Rock band Shores releases its first album called Beginning | End

Rock band Shores releases its first album called <em>Beginning | End</em>

On November 10 many people enjoyed their powerful performance at the Output music venue in Naha.


November 27, 2012 Takahiro Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, the rock band Shores released its first album called Beginning | End through BORNtoLOVE Records. Produced by MEG from 2side1BRAIN and SHUNTAROCK, the album sells for 1575 yen, and contains eight songs with constructive messages with lyrical melodies and distinctive vocals. The band was originally formed back in 2010 by one American and four Japanese-Americans aged between 18 and 25 years old.

Their early performances were in Chatan and Okinawa City, but in 2011 the band stopped playing after the murder of guitarist Eddie. One of them commented, “Then we lost our way.”

However, fans and members of other bands in Japan sent them messages of encouragement, and these messages pushed them to start recording in earnest. As a result, this year they completed the album.

In the song Westward March on the album, they sing that, “We should be able to break down the wall in front of us.”

The band members say that they hope to develop their uniqueness and become the only band of our kind in Japan. Their fans are not only rock-kids, but also young Japanese-Americans caught up in language and cultural differences. They said that they want to be people who can give hope to such young Japanese-Americans. They understand the feelings of the people living inside and outside the U.S. military bases, and feel sad every time base-related accidents and incidents occur.

Bass guitarist Sean, said, “It is really unfortunate that someone’s bad behavior makes everyone look bad. We should view others as human beings and not as Japanese or Americans.” Vocalist Thomas said, “Mutual respect is important. Music is a universal language that allows us to share time together without actually talking.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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