Music: Androp – BooHoo/AM0:40/Waltz – Single Review

“It’s strange, “Everyone”, Who is that again? Aren’t you curious?”

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Artists: Androp

Genre: JRock, JPop

Released: 22nd August 2012

I cannot even explain the infatuation I began with Androp after coming across the video for BooHoo, one of the songs from this triple A-side single.

BooHoo is a guitar-riffed-filled pulse-racing track that incorporates breathless vocals with life questioning lyrics. The chorus strikes as high and screechy, and yet it is pretty catchy. Everything about this track is just momentum. The softer parts of the song are almost dreamlike. Cries of “BooHoo!” will get stuck in your head.

Being a triple A-side the quality of the next track is pretty good, and although AM0:40 is less memorable than BooHoo, the chorus is likable and positive. This shares some of lyrics from BooHoo, and while I feel that the first song is superior, AM0:40 is such a short affair that it doesn’t outlive its welcome.

If there was one song I wasn’t expecting from a rock band, it was probably something that sounds like it’s dropped straight out of a shoujo anime. The soft vocals, the rhythmic almost lullaby-ish melody, Waltz feels like a summery tune to put on a lazy afternoon. The intense energy of the band is still coiled in the background, but this song feels like a gracious break from sharp questions the band posed earlier.

I don’t listen to JRock much because I don’t particularly the style, but Androp have their own style. The band members just look like cool guys hanging out, and the whole feeling of the band is so relaxed, yet they give out their own intense energy. Perhaps vocalists get too much attention, but in this case Uchisawa Takahito, who is lead vocalist and also lead guitarist, his unique vocals in BooHoo has wormed their music into my brain.

High pitched vocals from a guy isn’t really a thing I would recommend to anyone, and yet it works. Let’s not call it JRock. Call it Androck.

See below for previews:

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(Sorry Itou, just couldn’t capture you in the screenshot!)

Androp is one of those bands that are so typically Japanese, that as a fan you will find out NOTHING about them, and yet still love them to bits. The band members don’t give much away, and everything from their album covers to their videos have an air of mystery. Previously, the members had not even had names or pictures out, but slowly these have leaked.

Uchisawa Takahito, Vocalist, Guitar

Maeda, Bass

Satou, Guitar

Itou, Drum

Sadly, there aren’t a lot of ways you can see information on the band. Their Official Website is a bit barebones, and their Youtube Channel has some videos out, but they don’t have a full interviews or backstage things unless you’re willing to scour Japanese sites. I’ve noticed some fans have written down, and translated the entire lyrics for the band. Kudos to them!

BooHoo

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