I would like to dedicate this short post to our good friend Hashi. Little Hashi has not heard the fantasicality that is Polysics (the poor, poor boy), and I figured if someone as cool and well internetted as he had not heard the wondrous sounds of Polysics, there may be other poor souls like him out there somewhere. So! If you haven’t heard of Polysics, you’re in for a real treat. But if you have already heard of them (congratulations), just pass this along to your friends – they’ll thank you for it.
Polysics or Die!!!!
Formed in 1997, Polysics (ポリシックス) hails from Tokyo and describes their sound as technicolor-pogo-punk (I describe it as super awesome). The band took its name from a favored synth, the Korg Polysix. They create super high energy music, fusing traditional rock instruments with synths to create a unique punk-rocky-synthpop sound, heavily inspired by the American bands Devo and The Tubes, and Japanese bands such as P-Model and Yellow Magic Orchestra. They are also one of my favorite bands of all time.
Polysics’ song lyrics are both Japanese, English, and neither. Gibberish and nonsense words make up a fair share of their lyrics. The band is also famous for their insanely upbeat live performances (one of which I was lucky enough to see. In Akron, Ohio no less. It was fantastic – best show ever). They are also easily recognized by their goofy matching outfits, most notably their trademark orange jump suits and their straight-bar sunglasses. A lot of fans will dress up in this same outfit when attending their live shows.
If you want to learn more about the band’s history, you can check it out here on their Wikipedia page. Otherwise, continue on below for more awesome music videos. Enjoy.
Sadly Kayo the keyboardist is no longer with the band (*sadface*) but they seem to be doing just fine without her (as you can see from the first PV posted). You can read more about her and her decision to leave the band here. And you can also read a full review on their latest album, Oh! No! It’s Heavy Polysick!!! here.
So what other cool bands doesn’t Hashi know about? Help his musical tastes mature in the comments below!