||Ryuta Yamamura (Vocals）
|Ryuta Yamamura (Vocal), Kazuki Sakai (Guitar), and Genki Amakawa (Bass) started out performing as an acoustic band and later, Seiji Ogura (Drums) joined up the trio to form flumpool in January, 2007.
In 2008, their first single (download-only) "Hana ni nare" was used for the au "LISMO!" TV commercial and hit over a million downloads in just ten days (currently 2 million). Their second download-only single "Over the rain～Hikari no hashi～" was the theme song of the TBS drama "Bloody Monday" and did well on various music charts. In November, 2008, they released their first mini album "Unreal", and it hit number 2 on the Oricon weekly album chart. They became the number 1 new band in 2008.
On February 19th, 2009, their first one-man live tour "flumpool tour 2009 "Unreal" (6 venues and 7 performances) kicked off. Despite the advanced ticket sales on their official website, there were 100,000 applications, and the tour was very successful. In the same month, they released their first CD single "Hoshi ni negaiwo" which was stand-alone song and hit number 2 in the Oricon single chart. In July, 2009, the CD single "MW～Dear Mr. & Ms. Picaresque～ / Natsu Dive" hit number 3 and Live DVD "How did we feel then?～flumpool tour 2009 "Unreal" Live at Shibuya Club Quattro～" which was released on the same day hit number 1 on the music DVD chart.
The tickets for their first concert hall tour all over Japan, 18 venues and 19 performances, kicked off on July 8th and sold out almost immediately. In the summer of 2009, they participated in music fes. and other events ,such as ROCK IN JAPAN Fes 2009. On October 22nd and 23rd, they performed at the Nippon Budokan and the tickets for the both days were sold out within an hour. They released their first full album "What's flumpool !?" in December and hit number 2 on the charts. On December 31st, they appeared in NHK's 60th Kohaku Utagassen, the most popular TV music program.
In February, 2010, their CD single "Zanzou" was released, and in the same month, the "flumpool tour 2009 "Unclose" Special!! Live at Nippon Budokan" DVD was released and got the consecutive number 1 in the music DVD chart.
On March 5th, their first large-wide national tour, 40 venues and 46 performances, started.
In June, the CD single (their 7th single including the download-only songs) "reboot～Akiramenai Uta～ / Nagareboshi" was released and hit number 2 on the charts.
In September, the CD single "Kimi ni todoke", which was the theme song for the movie of the same name, was out and hit number 2 in the charts. This made it their 5 consecutive single getting into the top 3 of the Oricon charts. In December, their arena tour at OSAKA JO Hall and YOKOHAMA ARENA was highly successful, with all tickets were sold out lamost immediately. On December 31st, they performed at their 2nd time NHK's Kohaku Utagassen.
Their second album "Fantasia of Life Stripe" was released on January 26th, 2011 and reached number 2 on the Oricon weekly album chart. Their 3rd live DVD "flumpool Live at YOKOHAMA ARENA!! Special Live 2010 Snowy Nights Serenade ～Kokoro mademo tsunagitai～" was released on April 6th, and they started on their 4th nationwide tour "Fantasia of Life Stripe～Bokutachi wa kokoni iru～" on April 9th.
On July 27th, single "Donnna mirainimo ai wa aru / Touch" was released.
On September 7th, single "Akashi" was released. This song was exclusively written for NHK "School Music Competition #78, Junior High school category" and sung by a million students all over Japan. It was also picked as the song of NHK "Minna no uta", playing in August and September.
On December 7th, new single "Present" was released. On December 10th and 11th, they performed in Saitama Super Arena for "Special Live 2011 "Present" ～Arigato Matsuri! Koyoi wa utao! odoritsukuso! ～ to a crowd of 32,000. On December 31st, they performed on their third "Kohaku Utagassen".
On March 31st, 2012, their 5th tour "Because... I am"" began. This is their biggest and longest tour ever, going to 42 places nationwide and 52 performances. Lasting until September, for 6 months with a reach of over 100,000 people! "Because... I am", the theme song of this tour, was released as a single on July 11th.
(Bass & Backing Vocals)
(Piano & Lead Vocals)
(Drum & Backing Vocals)
|WEAVER was formed in 2004, from Hyōgo prefecture. The group comprised of schoolmates from one of the top schools in the region, Kobe High School.
In 2007, the current 3 members formed『WEAVER』as a piano rock band and started their performances primarily at the live house "VARIT" in Kobe.
In October 2009, the band released its debut download -omlysingle "Hakuchomu". Following by their debut song, they soon released "Wraith" and "Tokidokisekai". All 3 songs were released within a short period and they charted the top 3 of the Recochoku Rock Full. After that, their debut album "Tapestry" achieved the #19 position on Oricon Album Weekly Chart.
The band officially moved to Tokyo in April 2010.
The first single album "Hard to say I love you～iidasenakute～" was produced by the famous music producer, Kameda Seiji. The song was featured as the theme song of the Fuji TV series "Hard to Say I Love You".
Likewise, "Bokurano eien ～nando umarekawattemo, te wo tsunagitaidakeno ai dakara～" was to be chosen the main advertising promotion song for the AU「LISMO!」TV commercial.
The album 「Shinsekai souzouki・Volume 1」that included the 2 singles was released on August 25th 2010 and achieved the #4 position on the Oricon chart during the 1st week of release. Following that, their 2nd album「Shinsekai souzouki・Volume2」was released on September 29th 2010, also reached as high as #6 on the Oricon chart during the 1st week.
Anew song "Kiminotomodachi" released in December was specially made for the
"89th Japan High School Soccer Tournament".
The live performance that was held at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM was also recorded and released as their 1st live performance DVD. On the same day, the new song "『a』『i』wo atsumete" was also released. In April, their first concerts were held in concert halls (April 1st, in Osaka NHK Osaka Hall, and April 3rd at Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall).
In August 24th 2011, a new album 「Jubilation」was released. Also, WEAVER embarked on their 3rd TOUR 2011 「Jubilation～Taiyou to Tsuki no Parade～」 and performed in 8 locations in Japan. The tour ended at Shibuya Public Hall (Shibuko) December 21st 2011. Anew single "Egao no aizu" was released on the same day.
March 2012, WEAVER began an extensive national tour of 33 live performances in 31 prefectures and cities. The purpose of the tour was to convey and give the audiences insight into the origin of WEAVER's members and the trio's unique cohesive sound. The recording of the concert at Shibuya QUATTRO on May 17th was released on iTunes the next day on May 18th and soon reached Music Chart #2 and Rock Chart #1.
WEAVER is now continuing their journey of producing great songs from the inspiration from their fantastic live tour experience.