Antic Cafe (also An Cafe) is a Japanese pop rock band, which was formed in 2003 and signed to Sony Music Japan. Their visual image is oshare kei and they describe their music as “Harajuku Dance Rock“. The group released five full-length albums, one compilation album and four EPs. On September 1, 2009, the band announced that after their live show on January 4, 2010 at the Nippon Budokan, they would suspend activities and put the group on hiatus, however they stated they will not disband. On April 1, 2012, after two year break, the team announced the resumption of activity.
An Cafe was formed in May 2003 by vocalist Miku, guitarist Bou and bassist Kanon. Even though the band did not have a drummer at this point, they started to perform at several events. Later Teruki joined the band as a drummer.
In 2004, An Cafe released their first demos and signed a record deal with Loop Ash. Their first release “Candyholic“ was released in March and reached the second spot on the Oricon indies single chart.
In 2005 the band continued touring and releasing their first album. One year later the band released even more singles until their second studio album “Magnya Carta“.
In 2007 the band announced their first overseas appearance. The announcement of this was followed shortly by the departure of guitarist Bou. The last performance with Bou was on April 30, 2007. After two new members were announced. Takuya was to replace Bou as the guitarist and Yu-ki was to join An Cafe as a keyboardist.
At the end of 2007, An Cafe announced their first overseas tour, taking place in Europe in 2008. Their next studio album “Gokutama Rock Cafe“ which was released on April 9, 2008. “BB Parallel World“ was released in Japan as the fourth studio album on September 9, 2009. Next year, they announced that they will be taking a break. It was unknown how long they will be on the hiatus.
On April 1, 2012, An Cafe announced that they will be resuming activities and will be doing a world tour in November in Europe and the UK. After their two year hiatus they released a mini-album titled “Amazing Blue“ on August,8.
Misaki – June 2014