A wise arrogant Youtuber by the name of Digibro once said in one of his videos that everyone has their best thing ever. In other words, there is something for everyone out there. This is how I feel towards the Japanese band Ling Tosite Sigure (LING-TOESIT-SIGYURAY).
I had no conception of this band prior to watching the Tokyo Ghoul opening on Youtube in early 2015. Upon watching it I was immediately drawn in by the singer TK’s somber whispering voice that gradually turned into wails and screams. I’ve been watching anime since my toddler years and listening to JPOP actively for about 11 years, but never have I been so blown away by Japanese Rock before (Rock in general).
Formed in 2002 in Saitama, Japan, Ling Tosite Sigure is a Japanese rock trio consisting of members TK (Kitamura Touru), 345 (Nakamura Miyoko), and Pierre (Nakano Masatoshi). I first became exposed to the actual band upon watching Psycho-Pass after realizing their song “Abnormalize” was featured in it. There was no going back after that, what followed was a 3-year binge on most of their discography.
There is quite literally no day when I’m not listening to them. On days where I make my commute to work by longboard, I have “Telecastic Fake Show” just blasting through my Turtle Beach Headphones ad nauseam. My quirk for making my days a little interesting is imagining myself in an AMV whenever I listen to my favorite songs, and Telecastic Fake Show certainly is one of them. Their songs are just ripe for AMVs, and it’s shocking that they’ve made only 1 appearance in anime within the form of Psycho-Pass.
Artistically, the band has inspired me as an illustrator as I work mostly in black and white using Sharpie. You could say that they act as a creative juice for this tin man of an artist.
It’s certainly not every day that we come across artists that totally redefine how we perceive the world, especially in terms of rock and roll. I’d say that I’m a fan of rock but mostly towards Japanese rock. The best sounds in a genre can come from the most unlikely of places, especially at the intersections of multiple genres.
If you ask anime fans for their favorite songs from anime they’d no doubt cite artists like FLOW, YUI, Orange Range, Asian Kung-fu Generation, Uverworld, Nico Touches The Walls, you know the popular artists. Not to say they aren’t good in fact I love them, but Ling Tosite Sigure is honestly a lesser-known band. But despite that, even in 2018, they haven’t lost their personality in the slightest.
What we have here are very talented (and edgy) musicians that have a sound of their own that I can go ape-**** to whenever I need to. Their unique voice led me to search for more bands like them, eventually bringing me to Reddit where I found bands such as KANA-BOON, La Dispute, Japanese thrashcore, Bleach, Mass of The Fermenting Dregs, Althea, and several others.
If I had to name my all-time favorite musicians they’d be Hamauzu Masashi, Ling Tosite Sigure, 9mm Parabellum Bullet, The Whitest Boy Alive, as well as Kings of Convenience. If I did anything with this post I hope I’ve inspired you to check out all these artists, you surely won’t be disappointed!