Introduction

Last updated: September 15th 2013

Back-on is a Japanese rap, rock and punk band with 4 members.

Their main breakthrough to the mainsteam music scene was through their song Chain, which was featured as the main opening theme for the fairly popular anime Air Gear. Since then, BACK-ON‘s music has gone on to feature as the opening theme to the 6-part Murder Princess OVA, as well as both the opening and closing themes of the anime Eyeshield 21.

Two of their lesser known songs (Drive and the forthcoming Colors) have also featured as the main theme for a late night weekly TV Tokyo entertainment show “Tokyo Mayokara” for consecutive years. Their activities have also expanded to beyond the shores of Japan: Back-on have been invited to perform as the main feature band at at least 3 anime conventions – to date – one in America in April 2007 for Anime Matsuri, the next in Canada in August 2007 for Anime Evolution, as well as Anime USA during November 2007. It is probably worth noting that their live performances have been very highly rated by the attendees!

In addition to visiting the North Americas, the band have recently completed a successful debut in Asia at Formoz Festival 2007 in Taiwan, performing to a roaring crowd at one of Asia’s most popular outdoor rock events.

However, BACK-ON have continued to actively promote their music around Japan by headlining gigs with other bands, although their first ever solo performance was actually only held in July 2007.

Their unique musical style has won them numerous fans both at home in Japan, as well as abroad – some people describe their music as similar to the likes of e.g. Linkin’ Park, although the band has assured fans (in words and in practice) that their music style is actually very different, or more importantly very diverse!

In a recent interview with Anipike, Back-on were asked about bands that inspired them, and a few artists that they mentioned included: The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, Linkin Park, and the Fugees. Each band member also has their individual favourite artists.

They have released several albums, mini-albums (EPs) and singles – mini-albums have 6-7 songs in the tracklisting and usually 3 for singles, although one or two ‘signature’ pieces can be found in more than one release. The CD artwork is purportedly handled by band member TEEDA, not unlike the role undertaken by Joe Hahn of Linkin’ Park.

Their first full album YES!!! was released in November 2008 and included some of their previous hits such as Chain, flower and Sands of time – the album was mixed in LA.

flower, the single, was their last release of 2007, where BACK-ON released 2 singles on the same day, which came as a great surprise (and joy) for many. The title songs from both singles – flower and Butterfly were new theme songs for Eyeshield 21 and the  6-part J-drama Shinjuku Swan respectively. The theme song for the latter is actually quite electronic in style, a new frontier for the band, and judging by the reaction to the preview so far, it is striking the right balance.

It seems the positive feedback (we hope?) from the fans encouraged the band to experiment a little with their music, as their most recent release – a single entitled Sands of time – showcased a musical style that have never been heard from the band.

The controversial song in question is fifty/50, which features Teeda as the solo voice, and has a heavier sound (if a little electronic) than their other releases. In addition to this, the lyrics are far darker,  which contrasts particularly with the two other songs on the single (message for kidz is meant to be a message of encouragement to everyone)  and songs such as Hikari Sasuhou and New World.

However, the tune is really very catchy, and along with Sands of time (which features as the ending theme for the 51-episode Jdrama Keitai Sousakan 7) have become the two most favourite songs (it seems) of fans from the single.

The theory going around is that Teeda is the main influence for the songs in this single, and actually, interms developing music individually, he is probably the most well-known band member for his work with a number of other artists in the music scene.

BACK-ON originates from Adachi and the band aims to showcase the street flavour of Adachi, Tokyo. Each song is meant to deliver a message (I think?), with an ‘explosive‘ impact … hence their band name. BACK-ON‘s name comes from the sound of an explosion爆音“, which has the romaji pronunciation “baku-on” .


  1. 1
    Yani 12.12.08 / 10pm

    Hey
    would you guys ever do a tour in the USA?

  2. 2
    JANE 17.12.08 / 5am

    i see your website by accident.

    by the way, when will you come to china for show?

    wish you the best,and wish you five come to guangzhou,china.

  3. 3
    Flick 20.12.08 / 6pm

    @Yan!: This is really a question for BACK-ON rather than ourselves (the fansite) but I very much hope they will be doing a tour in the US or in Europe (or Asia!)

    @JANE: I am sure that BACK-ON would love to go to China as well (they have visited Taiwan for Formoz Festival 2007) and as far as I know there are quite a few fans from China on the Baidu Tieba forums.

  4. 4
    Adrian 14.09.09 / 5pm

    this is really cool, i just found out about the band and the show Air Gear, and i am hoping they make more songs, its because of those songs i am thinking of maken Air Treks.

  5. 5
    Daniel 28.10.09 / 5pm

    I just found out about this band and songs,
    they own and I love them!

    I would like to go to their concerts, but I live in Sweden. I do not think they come to Sweden T-T

  6. 6
    Flick 28.10.09 / 7pm

    @Daniel: Really glad to see a new fan! I am in Europe as well (UK) and would love them to come for a European tour one day. They recently performed at Connichi in Germany, so I think the tour maybe possible one day. I know there is a massive anime convention in Paris every year, so hopefully they’ll be invited for that in the future and we can all meet up in Paris at least!

  7. 7
    Ouji03 20.03.10 / 3am

    hey!
    can you come to indonesia?
    having a gig here..
    your music are good!

  8. 8
    kill the dark 18.10.10 / 3am

    ときに、インドネシアに洞来 – とき。あなたがいるので涼しく、素敵な音楽が日本の音楽愛好家で、聞こえるように。私のお気に入りの曲しまった事Kidzメッセージを持参。背面に幸運。

  9. 9
    kill the dark 18.10.10 / 3am

    ときは、新しいアルバムをリリースする予定?

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