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Ibaraki, Japan (1997 – present)

ムック (MUCC) is a band formed in Ibaraki, Japan in 1997. The band has four members: 逹瑯 (Tatsurou Iwakami, vocals), ミヤ (Masaaki Yaguchi, guitar), YUKKE (Yusuke Fukuno, bass) and SATOち (Satochi Takayasu, drums). In 1997, ex-member Hiro was the bassist, replaced by YUKKE in 1999.

The band’s name, decided upon by guitarist ミヤ, was originally the name of a character from the Japanese children’s program “Ponkickies.” The band is also known as “six-nine” from a play on words, since six-nine can be pronounced “muku” (六九) in Japanese. June 9th (6/9) is also known as “MUCC day” by their fans.

In 2000 the band had their first interview in the monthly publication FOOL’S MATE, issue 221. TATTOO (on vocals) changed his name to Tatsurou and the band’s name MUCC was changed to ムック (pronounced MUKKU). On 6/9 (“MUCC day”) they released their first CD single “娼婦/廃” (Shoufu/Hai) and a second press of their album “アンティーク” (Antiiku).

They went on their first tour in Europe in 2005 after they had been signed by the French label Soundlicious, which released their full albums. They mainly performed in France and Germany. In 2006 they were contacted by the German label GAN-SHIN and started a new tour in Germany. In August of 2006 they performed at Ram’s Head Live for Otakon, their first United States performance. Their biggest European tour was in spring 2007 when they released their album “極彩” (Gokusai). They visited the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and Germany. Their concerts in Germany were a coupled tour with the band Balzac. In May they performed in the United States for the second time during the J-rock Revolution Festival.

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  • kouga78

    Holy shit... I wasn't expecting a song like Conquest in this single. Amazing!

    12 Sep 6:43pm Reply
  • TatsuSan

    Guitar in "Conquest" sounds nice.. But i think MUCC doesn't sound unique anymore...

    12 Sep 6:17pm Reply
  • mopinks

    Conquest rules

    11 Sep 9:38pm Reply
  • Wonrei

    I wish they would make Antique again

    3 Sep 8:00pm Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    not strong but decent album after a few listens. I wish they would make something like Zekku or Gokusai again.

    29 Aug 3:09pm Reply
  • Komuri

    I think the most notable time they used english was Risky Drive

    26 Aug 4:18pm Reply
  • TrentReznor-

    anyone have any info on the rehearsal of their 9/23 show? I have the ticket for the show...have the "pass" of their CD, but dont have any other info...

    21 Aug 1:41pm Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Listen to Sakurai Atsushi's version of I Like Chopin by Gazebo called 雨音はショパンの調べ -I LIKE CHOPIN-. Also try Kobayashi Asami's version of I Like Chopin 雨音はショパンの調べ.

    3 Aug 11:19am Reply
  • geunommi

    It think it feels forced because they use English phrases allot more than they used to... Don't think they used any English until they released ファズ(志音) I loved the fact that ムック used focus on poetics in there songs rather than being catchy and using English because it's the cool thing to do. Don't like the new album or Karma :(

    23 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • Ele__na

    I am selling Worst of Mucc and Karma + many other Visual kei & JROCK CDs/DVDs/cheki here! http://www.lastfm.it/user/Ele__na/journal/2014/07/22/65usxp_massive_visual_kei_and_jrock_sale

    22 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • daikirai69

    new album is fairly good despite few negative reviews I've read! I'd say both there is no stinkers and there is not quite as much of a stand out as last few albums. Perhaps not mindblowing or innovative it's an enjoyable listen. Solid 7.5. Particularly like the end of the world, japanese, 死んでほしい人. Weakest perhaps I find ender ender, ms fear, tell me

    7 Jul 6:05pm Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    anjelier69: bands at such big labels (probably also smaller laberls) are "forced" by contract to release x albums in a certain period, so it's not really "their" choice anymore... except they can decide if they want that contract or not... but for mucc it's still not "too frequent" i guess. almost 2 years between two albums is quite ok compared to other bands... (the new single announcement was quite fast tho, but other than that i don't hear any [bad] influence either)

    4 Jul 1:09am Reply
  • dawnclover

    I find the new album kinda boring, not doing anything for me. It sounds, as has been said, uninspired and rushed. Like "we need to keep releasing yearly albums guys!". I mean, there are some interesting ideas in it, but they are in the middle of the most uninspired MUCC I've ever heard. It's a shame that Ijust can't like the album more than I do. Maybe it will grow on me, but it doesn't seem like it so far. They need to spend more than a year, even a few years, I reckon, deciding what they really want to do and really work hard on their material. To me, these songs sound like they were on studio, made up a melody and went "OK that sounds good, that's a new song" and didn't even try to develop the idea more. Not to mention that I think they have been sounding too "samey". I'm rambling now, you get the idea, just sharing my opinion.

    2 Jul 2:34am Reply
  • anjelier69

    Why do you think it's Sony? Just curious, other than some lazy stylistic choices they suggested to the band, i don't think they affect their music that much

    29 Jun 7:16pm Reply
  • Pretsy

    v I didn't listen to those albums that much, so I decided not to mention them :)))

    29 Jun 6:08pm Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    Pretsy: you don't consider homurauta and zekuu "superior albums"? that's weird... concerning the "rush problem".... i think it's more a sony/major label problem....

    28 Jun 5:20pm Reply
  • mopinks

    yeah I don't know if 'rushed' is the word I'd use but it definitely seems like some of the songs could've been developed and expanded more, Hallelujah in particular ends WAY sooner than I want it to

    28 Jun 11:59am Reply
  • anjelier69

    Yeah, 6, Cover Parade and Gokusai were released in the seco d half of the year, but they are still had some legendary stuff on there, so maybe they aee having creative problems, personal problems, it could be alot of things, but even though i still feel it's rushed, i like it more with each listen, still feel like there should have been atleast 2 more songs

    28 Jun 4:12am Reply
  • Pretsy

    v totally agreeing with that "rush problem"...but I don't think the time is much the problem either, considering that the release timetable of Mucc in 2006 was VERY TIGHT (those who remember will get the idea)

    27 Jun 9:34pm Reply
  • anjelier69

    I really like it overall, but the album doesn't flow that well, for a band with so much feeling, 11 tracks just isn't enough to convey everything without sounding forced and messy, but the songs on their own are very good, some parts are really edgy, it's just the problem of the entire album not flowing like it should, Imo, they should get other producers for the next album, some more creative solutions, i mean, Miya is a good producer, but it's all starting to sound pretty much similar, production wise, also, does it feel rushed to anyone too? I mean i know it's been a year and a half since shangri la, but i think they should have spent a few more months on it, added a few more songs for diversity and then put it out, also, some of the melodies are stunning, for example JAPANESE, the metalcore's gotta go, i mean, the songs are fine, but it would be nice if they would drop that sound and go fore something more serious, mature, overall, the album is a 6.5-7/10 for now

    26 Jun 2:43pm Reply
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