Japanese pop-punk band [Alexandros] has been making waves in the past four years, with a certified Gold album in 2015, a crowd-favorite appearance at SXSW in 2016, and an upcoming US tour this October. You might've heard them while watching the BLEACH live-action movie on Netflix – they performed the film's main theme, "Mosquito Bite":
The band has become one of J-Rock's bigger names as of late, so it might be funny to point out that they've kind of been here before – just not as [Alexandros].
Back in 2010, the band debuted as [Champagne], and were quickly recognized as one of the up-and-comers of Japan's indie music scene. By 2013, they'd scored a trio of Top 20 hits: "Forever Young", "Run Away", and their collab with GEROCK, "starrrrrrr":
The following year, the quartet changed their name to [Alexandros] and made a second debut in 2015 with ALXD, their first album after signing with major label Universal Music Japan. The electric "Wataridori" was the first single off the album, amassing more than 72 million views on YouTube alone:
With their infectious, frenetic melodies and lead singer Yoohei Kawakami's sweeping vocals, [Alexandros] made an immediate impact on Japan's mainstream, and the group has been rising in popularity ever since. They won Best New Artist at the 2016 Japan Gold Disc Awards, Best Rock Artist at the 2016 Space Shower Awards, and took home the Best Rock Video award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Japan for the techno-tinged "Swan":
Now, they're all set to take on the international stage, completing their transformation from one of indie music's best-kept secrets to one of Japan's more recognizable acts. And before they set off for the US, they'll be playing their first-ever concert in Kuala Lumpur on September 22 at KL Live. For many fans, this'll be the last chance to catch them in the region before they soar off to new horizons.
For [Alexandros], it's the kick-off to yet another new beginning.– Marco Sumayao