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BugLug the Japanese Visual-kei band with controversial lyrics

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BugLug are not a "classic" and "traditional" Japanese visual-kei band, yes they were born in the visual-kei environment, back in 2009, but they play another genre, an evolution: oshare-kei.

Oshare-Kei (お し ゃ れ 系) is a sort of sub-genre of Visual-Kei that appeared in Japan around 2001, literally the word Oshare means "elegant" or "fashionable".

Oshare bands have a modern Pop/Punk influenced sound while retaining the typical visual sounds such as rhythmic screaming, guitar solos and songs that last around 5 minutes. The style of clothing is flashy, bright and colorful and has strong references to Japanese street art.

Wikipedia defines this band as "the freshest and most joyful version of visual-kei", taking it literally, for sure "fresh" it is, but "joyous", not on certain themes. This is because, the vocalist of the band, Issei, author of the lyrics, has demonstrated several times, even recently, that he has absolutely no problems, despite the "thorny" subject causing pain, to create a song, "Ningen e to kaeritai" (人間へと帰りたい), which describes the situation of complete bewilderment that humanity has found itself facing with the Covid-19 emergency.

It is probable that in his intentions, she wanted, with a passage with a "strong" text, to draw attention to the reality we have lived, exorcising its fear; the message could be this: if we have managed to deal with this "forced isolation", then we can move forward.



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                                                             From left to right: Gt. Yuu, Ba. Tsubame, Vo.Issei, Gt. Kazuki


This song was released accompanied by another, "Ban-Sou-Ko" (絆・創・幸), which, with a different tone, is part of a project, in which their fans also involved, created during the lockdown (both tracks were also made available on Google Play on 6/30).

And now, after their historic drummer left them to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, they're back: they officially presented the new lineup with a live show, and I'm sure they'll have new surprises in store for us in the future.

As a reference I leave you some links so that you can get an idea of the band and their work:


Song video link:  

Song links:  https://asovivabuglug.blogspot.com/2020/07/buglug-2-new-songs-ban-sou-kou-ningen-e.html?m=1

Live video link:  


  -Samantha Sisto-



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