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Tokyo, Japan (1997 – present)

POLYSICS is a Japanese new wave/synth pop/punk/rock band, hailing from Tokyo. The band started in 1997, but got their big break in 1998 at a concert in Tokyo. They create high energy music, fusing conventional guitar music, with synthesized and computer generated sound to create a unique mixture of punk and electro-pop. Their song lyrics often consist of Japanese, English, or just plain gibberish. The band has been noted for their extremely energetic live performances and their wild gimmicky outfits.

Since 1999 POLYSICS have released several albums. The albums 1st P and A.D.S.R.M! were released on the independent label DECKREC Records. Just after the release of 1st P their bassist, known only as “POLY-2”, left. The band dropped the “POLY-X” names, and reduced to a trio, with new member Fumi on Bass Support on some of the tracks from Neu. In 1999, Asian Man Records released their US Debut album, Hey! Bob! My Friend to rave reviews, but weak sales. The album was a compilation of tracks from their first two Japanese releases. In 2000, POLYSICS signed to Ki/oon Records (a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.) and released their first major album Neu. The album carried with it the same manic energy as their independent releases but more refined. On the 2001 album Eno, Synthesizers became more prevalent in the mix, but the songs still had an intense punk-like energy. For this album, Fumi returned to the band as a full member, returning POLYSICS to a quartet. 2002 saw the release of the album FOR YOUNG ELECTRIC POP, POLYSICS attempt at a pop album.

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  • kevhog

    "they sound like P-Model except awesome" how fucking dare you

    15 Dec 9:32am Reply
  • Lipehlol

    whoa! this is awesome!

    24 Aug 11:25pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    This feels like Devo pastiche, I love it haha

    11 Jul 6:19am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    they sound like P-Model except awesome

    28 Jun 9:44pm Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

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    14 Feb 2:07pm Reply
  • AutumnOath

    I love the new album on first listen already. Happy that they went back to a more gritty sound, reminds me way more of their earlier releases than the past few more poppy albums.

    19 Jan 5:38am Reply
  • MachineCoil

    New album is awesome.

    18 Jan 10:56pm Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    Album is great. A bit samey, but the synths sound more dense and crunchy than they have in a long time. It won't be a big hit with people who prefer the last 10 years of the band. There is no "Let's..." "Lucky Star" or any other kind of "have fun and sing along with us" singles on it. Just radio unfriendly "keep up, if you can" sonic speed rocking out.

    16 Jan 6:49am Reply
  • The_MAT_Mark

    Actually, I might've been too harsh with MOD. It's roughly the same price as a single so it could be a generous offering by the POLYSICS party and/or it would get more attention from people as it has more tracks. The main--and probably only--problem I have with it is if Ki/oon/K-On/Whatever decided to push Action!!!'s (damn I don't even know how to punctuate that) back so they could market MOD more. It's into a new year and so makes it look like POLYSICS is on the decline with outputting less. Obviously POLYSICS could release another album in 2014 but...lol, I can't see them doing that.

    13 Jan 11:15pm Reply
  • The_MAT_Mark

    I'm tilting my head in curiosity at what "Action!!!" will be like. It's available internationally on Amazon in MP3 form. They should really be sending out a newsletter informing people of this. I personally think MOD was a mistake. They should've just had the other four songs as b-sides on two singles and financially that would probably be better for them. Instead their discography continues to look messy after the departure of Kayo, we have a crappy music video for "Turbo Drive", and "Action!!!" appears short (but is actually long for a POLYSICS album).

    13 Jan 9:17pm Reply
  • AutumnOath

    After Mega Over Drive turning out so well I think that Action!!! might be one of my most anticipated Polysics releases of the past few years. Really can't wait.

    13 Jan 1:09am Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    Vote, please!

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    Action!!! is the name of new album, and it will be released January 15th!

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CaptainMongol

    Mega Overdrive seems to take the best of their earlier punk sound and cross it with the heavy synth use they're characterized by today, i.e. it's pretty fucking great and worth a listen.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • emptystream

    Hope to see them playing a gig in Sao Paulo one day.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PierreMenes

    inaudible

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PokeBaal

    The new EP "MEGA OVER DRIVE" is great. [3]

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dawnclover

    The new EP "MEGA OVER DRIVE" is great. [2]

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mcl-del

    The new EP "MEGA OVER DRIVE" is great. I'm fully addicted to it. ^^

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    "I'm wondering if people think they mellowed down after making Neu" - agreed, but then again they made National P after that (which is sometimes even more abrasive than Neu). I think the point of the band is always to try and break new ground and create a distinctive sound with very album. As much as i'd love for them to keep making Neu over and over again, settling down just isn't their intent.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
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