Japanese rock band SPYAIR have confirmed that their latest album 4 will be released across Europe through JPU Records from 15 April 2016 as a special edition CD.
The special edition will include three bonus tracks (“JUST LIKE THIS 2015”, “Genjyou Destruction” and “LAST MOMENT”), a 16-page booklet with photos and lyrics, and a 12-page pamphlet with English translations, linear notes and an interview. A further limited edition will be available with an exclusive t-shirt.
With their fresh sound, feel-good lyrics and exciting melodies, their tracks have featured in anime such as Hammer Session, Gin Tama and Haikyuu. SPYAIR have also achieved over 200,000 followers on their official YouTube channel, with their videos earning close to 70 million hits.
Starting out performing on the streets in their hometown of Nagoya, members Ike, Kenta, Momiken and Uz have experienced domestic chart success, with their previous album Million released in 2013 reaching #2 in Japan’s national chart, which pushed SPYAIR to new levels of success as well as selling out nationwide tours. All four of 4’s singles also made it into the top 20 of the singles chart.
In May 2014 everything came crashing down when during one of their biggest tours, vocalist Ike announced via his personal Twitter account that he would leave the band. After developing a polyp on his vocal cords he began doubting his own abilities as a vocalist. The sudden announcement came as news to band mates, staff and fans alike. From that moment SPYAIR fell silent and each members’ Twitter accounts were abandoned.
The silence was broken in November 2014 when SPYAIR announced a comeback show at the end of the year, and that Ike would be staying with the band. After making a full recovery, Ike said, “I no longer listen to the negative thoughts about my voice. It’s pointless yearning for something that is impossible. Once I finally accepted that, I became at peace with my ability and found happiness once more. Now I know my limits and how far I can push myself. I feel much more confident now.”
4 is SPYAIR’s first studio album since the incident and is their fourth to-date. It can be purchased on 15 April 2016 from JPU Records.