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Undoubtedly, Japan’s biggest band right now.
SEKAI NO OWARI (or “The End of the World” in English) exemplify everything that is wonderful and exuberant about J-rock, with songs that are whimsical, dramatic and downright joyous. They also have a dude who dresses up as a clown.
“I’m gonna be the anti-hero /
Feared and hated by everybody /
I’m gonna be the anti-hero /
So, I can save you when the time comes”
Think Hayao Miyazaki meets Tim Burton with a side of Owl City. Everything sounds so effortless in their world: the guitars float, the melodies soar, and the songs glitter and sparkle.
It’s all-singing, all-dancing fun.
Their earnest bubblegum J-rock has consistently topped Japan’s Oricon charts and they just sold out two back-to-back shows at Tokyo’s Nissan Stadium, where 140,000 people came out to watch them play. This is a band on the threshold of going BIG, and their sound reflects that—huge choruses, catchy hooks, and infectious melodies. Just listen to Tokyo, Dragon Night or SOS, or get up to speed with the greatest hits.
On stage, Sekai No Owari are, above all, a spectacle. Group leader and lead guitarist Nakajin rips through both fancy guitar riffs and elaborate costumes. Vocalist Fukase is the group’s Willy Wonka, weaving their elaborate fantasy-scapes. Pianist Saori keeps their sound on-point. DJ LOVE is the clown, bringing both nightmare fuel and the band’s driving beats.
These four are a phenomenon. This is some of the most exuberant, wildest pop-rock you’ll hear all weekend, nay, ever.