Bands breaking up is one of those inevitable facts of life that comes with liking music. Only so many groups are going to go the distance. There’s just too many things that can go wrong. Band members end up fighting. They get sick of doing all the hard work that goes into a band. Then there’s the disillusionment that comes with realizing that they’re not going to make it big. Whatever the reason, something is going cause most groups to eventually throw in the towel. That being said, it still hits you like a ton of bricks when a band that you love announces their breakup. Or just as bad — that they’re going on “hiatus.” For me, 2015 has had a surprising number of tragedies, to put it as over-dramatically as I can. Maybe it’s just that now there are so many bands that have caught my eye. In any case, here’s a little tribute to this year’s fallen.
This New Wave-inspired pop group broke up in April. They were a four-piece band with smooth vocals and nice interplay between sharp Rickenbacker tones and synth/organ keyboards. Merpeoples’ sound was rounded out with a punchy bass and snare-focused drumming. Shiori, the second permanent drummer, left the band in spring of 2014 to focus on other projects including support drumming for Mayu. Merpeoples continued on for one more year before their final show at Shimokitazawa Reg. Singer and guitarist Charlotte has started a solo project and has released one mini album, featuring a more mainstream pop sound.
A four-piece band (vocals and occasional keys, guitar, bass, drums) with a fairly standard Japanese indie rock sound. Measured, slightly theatrical singing set them apart from the crowd. Zaien Lily went on hiatus in November. However, the guitarist Suzuki has publicly announced his departure from the band. Drummer Nakamura followed suit. With only half the songs written by Suzuki and the rest written by singer Naomi, a relatively similar Zaien Lily could arise from the ashes eventually.
Almost as soon as I had discovered Genshou, they announced that they were breaking up. The sudden notice came this month in December. Genshou was a incredibly energetic band that combined Red Hot Chili Peppers-style rock and traditional Japanese music.
The powerful voice of half-British singer Ayumi Melody flies high over the mix of keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums in this dramatic four-piece Brit rock-inspired all-female band. Formed only two years ago, the band entered an unannounced hiatus in September. This came as quite a surprise as Lily Rose had already gained a large following and had just received great reception to their first music video (directed by drummer Haru). Last month, they official confirmed their hiatus, stating that the future of the band would be announced at a later date.