Quruli (くるり) is an alternative Japanese rock band from Kyoto that formed in 1996. They are signed to SPEEDSTAR RECORDS and managed by Bad News Records, subsidiaries of Victor Entertainment Inc.. Since late 2006, the band has been a two piece unit, using various support musicians. They are influenced by and use many styles of music, such as: rock, grunge, jazz, blues, and some techno and house. Quruli have their own indies label called NOISE McCARTNEY RECORDS where they are the executive producer.
After Kishida Shiegru (vocals/guitar), Satou Masashi (bass), and Mori Nobuyuki (drums) met in 1996 during Rock Commune (Ritsumeikan University Music Club), the schoolmates formed Quruli. The band's name itself, written in hiragana (くるり), means turn, flip, and/or transform. They got the idea for the name from a sign in Kyoto's subway. Quruli went to write songs and record right away, releasing a demo album on cassette tape called Quruli no Ichikaiten in February of 1996.
Another demo, the two track double A-side single "Cyanosis / Baseball Game", was released in cassette tape format on August 30th, 1997. The first A-side, "Cyanosis", would be re-recorded later for their second major and fourth overall album Zukan. During this time Quruli recorded six more tracks in their home studio, and had also signed with indies label Bad News Records. Those previously recorded tracks would become their first album, Moshi Moshi, released on November 21st, 1997.
Their second album Fandelier was released on May 15th, 1998. Quruli then signed with major label SPEED STAR RECORDS, a sub-label of Victor Entertainment Inc., sometime after their album release in 1998. The band would still be managed by Bad News Records. Their major debut single "Tokyo" was released on October 21st, 1998. This was followed with the release of their second single "Niji" on February 24th, 1999 and major debut album Sayonara Stranger on April 21st, 1999.
- Tsujimura Takefumi - Guitar
- Live support for the August 2nd, 2000 "Welcome to your spirits" live at Shimokitazawa QUE.
- Ahito Inazawa - Drums
- Live support for the January 26th, 2006 Manic Street Preachers' Greatest Hits Tour live at Tokyo Bay NK Hall.
- Araki Yuko - Drums
- Recording support on Zukan, "HOW TO GO", "Highway", and Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi. Live support for: "Hyakkiyagyou 2002" on December 2rd, 2002 at Zepp Tokyo, "Miyako Ongakusai" on December 4th, 2004 at Kyoudai Seibu Koudou, "TAKUTAKU DE KUTAKUTA" on December 6th, 2007 at Kyoto Takutaku, Quruli Fureai Concert Final on December 11th and 12th, 2007 at Kanagawa PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Kokuritsudai Hall, "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08" on December 29th at Makuhari Messe, and "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08 WEST" on December 31st at Intex Osaka.
- Dai Tarou - Drums, Percussion
- Support after Mori Nobuyuki left Quruli in 2002. Live support for the "HEAL NIIGATA Chuuetsu Jishin Music Benefit" on January 10th, 2005 at Yokohama BLITZ, and the Anshin Shiro, Hikou wa Hazushite Aru national tour. Recording support on "BIRTHDAY". Tarou along with Quruli, Cocco, and Horie Hirohisa, formed the band SINGER SONGER in 2004.
- Cliff Almond - Drums
- Live support for the "Hatuska Ebisu" LIQUIDROOM 1st anniversary live on July 20th, 2005 at LIQUID ROOM ebisu, and the "Borofesta '06" event on October 9th at Kyoto-shi Sakyou-ku Seibu Koudou·Seibu Koudou Maehiroba. Recording support on "Superstar" and NIKKI.
- Numazawa Takashi - Drums
- Live support for the "RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL" event on August 20th, 2005 in Ishikari, Hokkaido. Recording support on "Baby I Love You" and NIKKI.
- Horie Hirohisa - Keyboards, Guitar
- Live support for the "Borofesta '06" event on October 9th at Kyoto-shi Sakyou-ku Seibu Koudou·Seibu Koudou Maehiroba. Recording support on "BIRTHDAY", "Superstar", "Juice", and NIKKI. Hirohisa along with Quruli, Cocco, and Dai Tarou, formed the band SINGER SONGER in 2004.
- Kikuchi Yuuya - Drums
- Live support for the "Miyako Ongakusai" on December 3rd and 4th, 2006 at Kyoudai Seibu Koudou, and the Quruli Fureai Concert national tour. Recording support on "JUBILEE", "Kotoba wa Sankaku Kokoro wa Shikaku", and NIKKI. Yuuya's nickname is "Nyakkii".
- Fujii Kazuhiko - Guitar
- Live support for: "TAKUTAKU DE KUTAKUTA" on December 6th, 2007 at Kyoto Takutaku, "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08" on December 29th at Makuhari Messe, and "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08 WEST" on December 31st at Intex Osaka, and "Miyako Ongakusai" on December 2nd, 2007 at Kyoudai Seibu Koudou Club METRO.
- THE SUSPENDERS - Background Vocals
- Fuchigami Yoshito (Tenor), Endou Yumi (Soprano), and Okazaki Masayuki (Baritone & Accordion) make up the choir. Three of them participated in the Quruli Fureai Concert Final on December 11th and 12th, 2007 at Kanagawa PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Kokuritsudai Hall. While only two of them participated in the "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08" event on December 29th at Makuhari Messe, and the "COUNTDOWN JAPAN 07/08 WEST" event on December 31st at Intex Osaka.
- Horikawa Hiroyuki - Drums, Percussion
- Support since the fan club events in May of 2008, and in the same month he began performing with Quruli starting with their then next tour. Recording support on Tamashii no Yukue. Live support for the "Kyoto Music EXPO 2008" event on Sepetmber 6th, 2008 at Umekoji Park.
- Mishiba Satoshi - Piano
- Support since the fan club events in May of 2008, and began performing with Quruli starting with the "Kyoto Music EXPO 2008" event on Sepetmber 6th, 2008 at Umekoji Park. Recording support on Tamashii no Yukue.
- Uchihashi Kazuhisa - Guitar
- Support since the "Kyoto Music EXPO 2008" event on Sepetmber 6th, 2008 at Umekoji Park. Recording support for "Mikazuki" and "Yukai na Peanuts".
- Sebu Hiroko - Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
- Yamamoto Kanji - Guitar
- [1997.11.21] Moshi Moshi (もしもし; Hello?) (indies)
- [1998.05.15] Fandelier (ファンデリア) (indies)
- [1999.04.21] Sayonara Stranger (さよならストレンジャー; Goodbye Stranger)
- [2000.01.21] Zukan (図鑑; Picture Book)
- [2001.02.21] TEAM ROCK
- [2002.03.20] THE WORLD IS MINE
- [2004.03.10] Antenna (アンテナ)
- [2005.11.23] NIKKI
- [2007.06.27] Tanz Walzer ([Ger]; Dancing a Waltz)
- [2009.06.10] Tamashii no Yukue (魂のゆくえ; A Soul's Direction)
- [2010.09.08] Kotoba ni Naranai, Egao wo Misetekure yo (言葉にならない、笑顔を見せてくれよ)
- [2003.11.05] Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (ジョゼと虎と魚たち; Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) (Soundtrack)
- [2006.07.26] Best of Quruli / TOWER OF MUSIC LOVER (ベスト オブ くるり) (Best Album)
- [2008.02.20] Philharmonic or die (Live Album)
- [2009.10.21] Quruli Tribute (くるり鶏びゅ〜と) (Tribute Album)
- [2010.05.26] Boku no Sundeita Machi (僕の住んでいた街) (B-Side Best Album)
- [1998.10.21] Tokyo (東京)
- [1999.02.24] Niji (虹; Rainbow)
- [1998.08.25] Aoi Sora (青い空; Blue Sky)
- [1999.11.20] Machi (街; Town)
- [2000.04.05] Harukaze (春風; Spring Breeze)
- [2000.10.28] Wandervogel (ワンダーフォーゲル)
- [2001.01.24] Bara no Hana (ばらの花; Rose)
- [2001.05.17] River (リバー)
- [2002.02.20] World's End Supernova (ワールズエンド・スーパーノヴァ)
- [2002.05.09] Otoko no Ko to Onna no Ko (男の子と女の子; Boys and Girls)
- [2003.09.17] HOW TO GO
- [2003.11.05] Highway (ハイウェイ)
- [2004.02.11] Rock'n Roll (ロックンロール)
- [2005.02.23] BIRTHDAY
- [2005.08.24] Superstar
- [2005.09.22] Akai Densha (赤い電車; Red Train)
- [2005.10.26] Baby I Love You
- [2007.05.30] JUBILEE
- [2007.07.25] Kotoba wa Sankaku Kokoro wa Shikaku (言葉はさんかく こころは四角; Triangle Words, Square Heart)
- [2008.09.03] Sayonara Regret (さよならリグレット; Goodbye Regrets)
- [2009.02.18] Mikazuki (三日月; Crescent Moon)
- [2009.04.29] Yukai na Peanuts (愉快なピーナッツ; Happy Peanuts)
- [2010.07.28] Mahou no Juutan / Shirts wo Araeba (Version 2) (魔法のじゅうたん/シャツを洗えば (ヴァージョン2); Magic Carpet / We Wash Shirts)
- [2011.06.01] Kiseki (奇跡; Wonder)
- [2006.07.05] RIP SLYME to Quruli - Lovey (ラヴぃ)
- [2006.07.05] Quruli to RIP SLYME - Juice
- [2009.12.25] Quruli to Yuming - Shirts wo Araeba (シャツを洗えば)
- [2001.04.21] Sayonara Stranger (さよならストレンジャー)
- [2001.04.21] Zukan (図鑑)
- [2001.04.21] TEAM ROCK
- [2005.11.23] Akai Densha (赤い電車)
- [1996.02.xx] Quruli no Ichikaiten (くるりの一回転; One Quruli Revolution)
- [1997.08.30] Cyanosis / Baseball Game (チアノーゼ/ベースボールゲーム)
- [2004.07.21] Kurukuru Zushi Quruli Video Clips 1998-2004 (くるくる鮨; Like a Small Spinning Sushi)
- [2005.09.22] Kurukuru Bushi Quruli Live Tour 2004 Documentary Film (くるくる節; Like a Small Spinning Tune)
- [2008.05.21] Yokohama Wiener (横濱ウィンナー)