What is “the gazette”?
The Gazette, initially known as the Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The group is signed to Sony Music Records.
2002: early work and Concept.
The group started in 2002 with Reita, Ruki and Uruha in Kanagawa Prefecture. The trio determined that the Gazette will be their last group after being involved with other groups in the visual kei movement. They recruited Yune and Aoi from disbanded visual group Artia and officially Gazette began in January 2002. Initially signed to Matina, they released their first single, Wakaremichi, and first music video on April 30, 2002. Wakaremichi was re. By Sept, they’d released their second PV and Kichiku Kyoushi no Nousatsu Kouza. In October 2002, they played their first solo live, and on Christmas Day 2002 5 tune compilation Yougenkyou with the tune Okuribi was released.
2003-2004: Cockayne Soup, New drummer and Illness.
In early 2003, Kai who offered to be the leader of the group left the group and replaced Yune. Soon after this, the Gazette signed with the PS Company label and in May, launched their first EP, Cockayne Soup. They began their first tour with the group Hanamuke, through which the two groups collaborated on two songs. Another tour followed with the group Vidoll. The groups were presented together on the Nov issue of Treatment, a magazine focusing on visual kei groups. In early December 2003, they played with co headlining a show with Deadman.
At Fool’s Mate magazine’s Beauti victim’s Fest, they performed on December 28. The performance was afterwards released on DVD. On January 16, 2004, the group recorded a solo performance at the Shibuya AX, released as Tokyo Saihan -Judgment Day on DVD -. On March 30, 2004, they launched their 5th EP Madara, which reached No. 2 on the Oricon Indie Charts. A companion DVD that contained six music videos and in the studio documentary followed on May 26 Madara. At the same month, the Gazette was highlighted in the Anticipate Rush III, a catalog of independent visual kei artists of Shoxx magazine. Heisei Banka, another concert DVD, premiered on August 25, 2004. In October and September, they toured with BIS and fellow PS Company groups Kra. Illness, their first studio album, later made it to the top 5 of the indies Oricon Daily Charts and premiered on October 13, 2004.
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