I stumbled upon Galileo Galilei (ガリレオガリレイ) earlier this week while watching Mobile Suit Gundam AGE because they do the opening song for the anime, Ashita e (朝へ). I instantly fell in love, looked them up on YouTube, fell even more in love, and decided that it would be a great disservice to the Tofugu community if I didn’t share. So please, take a listen and experience all the wonderful tunes Galileo Galilei has to offer.
Imagine the bands The Pillows and Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Now imagine them smashed together in the most fantastic of ways. Chances are you’d end up with something very similar to Galileo Galilei. The band has also been described as being similar to the bands BUMP OF CHICKEN and RADWIMPS. (I actually forgot how good RADWIMPS is – I’ll have to check out more of their stuff again.) The members of Galileo Galilei are also surprisingly young with their senior member being just 20 years old.
Is that not the trolliest troll face you’ve ever seen?
The band started out as Kankou Riot and was composed of Ozaki Yuuki (vocals/lead guitar), his brother Ozaki Kazuki (drums), Sako Hitoshi (bass) and some other dude on guitar (Funaya Sohei). They formed their band in 2008 and won a fancy competition netting a chance to really make a name for themselves. Unfortunately, that other guitar dude from before chose not to (like a fool) and the group was disbanded. Never a fun experience in the music world.
This is one of my favorite songs by them, I think.
The remaining members then began the search for a new guitar player. Soon they met with Iwai Fumito, the former lead vocalist and guitar player from the band Guild. They became quick friends and a new musical sensation was born. Since then their music has been featured in various anime and commercials. For example, their music was featured in this CM for LISMO, an online music service provided by au, a Japanese mobile phone brand run by KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications company.
They’re surprisingly good live, too.
The name Galileo Galilei was chosen blindly from a tissue box. Each member put two entries into said tissue box and Sako’s name of Galileo Galilei ended up being drawn. Sako said he chose this name because he thought it would be cool for their band to be named after some famous dude from history. Unfortunately his choice also makes it really annoying to look up their material online. Fortunately I’ve found most of the cool stuff for you.
It’s just, so… pretty!
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So why don’t you share some of your favorite Japanese bands with us in the comments below? Let’s all discover new music together!