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Japan (2006 – present)

ザ・クロマニヨンズ (The Cro-Magnons) is a Japanese punk rock band formed by former members of The Blue Hearts and ↑THE HIGH-LOWS↓. After the latter’s disbandment, guitarist 真島昌利 (Mashima Masatoshi) proposed the idea of creating a new band to vocalist 甲本ヒロト (Kōmoto Hiroto). Having performed and recorded music together since the early eighties, the two of them recruited bassist 小林勝 (Kobayashi Masaru) and drummer 桐田勝治 (Kirita Katsuji), and started activities as The Cro-Magnons in July 2006.

Ever since formation, the band’s musical style has been a simple, straight-forward variant of punk rock, often featuring whimsical lyrics written by either Kōmoto or Mashima. To emphasize their uncomplicated sound (and perhaps to emulate recordings from the 1960s), several of their more recent works have been released in the single-channel mono sound format. Examples of this include the MONDO ROCCIA album from 2009 and the オートバイと皮ジャンパーとカレー (Ōtobai to Kawa Jumper to Curry) single which went on sale in September, 2010.

Kōmoto Hiroto (甲本ヒロト) – Vocal
Mashima Masatoshi (真島昌利) – Guitar
Kobayashi Masaru (小林勝) – Bass
Kirita Katsuji (桐田勝治) – Drums

While founders Kōmoto and Masatoshi are the most prominent bandmembers, bassist Kobayashi has played in the bands SADS and Nil, while Kirita is known to many as Gargoyle’s drummer.

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  • takasince1983

    Hiroto, Marcy. They are japanese only one rock'n'roll band. They surpass Glimmer Twins sometimes.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • shane140

    They're better than both The Blue Hearts and The High-Lows combined, for me anyway, I like how Hiroto's voice has matured, plus the music is just more catchier imo too

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • shane140

    Their latest single is great, hoping for a new album really soon.

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TiBer0use

    New single, "Otobai to Kawa Jumper to Curry", 10/20 release !!!

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • TiBer0use

    First-ever live DVD release featuring footage from their "MONDO ROCCIA '09-'10" concert performance at SHIBUYA-AX. 2010/03/24 ! Very good news !

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
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  • TiBer0use

    I'm in love with the new single... NEGIBOOZU & MAIN JET are so cool !

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TiBer0use

    New album "Mondo Roccia" release on Octobre 28th ! Amazing !

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TiBer0use

    New single finally announced ! "Glycerin Queen" release on Octobre 7th !

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • firecreek


    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • default99

    E-I-TO BI-I-TO ♪

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jesus_christ75

    Dangan Rock !!!!!

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
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  • Violin_Rocker

    giri giri gagan gan!

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
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