Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK will be performing live across North America while on tour until November 16th. Photo courtesy: WMC
TORONTO – On October 1st at the Danforth Music Hall, Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK will be rocking it out during their fourth international tour.
ONE OK ROCK originally formed in 2005 and the band has gaining in popularity ever since. It consists of four members with singer Takahiro Moriuchi, guitarist Toru Yamashita, bassist Ryota Kohama, and Tomoya Kanki on drums.
Over the last few years, their songs were featured in a number of films including the live-action adaptation of manga series Rurouni Kenshin. The movie was distributed to over 64 countries and gave ONE OK ROCK’s songs quite a stage.
And now the band is coming back to Toronto for another show on the heels of the international release of their latest album 35 xxxv Deluxe Edition.
When the band formed in 2005, the studio they practiced at was cheaper at 1 a.m. on weekends. They replaced the “one o’clock” with “OK” and “ROCK”, and the name stuck.
Rurouni Kenshin’s success expanded ONE OK ROCK’s reputation overseas. Furthermore, Taka, the vocalist in the band, has been gaining recognition for his singing talents. In addition, he is also well-known for being a strong English speaker, which helps him interact with western media.
The lyrics of the band’s songs are also written in both Japanese and English, which helps international listeners feel the essence of their writing.
Their latest album was released on February 11th, 2015, but the international edition has two unpublished songs as bonus tracks.
Starting in October and through to November, ONE OK ROCK will be joining American pop-punk band All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens on a US tour. The band will also be launching into a European tour in December 2015 and Asia tour in the new year.