Profile of the GazettE
In March 2002, Ruki, Uruha, and Reita , and Aoi and Yuune formed a band under the name Gazette.Originally signed to Matina, they released their first single, “Wakaremichi”, and a video release in April. By September they had released two more singles and another video, headlining a show for the first time in October.
Ruki, Reita and Uruha were known for their previous work Kar + te = zyAnose. At this time Ruki was not as drummer and vocalist. The band pre-Gazette (Ma’die Kuss) [2000 ~ 2002], where a vocalist Ruki step, they decided to rename and integrate 2 new members to the exclusion of support. One member specifically Yune, I talked about Aoi, Uruha, and after talking with him, asked him to join the band. Aoi was a lifelong friend of Yune This is what would Gazette in February 2002. In March they do their first tour of Japan and in April of this year get their first single “Wakaremichi” along with 2 pv’s, between the months of August and in September launched a new singles Vhs, this time stamp as was Martin. Yune before they officially leave the band members were already in search of finding a replacement drummer rookie. Unfortunately, as a REIT Shoxx interview with the “amateur” and decided to not take off a week of Gazette. Upon hearing this Kai (ex. Mareydi † I thought ‘). seized by phone and spoke to them, accepting them immediately.
In early 2003, Yune decided to leave the band, and he was replaced by Kai. Shortly after, they signed with the PS Company label, and in May released their first EP, Cockayne Soup. They started their first tour, with the band Hanamuke, and along with the tour, the bands collaborated on two songs. A second tour followed with the band Vidoll, and the bands were featured together on the November issue of Cure, a magazine focusing on Visual Kei bands.
In early December they played a co-headlining show with Deadman. On December 28 they performed at Fool’s Mate magazine’s Beauti-fool’s Fest which was later released on DVD.
On January 16, 2004 they recorded a solo performance at the Shibuya-AX, which was released on DVD as Tokyo saihan ~Judgement Day~. On March 30, 2004 they released their Madara mini-album, which reached #2 on the Oricon Indie Charts. Madara was followed in May by a companion DVD, which included six music videos and an in-the-studio documentary. The same month, Gazette was featured in Shoxx magazine’s Expect Rush III, a catalogue of independent Visual Kei artists. A second live DVD, Heisei Banka, was released in August. During September and October they toured with fellow PS Company bands Kra and BIS. Their debut album, Disorder, was released in October, and made it to the top 5 of the indies Oricon Daily Charts.
The band spent the remainder of 2004 and 2005 touring extensively, releasing Gama (another mini album) in August. In 2005 the band released their first major label single, Cassis, in December. Starting 2006 with a name change—from Japanese characters to a romanized script—they released Nil, their second full-length album, on February 8, 2006, and embarked on another Japanese tour, ending at the venue Nippon Budokan. That July, The Gazette performed at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany, their first show outside of Asia. The concerts were arranged in conjunction with the AnimagiC anime and manga convention.
Three more singles were released followed by another studio album, Stacked Rubbish on July 4, 2007. It reached #2 on the Oricon charts within a day from the release. The album debut was followed by a promotional tour from July through September. In October, The Gazette started their first European tour stopping England, Finland, France, and Germany. A single called “Guren” was released on February 13, 2008, which landed a #1 spot on the Oricon Charts, and it was announced that a new DVD would be released in August, and a new single Leech in Autumn 2008, which also landed a #1 spot on the Oricon daily charts.
The Gazette accomplished a one man tour through all of October called “From the Distorted City”, referencing to the song “Distorted Daytime” in their single “Leech”. It portrays Tokyo as a Distorted City, in terms of the society and political crisis sweeping over Japan in current days. “From the Distorted City” illustrates ‘A Message from the Distorted City of Tokyo’. On November 15, 2008, the GazettE hosted their first Secret Live in Shinjuku Station. Originally, around 250 people were to be anticipated, but instead, over 7000 came to the live, the most in history. Due to the amount of people on the streets, the police were forced to shut it down after two songs. On 3rd January 2009, the GazettE performed along side their fellow bands signed to the PS company label to celebrate the record labels 10th anniversary where they announce that on March 25, 2009, they will release a new single called “Distress and Coma”. In addition to their new single the band have announced that they will be releasing a new album “DIM” on July 15th.
On October 7, 2009, they released their new single called “Before I Decay”. It’ll be the soundtrack for the Japanese version of “Fast and Furious 4”. The band then played at V-ROCK FESTIVAL’09 on October 25, 2009 with other Visual Kei bands. They were featured on the main website, and performed the finale of the whole festival, unfortunately their performance was not broadcast live on the internet. Soon they will have another one-man Christmas live on December 24, 2009 called “A HYMN OF THE CRUCIFIXION”
Uruha Real Name: Takashima Kouyou (高島 宏陽) Part: Guitar DOB: 9 June 1981 Blood Type: O Birthplace: Shounan District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Height: 177cm Weight: 62kg Foot Size: 27.5cm Ring Size:19 Family: Parents, two older sisters, two nephews Piercings: four on the right ear, five on the left ear Tobacco: Marlboro Menthol Light, Maremen Light, PIANISSIMO one (NOTE: As of June 2, 2007, he has attempted to stop smoking.) First Copied Song: LUNA SEA – IN MY DREAM (WITH SHIVER) Liked Type: Gentle, grown-up persons Likes: Darts Hobbies: billiard, pachinko, bowling, soccer Collection: rings, perfume, liquor Favorite Color: purple, grey Favorite Animal: dog, polar bear, penguin, domestic duck Favorite Dorama: Furikaereba Yatsu ga Iru Favorite Drink: Smirnoff, MOET & CHANDON Favorite Food: Mentai Korokke Bento Disliked Food: Blue cheese Favorite Brand: PPFM, Docomo, alfredoBANNISTER Cologne: Gucci Rushes, Bvlgari Musical Influence: LUNA SEA Admired Musician: SUGIZO Random Facts: – Likes to drink vodka. – Is the uncle to two nephews. – Thinks he looks smart in glasses – He likes to jog around 1-2 am in the morning. – He doesn’t think naked women are erotic. He thinks it’s more erotic when the female body is hidden because more is left to his imagination. – He was chased by the yakuza when he was young. – He would like to have a session with Sugizo. – When he was younger, he went to the hospital to have this wart removed from his neck. He says that he can still see the scar and was afraid while looking at the doctor cutting the thing off. – He likes to sleep with a boxer and a t-shirt on. – He is a heavy sleeper. – Claims to be a “good weather” man. – Likes spring because he thinks it’s toasty warm. – Got his first guitar from his parents. – Has always fallen in love at first sight when he was in middle school – Uruha managed to lose his keys while jogging one night, into the sewage. So he called Ruki because he couldn’t reach the keys. Ruki provided a gum and a some string, which they fished the keys up with. In the end they couldn’t get the key back and Uruha remembered that his parents held a spare key so he called them in the morning and his parents had the key delivered to Uruha by a motorbike service. – He quit smoking. He quit because he thought that his health condition was getting worst and his blood circulation was low. Now he’s even disgusted by the smell of it. – He loves to challenge people on his gameboy advanced and don’t let go until he wins. He does not admit that he lost. – His rival is himself. – Does not like to eat olives. – He used to work at a vegetable shop. – Collects rings and perfume. – When he thinks that the person he’s hanging out with dressed silly or when he doesn’t like the thing the person he’s hanging out with is wearing he just keeps a distance from him. Reita had a sad story of this. He was wearing this messy t-shirt and Uruha just wouldn’t walk next to him. He walked from ahead or tried to stay behind. – He wanted to become a soccer player when he grew up. – Uruha don’t understands Kai’s mind.