Porno Graffitti – “Seishun Hanamichi” (review)

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Japanese veteran rockers Porno Graffitti are back with another single in their 10 year career. The band consisting of the remaining founding members vocalist Akihito Okano and guitarist Haruichi Shindou arrive with “Seishun Hanamichi”, a classic PG single coming from one of Japan’s best rock bands.
Info regarding the single:
Single: Seishun Hanamichi
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Genre: J-Rock
Date of release: 11/09/13
Tracklist:
1. 青春花道 SEISHUN HANAMICHI
2. エピキュリアン EPICUREAN
3. おいでよサンタモニカ OIDEYO SANTA MONICA
4. 青春花道 (オリジナルカラオケ)

Track by track analysis:

1 – 青春花道
Classic Porno Graffitti song. Akihito’s vocals are always a good thing to hear, his voice has that soothing tone that fits so good within their music and once again shines in yet another single to the band’s repertoire. “Seishun Hanamichi” is a very catchy song with the trumpets working out with the drums and the slight mix with the synths. The sax solo is incredibly good followed by Haruichi’s guitar solo leading to yet another chorus. Rock at its best as we got used by Porno Graffitti. 5/5
2 – エピキュリアン 
A more electronic approach make “Epicurean” a very soft song pending for a more pop/rock sound. The simple instrumental works extremely well with vocal work making this song an interesting listen and addition to the single. It might sound weaker than the previous song but this one gives a kind of “feelgood” aura which is a nice change comparing with the previous rock song. 4/5
3 – おいでよサンタモニカ 
Instrumental piece on the single. That 70’s feel that comes from this piece is incredibly interesting. Trumpets, the contrabass and the simple drums along with the guitar playing by Haruichi make this instrumental a great piece. 4/5

Final rating: 4.5/5

Overall this is a great single, “Seishun Hanamichi” is the classic Porno Graffitti we’re used to and it still sounds as fresh as when the band started in 1994. A good rock band that this summer deserved to play a show overseas more specifically in the US at anime expo and deserves even more recognition, not only from the Otaku fanbase but also from people that don’t even know or are interested in anime and such. 10 years of career and still as fresh as ever, Porno Graffitti are a band with a talent to reckon with.

The single is available on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.
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Author: midorin

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder. Currently based in Macau SAR. Passionate music reviewer that has been writing about Japanese music since 2010. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to completely dedicate herself to writing about male seiyuu music.