The Pillows

The Pillows
Location:Tokyo, Other (Japan)
Genres:Rock / Alternative
Record Label:King Records
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Sawao Yamanaka : Vocal, Guitar
Yoshiaki Manabe : Guitar
Shinichiro Sato : Drums

The Pillows formed back in 1989, making their debut from PONY CANYON records in 1991. In 1992, their bass player, Ueda Kenji, left the band. Though having to go on hiatus for a while, they signed a contract with KING RECORDS in 1994. After establishing a firm audience at their shows, they started to receive many offers to play at venues, over 70 shows through out a year. After the release of "Strange Chameleon", the number of people coming to their shows increases. The life style of Yamanaka Sawao sure caught the hearts of the kids. There are also many musicians and artists who admire and respect the pillows and appears at their shows. Starting in the year of 1996, they begin their own event called "DELICIOUS BUMP SHOW!!" . In 1999, they made "DELICIOUS LABEL" owned by Yamanaka Sawao, and released the alternative rock sound that is not abundant in Japan. noodles who performed in SXSW last year is one of the bands on this label. "Ride on the shooting star" released in 2000, was an ending theme song of FLCL produced by GAINAX known all over the world. Most of the songs used in this original animation film is by the pillows. Their 15th anniversary this year, they released a tribute album performed by many famous artists in Japan. Their songs give hope and power to the listeners. "feel than to think" is just the right word for the band and they are one of the few bands that could express that in Japan...
The pillows are respected from a lot of musicians in Japan. "Mr. Children", "BUMP OF CHICKEN" and "JIRO of GLAY", etc. that are some of the most popular rock bands in Japan, who participated in a tribute album of the pillows released in commemoration of their 15th anniversary two years ago. They tour Japan more than 20 performances every year, and the number of lives during the year is near 70. The album has been released every year. The ticket of the live-hall of the capacity of 2500 people sold-out in their concerts on the same day. The pillows went on their first American tour last year. They took charge of the music of animated cartoon "FLCL" that GAINAX produced and there are a lot of fans also in the United States where it aired on adult swim. Three soundtracks of "FLCL" and their album "Penalty Life" are sold in the United States. Their latest album "My Foot" will be released this summer in America as well as a tour.
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Last Updated: 06/21/06

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