If you ever wonder about music artists who perform live as good as their recording, one of them will be – definitely- SPITZ. I’m awed by their live videos (you can check it in Youtube). They might be not as stylish as Laruku, but their music varies a lot. I mean A LOT. Name it: pop, a lil bit punk, reggae, rock, ballad, and even lazy pop (okay this is not a genre, but really, you have to check their single Apartment from Hoshi no Kakera, if you want to know what I mean). This time, I want to share my favorite songs from their album: Mikazuki Rock.
My introduction to SPITZ is from my friend back in college. I was trying to find some J-rock band who used electronic sound in their music, when my friend suggested me two bands: Acid Android and *dreng, dreng, dreng* SPITZ. However, when I heard SPITZ 6th album: Hachimitsu, hey, where’s the electronic?? Hachimitsu consists folk-pop sound that, at first, too old for me at that time (compared to Diru ^^)
But, SPITZ’s Robinson and Y were astonishing. Hidden gems. Then, Hachimitsu’s songs grew in me. It feels so relaxed to hear their songs. No wonder, Hachimitsu is SPITZ’s first best-selling album. Waw, their success is not instant!
In their 9th album, Hayabusa, SPITZ made breakthrough from folk-pop sound to more rocking sound, just what they wanted to do when they first formed the band (Masamune-san, their vocalist, DID want to do punk music, just like Blue Hearts. Yes, the one with Linda, Linda, Linda!!). Their new sound developed into an album named Mikazuki Rock (2002) that really made me fell in love with SPITZ.
#5 – Escargot
Fun beat from the start. SPITZ members are in their late thirties at 2002, yet they made a youngster’s sound. It is a pop-rock song with electric guitar + bass with steady drums. My favorite is its addictive chorus.
#4 – Garbera
It maybe too slow and depressing. But I like the “emptiness” of the song. The chorus is soooo emotional… Masamune-san, you’re the best vocalist I’ve ever heard to date.
#3 – Yoru wo Kakeru
The best SPITZ’s album opening. Like how they build this song atmosphere. With acoustic guitar in my left ear, and the electric guitar in my right ear, and others divided equal. Waa… nice one!!
#2 – Hanemono
I know this song from their best album: CYCLE HIT 1997-2005. With its “clapping hands” beat and melodic guitar that might remind you of THE CURE (but it is different though), this song is really uplifting.
#1 – Bavarois
This one is MY FAVORITE!!! SPITZ going electronica? AWESOME. You must hear it by yourself.
That’s all for today. How’ bout you?