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The Winking Owl

The Winking Owl promoting Thanks Love Letter (2019)

The Winking Owl is a Japanese pop/alternative rock band signed to Warner Music Japan. Influenced by American emo and post hardcore bands, they add their own acoustic elements to create their original sound.


Former Members


The Winking Owl promoting Supernova (2014)

The Winking Owl was formed in Takasaki, Gunma in 2010 by guitarist Yoma when he returned to Japan after studying music in the US. That same year they had their first live at Band Contest "Rockers 2010", where they made it to the finals. Afterwards, the band worked on and released their very first demo, and distributed 1,000 free copies. Since then they have played lives and particpated in many events.

The band released their first single "Deep River" in December 2011 and released a split single with SECONDWALL in July 2012. Three months later, bassist Ranmalu officially became a member the band. The song "Precious" was chosen as their first PV which was released in March 2013.

In September 2013 the band released their first mini-album Voyage and held a release celebration live titled "We Owl Rock Along 2013" beforehand on July 18, 2013. Their second mini-album Supernova was released a year later.

The Winking Owl was chosen as a supporting act for the band ONE OK ROCK's "35xxxv" Japan Tour that was held on June 6, 2015 in Osaka. Later that year they released their second single "Open Up My Heart".


The Winking Owl (2016)
The Winking Owl promoting "Try" (2018)

Studio Albums



Split Singles


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