MEMBERS (L to R)
MAXIMUM THE RYOKUN
(Slapping Bony Guy)
(Jumping and Yelling Freak)
(Thumping and Singing
(Singing and Plucking
|The music written by Maximum The Ryo-kun (Gt/Vo) has both fierce, heavy
sound and impressing pop, catchy sound. And the lyrics he writes appear
to be meaningless but huge amount of metaphors and sarcasm are hidden
behind. The words are mostly Japanese and are very well placed and make
songs rhythmical and streamy. And this makes Maximum The Hormone (MTH)
one of a kind in the Japanese music scene. Also, it is rare for this type
of bands to be ranked in the major music charts in Japan.
The latest album from this band in 2007, "Buiikikaesu (Revive to Death)" which includes the opening and ending theme songs of TV animation program, DEATH NOTE, "What's up, people?!", "Zetsubou Billy (Desperate Billy)" and hit single, "Koi No Mega-lover (Amorous Mega-lover)" has already sold 400,000 copies and still now keeps selling.
The DVD, "Deco vs Deco (Forehead vs Forehead)" released in 2008 entered Oricon (the most representative chart in Japan) music DVD chart at #1. And the assaultive maxi-single, "Tsume Tsume Tsume (Claw Claw Claw)" released in the same year entered the Oricon general music chart at #2 and has sold more than 150,000 copies.
MTH has attended many big music festivals in Japan including SUMMER SONIC 06, 07, 08, 09, PUNK SPRRING 07, 08. The band shared stages with METALLICA, NOFX, THE OFFSPRING, RANCID and so on. At these shows, more than 10,000 of audience gather before their stages so some audience cannot enter to the stage areas.
In 2008, MTH toured the US with Dropkick Murphys and toured the UK with Enter Shikari. And made one-band tour to France, Germany and Spain. Also attended the biggest rock festival in Korea, ETP. These shows were all successful and got great reactions from locals.
In 2009, MTH invited Bring Me The Horizon and Blessed By A Broken Heart as guests and presented exciting shows in Japan.
MTH plays about 100 shows a year and all the tickets have been sold out at any venues in Japan. Some fans expect to see their shows at stadiums but MTH doesn't want to play at venues larger than 2,000 to 3,000 people capacity for reasons. It is quite hard to get tickets to MTH shows since more than 30,000 of fans try to buy tickets for each show. MTH hold a lottery for purchasing the tickets for each show, every time to make it as fair as possible.
In 2010, the drummer, Nao took her pregnancy leave and so MTH wasn't
able to play shows. Now they started playing shows and also preparing
for the new title.
MTH toured nationwide and performed 57 shows in 2007, performed more than 100 shows including festivals. All venues sold out.
Studio Coast / Zepp Tokyo / Shibuya O-east - 7000 cap. In total ALL SOLD OUT Osaka Quattro, Nanba Hatch, Fukuoka Logos and more!!!
Jan: Joint tour with ENTER SHIKARI from UK
Tokyo-Studio coast (2600cap), Nagoya-Diamond Hall (1,000cap), Osaka- Nanba Hatch (1,600cap)
In total ALL SOLD OUT
Apr: PUNK SPRING 08
Tokyo-Makuhari Messe(20,000cap) Osaka-Zepp Osaka(2,000cap)
2009 -48 shows-
March to April gTsume Tsume Tsume Shucchou Ura Final Tourh (12 shows)
*all sold out. venues are for over 1000 cap.
May to August gSakoku -Enon- Tourh (3 shows -Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo)
w/ Bring Me The Horizon and Blessed By A Broken Heart
2010 -18 shows-
August 3rd to 24th gEnon -Enon- Tourh (4 shows)
2011 -46 shows-
April 11th to 25th gGreatest The Hits 2011-2011 Tourh (5 shows)
June 17th Hellfest (France)
And European Headlining Tour (France, UK, Belgium and Germany) *all sold out
August 6th gPentaport Rock Festival 2011h (South Korea) *Headliner: Korn
2012 -29 shows-
June 11th to 14th gOyajigarare Tourh (3 shows- Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka)
Eikichi Yazawa 40th Anniversary Event gBlue Skyh (Nissan Stadium)
February 2nd to 13th gOretachino Futoshi -Tohoku Live House Daisakusen- Tourh
(4 shows Miyako and Ohfunato in Iwate, Ishinomaki and Sendai in Miyagi)
May 11th hOzzfest Japan 2013h
September 29th to April 2014 gYoshu Fukushu Tourh (55 shows)
|Japanese Animation "DEATH NOTE" ; MTH produced two tracks (Opening & Ending Theme) "What's up, people ?!" and "Zetsubou Billy"|