Active since 1998, and currently formed by Kohshi Asakawa (vocal), Keigo Hayashi (vocal), Takeshi Asakawa (guitar), Gotou Koutarou (low) and Hiroshi Iwasaki (drums), FLOW is one of the Japanese bands most known and loved by Brazilians. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet her, here are 5 reasons why you should be interested in listening to her songs and become one of her millions of fans.
1 - Music style
The style of FLOW can be defined, in general, as a mixture of pop and rock, however it is possible to find in some songs (as Days, video below) a hip hop footprint, that is, the band appeals to different tastes.
Their sound is extremely captivating. The instrumental part is one of those that makes the heart flutter with the beats, and the lyrics inspire strength and courage, as well as dealing with romantic feelings.
2 - The vocalists
There are few bands that have such great harmony between vocalists as FLOW. Keigo and Kohshi have beautiful and tuned voices that blend wonderfully in all the songs, as we can hear in this cover that they made of 1/3 No Junjou Na Kanjou, one of the most beautiful songs by Siam Shade:
The smoothness of Keigo's voice is the perfect match for Kohshi's powerful voice < 3
3 - Songs for various anime
As mentioned earlier, FLOW is one of the best known bands by Brazilians. The reason? Several of his songs were used as openings and closings of anime, the most famous of which, without a doubt, is Go !!!, the energetic 4th opening of Naruto.
In addition to being chosen to play two more Naruto openings (Re: member and Sign), can also be heard in other anime such as Code Geass, Beelzebub and Samurai Flamenco. I believe that one of your greatest honors, however, was the opportunity to record Cha-la Head Cha-la (originally played by Hironobu Kageyama) and the unprecedented HERO for the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Battle of the Gods, in 2013.
FLOW has participated in so many anime openings and closings that, in 2011, they released the album FLOW ANIME BEST, which brought together all the band's songs present in anime so far. After this CD they have been in so many other anime that soon it will be possible to launch a new volume of this collection.
4 - Shows in Brazil
To the delight of Brazilian fans, Flow has been to Brazil on four occasions, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In these three years the band was the main attraction at events in São Paulo (Ressaca Friends and Anime Friends) and, in 2015, also by six other Brazilian cities.
I was lucky to be able to attend all of their shows in São Paulo and I was even more in love with the band. The songs were played with the same quality that we hear on the recordings and with contagious animation. All members were super friendly, read a few sentences in English, wore the national team's shirt and said they were very happy to be in front of that huge audience, who live on the other side of the world. I've been to other shows with oriental bands and in them, I saw the same thing as in these three Flow shows: a great respect for the fans, something that, as the news shows us, not every artist has!
The video below shows Ryuusei, one of the songs in which there was more interaction with the public.
Aware that a large part of his success in Brazil comes from the dissemination of his songs through anime, Keigo did not miss any opportunity to cause furor when relating them to the songs played, making each otaku feel gifted by being able to sing and be moved when remembering your favorite anime.
A very nice point that I found about the presentation of FLOW here was the ticket price. On average, tickets for the Hangover or Anime Friends cost R$ 40.00 and the Hotzone, a ticket sold separately that allows the buyer to watch the show very close to the stage also costs R$ 40.00, that is, for only R$80.00 you can see the FLOW of the “VIP Area”, a MUCH cheaper value than you would pay in any other international show.
Surely the band will return to Brazil in the coming years, and for those who enjoy it is very worthwhile to see them live.
5 - Take
Takeshi Asakawa, the guitarist of the band, had special participations in the shows held in São Paulo, which led the audience to delirium. Very amused, Take appeared with several accessories that glowed in the dark, posed in a bad way, played with the audience for several minutes and even threw some of his shiny objects to lucky Otaku who watched them. For sure, Takezinho's show was one of the coolest and funniest moments of the show and also another sample of the sympathy of this band.
These were just some of the reasons why this band deserves a chance to be heard. I hope I convinced some of you :)
In the future more posts about J-Music will come!