Clash of Modern & Traditional in “Senbonzakura” by Wagakki Band

Hello folks!  I just want to introduce an awesome band I recently discovered called Wagakki Band (和楽器バンド).   They were recommended to me by an e-mail pal, and I just found myself drawn to their unusual music.  They combine modern hardrock with traditional Japanese music elements and the results are electric!  Thanks a bunch for the recommendation, Coco!  The following song is titled Senbonzakura (千本桜).

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Let me just say that the music video is excellent!  The costumes and make-up are beautiful.  I just couldn’t stop watching.  It’s like a movie, don’t you agree?  High-quality with an eye for aesthetics.  Ah, I’m in paradise.

As for the music, I love it!  The vocals is strongly and beautifully traditional.  I also love the clashing of the traditional Japanese instruments with the hardrock ones.  They make for an interesting combination.  I think it would be more awesome if someone was to rap.  Just a suggestion.

What do you think?  Have you heard of Wagakki Band before?  If not, what do you think of them after watching the Senbonzakura MV?

Wagakki Band Official Website (Japanese)

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  1. Awww, you’re such a cutie, putting up a blog post about them:)
    I really got you hooked up, right? 🙂
    I was so happy when my japanese co-worker gave me their DVD live concert from Budokan as a present. I mean, to play at the Budokan concert hall is a huge honor for musicians. I wish I could show you some more clips than what’s on youtube (maybe I can try, if you want, to rip it from the DVD)
    Anyway, I will reply to your mail soon, I was on “vacation” last week without internet or phone and just got back yesterday.

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    1. Ehehehe~ Thanks. They deserve to have more blog posts written about them. They’re very talented musicians. Thanks for dropping by. And yes, we’ll talk more via e-mail. Cheers!


  2. They’re awesome 🙂 got to ‘meet’ them at AX last year (I think it was) lol I think this is my fav out of all their songs! Also I’m so jealous of the vocalists singing abilities, like how does she do that?! XD

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      1. lol yeah, i went to their Q&A panel but they showed us this really long video and because it was so long the actual Q&A session got cut shorter @_@ still it was pretty cool

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  3. OMG I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THIS SINCE IDK WHEN. I can’t remember the last time I heard it, but I forgot to note it down then. Recently, I have really been craving such music for soooo YAY! Thank you for featuring this! :p But yeah, I love interesting styles like these 🙂

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad. When did you first heard them? I only discovered them very recently from a friend’s recommendation, and I got sucked in by their unique style and gorgeous costumes. Their mv’s are like films, right?

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      1. I think it was a time when I was listening a lot to anime radio. I picked up a lot of good songs then, but I always forget to note down the titles so now when I am trying to get those songs back I am having much trouble in doing it. I love the costumes here 😀 you’re right, it looks like a film set in historical Japan. I find myself wishing it has a real story :3

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      2. Ah. Makes me so nostalgic. I used to listen to a lot of anime radio, too. This year, I haven’t been listening at all. That’s why I’m so behind when it comes to Japanese music and I only become aware of awesome musicians like Wagakki Band via recommendations from pals. Thanks for dropping by, Shiro!

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    1. Oh my gosh. Really? Wow. They’ve been featured in NHK? I didn’t know that. I’ve just become aware of them very recently via a friend’s recommendation, so I only saw their videos on Youtube. And you’re right, they’re very unique by combining old and new styles. Thanks for dropping by and the info. Cheers!

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