The Japanese duo, Boom Boom Satellites, has just announced it will stop. This article is a look back on the career of this band whose music is halfway between rock and electro.
The apotheosis of Boom Boom Satellites
After more than twenty years on the Japanese and international scenes, Boom Boom Satellites is forced to permanently store the guitars and synths in their cases. This conclusion has established itself as Michiyuki Kawashima is partially paralyzed. The singer of the band is suffering from several years of brain tumors, and his physical condition is getting worse and worse.
This is Masayuki Nakano, the bassist, who revealed this sad decision on the day of the release of their last EP “Lay Your Hands On Me”. The music video of the title track of this opus features the daughter of Michiyuki Kawashima, which is a bit emotional.
Between alternative rock and electronic music
Boom Boom Satellites is certainly not the most famous rock band from Japan, but it offered a real alternative to classic J-Rock, whose leading figures are groups such as l’Arc-En-Ciel, Asian Kung Fu Generation, or more recently One OK Rock and Man With A Mission.
The band already has a long career. Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima met at university in 1990, but it was only in 1995 that they released their first track on a Torema Records’ compilation.
The musical style of the duo has evolved during its 20 years of existence. Their beginnings were much more turned to the electronica style. But soon, Boom Boom Satellites moved into more rock sounds, to ultimately achieve a balance between this genre and electronic music that characterized the beginning of their career.
Visual effects on stage and in their music videos
Boom Boom Satellites knew how to shine in lives and music videos. The band offered various visual effects. In concert, the Japanese duo does not skimp on giant LED screens or rows of hundreds of light spots. In terms of MV, most have their own atmosphere and use unique visual effects like projections or kaleidoscopic effects.
Boom Boom Satellites, a soundtrack machine
The music of Boom Boom Satellites has regularly been used as movie or anime soundtracks, or in Japanese and international commercials. As evidenced by their last song “Lay Your Hands On Me” which is the opening song of the manga Kiznaiver.
“Broken Mirror“ song is another good example, since it served as title song to the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. But Boom Boom Satellites could also be cited for its participation in the soundtracks of hit animated films like Appleseed or Vexille.
Little known fact, two tracks from Boom Boom Satellites are in Christopher Nolan’s movie The Dark Knight. Despite this, these two titles are not present on the album of the movie soundtrack.
Obviously, the end of this band saddens me a bit. But their discography is so varied that I know I will never get tired of listening to Boom Boom Satellites.