Well a buddy of mine who wishes to remain anon sent me these today, just as I was thinking, "Gosh, it's certainly been a bit of a while since I've posted any Japanese-language, alternative grunge from the mid-2000's with song titles in Japanese fonts that I have no way to even copy, much less translate "......and lo and behold, Uplift Spice, 5 albums yet...... he told me to listen to em, I listened to enough to get the idea..... .it's decent hard rock, you can hear a little Asian twinge in there. The vocals are decidedly Japanese, not psuedo-English like a lot of bands (the Mops, or Loudness at times) have tried.... a little research determines the lineup to be guitarist Yookey, vocalist Chiori, drummer Tovita, and bassist Kenji.
OK, when I have posted Greek punk stuff before, by man Apantabapanta has translated and researched the material, I have no Japanese "go-to-guy", so, here's the skinny......if I'm able to copy/paste the Japanese characters, I will, and if I can find some sort of translation in standard alphabet, I'll put them, even if (when, really)I have no idea what they mean....if in my course of researching these I can find any title or lyric or anything else translations to English, I will drop them on ya also.
Please take a chance on these. It's only rock n roll, and as you know I personally go out of my way to find stuff like this, and it gives me great joy to be able to share them with you.....if you by nay chance read Japanese, feel free to jump in and assist, and, these guys have a few more albums not included here, so if ya happen to have em, well, what are you waiting for?
Not for everyone, to be certain, but will you ever accuse me of lacking in variety? You might, but I do try, and I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of these, even if they only sample a bit...that's the wonderful thing about this internet information age, we actually CAN hear stuff like this, unknown gems from other lands, and without it costing us an arm and a leg (I remember paying well over 20 bucks for a vinyl copy of a Sadistic Mika band album back in thet 1970's some time, a small fortune relative to the time......still have it and am thrilled that i DID buy it, it was thrilling to stumble on stuff back then, and it's thrilling today.....only today, we have the ability to share, and isn't that the way you were brought up, that sharing was the RIGHT way?
射的 (Shateki)/02 雨ざらし (Amkazarashi)/03 M31/04 絵の具 (Enogu)/05 青空が滲んだ日 (Aozora ga nijin da hi) (this is an EP with a release date of 2006 I THINK the album title translates to "Target Practice", but don't hold me to it) (Late edit: found English translations of the titles-01 Target Practice/02 Weather Beaten/03 M31/04 Paint/05 Blue Sky Is Blurred Day)
HANABI NO IRO-01 Hanabi No Iro/02 Kikyyu i Natta Fuuse/03 Shiroi Hato/04 Niji No Fumoto/05 Mahou No Komoriuta.....
(also a mini-LP this one released in 2007, cannot find the Japanese lettering for these ones on a source I can copy from. Album title translates to "Fireworks of Color", song titles-01 Fireworks of Color/02 Balloon Became Balloon/03 White Dove/04 At the Foot of the Rainbow/05 Magic of Lullaby
RASEN-01 Nijuusan Ya/02 Syndrome/03 Amanogawa/04 Raiu/05 Komaku/06 Skate Board (Yet another EP from 2007, this one's title translates to "Helix", song titles:01 Two Waxing Crecent/02 Syndrome/03 Milky Way/04 Thunderstorm/05 Eardrum/06 Skate Board
UPLIFT SPICE-01 Oni/02 Kanojo/03 Hallelujah/04 =/05 NGc224/06 Pandora No Hako/07 Muguet/08
OMEGA RYTHYM-01 Omega Rythm/02 Nanatsu No Umi/03 Amidakuji/04 Klein No Shinzou/05 Gingasekidou/06 Peace/07 Dot Sight/08 Boku Wa Dummy/09 Present/10 Diorama.....Song Title translations: 01 Omega Rythm/02 Seven Seas/03 Ghost Leg/04 Klein of Heart/05 Galactic Equator/06 Peace/07 Dot Sight/08 I Dummy/09 Gift/10 Diorama
I have spot-listened to all of these, and I must say, I think they are quite good, what I've heard at least, unique to say the very least........I'd like you to try these out, maybe not all of em, but give one or two of them a spin for a possible pleasant surprise. As I said before, they have some albums of more recent vintage, and I would really enjoy hearing them if anyone can help out with that!