Their popularity exploded after having embarked on a second European tour, an American tour in 2008, and then their major label debut in 2009, but in August 2010 they decided to disband due to “musical diverences”, but came back in 2010/09/17 as AYABIE, without their former vocalist 葵.
Their last line-up was as follows:
Vo. 葵 (Aoi) (ZercVelle→Le’visage→Shedde→シニカルビスケット→アイオロス→ＭＡＳＫ→エッチ→アヤビエ→彩冷える→ 葵 from 彩冷える→葵＆涼平 incl.アヤビエメガマソ)
Gt. 夢人 (Yumehito) (Ｐｒｉｍｒｏｓｅ→HYBRID-ZOMBIEZ→そろばん→彩冷える→K.Y,from 彩冷える→D-N-L→ AYABIE)
Gt. 猛飛 (Takehito) (雛罠→暴君会議→アヤビエ→彩冷える→D-N-L→ AYABIE)
Ba. インテツ (Intetsu) (雛罠→暴君会議→エッチ→アヤビエ→彩冷える→D-N-L→ AYABIE)
Dr. ケンゾ (Kenzo) (繭→アヤビエ→彩冷える→K.Y,from 彩冷える→D-N-L→ AYABIE)
Ayabie was formed in May of 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. The band was put together from former Hinawana guitarists Ryohei and Takehito, bassist Intetsu, and former Cynical Biscuit and MASK vocalist Aoi. The group would only play with support drummers until October 1st, 2005, the date when Kenzo joined.
Their first live concert was on May 8th at Takadanobaba AREA. It was a free one-man live titled “Ayabie Party?!” and here is where they sold their first single, the double A-side “Romancer / Metamorphosis Last Page”, and distributed the single “Heien no Ato, Ame”. Their next live at Takadanobaba AREA on May 19th is where a slightly different version of the single “Heien no Ato, Ame” was distributed.
During July and August, Ayabie had their first tour; a coupling two-man concert tour with Alice Nine titled A2 ~Natsu Coupling Circuit~ which hit six stops. On the first stop, they sold a second pressing of their first single, “Romancer / Metamorphosis Last Page / Kagen Sakura”. The tour’s final was held on August 24th at Shibuya O-Crest.
In September Ayabie signed with the indie label SPEED DISK and released their first single with label support (second single in all) “Chouisou Yori, Sannin” on the 15th. The single reached #7 on the indies chart. After two lives in late September at Roppongi Y2K and a one-man live on October 15th, they released their third single “Gothic Party”. That single broke into the major chart top 100, reaching #82, a great accomplishment for an indies band.
After a couple of lives spanning October, November, and December, Ayabie released a third pressing of their first single on December 11th, “Romancer / Metamorphosis Last Page / Digital Lolita Demonstration / +”. December 21st was the release date of their first DVD. It was titled Daikei / Misery In the Dusk and contained four PVs. A one-man live at Shibuya O-WEST on December 29th (where “Lovers Name” was distributed), and two different lives on December 31st concluded the year.
Starting 2005 was the release of their first mini-album, Tetsu no Shima. It also broke into the major chart, reaching #208. They also took a part in a short SPEED DISK presents lives, three concerts in January and February along other SPEED DISK bands.
February 10th was the release date of Ayabie’s fourth single “M”, which came with a A4 sized 24 page photobooklet. It reached #80 on the major chart. February had two more lives and was also the month were they made the single “Melt In Cinnamon”. That song became a present with March’s issue of the magazine FOOL’S MATE. March was a busy month; there were seven lives, but more importantly on the 21st Ayabie’s debut full-length album Ayabie Sokkan Ongen Shuu was released. The album reached #130 on the major chart.
The one-man live on April 1st “Ichidan Tobi” at Shibuya O-EAST was their first to be filmed, it was later released on DVD on August 20th. During the rest of April there were two events, a live, and a special single released on the 25th. It was “Kuroi Tsuka Sasagu Itoshi Negai”, and was sold only in Like an Edison shops.
May started with Ayabie being a part of “stylish wave ‘05 Shibuya no Tairan” at Shibuya AX on the 1st. All the other bands at the event were:【FIGURe;】, Antic Cafe, Doremidan, Shulla, Fatima, D, D’espairsRay, and SID. A week later Ayabie had their first fanclub event at Takadanobaba AREA, and two days after that they took a part in another SPEED DISK presents lives. This time it was a tour called Shinranbanshow tour ‘05 which spanned from the 10th to the 31st, hitting seven stops across Japan.
The band had collaborated with Death Trap-ID sometime in April, so on May 7th a T-shirt was sold with a single called “Believe ~Zenpen~”. During the Shinranbanshow tour on the 23rd, a second pressing of their Like an Edison single “Kuroi Tsuka Sasagu Itoshi Negai” was released. A second collaboration with Death Trap-ID sometime in May yielded another T-shirt with a single called “Believe ~Kouhen~”, which was sold on June 7th.
Ayabie and Alice Nine had their second coupling two-man concert tour titled A2V2 ~Zenkoku Sugoroku Angya~. It started on June 15th (where “Hinata” was distributed) and stopped at six places across Japan. This tour’s finale was held on June 29th at Shibuya O-EAST. Before the coupling tour, they had started a three month consecutive single release plan. The first entry was “~Igyou no Sou no Toujisha~ “Taikanshiki Zenya”” (fifth single), which was released on June 15th. “~Kakoya Kasure Sakebishi~ “Tsuki Koi”” (sixth single) was the second entry released on July 13th. Finally the last entry, “~Manatsu Yuki Torokeru Shougen~ “Kiss Me Snow”” (seventh single), was released on August 10th. The singles reached #75, #76, and #57 on the charts respectively. August was finished by a Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo one-man concert tour during the 16th, the 18th, and the 23rd respectively.
Gaining, Losing, and Gaining
The band finally gains a permanent drummer when Kenzo joined on October 1st. With a new drummer, they release their second mini-album -EquAL pRayer 2 aLL- on the 26th. This release is a first of Ayabie’s to come in two different versions, and the first one to include an extra DVD. The mini-album reached #145 on the major chart. A country-wide one-man tour to support the release, EquAL pRayer 2 U, spanned from November 18th to December 3rd hitting seven stops. The tour’s final took place at Shibuya AX on December 7th and was filmed. At this live “LEMPICKA” was distributed. The concert was released later as the DVD TOKYO pRayer on February 1st, 2002.
January 2006 started with a live at LIQUID ROOM ebisu on the 14th. Four days later their eighth single “Mafuyu, Yon Renya Sou” was released and eventually reached #62 on the major chart. A special event to support this single’s release was held at Takadanobaba AREA almost a month later on February 18th. Three days later their ninth single was released, titled “Japanese Low Res Carameltown”. It reached #45 on the major chart.
Ayabie had another one-man concert tour to support these singles. It was titled Tsuki no Kakera Furisosogu and started on March 3rd and ended on March 31st. The last live on the tour at Nakano Sunplaza is where “Chou” was distributed, and the live itself was filmed. The concert was later released as the DVD TOKYO-Rock SHOW on May 24th.
For three days in June Ayabie had their first international tour, in Finland, France, and Germany. Around this time, they had signed onto CLJ Records, a European label that distributes visual-kei releases. Their first release on this label was on the 9th, and was titled “Euro Best”. Also in June, Ryohei announced that he would leave Ayabie permanently, due to his disagreement about the band’s future. Later on in the month, on the 28th Ayabie released their last single with Ryohei “FAINT / Topaz” (tenth single overall). The single reached #39 on the major chart.
On July 19th a second pressing of “Tetsu no Shima” was released simultaneously with the PV DVD Ayabie Sokkan Eizou Shuu. From July 21st to August 30th, Ayabie held their last tour with Ryohei titled -N.M.POPCORE-. During the entire tour the single “N.M. Gentei Ongen Shuu” was sold. Ryohei withdrewn from the band on August 30th. He has since started his own band called Megamasso.
Now as a four piece band Ayabie recruited a support guitarist for lives. Yumehito, former Soroban guitarist, lyrics and song writer filled this position. They would play three lives in October and then release their 11th single “Kimi no Koe to Yakusoku” on November 1st. It didn’t chart higher than their last single, but it reached #79 on the major chart. Since Ryohei was Ayabie’s main lyrics and song writer, this single and all subsequent releases have a different sound and feel.
Ayabie would play three lives in November and release their second full-length album Virgin Snow Color on the 15th. This charted higher than their previous album released a year ago as it reached #77 on the major chart. Yumehito would permanently join the band the next day. The day after that Ayabie would play as a five member band again at Zepp Tokyo. The year would end with the Virgin Snow Color tour. It started on the 21st and concluded on December 23rd. The tour’s final was on January 7th, 2007 at Tokyo Kousai Nenkin Kaikan. Here is where “Garasu Saiku no Ohanashi” was distributed. The concert was filmed and was released as the DVD tour ‘06>>’07 Virgin Snow Color on February 14th, 2007.
Yumehito Settling In
After two lives in Korea and nine lives including: four regular ones, a one-man, two SPEED DISK presents lives with Nagoya E.L.L., and a live supporting the latest live DVD (all spanning from January to Febraury 2007), Ayabie released their third mini-album Ecumenical on March 7th. This mini-album reached #99 on the major chart. They then started a tour to support this release titled spring tour ‘07 ecumenical image that started on the 14th and ended on April 8th. During the tour up until April 2nd is when “Brownie” was distributed. The final concert at C.C.Lemon Hall was filmed and it is where “ecumenical image” was distributed. The concert was released later as the DVD spring tour ‘07 ecumenical image ~at 2007.4.8 C.C.Lemon Hall~ on June 13th.
Eight lives, including another two in Korea, were played in April before the release of their 12th single “Sakura Mau Kisetsu ni”. This single was released on the 25th and reached #59 on the major chart. April ends for the band on the 29th when Ayabie was a part of Zy. “stylish wave ILLUSION ‘07 Vol.3”.
May was only filled with lives, including: two different SPEED DISK presents lives, two lives at Fukuoka DRUM LOGOS, two lives at Shibuya O-EAST, and a live at Sendai JUNKBOX. The band had their second European tour was also during May. It started on the 19th in Germany and ended on the 28th in Finland.
June was sparsely filled with lives; one regular live, SHOCK WAVE ~Aporo~ Vol.3, and a one-man. “Cubic’「L/R」ock”, Ayabie’s 13th single was released on June 27th. This single just broke into the top 30, reaching #29 on the major chart. After two different SPEED DISK presents events (five lives in total), and another live, they started their 2007 summer tour The Brilliant Parade. This tour so far spans the longest time, as it started on June 26th and ended on October 6th. On September 26th, Ayabie released their 14th single “Yubisaki”. It charted lower than their latest single, reaching #43 on the major chart. There was also a free live to support the single. During all the September dates on the tour, “Extreme Machine” was distributed. The tour’s final on October 6th at Hibiya Yagai Daiongakudou was: where “Day Dream” was distributed, and filmed. The concert was later released as the DVD Summer Tour ‘07「The Brilliant Parade」Final at HIBIYA YAGAI DAIONGAKUDO on November 28th.
Five lives from the end of October to the end of November filled in until they released their fourth mini-album on November 28th, Rikkaboshi. From this release on, they started to visually change into a more mainstream looking one. This is Ayabie’s highest charting mini-album, reaching #62 on the major chart. The end of 2007 concludes with three lives plus the winter tour six starz program, which started on December 4th and ended on December 28th. This tour is also the first time Ayabie has played a live on Christmas.
Becoming a Major Band
2008 was a shorter year compared to others. It started with three lives and the release of their third PV DVD Film Spiral on February 13th, and on the 15th they released another European exclusive title called Rikkaboshi + a. It’s also around this time Ayabie changed their distributor. At this point they still stayed with SPEED DISK management, but switched from XXX RECORDS to GENEON ENTERTAINMENT INC. as a distributor. Between two spring tours, Ayabie released their 15th single “MELT AWAY” (first with new distributor) on March 19th. This reached #17 on the major Oricon chart. The second spring tour’s final at Shibuya AX on April 30th was filmed. It was later released as the DVD Mizu ni Tokeru Yuki ~2008.04.30 at SHIBUYA-AX~ on July 9th.
May was an important month of lives for the band because Ayabie had their longest international tour. It started on the 28th in Finland and ended on June 19 in U.S.A. On June 25th, “Mikazuki no Kiseki”, their 16th single, was released. This was six spots away from their latest single, reaching #23 on the major Oricon chart. July 11th started off the tour with the most dates, the Mikazuki no Kiseki tour. It had 33 stops across Japan and ended on September 27th. The last two dates on the tour, September 19th and September 27th, are when “twilight” and “electric moon light” were distributed respectively. Also in September, Ayabie announced that they would become a major band, and eventually signed with Tokuma Japan Communications.
The year 2009 started with a three date January fanclub tour, and two SPEED DISK presents lives in February. The band’s last tour as an indies band, The 7th color, started on March 3rd and ended on April 2nd. The tour’s final was filmed and released as the DVD The 7th color ~Indies last tour FINAL~ on September 16th. Before their major debut, in May, they performed two consecutive fifth anniversary lives titled “Ayabie Kanshasai” at Shibuya O-EAST on the 7th and 8th. Later on in the month, on the 16th, they took part in the “BENT BEAT SPECIAL ‘09” event at Zepp Tokyo.
The band made their major debut with the single “Aitakute” (their 17th single) on May 27th. It reached #12 on the Oricon chart, where it charted for six weeks. The title song was used as the May ending theme song for NTV’s Ongaku Senshi MUSIC FIGHTER. During this time a brand new song, called “Canary”, was distributed through volume 197 of SHOXX magazine.
On June 26th at Sapporo cube garden they participated in the “V LIVE CHANNEL(side:V)” event. Ayabie released their 18th single “Natsu Monogatari” on August 19th. This reached #10 on the Oricon chart, where it charted for six weeks. The title song was used as the August opening theme song for NTV’s program Ongaku Senshi MUSIC FIGHTER. Their tour, colorful rock party, started on August 24th and continued to October 26th, altogether hitting 25 stops.
In December the band released their third major single and 19th overall single “Sayonara” on the 2nd. It reached #11 on the Oricon charts, where it charted for three weeks. On the 31st, they took part in the “Over The Edge ‘09” event with many bands at Shibuya C.C.Lemon Hall. 2010 began with their “brand new story” live on the 6th at Tokyo Kousei Nenkin Kaikan. On January 27th they released their major debut album (third overall album) irodori. The album managed to reach #18 on the Oricon charts, where it had charted for four weeks.
In August 2010 they decided to disband due to “musical diverences”, but came back in 2010/09/17 as AYABIE, without their former vocalist 葵.
Edited by Chemin on 9 Jan 2012, 15:48
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