The ROOTLESS (formerly THE ROOTLESS) is a four-piece Japanese rock band that formed in 2009. They are currently signed to the avex trax sub-label rhythm zone and are managed by EXILE's agency LDH. The band made its major debut in 2010 with the song "One day", which was used as the thirteenth opening theme song for the anime series ONE PIECE.
- Nohata Shin (野畑慎) – Vocals, acoustic guitar
- Naito Duran Haruhisa (内藤デュラン晴久) – Electric guitar, chorus
- Ihara Takuya (井原拓也) – Bass guitar
- Otsubo Yusuke (大坪祐介) – Drums
THE ROOTLESS was formed in April 2009 by four men of different ages and birthplaces. Nohata Shin graduated from EXILE's performing arts school EXPG, while Naito Duran Haruhisa, Ihara Takuya, and Otsubo Yusuke all graduated from Musicians Institute Japan. The band started performing in the Tokyo area at clubs and on the streets. They released their debut indies mini-album, Essence, on September 23, 2009, which was sold exclusively at their live concerts. Included on the mini-album was THE ROOTLESS' version of "Kumo no Ue no Sekai", a song originally performed solely by Nohata. Nohata's version was used as the theme song for the film Byakuya, starring EXILE's MAKIDAI. Starting in December, THE ROOTLESS appeared as the opening act for DEEP's tour DEEP LIVE TOUR 2009-2010 "Endless road", during which they sold the single "Love e". The title track was used as the theme song for the BeeTV drama Genryou Boxer, starring KENCHI and NAOTO (also EXILE members).
In 2010, the band signed to the avex trax sub-label rhythm zone and changed its name to "The ROOTLESS". Their major debut single, "One day", was used as the thirteenth opening theme song for the anime series ONE PIECE. The song was a great success; it was viewed over four million times on YouTube, and it debuted at #3 on the Oricon weekly chart, the highest debut by a male artist in 2010. It also debuted at #1 on the RIAJ digital chart, beating out AKB48's hit "Beginner" at #2. The single was reissued four months later with a different cover and tracklist as a thank-you to fans.
- [2011.09.28] The ROOTLESS
- [2009.09.23] Essence (indies) (THE ROOTLESS)
- [2009.12.18] Love e (ラヴへ; To Love) (indies) (THE ROOTLESS)
- [2010.10.20] One day
- [2011.08.24] Kawaritai to, Tsuyoku Nozome. Sore Igai wa, Iranai. (変わりたいと、強く望め。それ以外は、いらない。)
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