky sound.
They formed in 1989 and have sold over 50 million records and have had over 30 consecutive no.1 singles, they are truly a brilliant band that you will love listening to.
Formed in 1988, Glay have a very special rocky tone that I can never quite get used to and can put me in all kinds of moods. They were originally a Visual Kei band but over the years they’ve implemented so many other genres of music into their sound that they’ve drifted away a bit from the genre. Wikipedia isn’t really up to speed with how many records they’ve sold but at least we know that they have sold over 51 million since 2008.
And there we have it for ‘5 awesome bands you’ve probably never heard of’ Japan edition.
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for the next edition which will be Chinese bands. 😉