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Megamasso promoting Loveless, more Loveless (2011)
Left to Right: Gou, INZARGI, Ryohei

Megamasso (メガマソ) is a three-piece Japanese rock band in the visual-kei scene. Ryohei, the former guitarist and leader of Ayabie, formed the group in Tokyo some time after his departure from the band in August of 2006. Remaining under NXSIE RECORDS during their indies career, the band signed with the major label avex trax during the summer of 2009.[1] They have a fun-filled experimental sound mixing together punk, piano ballads, synths, and upbeat pop-rock songs.

Members

Current Members

  • INZARGI (インザーギ) - Vocals
  • Ryohei (涼平) - Guitars
  • Gou (ゴォ) - Bass

Former Members

  • Yuta (優太) - Drums
  • Leo (レオ) - Support Guitar

Biography

2006-2007

Megamasso promoting Namida Neko (2006)

Megamasso was formed sometime after August 30th, 2006 and before December of 2006. It was put together by Ryohei, the former guitarist and leader of Ayabie. The band members also contained newcomer vocalist INZARGI, former Dari bassist Gou, and former Ayabie rodie Yuta. They also had Leo, who was their live support guitarist. For the band's name, Ryohei had wanted a four syllable name since he was in his first band. But in Japanese characters as he didn't care how it was romanized in English. He had chosen メガマソ because the syllables "me ga ma so" sounded beautiful to him.

The band's very first release was the mini-album Namida Neko. It was first released on December 6th through Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka's Like an Edisons shops. One week later (the 13th) was when the mini-album became available to purchase nationally. It since reached #100 on the major Oricon chart, where it charted for two weeks.

Their first live was played at Shibuya O-EAST on December 16th. They had played twice at the same venue on the same day, calling the lives "DAYLIGHT" and "LIMELIGHT" respectively. At each live, attendees were given the single "New Romancer (Shinkeikei Ajinsei)". The two different covers determind what time the live was at. One of those lives were filmed and released later as the DVD "Mega-star Tokyo" on February 21st, 2007.

2006 ended with Megamasso performing at the "stylish wave COUNTDOWN '06-'07" at Yokohama Akarenga Souko on December 31st. And 2007 started with a fanclub only live at Harajuku ASTRO HALL on January 4th. Megamasso's fanclub was called Mega-star's prayer.

Their first project live, titled "~Denpa Taisen~" was held at Shinjuku LOFT on January 14th. They then became a part of Guy's Family's first sponsored live party. It was called "Guy's Party", and was at LIQUID ROOM ebisu on the 20th. January ended with the release of their second mini-album Kai no Me Tou no Zokuryou. Which was released on the 24th, it has reached #8 on the indies Oricon chart, and #129 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for a week.

February began with another Megamasso project, this time at Daikanyama UNIT on the 5th. It was with Vidoll and was titled "Twin Clown Machinery". The band then had their second fanclub only live called "Megamasso to Issho" at Yokohama BLITZ on the 14th. A three date mini-tour, "Shingest no Mizutamari -Zenshousen Sanhon Shoubu!-", led into March. Starting at Motoyawata ROUTE14 on the 26th and ended at Urawa Narciss on March 6th.

Megamasso promoting Yuki Shitatari Hoshi (2007)

The band's first tour, "LIVE-TOUR 2007 ~Shingetsu no Mizutamari~", started at Sapporo BESSIE HALL on the 9th and ended at Zepp Tokyo ono the 24th. This tour hit seven stops on the way. During the tour on the 21st was the release of their first full-length album Yuki Shitatari Hoshi. That reached #5 on the indies Oricon chart, and #148 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for a week. The last date on the tour was an important one. It was filmed and was later released as a part of the DVD "lunch box M4". The single "Viper" was given out to all attendees, and their live support guitarist Leo left the band. He later went on to be a part of Watashime Slug, and when that disbanded he later joined NaiL.

April and May had few lives, the former had two while the latter had three. Megamasso were only participants during these company sponsored events. April 6th at Takadanobaba AREA for "Visunavi Presents Mix Candies Vol.5 ~Haru no Sakura Ame~", April 17th at Shibuya O-WEST for "Rk presents29 40th minutes battle!!", May 1st at Shibuya O-EAST for "NEO SIGHT '07 SPECIAL", May 3rd at Shibuya O-WEST for "Fool's Fest 07 ~STAGE.1~", and May 15th at Shibuya O-EAST for "h'evn no Omatsuri Tenmade Tobou!!".

June 6th was the start of a three month consecutive release plan with their first single "Hoshi Furi Machi nite". The single reached #3 on the indies Oricon chart, and #87 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for two weeks. Three days later (the 9th), Yuta decided to permanently leave the band because of the differences in the way he personally wanted the band to go in. Megamasso wouldn't get another drummer so instead they use recording and live support drummers. The rest of June was two lives, both at Shibuya O-EAST during the 20th and the 24th ("ROCK GARAGE!!" and "J SHOCK REVOLUTION Vol.1" respectively).

Megamasso promoting Matataku Yoru (2007)

July 18th was the second part of the consecutve release campaign, their second DVD "lunch box M4". It is a combination of a PV collection and a live DVD. This reached #246 on the Oricon chart, where it charted for a week. August was only filled with three lives, the first one at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA' for "stylish wave '07 MAX FINAL" on the 5th with Kra, Lolita 23q, DuelJewel, ScReW, Sadie, and Mix Speaker's,Inc.. The second one was at Saitama Kaikan Hall for "Shikkoku no Symphony" on the 10th. On the 15th the third and final part of the consecutive release campaign was released, their second single "LIPS". It reached #2 on the indies Oricon chart, and #55 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for two weeks. The last live this month was a one-man live titled "Tokyo Mega-star's night" at Shibuya-AX on the 20th. The single "Sweet Skin Like a Candy" was distributed to all attending this one-man.

A live at Takadanobaba AREA, part of "Shock Edge the Live!", on October 8th preluded the release of Matataku Yoru, their second full-length album in the same year. This album reached #4 on the indies Oricon chart, and #78 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for a week. Before their winter tour. Megamasso took part in "LIKE AN EDISON PRESENTS '07 "Aki no Shuukaku"" at Shibuya BOXX on November 7th. Other acts at this live were: v(NEU), Juka, DaizyStripper, Watashime Slug, and MASQUEARDE.

The previously mention winter tour, titled "Fuyu Kakeru Ganka", started at Fukuoka DRUM SON on November 21st and ended at Shibuya-AX on December 26th hitting seven stops. During the entire tour, the PV DVD "Modern Amplifier" was sold. The tour final held at Shibua-AX was filmed and later released as the DVD "Shibuya Under the Snow ~Fuyu Kakeru Ganka~" on March 5th, 2008. It was also around this time that Megamasso formed their alter-band Megamachu (メガマチュ). This band is almost the same as Megamasso, but instead they all wear mice costumes and added chuu (チュー) at the ends of their names.

Megamachu was formed for CS Fuji Television 721's show "Sora Tobu! Baku Chuu Mondai". They had their live 'debut' at the show's 2007 Christmas episode. They also had a single, "Kiss Me Chu Chu", released on February 20th, 2008. The title song was used as the aforementioned TV show's theme song. It reached #4 on the indies Oricon chart, and #77 on the major Oricon chart where it charted for two weeks. Megamachu would only have one more new song, featured on Megamasso's best album.

Megamasso promoting "Beautiful Girl" (2008)

2008-2009

The new year began with two live during January, at LIQUID ROOM ebisu on the 20th and at Shibuya O-WEST on the 31st. There was no activity (except for the Megamachu release above) until March 5th. That date was the release date of their first best of album "Megamasso Ninki Ongen Shuu". It included one new song by Megamasso and the tracklist was voted on by their fanclub. Later in the month on the 21st, the band started their first tour of the year with a special live titled "Chelly of 14 water tanks ~WinTerr ties 2 SpRinGG~" at LIQUID ROOM ebisu.

The "Chelly of 14 water tanks" tour started at Sapporo KRAPS HALL on March 25th and ended at Okayama MAGE on April 4th hitting five stops along the way. April concluded with the band participating in "stylish wave EXTRA '08" at Shibuya O-EAST on the 19th. May only had two lives: one at LIQUID ROOM ebisu for "The ROMEO PRESENTS -ZERO-" on the 5th (a The ROMEO sponsored live), and the other at Tokyo LIQUID ROOM for a Like an Edison special live on the 21st.

Their first digital single and double A-side single "Minazuki, Missou / Yoreru Monooki", was first released as ringtones on May 8th, and then released in full on the 21st. On June 8th Megamasso, along with SuG and Charlotte, took part in "AREA 11th ANNIVERSARY" at Takadanobaba AREA. The rest of June saw three lives; all part of Like an Edison special lives, and took place on the 13th, 16th, and 18th.

August 8th started of their second of of the year, the "STARZ m6" tour. It spanned from Okayama IMAGE on the 8th to Shibuya-AX on 29th. In the tour their third single "Beautiful Girl" was released on the 6th. This is the first part in a two month single release campaign. During the tour the band had been in three lives, on the 18th, 20th, and 21st; all part of ZEAL LINKS's "[More Burning Circus]". September was only three lives and two releases. The first live was at Kumamoto DRUM Be-9 on th 12th, the second was at Fukuoka DRUM Be-1 on the 13th, and the last one was at Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO on the 16th. The second part of the single release campaign "white,white" (their fourth single) was released on the 24th. This reached #41 on the major Oricon chart, where it charted for three weeks. A V.A. DVD, "Bands Shock DVD Vol.5", was also released on the same date.

October, November, and December only had two lives each. For October, one live at LIQUID ROOM ebisu on the 2nd, and the second at HEAVEN'S ROCK Saitama Shintoshin VJ-3. In November both dates are a part of Like an Edison presents "BASEL -Philosophy-"; Nagoya CLUB DIAMOND HALL on the 13th and Shibuya O-EAST on the 18th. For December a Visuanvi presents "Mix Candies Vol.12 ~Fantastic Christmas~" at Takadanobaba AREA on the 21st, and a ESP Entertainment Group presents "stylish wave COUNTDOWN '08-'09" at Yokohama Akarenga Souko 1-goukan 3F Hall on the 31st. The other bands were: Kra, lynch., 176BIZ, SuG, ScReW, LuLu, -OZ-, Bergerac, vistlip, DaizyStripper, and THE KIDDIE.

Megamasso promoting "Raiden Mushussu" (2009)

January 12th at Shibuya-AX was the time and place for the one-man live "Shibuya Yozora Kakudai". The single "SUPERNOVA" was sold during this live. At Zepp Tokyo on the 16th was the ESP Entertainment presents "stylish wave ILLUSION '09 vol.1". The other bands at this event were: Sadie, lynch., Merry, and Moi dix Mois. Their second digital single "Raiden Mushussu" was first available to download on the 21st through the Oricon mobile site, and then on the 28th through the iTunes Store.

Megamasso played lives in two boogieman sponsored lives titled "invisible [libido] from hell"; one at Nagoya E.L.L. FITS ALL on January 26th, and the other at LIQUID ROOM ebisu on February 6th. Two more lives in February prefaced their first 2009 tour, "ATOMIC CORE 2009 VOL.1" at Fukuoka DRUM Be-1 on the 23rd, and ""E.L.L. & SPEED DISK PRESENTS ~Shiranbanshow~" at Nagoya E.L.L. on the 27th.

The tour itself, called "OVER THE GLITTER!", began at Sapporo KRAPS HALL on March 12th and continued to April 4th at Akasaka BLITZ, hitting nine stops. On the 25th (during the tour), they released their fifth single "BLESS". It reached #48 on the major Oricon chart, where it charted for two weeks. That tour final was also the release date for INZARGI's self-titled solo debut album INZARGI.

May's start had two lives, both being part of "Absolute Domain -Zettai Ryouiki-". It took place at ElectricLadyLand on the 10th and at ESAKA MUSE on the 11th. June's start also had two lives, this time being both part of a "h'evn no Omatsuri Tenmade Tobou!!". The first one was at Osaka MUSE on the 1st and the last one was at Nagoya E.L.L. on the 2nd. While that was all happening Megamasso had a second "OVER THE GLITTER!" tour, titled "OVER THE GLITTER! #2 ~Puchi One-man Tour~ "Yozora Misshuu, Muttsu Mikkyou, Mitsudo Zenkai"". This segment ran from May 16th at Sapporo COLONY, to Daikanyama UNIT on June 13th, hitting six stops. The day after the tour final (the 14th), the band took part in another Visunavi presents live, this time called ""Revolutions" -JUNE BRIDE TOUR 2009-" at Takadanobaba AREA. July 8th was the release date of their third full-length album and last indies release SWEET SWITCH.

All live activities had temporarily stopped during the summer because Megamasso was in the process of signing with avex trax and becoming a major band. Their first live without backing from NXSIE RECORDS was a one-man live on September 10th at Akasaka BLITZ, and it was called "Akasaka Higi ~SWEET CORONATION~". At this live, the single "Tsumuri Mori Hiraki" was given out to all attending. An event titled "Visual Dai Fever" was held at Shibuya C.C.Lemon Hall on October 3rd. Other attended were: Seven, Ricky, DaizyStripper, Matenrou Opera, Zip.er, Vidoll, and KISAKI. Megamasso's major debut single "chimes" was released on October 7th. A five stop tour titled "chimes of lovely rebellion ~SWEET CORONATION~" started at Nagoya E.L.L. FITS ALL on November 11th and ended at Akasaka BLITZ on December 27th.

Discography

Studio Albums

Other Albums

Singles

Other Singles

DVDs

Compilations / Collaborations

References

External Links

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