Porno Graffitti “Oretachi no Celebration” (Review)

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It’s Porno Graffitti‘s first single in 2014 and the fans couldn’t be more excited about. Titled “Oretachi no Celebration“, this is the band’s 40th single by the rock band consisting of Akihito Okano (vocals, guitar) and Haruichi Shindou (guitar). The single is available in two different versions: regular and limited.

Porno Graffitti Oretachi no Celebration

Mini-album: Oretachi no Celebration (Our Celebration)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Release date: 03/09/14
Genre: J-Rock

Tracklist:

1
OUR CELEBRATION
2
365DAYS
3
THROW THE COIN

Track by track analysis:

1 – Our Celebration

Kicking off in a celebrating, up beat vibe here it comes the title track. “Our celebration” is a mid tempo funky pop rock track with all the essential Porno Graffitti ingredients: blowing instruments, funky guitar playing, jazzy instrumentalization provided by the piano and the drums draw our attention from the very first second of this track. Overall it’s an entertaining track with a solid outro where the piano and the guitar shine. Akihito‘s vocals were something that we’ve missed and we can tell that, although it has been a long since we’ve heard them, they’re on top of their game. 4/5

2 – 365 Days

365 Days is a rock track with minimal electronica elements provided by the synths that made the whole track turn out to be an interesting addition to this single. It’s catchy, not too extravagant with slightly voice manipulation to give a little edge to the vocal track. All in all, this mid-tempo track gives off a laid back, still “summer-y” vibe that provided by Porno Graffitti never fails to impress. Simple but effective with a simple instrumental and solid vocal performance. 4.5/5

3 – Throw the coin

And to complete this listen we turn away from all those electronica elements and go back to what Porno Graffitti are best at: engaging rock tracks. “Throw the coin” might seem like your ordinary Porno Graffitti but it’s more than that. It’s fast paced with a solid build up and rich instrumentalization that doesn’t only resort to the rock triad, going further towards the piano, ocasional synths and trumpets. In the instrumental track it deserves to be said that the guitar solo provided by Haruichi once again is as good as any other solo this band has presented us, translation for: it’s way too good. The vocal track has Akihito showing why he’s only of the most complete rock singers in Japan: he’s trademark voice tone meets both high and low notes with a precision that very few have, when he needs to get rougher and deliver a fierce performance befitting their rock, he delivers flawlessly; when he’s presented with those slower, emotional verses he meets them with a gentleness, adapting his vocals to the situation and, once again, deliver a perfect performance. In “Throw the coin” we have a rougher performance but it still sounds amazing and the final product is a entertaining and exciting as most of Porno Graffitti‘s repertoire. 4.5/5

Final rating:4 stars

Porno Graffitti are back and we could be more excited about this comeback! The band has a legendary repertoire full of wide range of genres, styles and ideas that have throughout the years, made a lot of fans and, once again, managed to deliver an interesting single. It isn’t perfect but it still deserves enough credit and commendation. It’s the band’s first single in 2014 and we’re already entering the last quarter of this year. It comes out after a long pause for this Hiroshima band and, in return, the band sounds refreshed, with their batteries full and ready to create more exciting music. This single is just a shred of what the band is capable of, we’ve seen it before: they’re capable of delivering incredibly captivating and engaging releases, be it full straight rock songs, ballads, jazzy tracks or anything in between. This is just a step towards something more in the future, let’s hope the band keeps on making good music.

Oretachi no Celebration” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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Author: midorin

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