There are at least 4 artists using the name 'Viridian':
I. Japanese indie rock band
II. A Polish formation
III. A producer by the name of Sean Keyt
IV. A Swedish alternative artist
I. Viridian is a folk/indie-rock trio from Japan.
Sano Hitomi - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Miyaji Kimura - Electric Guitar
Kamiya Yuu - Drums
2009. サンゲンショク (Sangenshoku)
2010. シグナル (Signal)
Their debut album Sangenshoku (サンゲンショク), released in early 2009, is a solid offering of groovy indie-rock tempered by singer Sano Hitomi's more mature voice and acoustic guitar. Miyaji Kimura's electric guitar playing is treated with plenty of raw power and stripped down effects, and the same goes for Kamiya Yuu's drumming.
There is very little technical wizardry to get in the way of the band's pure song writing talents. With the exception of the band's first single "Little Soldier," the songs are rather soft and sparse, not exactly down-tempo but also not overly energetic. The lack of a bass player also adds a tenseness to the music. Without the bottom end to provide a warm and rosy glow, the songs stand out as being a bit cold and angular.
On the other hand, they are also able to keep the mood light and playful. While they still retain an overall morose feel, some songs do venture into an easy going, toe tapping groove. While they may sound a bit light on tape, in a live setting they really ramp up the volume and manage to inject more life into their songs.
With only a single release from the band so far, it's tough to know what to expect in the future. Sangenshoku shows not only a lot of promise, but the ability for Viridian to go in just about any direction the choose. We shall just have to wait and see.
II. Viridian was formed in Spring 2002 by guitarist Krzysztof "Faza" Wiszniewski (former member of bands such as Wrinkled Fred, Strefa Czasu and Braintrust). He was joined primarily by musicians he had worked with previously Nina Garncarczyk (ex-Braintrust), Marcin Karolak (ex-Strefa Czasu) and Paweł "Shaman" Karle, whom he'd played shanties with in pubs at the time. The first line-up was rounded off by Jerzy Mroczek on bass and Marcin Włusek on drums.
The first Viridian concert took place in January 2003 at Warsaw's Nemo club. Also on the bill were Naamah, Orbita Wiru and Haras. That Spring, the band recorded a four-song demo. Two of those songs "Panna Anna" (the instrumental version) and "Jutro" were then used in the soundtrack of the short-feature film "Czerwony 55", directed by Agnieszka Gomułka.
Shortly after recording the demo, Marcin Włusek left the band due to health reasons. He was replaced by Marek Kułakowski. The new line-up played a number of gigs in 2004, most notably the Pruszków Days and the closing spot of "Monarowisko 2004" - a charity concert for the patients at Monar - Poland's largest drug-rehab organisation.
Sadly, "Monarowisko" was the last performance by this line-up. Jurek Mroczek and Marek Kułakowski both left the band following this concert. They were replaced in September 2004 by bassist Jarek Michalski and drummer Piotr "Tonic" Konarski. The revamped band recorded the "Through The Looking Glass EP" at Warsaw's Serakos studio in October of that year. That same month Viridian gave their first performance with the new line-up at the Progresja club in Warsaw. The band also appeared at the "Rockowania 2004" festival in Mława in December.
In 2005, Viridan continued to gain momentum. The band regularly performed in clubs and did some open-air concerts. In July, Viridian played at the "Rockowe Ogródki" festival in Płock and in August closed the rock day of "Lato nad Pilicą" in Warka. That summer, the band also recorded the "Peter Pan/World In Your Hands" single at Warsaw's Złota Skała & Kokszoman studio. Once again however, summer brought about a change in the band's line-up. This time, founder-member Marcin Karolak departed the ranks. After a long search he was replaced by Anna Turwoń and Viridian took to the stage once again in January 2006.
The 2006 concert season was Viridian's strongest to date, with performances at the Rock May Festival in Skierniewice and at the Toruń gig on the Abracadabra Gothic Tour 2006, supporting Closterkeller. Towards the end of the year, the band also shot it's first video for "Before You Leave", off the "Through The Looking Glass EP".
More line-up changes were in store for 2007: Jarek Michalski was replaced by Marcin "Aval" Rybak and Anna Turwón by Michał "Sephiroth" Golicz.
III. Sean Keyt is most famous under the alias Viridian for his hit track 'Sunhump', which is featured on numerous trance compilations. Also renowned is the remix of Sunhump by Classified Project. Other works of Viridian includes a remix of 'Two Sides To Every Story' by Jay Alansky, also known as 'A Reminiscent Drive'.
IV. Alternative artist from Sweden.
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