All About the Japanese Rock Band "Flower Flower"
A Photo of the Band Flower Flower
Who Formed Flower Flower?
“Flower Flower” is a Japanese rock band formed in 2013 that I just happened to discover about a week ago. Flower Flower was formed because of the thoughts of singer Yui who formed this group shortly after retiring as a solo singer in November 2012. I found out about Flower Flower because of a website called Tokyo Hive, a website covering news and events about Japanese artists, singer, actresses and more. The band’s name was chosen by Yui because she wanted to have something natural in the band’s name. Here is some basic information about the band Flower Flower:
Flower Flower Basic Facts
- Genre: indie pop & rock
- Label signed to: Sony Music Records
- Band members: Yui (vocals and guitars), Jun Muruyama (keyboards),Katsuhiro Mafune (bass guitar), and Norihide Sajii (drums).
Information About the Personal Life of Yui the Band's Front Woman & Guitarist
The band has two studio albums Mi released in 2014 and Spotlight released in 2018. I’m just listening to their first album Mi, just getting right into it as I write this. Now as with many bands, Flower Flower has gone through adversity and this adversity hit Yui. Yui ended up filing for divorce from her husband who was not a celebrity and the divorce was finalized in August 2017. She ended up giving birth to twin boys in August 2015 after having married him in April 2015. She gave birth to her 4th child in February 2019, a daughter. She married once again, this time to another non-celebrity man in September 2018 and he works in the sports industry. On March 26, 2019, Yui’s birthday, Flower Flower would release a song called “Touka” after having released songs such as Tsuki and Kamisama. Here is the track listing for their debut album, all the titles with their English translations to make it more understandable for Western audiences:
Track listing for the Album Mi (2014)
- God (Kamisama)
- Transparent Song
- Morning Kiss
- Drop of Water
- Wonderful World
- Standing Up Out of His Seat
- About You
- Start Line
- Moon (Tsuki)
- Bye, Bye
Perspective & a Review of the Album Mi (Fruit)
This article is being written so that Western audiences could get exposed to bands from this rich and culturally loaded East Asian nation of Japan. I think that Japanese based artists don’t get nearly enough exposure outside of their country and this is a shame because Japan is a country that is full of talented artists and this talent goes far beyond the J POP groups. The band’s name does have everything to do with nature, because flowers are a major part of the world’s natural environment.
Yui’s soothing vocals can especially be heard in the 10th song called “About You.” The guitars are soft and provide an interesting ambience. This band is not soft enough to be considered a pop music band. They are more of a pop and rock hybrid. I got the sense at first that Yiu sounded to me more like Anneke Van Giersbergen but I get the sense in this 10th song, her voice is too soft to sound like Anneke. The Smashing Pumpkins would be impressed with this vocal display if they heard it. They can do soft songs but this one is pretty impressive! I have not heard this group’s second album Spotlight yet but I may do so. “Mi” on the Oricon weekly albums chart went up to #5 which is still very good.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian