Sophia (Japanese band)

Sophia (stylized as SOPHIA) was a Japanese rock band formed in 1994 by vocalist Mitsuru Matsuoka, guitarist Kazutaka Toyota, bassist Yoshio Kuroyanagi, drummer Yoshitomo Akamatsu and keyboardist Keiichi Miyako. Currently signed to Avex Trax since 2011, they made their major debut in 1995 on Toy's Factory. They changed over to Toshiba EMI in 2004, and Universal Music Japan in 2009.

Sophia
OriginJapan
Genres
Years active1994–2013
Labels
Websitesophia-eternal.com
avex.jp/sophia
Past membersMitsuru Matsuoka
Kazutaka Toyota
Yoshio Kuroyanagi
Yoshitomo Akamatsu
Keiichi Miyako

Their album Alive was named one of the top albums from 1989-1998 in a 2004 issue of the music magazine Band Yarouze.[1] Their single "-Boku wa Koko ni Iru-" was used as the 2nd ending theme for the anime Kaleido Star. Keyboardist Miyako announced on March 21, 2010 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma,[2] and on April 10 the band went on a hiatus. Sophia, as a quartet, was a guest of honor at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 1–4, 2010, having their first concert in the US on the 3rd.[3] The group ended the hiatus on August 13, 2011 at the Nippon Budokan.

Sophia is often considered a visual kei band,[4] despite the fact that for nearly their entire career their appearance has been very tame compared to most others in the movement. On October 23, 2011, the band performed at V-Rock Festival 2011.[5] Their song "Machi" was covered by Doremidan on the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, which was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[6] "Gokigen Tori ~Crawler is Crazy~" was covered by Annie's Black on its sequel, Crush! 2 -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, that was released on November 23, 2011.[7] "Eternal Flame" was covered by Makoto for Crash! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei bands of the 90's.[8]

MembersEdit

  • Mitsuru Matsuoka (松岡 充, Matsuoka Mitsuru)vocals
  • Kazutaka Toyota (豊田 和貴, Toyota Kazutaka)guitar
  • Yoshio Kuroyanagi (黒柳 能生, Kuroyanagi Yoshio)bass
  • Yoshitomo Akamatsu (赤松 芳朋, Akamatsu Yoshitomo)drums
  • Keiichi Miyako (都 啓一, Miyako Keiichi)keyboards

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

  • (1996.04.22) 「ヒマワリ」 (Himawari / Sunflower)
  • (1996.05.21) 「Early summer rain」
  • (1996.11.11) 「Believe」
  • (1997.02.19) 「little cloud」
  • (1997.07.09) 「街」 (Machi / Town)
  • (1997.11.27) 「君と揺れていたい」 (Kimi to yurete itai / I Want to be Swaying With You)
  • (1998.04.22) 「ゴキゲン鳥 ~crawler is crazy~」 (Gokigen tori ~crawler is crazy~ / High-spirited Bird)
  • (1998.11.26) 「黒いブーツ~oh my friend~」 (Kuroi Boots ~oh my friend~ / Black Boots)
  • (1999.03.25) 「ビューティフル」 (beautiful)
  • (1999.08.04) 「Place~」
  • (1999.12.15) 「OAR」
  • (2000.02.02) 「ミサイル」 (Missile)
  • (2000.10.18) 「walk」
  • (2001.01.17) 「進化論 ~GOOD MORNING!-HELLO! 21st-CENTURY~」 (Shinkaron ~GOOD MORNING!-HELLO! 21st-CENTURY~ / Theory of Evolution)
  • (2001.06.13) 「KURU KURU」
  • (2001.09.05) 「STRAWBERRY & LION」
  • (2001.11.21) 「Thank you」
  • (2002.02.27) 「HARD WORKER」
  • (2002.06.19) 「ROCK STAR」
  • (2002.10.09) 「未だ見ぬ景色」 (Mada minu keshiki / As Yet Unseen Landscape)
  • (2003.01.01) 「理由なきNewDays」 (Wake naki New Days / No Reason New Days)(+Separate limited edition version)
  • (2003.07.30) 「-僕はここにいる-」 (-Boku wa koko ni iru- / I'm Here)
  • (2004.05.12) 「旅の途中」 (Tabi no tochuu / On a Trip) (Limited)
  • (2004.05.19) 「please,please」 (Limited)
  • (2004.05.26) 「花は枯れて また咲く」 (Hana wa karete mata saku / A Flower Withers Then Later Blooms) (Limited)
  • (2004.08.04) 「青い季節」 (Aoi kisetsu / Blue Season)
  • (2005.04.27) 「ANSWER ~イチバンタダシイコタエ~」 (ANSWER ~ichiban tadashii kotae~ / Answer ~Most Correct Answer~)
  • (2005.07.06) 「one summer day」
  • (2006.02.22) 「エンドロール」 / 「brother & sister」 (Endroll) (+Separate limited edition version)
  • (2006.10.18) 「stain」
  • (2007.03.21) 「君と月の光」 (Kimi to Tsuki no Hikari / You and the Moonlight) (+Separate limited edition version)
  • (2007.07.18) 「星」 (Hoshi / Star)
  • (2007.09.12) 「青空の破片」 (Aozora no kakera / Piece of Blue Sky)
  • (2009.05.06) 「Baby Smile」
  • (2011.07.27) 「cod-E ~Eの暗号~」 (cod-E ~E no angou~ / cod-E ~The code of E~)
  • (2012.01.11) 「rainbow rain/サヨナラ 愛しのピーターパンシンドローム」 (rainbow rain/Sayonara Itoshi no Peter Pan Syndrome)

AlbumsEdit

EPsEdit

  • (1995.03.21) 「SOPHIA」 (Independent Demo)
  • (1995.10.02) 「BOYS」
  • (1995.11.01) 「GIRLS」
  • (1996.07.01) 「Kiss the Future」

Full LengthEdit

  • (1997.04.23) 「little circus」
  • (1998.05.20) 「ALIVE」
  • (1999.04.14) 「マテリアル」 (Material)
  • (2001.03.07) 「進化論」 (Shinkaron / Theory of Evolution)
  • (2003.09.25) 「夢」 (Yume / Dream)
  • (2004.09.15) 「EVERBLUE」
  • (2006.03.23) 「We」
  • (2007.10.10) 「2007」
  • (2009.06.24) 「BAND AGE」
  • (2013.03.06) 「未来大人宣言」(Mirai Otona Sengen)

LiveEdit

  • (2000.01.01) 「1999」

CompilationsEdit

  • (2001.12.19) 「THE SHORT HAND ~SINGLES COLLECTION」 (Singles)
  • (2001.12.19) 「THE LONG HAND ~MEMBERS' SELECTION 」 (Album Tracks + B-Sides)
  • (2005.11.02) 「10th ANNIVERSARY BEST」 (Fan-Selected Singles Collection)
  • (2010.01.20) 「15」 (15th Anniversary Song Remakes Album)
  • (2011.01.19) 「ALL SINGLES「A」」 (Complete Singles)
  • (2011.01.19) 「ALL B-SIDE「B」」 (Complete B-Sides)
  • (2011.01.19) 「ALL 1995〜2010」 (Complete Single and B-Side Tracks)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top 44 Albums from 1989 - 1998". jame-world.com. 2004-05-09. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
  2. ^ "Keiichi Miyako's Return to Health". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ "SOPHIA at Anime Expo". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  4. ^ "Interview with Matsuoka Mitsuru from SOPHIA at V-ROCK FESTIVAL". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  5. ^ "V-ROCK FESTIVAL 2011 - Rose and Moon Stages". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  6. ^ "'90s Visual Kei Cover Album". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  7. ^ "Aoi, Moran, and more to release '90s Visual Kei cover album". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  8. ^ "Crush! 3-90's V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs-". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-10.

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