THE RICECOOKERS is a Japanese Rock band that was born and raised in Boston, MA by Berkley College grads. Our bilingual music has a solid and loud guitar sound with a unique twist. We're now based in New York playing in LES clubs regularly besides producing songs for Japanese movies and TV shows.Share
THE RiCECOOKERS is a talent that cannot be compared with other bands, and has an originality never seen before
(Magazine Bounce, Aug. 2011), and for a good reason.
When is the last time you heard of a Japanese rock band born in America?
THE RiCECOOKERS songs are written by Tomomi Hiroishi and Kota Fujii in English and Japanese.
Their bi-lingual lyrics are poetic, often abstract and dreamy, yet confronts real pain and the universal sense of longing.
Their progressive melody-line betrays you audaciously but fills you with a sense of nostalgia.
In short, they have embodied what is "alternative", and created a sound that is different with the power
to transcend age, gender and nationality.
THE RiCECOOKERS is based in NYC and was formed by youth that could not conform to a genre, style, or language. Tomomi Hiroishi (Vocal/ Guitar) was born and raised in Mexico City while the rest of the band, Kota Fujii (Lead Guitar), Daisuke Wakabayashi (Bass) and Sohei Oyama (Drums), grew up in Japan. They individually left their home country to abandon their conformity and to fulfill their ambitions.
They met at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts where they created THE RiCECOOKERS in 2004.
In the spring of 2010, THE RiCECOOKERS made their Japanese debut with an EP titled Four of our Songs followed by a Tokyo tour. During which a renowned Film Director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Director of the feature film, 20th Century Boys), saw their show by chance and was blown away by their explosive live performance.
He later described them as, the kind of rock music that Ive been waiting for. He soon booked THE RiCECOOKERS as the theme song for his 2010 TV drama series titled, SPEC (TBS Network) and SPEC, the Movie 2012 (Toho), making history as the very first unknown Indies band to be featured as a theme song.
Soon after their dramatic debut, THE RiCECOOKERS quickly climbed the charts and became one of the most talked about rock bands in Asia through couple of sold out shows.
Most recently, THE RiCECOOKERS played for one of the biggest outdoor rock festival in Japan called "RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL".
But their home is still U.S., and their goal is making in U.S., so story continues...