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Plastic Tree
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993-present
Labels GIO RECORDS(1995-1997)
WARNER MUSIC JAPAN(1997-2001)
EntrancE(1997-1998)
SWEET HEART RECORDS(2001 and 2003)
ATMARK CORPORATION (2002)
UNIVERSAL J(2003-2004 and 2006-present)
Sick Room Records(2003-2005)
J-ROCK(2005)
AKATSUKI label(2007-present)
Members
Ryutaro Arimura
Akira Nakayama
Tadashi Hasegawa
Kenken Sato
Former members
Shin (Drums) (left 1996)
Takashi (Drums) (left 2001)
Hiroshi "Bucchi" Sasabuchi (Drums) (left 2009)

Plastic Tree (プラスティック トゥリー Purasutikku Torii?) is a Japanese rock band which formed in December 1993 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.[1] They released their first mini-album in December 1995, and in 1997, they debuted by releasing their first single on a major label.[2]

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Biography

Arimura at an autograph session at Japan Expo 2007

Plastic Tree, also known as PuraTori (プラトリ) or Pura (プラ) to fans, was formed in December 1993. Early in their career, they frequently performed live and handed out free copies of their demo tapes.

In 1995, they released their first mini-album Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits after changing drummers twice.[3]

Two years later, they released their first single, "Wareta Mado", with Warner Music Japan, marking their official debut and first release on a major label.[4]

They are currently on the "Jrock" label, a sublabel of Universal Music.

Their fanclub is currently named "Jellyfish Breed". Because of this, their fans are often referred to as Kurage, which is Japanese for jellyfish.

Plastic Tree planned their first overseas tour in 2006, named the Chandelier Tour, and performed concerts in France, Germany, and Finland.[5] Since then, they have frequently toured Europe.

While it has been popularly speculated that the band's name was derived from Radiohead's song, Fake Plastic Trees, the formation of the band and the release of the song do not coincide.

In an interview with JaME, Arimura explained:

Arimura: When we had to name our band, Tadashi and I experimented with words. We said, 'Let's put two words together!' and 'Why don't we make a combination of something artificial and something natural,' and said a variety of things like 'steel,' and 'stone,' 'river,' etc. Finally we said 'plastic' and 'tree,' then we said 'It's good,' and then it was decided.[6]

On February 23, 2009, Hiroshi Sasabuchi announced his resignation as the band's drummer after being with the band for seven years. On July 3, 2009, Kenken Sato was announced as the band's new drummer. Since forming, they have had four different drummers.

Sound and style

Early in their career, their music had heavy visual kei influences. As time went on, their sound seemed to change and evolve with every album. Due to this, the band does not think that they should be placed into any certain genre.[6]

Plastic Tree has stated that their sound has been considerably influenced by British bands such as Radiohead and The Cure.[6]

The most easily recognizable signature of Plastic Tree's music is the melodic, child-like voice of Arimura. Their sound is also aided by Arimura's abstract lyrics. All three band members collaborate to write songs and lyrics.

Plastic Tree's current sound ranges from hardcore rock to pop.

Band members

  • Ryūtarō Arimura (有村 竜太朗?), vocals, born March 6, 1973
  • Tadashi Hasegawa (長谷川 正?), bass, born November 16, 1970
  • Akira Nakayama (ナカヤマ アキラ?), guitar, born January 16, 1971
  • Kenken Sato (佐藤 ケンケン?), drums, born January 8, 1978

Ex-members

  • Hiroshi Sasabuchi (ササブチ ヒロシ?), drums, born October 12, 1976
  • Takashi Ōshōdani (大正谷 隆?), drums, born January 15, 1972

Trivia

Discography

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Albums

  • Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits (1995.12.11)
  • Hide and Seek (1997.07.10)
  • Puppet Show (1998.08.26)
  • Parade (2000.08.23)
  • Cut ~Early Songs Best Selection~ (2001.03.27)
  • Plastic Tree Single Collection (2001.11.14)
  • トロイメライ (TRÄUMEREI [toroimerai]) (2002.09.21)
  • Best Album (Premium Best) (2002.11.07)
  • シロクロニクル (SHIRO CHRONICLE) (2003.10.22)
  • cell (2004.8.25)
  • 白盤 [shiro ban] (Greatest Hits) (2005.10.26)
  • 黒盤 [kuro ban] (Greatest Hits) (2005.10.26)
  • Chandelier (2006.06.28)
  • 「ネガとポジ」(Nega to Poji) (2007.06.27)
  • B面画報 (B-Men Gahou) (2007.09.05)
  • ウツセミ (utsu semi) (2008.09.24)
  • ゲシュタルト崩壊 (Gestalt Houkai) (2009.08.26)
  • ドナドナ (Dona Dona) (2009.12.23)

Singles

  • リラの樹 RIRA no ki (1996.09.25)
  • 割れた窓 wareta mado (1997.06.25)
  • 本当の嘘 hontou no uso (1998.02.15)
  • 絶望の丘 zetsubou no oka (1998.06.25)
  • トレモロ Tremolo (1999.03.10)
  • Sink (1999.08.25)
  • ツメタイヒカリTSUMETAI HIKARI (1999.12.10)
  • スライド SLIDE (2000.04.19)
  • ロケット ROCKET (2000.07.12)
  • プラネタリウム PLANETARIUM (2001.01.07)
  • 散りユク僕ラ chiriyuku bokura (2001.09.14)
  • 蒼い鳥 aoi tori (2002.06.26)
  • バカになったのに baka ni natta noni (2003.05.21)
  • もしもピアノが弾げたなら MOSHIMO PIANO GA HIKETA NARA (2003.06.25)
  • 水色ガールフレンド mizuiro GIRLFRIEND (2003.10.1)
  • 雪蛍 yuki hotaru (2004.01.12)
  • 春咲 センチメンタル harusaki SENTIMENTAL (2004.03.10)
  • メランコリック MELANCHOLIC (2004.07.28)
  • 讚美歌 sanbika (2005.5.11)
  • 名前のない花 namae no nai hana (2005.10.12)
  • GHOST (2005.11.16)
  • 空中ブランコ kuuchuu buranko (2005.12.14)
  • ナミダ ドロップ namida doroppu (2006.05.10)
  • スピカ spica (2007.01.23)
  • 真っ赤な糸 makka na ito (2007.05.16)
  • アローンアゲイン、ワンダフルワールド alone again, wonderful world (2008.04.09)
  • リプレイ/DOLLY replay/dolly (2008.08.13)
  • Fukurou (2009.6.10)
  • サナトリウム Sanatorium (2009.10.28)

DVD

  • 二次元ヲゴール③ nijigen orgel 3 (2004.12.22)
  • 黒テント② kuro tent 2 (2002.12.18)
  • 黒テント (2002.03.21)
  • 二次元ヲゴール② nijigen orgel 2 (2000.11.22)
  • 二次元ヲゴール nijigen orgel (2005.07.28)
  • 花燃えて、亡霊の涙、天幕に堕ちる。- Live & Clips 2005 (2006.03.09)
  • ZERO 10th Anniversary LIVE at budoukan (2007.09.08)
  • Merry Go Around The World (2008.12.24)
  • Tent (Tento) Live performance at Budokan (2009.08.30)

References

  1. ^ "Interview With Plastic Tree". JaME (jame-world.com). http://www.jame-world.com/us/article.php?id=77. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Zy 38: Ryutaro Arimura (Interview)". JaME (jame-world.com). http://www.jame-world.com/us/article.php?id=3963. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Plastic Tree". Kiraku.tv (kiraku.tv). http://wiki.kiraku.tv/wiki/Plastic_Tree. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Plastic Tree Discography". Warner Music Japan. http://wmg.jp/plastic_tree/disco1.html#1. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Plastic Tree World Tour". JaME (jame-world.com). http://www.jame-world.com/us/theme.php?id=13. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  6. ^ a b c "Interview with Plastic Tree". JaME (jame-world.com). http://www.jmusiceuropa.com/uk/article.php?id=77. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 

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