Vid Clip: Rising (Yoshida Brothers)
by Ender’s Girl
That photograph of Miura Haruma playing a shamisen in my previous (and completely unrelated, lol) post, reminded me that this year-old blog has yet to feature my FAVORITE J-music people… who don’t sing. (hahahaha. nice save nice save! hahahaha *pats self on back*)
The Yoshida Brothers need no introduction, really. I first stumbled across them a few years ago via the music video of “Rising.” The sounds and images from that first viewing remain seared in my brain: this is traditional+modern fusion J-rock at its best — picture two nondescript dudes dressed in the colors of the Japanese flag and sitting in the middle of a circular metal podium, rocking their shamisen like there was no tomorrow while backed up by a black-clad 4-man band. It’s a performance that is, in 15 letters, F-U-R-E-A-K-I-N’ A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
I don’t know why I waited so long to put this video up. Without further ado, here’s the phenomenal duo’s “Rising” MV from their 2008 international album Best of Yoshida Brothers. (There’s a little red box that pops up at 0:37 but just ignore it; this is the official Youtube vid so you won’t find a better picture quality anywhere else.)
Photo credit: asiaarts.ucla.edu
Video credit: yoshidabrotherstv @ YouTube.com