Grapevine is one of the biggest Japanese rock bands with a guitar-oriented, melodramatic classic rock sound. They are very influence by 70s music, specially rock. As any music lover can discover they took their name from Marvin Gaye’s song ‘I hear it through the grapevine’. The band has 3 members even though there were four before. The original lineup included Makoto Nishihara who played the bass but nowadays there are only three members: Kazumasa Tanaka who is the vocalist and also plays the guitar, Toru Kamei who plays drums and Hiroyoshi Nishikawa who plays guitar.
It was twenty years ago, back in 1993, that the band started in Osaka but those first months were more of a rehearsing time for them. They started to play seriously in the summer of 1994, that was when they started writing original songs. The next year they had their first demo out and gave a lot of live concerts in the Osaka area most of all. The band kept on doing those kind of performances and, in 1997, they released their first album ‘Kakusei’.
They met Negishi in 1999 and their sound changed. They released the single ‘Slow and About light’ and also the album ‘Lifetime’. They had great success for the next years but in 2002 Nishihara had to leave due to health problems and this took a big toll in the band but they kept on going making great music, releasing new singles like ‘Going to see you’ and a new album ‘The idea tank’ that is usually said to be their best album.
Up until now they have released 12 albums, the 13rd is released on April 24th! They have already released the PV “Nashizukushi no Ai” and there are already some dates for their next tour none of them in Europe but we will keep on hoping for one of their concerts to be in Europe one day.
Written by Chelo