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One of the standout indie bands in Japan, the band apart has been labeled on the Japanese scene as “musician’s musicians” and with good reason. The group fuses elements from punk, bossa nova, jazz and electronica into a catchy yet sophisticated package. Their style features rhythmically complex interplay between the guitarists that is reminiscent of The Minutemen, supplemented by a bassline and percussion that lay down an active, jazzy groove. Despite these lofty pretensions, the band remains readily accessible with solid hooks and vocalist Arai’s smooth, English-only delivery.

the band apart was founded in 1997 by Arai, Kawasaki and Kogure, (with Arai on bass) former middle-school classmates sharing a common interest in metal, especially Metallica and Megadeth. They initally were a metal cover band, and named themselves after Quentin Tarantino’s production group A Band Apart. However, with no clear musical direction aside from covers, Kogure withdrew as a result of internal discord.

After discovering Hi-Standard and other melocore bands, the band apart had a renewed focus and reformed with Arai returning on bass and former highschool classmate Hara joining on guitar (the two would later switch instruments) in 1998. Thereafter the group began working on original material while remaining a cover band, this time for melocore groups.


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  • BrootalK1d

    deathcore The Band Apart kicks ass

    9 Jul 11:22pm Reply
  • yosemiteham

    where can I get BONGO ep? let me know

    31 May 6:58am Reply
  • ripanpan

    These guys are so fucking good. [2]

    10 Mar 6:12am Reply
  • BossaQuest

    These guys are so fucking good.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    Single sounds great, lookin' forward to hearing this new record

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • raphaelp

    New single, liked the fact that he's singing in japanese, and the drums are really good:

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • steveotron

    Just heard the 2012 e.p. Glad to see that he's finally singing in Japanese. So much better.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • C4103

    Is there any way I can purchase the 2012 ep in a digital format? I love supporting my favorite artists but the shipping costs from Japan to the US are just way too much to justify ordering one album. It's like 40 bucks.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sakanami

    There is just no song that I hate with this band. The 2012 ep felt different at first but feels refreshing in a way as the songs have Japanese lyrics. ;)

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • marteenlu

    Indonesia band who like to covering Riddim Saunter, Ala, The Band Apart and Unchain as their main influence about music. Please kindly check this out: and feel free to give your comment or suggestion about us. Regards. :)

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • meganesatchii

    Indonesian fans of the band apart?(japanese band one),follow us at @thebandapartina and check out this small facebook group have a nice day :)

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Boobies4 Independenza Single 2011

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • opiumplantage

    Shitty emo kids can't into tags.

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jonkajuice

    if anyone knows where to get intoxication let me know

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
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    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • apollo_tasuki

    detoxification has 2 songs: the sun and snow lady. They're pretty good, but not so cool than Scent of August songs. I did'nt listen the 2010 ep, intoxication, if someone knows where i can find it, i will appreciate.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    I can remember I saw the band apart when they were on their first US tour in 2007. My friend wanted me to go see some shitty local band that's pretty popular and somehow that band had the band apart open for them. They blew me away and I actually got their setlist, it was actually Nandoss down there too who hooked me up with alfred and cavity. A fantastic record. I don't think the fall of 2007 could've been dominated by any other record like that one was. This new record is a great reminder of what I loved so much from them, even though they are still a little hard to listen to since they take me back to better times in my life. Scent of August is super enjoyable though!

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jonkajuice

    I don't know how you can buy detoxification ep, but you can download it online.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • C4103

    Anyone know where I can purchase the new detoxification ep online from the US?

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Brownrighthere

    Deathcore one.

    29 May 2011 Reply
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