Admittedly, I’ve always preferred female vocals over male ones, but it’s even better when it comes from an all-female rock band. Unconsciously, I tend to associate the ability to play an instrument with musical talent. Anyway, all-female rock bands aren’t something I recall seeing a lot of, with ZONE being one of the more popular ones off the top of my head. I don’t tend to follow “mainstream” Japanese music much nowadays with the constant influx of music from anime OP/ED singles though (some of which may be mainstream), so I’m far from being the most knowledgeable person in this area.
In any case, I’m really starting to like Stereopony‘s music, which has already been featured in Bleach as the 17th ending theme prior to Gundam 00. For those following Bleach, “Hitohira no Hanabira” 「ヒトヒラのハナビラ」 was their first single and did fairly well on the Oricon Weekly Charts, peaking at 25th. For those unfamiliar with the song, please see the video below for the TV size version:
With their second single, “Namida no Mukou” 「泪のムコウ」 (Beyond the Tears), Stereopony seems to be really establishing themselves now that their music has been featured in yet another mainstream anime. While I doubt they were thinking anything remotely close to anime when they wrote their music, it’s not a bad way for a new group to get noticed by any means. (Hey, it worked on me.) Formed only last year, the Okinawa-based band is comprised of three members — Aimi (lead guitar/lead vocals), Nohana (bass guitar), and Shiho (drums) — and has an average age of 18 years old. Despite the fair bit of eye candy in the second Gundam 00 S2 opening sequence (below), it was this song that caught my attention more. In fact, I think I like “Namida no Mukou” more than “Ash Like Snow” from season one already. As for the PV itself, it’s pretty simple but inline with most rock band PVs in Japan. I think it showcases the girls well, which is all I really wanted to see anyway.
What do you think about Stereopony’s music, their “Namida no Mukou” PV, and the new Gundam 00 OP? Let me know!
…is really starting to feel old with all these new young artists.