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Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Asian Kung-Fu Generation are one of the most successful indie rock bands of Japan ("indie" standing for the genre, not the recording label), with their Weezer/punk tinged sound enjoying a popularity that even Weezer themselves hardly ever had on their side of the Pacific.

AKFG began as a college band back in 1996 in a private university in Yokohama. It was the first and, to date, the only major project for three of its members -- Masafumi Gotou (lead vocals and guitar), Takahiro Yamada (bass and vocals) and Kensuke Kita (guitar and vocals). Soon they were joined by drummer Ijichi Kiyoshi, and this lineup proved to be stable, lasting over the course of three albums and while gearing up to release their fourth in spring 2008, not counting the many singles -- important releases in Japan, where CD prices are among the highest in the world, increasing the demand for cheaper records. However, in the beginning the band spent several years playing local gigs and making small-label releases, known in Japan simply as "indies." The three first EPs, recorded during the course of 2000-2001 -- The Time Past and I Could Not See You Again, I'm Standing Here, and a split with Caramel Man -- had lyrics sung in English and broke no new ground for the band, but the experience allowed Asian Kung-Fu Generation to mature and realize they should aim for domestic listener. Their first attempt in that direction, "Kona Yuki" off I'm Standing Here, got picked by radio, and their first Japanese-only EP, Houkai Amplifier ("Destroy Amplifier," 2003) turned out to be their breakthrough: it got rave reviews and scored in the Top 40 of the indie section of the Oricon charts.

This was followed by the band's first LP, Kimi Tsunagi Five M (2003). With the ground paved by two successful singles, "Mirai No Kakera" and "Kimi To Lu Hana," it sold 250,000 copies. The band wasted no time and released a second full album Sol-fa (2004) that topped the charts for two weeks. Its sales reached 600,000 copies, boosted by the fact that two tracks were featured in the credits of the highly popular animé series Fullmetal Alchemist ("Rewrite") and Naruto ("Haruka Kanata"). AKFG spent the next year touring the country (the Re:Re Tour was sold out) and even holding their own Nano-Mugen Festival ("Nano-Infinity Festival"), which featured eight bands in the same vein. 2006 saw them back in the studio recording their third LP, Fan Club, as well as preparing Feedback File, a collection of B-sides and live tracks. "Worlds Apart" off Fan Club finally gave the band their first number one single, and after that, a tour and Nano-Mugen Festival 2, this time featuring a dozen bands. The "Ajikan" (as the fans came to call them) finally decided to take it easy, lying low for most of the 2007. However the fourth album, World World World, hit the stores in early spring of 2008, and the song "After Dark" (not the Tito & Tarantula cover) made it to the opening credits of another wildly popular fantasy animé series, Bleach. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi
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I heard them from fullmetal alchemists brotherhood
def. need more of their albums on here
Rewrite is one of the opening songs from Full Metal Alchemist, so that could be it.
Where have I heard of rewrite?
Sounds like a Jap version of The Killers! I love it!
I like the sound of the band... but I have no idea what they're saying. lol. Music is great. Good musicians. Nice sound. Decent guitar work. Sometimes poppy in the melodies and vocals. Can't help but thumbs it up. Shouldn't be on the station that it's popping up on but I just can't help jamming out to their songs. Don't like anime, don't speak or understand Japanese, don't care. still can't help smiling when their music plays.
Get this junk offa my Pandora
Kiss u r left hand and say ur crushes name 3 times. Say a school day and say u r name 6 times. Post 15 times and he will ask you out
Haruka Kanata <3
They are on iTunes just not all of their songs and albums are there
This band is awesome. They should have this on iTunes
Why isn't this song on iTunes ��
Ekkk naruto :)
I love this but WHAT DOES IT MEAN???
I always like their songs before they even start
Alot of there songs are in animes :-)
They need more albums
oommmgggg naruto ♡♡♡♡
This band Rocks and I Love this song
:3
Kikiamethyst : y o u r e right.it does sound like a naruto song.AND IT IS EPIC ^°^
This one of the main j-rock bands I listen to.
I knew I wasn't losing it when I thought this sounded like the songs played for Naruto. :)
Super epic band <3
Its bands like these that make me want to live in japan when i get older
First Jrock band I got into and one of my favorites.
Awesome Jrock band~
If you see them play, your like no way that's them, but they kick absolute a** I would love to see them live.
I absolutely love these guys!
I absolutely love these guys!!!!
i've had the AKFG station for 3 months now and I havent seen or heard After Dark at all why is that?
after dark is totally my favorite song by AKFG no competition
This is one of my favorite Japanese bands
or you can also just download it off the internet as well
So cool!!! Love em
No wonder there songs were used for popular animes like Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist.
Wait so u can buy this on iTunes right?
They are the best
I think rewrite is awesome especially on full metal alchemist as an opening
Yep, Is sad there's only 1 album.
I love this song!! But why only one album?
Need more ALBUMS
How can you only have ONE ALBUM
If only you could like songs a million times! Haruka Kanata would be one of them :)
honestly i love their album cover more than their songs for this one XD
rreza28
Really good song!
If you agree follow me!
Not really a big fan of this...
anthonie_mcl e m o r e
I love almost all music generes (except country sorry) but I find AKFG's music to be a sheer work of genius. I dont speak nir understand Japanese but I can feel the emotion and passion in their vocals and this is what makes me a religious listener. One of the best indie music bands hands down.
Why do these guys have to be so good
BEST! ☆〜(ゝ。∂)
I love them
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