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MUCC's success story begins in 1997, in a small Japanese city a hundred miles outside of Tokyo. A result of the coming together of four high-school friends, MUCC spent the next two years relentlessly touring Japan, and releasing several limited demo-cd`s, with the intention of getting their name out there and creating a buzz. Their plan worked well, and the band found themselves with a huge fan community and a series of live shows that reflected this. In December 1999 MUCC released their first official album "Antique". The first pressing sold out fast, causing the leading Japanese rock magazines "ShoXX" and "Fools Mate" to pay attention. With their great talent for writing diverse songs, contrasting soft instrumentals against powerful riffs, heavy breaks and beautiful melodious vocals, MUCC were fast becoming hot property. In 2001 and 2002, MUCC released a range of singles and the two albums "Tsuuzetsu" and "HomuraUta" through their own label, "Shu”, assisted by prestigious Japanese label Danger Crue Inc. By 2002 sales figures were big enough for the major Japanese record labels to start sniffing around the band. Reluctant to lose their art to a faceless corporation, and keen to be in full control of their music, MUCC opted to shun the multi-figure record deals. Although they wanted to remain independent, they had the savvy to see the benefits a major distributor could offer, and in the beginning of 2003, signed a distribution deal with Universal Music. With a major distribution deal in place, and excitement about the band at a high and still soaring, MUCC launched "Zekku” with a huge tour of Japan, ending the tour at a sold out, 6000 capacity Toyko Bay NK Hall. MUCC were now in Japan's premier league. But all was not well within the band, and they were finding it hard to continue as they were; suggestions leading to disagreements leading to arguments. The arguments got worse, until the new album "Kuchiki No Tou" forced the band to take a long, hard look at themselves. The culmination of two years of rivalry and negativity, "Kuchiki No Tou” marked the end of the in-fighting, and with a new look, new attitude and a new found thirst, the band set about touring across Japan, and released "History DVD: the worst” The 2005 album "Houyoku" was characterized by the reunification and reinvention of MUCC, and was viewed as a fresh start. This was further emphasised by their new approach to touring – it was time to leave the safety of their loyal Japanese fanbase, and brave the stages of Europe. In August 2005 the band performed outside of Asia for the first time in their history. Metalheads at Europe's biggest heavy metal festival, WACKEN OPEN AIR, received the band extremely well, and the band walked off the stage to rapturous applause. An additional single show on the next day at the Markthalle in Hamburg was sold out almost immediately. This caught the attention of the German media, who's festival reports focused a lot of attention on this "unknown” Japanese band. The hot news from WACKEN and the Hamburg show reached the media in Germany's neighbouring countries as well, and MUCC became a hot topic in the European music press. Meanwhile, back in Japan, MUCC pulled off a publicity stunt that saw Japanese fans and press going wild. On the morning of 09.06. at 06:09am, the band announced a secret show in Tokyo for the same day at 09.06. pm. No further details were announced, just that the show was in Tokyo, and that the fans should find the venue by themselves. Three hours later the band had sold all 10,000 tickets. (The Japanese pronunciation of the figure 69 is the same as MUCC. The webpage address 55-69 is the same pronunciation as "GO-GO-MUCC", in case you were wondering.) In 2006 MUCC came back to Europe to promote the new album "6". Unable to fulfil the demand from European promoters due to a busy touring schedule in Asia, the band performed seven very successful shows in France and Germany, leaving European fans and promoters hungry for more. The tour resulted in great press in European music mags, with the media heaping praise on "6” and "Kuchiki No Tou”, and solidifying the bands status as major players in the international rock scene. Now, in 2007, the band are ready for the next level. Having announced their first full World Tour, MUCC will take in several countries, including Sweden, Finland (where the 900 – cap venue in Helsinki sold out in 3 hours, before the posters were even printed), Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, and will play in the UK for the first time. Their new album, "Gokusai”, will also mark the band's first official UK release, and hits the streets on May 21st through Gan-Shin records. Le groupe joue dans un registre assez sombre, qu'ils qualifient de mélange entre ligne émotionnelle, incursions de pop exotique japonaise et d'un son très heavy (lourd). Arborant à l'origine un style dit angura kei, le groupe a beaucoup évolué et développe un son un peu plus "clean" qu'à leurs débuts ; de ce fait, ils se sont éloignés au fur et à mesure du visual kei, préférant se concentrer principalement sur leur musique. Les paroles écrites à la fois par Tatsurô et Miya (assez rarement par YUKKE), reflètent la mentalité du groupe, à la fois bon enfant et violent avec des paroles souvent tristes, parfois complexes à l'instar de morceaux comme Kokuen ou Uso de yugamu shinzou. En live, on découvre un groupe enjoué, qui se donne à fond sur chaque chanson. Ils affectionnent autant leurs anciennes chansons et leurs plus récentes afin de satisfaire aussi les fans de la première heure. C’est un groupe charismatique, qui ne prend pas la grosse tête. En effet, les membres restent modestes et très proches de leur public.

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