January 11, 2010

Sophia- the band which saved and completely changed my youthful life

Actions speak louder than words..

As I have decided in my new years' resolution, here is another post :)

When I was back in Japan for holidays, I looked through all the CDs that I bought when I was younger and burned them in my MP3 player ( by the way, I am an anti Apple person, so I don't have Ipod,, just as my preference) Well, obviously, I wasn't into English music much till later, so all of them are Japanese bands. I loved Judy and Mary, Go!Go!7188 as I have mentioned them before for a couple time, L'arc~an~ciel, X japan, Glay, and Ringo Shina. However, there is a band who completely changed my prospectives toward the life as a whole. They are called " SOPHIA". They are not as famous as other J-rock bands, but their songs saved my life, (it sounds too exaggerating, but it is true). I found something that I was completely in love. I found something that I could always trust, I think. well it was way too complicated back then. well, I can tell the personal story if I decide to go on and on, yet I'd rather talk about the band.

SOPHIA has been created 16 years ago from now, in 1994 by the main vocalist, Mitsuru Matsuoka. This is around when lots of J-rock bands, including Glay, L'ar~an~cial, Luna Sea have became famous in the mainstream music industry. Despite lots of poor reviews from music critics about his voice and the way he sings, he has kept singing since then, released a number of somewhat famous songs. But most importantly, the lyrics are so powerful and meaningful. I remember watching a short music video of "Circus" by SOPHIA when I was 12 years old on TV and i was crying after watching it. I ran to the music store and I still remember that the store didn't have the CD and I had to wait for a month to get the CD because they weren't that famous.I've also been to different cities in Japan just to see Sophia's concerts with my friend even at the age of 13 or 14.

Almost 10 years from then, I can still sing all of their old songs. This year is their 15th anniversary. The band contains still the same original members.

I have posted 2 of their songs " Circus" and "gokigen tori" Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    I'm so glad to see the blog that you wrote about Sophia although It had been taken long time ago.

    I'm the one who really Sophia and It's very hard for me to buy their albums because I live in Thailand and they are not famous in here too.

    In the past I had to order their albums from Japan (the music store in Bangkok imported for me) but now I can buy their album from CD Japan.

    Actually I can't understand Japanese but I don't know why I fall in love with their songs and I can sing their songs especially their old songs.

    I hope one day I can be in their concert.

    and Thank You that you wrote about them. I appreciate it a lot :)