Alternative shamisen rock band The Shamisenists
released their new album PLAY!
in digital format on November 22nd. The physical version will follow in mid-December.
features 13 tracks in total, including new arrangements of their single SAKURA
, its coupling track Walking On The Moon
and some other previously-released songs like HARE
, SST (Shibuya Scramble Terminator)
and Battler's High
as well as brand new songs. Furthermore, the bonus 13th song is an alternate mix version of HARE
The album was produced by tatsu
, bassist of LÄ-PPISCH
. Musician, arranger and composer
was the recording engineer. PLAY!
also features Kimura Satoshi
on keyboards. Kimura
has served as a support member since their single SAKURA
, which was released this March.
Lead shamisen player and band leader JACK
"Many of the songs were created with the energetic soundscape of the period around 1990 in mind, when rock and street culture were mixed together."
The band launched a special site for PLAY!
, which can be accessed here
. The album is available for download and streaming on various platforms
will hold a release event for the album at MoonRomantic in Tokyo on February 3rd, 2023.
A trailer for PLAY!
and a special video for Holiday feat. Irochi from MINYO CRUSADERS
can be viewed below.