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(2008 – present)

Vamps is the name of more than one artist
1) J-rock
2) techpara/eurobeat artist

1) VAMPS is a Japanese unit by Hyde (lead vocalist of L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (guitarist of Oblivion Dust, hide with Spread Beaver and Spin Aqua). HYDE and K.A.Z have been working together since HYDE’s third solo album FAITH, which was released in 2006. In early spring 2008, they announced the name-change for HYDE’s solo project - and officially formed a band. One of the reasons being to give more credit to K.A.Z for his work. Thus VAMPS was born.

2008 » VAMPS released their first single LOVE ADDICT in July, featuring a B-side track TIME GOES BY. The band took major risks with the single, for the song is written entirely in English - they were worried it may not do well in Japan because it is not written in Japanese. However, despite all doubts and concerns, the single debuted at #2 on the Oricon charts. Not long after, they launched a nationwide, 3-month, Zepp exclusive tour with no less than 46 shows.

2009 » Following the completion of the first tour, a DVD of the concerts was released in February. Their second single I GOTTA KICK START NOW, released in March, features a cover version of Trouble. They’re aiming even higher with their third single EVANESCENT, due to release on May 13th, as this single will feature their cover of Life on Mars?. Another tour is planned for the following summer, and in addition to the usual Zepp livehouse shows, they’re also playing concerts around the U.S.A.


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