Back in February 1991, a band was formed in Osaka. HIDE, TETSU, HIRO, PERO; the names that started the legend.

Hyde, Tetsuya, Ken, Yukihiro the names that inspire millions of fans across the globe. Now, in their 20th year of existence, L’Arc-en-Ciel are still going strong, and are currently touring the WORLD.

Selling over 28.9 million records in Japan ALONE, this four piece band have produced over 10 albums since 1993, releasing their most current, ‘Butterfly’, on the 8th of February this year.

Now, you may not have heard of L’Arc-en-Ciel, but I bet you have heard of Full Metal Alchemist. Fans were in for a treat when the second opening of the original series opened and we all heard this song:

If you hadn’t heard of L’Arc-en-Ciel before 2004, if you watched FMA and were anything like me, you would have been onto that band faster than you can slap your hands together then onto the floor. Anime and big Japanese bands often go hand in hand with international fame (anyone remember Death Note and Maximum the Hormone?)

With FMA kicking off my love for this band, I rapidly gathered all their songs to me (with the help of my boyfriend) like a dragon hoarding gems (precious Hide shaped gems..mmmm) and I soon found my favourite song; Blurry Eyes

What draws me to this band? The fact that you don’t hear music like it in much Western music, especially these days in the world of manufactured ‘pop-rock’. L’Arc-en-Ciel’s songs are timeless and can evoke varying emotions from sadness to get up and go. It is rare a band speaks into my very heart in the way, say, classical pieces do, but the sound of Hide’s voice does exactly that and sends me on travels into my imagination.

If you can, get their songs, listen to their music, new AND old. If you are a fan and have the money, go see them live in London this year! Just as good live as they are on record, L’Arc-en-Ciel are living legends, up there with Mr Children and Glay.

Tour website: Link
L’Arc-en-Ciel website: Link

Words: Katie Jones
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