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NIRGILIS (ニルギリス) had its beginnings in 1993 at Kinki University when fellow student Koki Ito responded to a flyer posted by Moyo Satake seeking anyone who wanted to form a band with him. Ito then came up with the band name, Nirgilis, which was taken from nirgilis black tea. At first the band line-up consisted of Satake, Ito and three girls. The three girls though quickly departed. New permanent band members were hard to find during this period. Nirgilis went through some 20 people before they would find a stable line-up years later.

Eventually Satake and Ito put the band on hiatus. After graduation the two continued to collaborate and exchange music even though Satake had taken residence in Tokyo during this period.

In the summer of 1998, Satake finally returned from Tokyo and the search for band members was on again. In the fall of 1998 Iwata Acchu joins as vocalist and keyboardist. Still without enough members to be considered a true band though, the search continued to fill the rest of the line-up. Then in the summer of 2000 Minoru Kurihara decides to join forces with Nirgilis as they were both conveniently looking for the same type of band members. In December 2001 Nirgilis recruits its final band member in the form of Inadera Yuki who was a friend of a friend of Ito’s.

In October of 2002 Nirgilis debuted on the Oricon indie music charts after appearing in a compilations album. Then in December of 2002 Nirgilis released its first single, titled ‘Soprano’.


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