Ah one of my favourite and least know J-Rock bands: Acidman. A Trio cosisting of Oki Nobuo on Vocals and Guitar, Satou Masatoshi on Bass, and Urayama Ichigo on Drums. It should also be noted that Nobuo paints many (if not almost all)of the bands album covers.
Acidman has been described as an assortment of genres ranging from Punk to Alternative Rock and maybe even a little Virtuoso. From my experience Acidman in the beginning was more Punk than Alternative and have recently the past 2 or so years begun to take in Jazz and Jazz Fusion influences (as can be seen in their pure instrumental song Dawn Chorus and even earlier with Sai instrumental). They are a group of very talented guys and Masatoshi has to be one of my favorite bassist in the J-Music world. His style and rhythm are so distinct and full of umm what’s the word I’m looking for…OOMPH. It is very easy to listen to an Acidman song and be hypnotized by the funk and rhythm of the bass. Oh and Ichigo has one mean ass Asian beard.
Despite having released 6 albums since 2002 they are sitting between underground and major. Now 9 months after their single Shikijitsu and 6 months after their release of their full length album LIFE Acidman once again shows us how it is so easy for them to crank out works of art. Their new single “I Stand Free” contains 2 new songs: “I Stand Free” and ” O （オー） -second line-“.
“I Stand Free” is the first song on the Single. The song starts off with Oki playing the acoustic and slowly works into a steady easy rhythm. The song picks up the tempo on many parts where it feels like a rush and then it drops the tempo almost like falling off a silent waterfall.
It should be noted that in many of their songs there are 2 guitars (like in most bands) a rhythm and a lead, Oki plays both parts. In lives however Oki only plays the lead while the rhythm is played from a recording. This is because although they wanted to add a 4th person they wish to keep the band a trio.
The second song on the single “O （オー） -second line-” is actually a revision of one of their older songs “O”. Although this could be cosindered not a new song, it is much different from the original “O”. It has a more light-hearted feel to it whereas the original O was a much more brooding song. Also one other change that makes it different from the original is the use of Bongos instead of Drums giving it a more groovy feeling (if that’s how you can describe it lol).
Again Acidman’s “I Stand Free” can be purchased online at many stores such as CD Japan (Link Here). I’ll also put a video of them live performing songs from their “Green Chord” album.