Many, many months ago (about ten actually) a Tofugu audience member by the name of Meroigo shared with us a magnificent Japanese band in the comments for Japanese and How You’re Doin’ It Wrong: Tips From John-sensei. The name of this pop-electro-metal-screamo band is Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (yup, just like the movie), and they are just awesome.
This post is for all of you who didn’t read the comments on that post from so long ago, and I hope you enjoy the band as much as I do. Again, big thanks to Meroigo for making it all possible!
It’s Every Genre I’ve Ever Loved All Rolled Up Into One
This right here is the first song I ever heard from them. Right from the beginning I was hooked. As soon as the music started, I instantly had the biggest smile on my face, and then once the vocals came in, holy crap, I knew right then I was going to love everything about this band.
They really combine all of my favorite music styles into one and I never get tired of listening to their stuff. I also usually don’t enjoy such a liberal use of auto-tune in songs, but I think it actually works really well for these guys and the songs just wouldn’t sound quite the same without it.
The band formed in the summer of 2008 and was composed of the former members from Ending for a Start and Blank Time. They ended up adding another member to the group in 2009 when they decided they should include some clean vocals along with the screaming. Always a good choice, I say.
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas mainly plays heavy music with both high pitched shouts and low guttural growls. The screamer really has a wide range and even plays the keyboard. I’m not sure who the official headman of the band is, but in my eyes, it’s him.
And unlike typical metal bands, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas has electronic beats and clean vocals as well. Their songs are all over the place, but they never sound confused or like they’ve lost focus. Every song makes sense and all of they elements really come together in the end. It makes for a really enjoyable listening experience (if you like electro-pop and screamo, that is).
The band members themselves have a really unique look as well and sport some interesting fashions. This, along with their many instruments and wild energy, make them a joy to behold at live concerts. If I could just see one band play a show and then never be able to see any other bands play ever again, it would most likely be these guys.
The video below is an anime PV from the show Hunter x Hunter. It’s one of their latest tracks and it’s just as good as their earlier stuff. They don’t really have a whole lot of music out yet so far, but they’re a pretty young band, both as people and as a group. The average age of the band members is just about 20 years old.
And as of right now that’s about all the music videos they have available on YouTube. Pretty great, huh? Well, I know this type of music isn’t for everyone, so I do apologize if you’re one of those people who can’t ever come to enjoy a song if there’s screaming in it. Sorry. Better luck next time, eh?
So, how did you like the band? Which song is your favorite? Have any other musical suggestions? Let us know in the comments!