The band from 2003-2007. From left: Teruki, Miku, Bou
The band, 2007-present
Antic Cafe is a Japanese Oshare kei
pop punk rock band formed in 2003 and signed to Sony Music Japan. Originally a four-piece, the band underwent a lineup change after guitarist Bou left the band in 2007; he was replaced by current guitarist Takuya and later joined by keyboardist Yu-ki. The band has released four full-length studio albums and three EPs before going on hiatus in 2010. They resumed activities on April 2012.
They were part of the second wave of Visual Kei
bands, together with The Gazette
, Exist Trace
and Dir En Grey
. Their sound is described as "Harajuku dance rock" and were one of the early pioneers of the Oshare kei sub-movement.
- Miku: Vocals
- Kanon: Bass guitar, backing vocals
- Takuya: Guitar
- Teruki: Drums
- Yu-ki: Keyboards
- Bou: Lead guitar (2003-2007)
- Shikisai Moment (2005)
- Magnya Carta (2006)
- Gokutama Rock Cafe (2008)
- BB Parallel World (2009)
- Amedama Rock (2005)
- Ko Akuma Usagi no Koibumi to Machine Gun (2008)
- Harajuku Dance Rock (2009)
- Amazing Blue (2012)
An Cafe provides examples of:
- Anime Hair
- Bishōnen: Every single member of the band.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Miku and ex-guitarist Bou
- Five-Man Band: From 2007 onwards:
- The Leader: Teruki. Most outspoken member of the band. Also The Big Guy (see below)
- The Lancer: Miku. One of two members (the other being Kanon) whose name gets mentioned a lot in the fandom. Bou used to be this.
- The Big Guy: Teruki. Tallest member (at 170 cm).
- The Smart Guy: Kanon, being a musician, producer and game creator. Yu-ki to a lesser extent, as his keyboard style has added a lot to their sound.
- The Chick: The very feminine-looking Bou. Takuya in recent years.
- Follow the Leader: Continued the legacy of bands such as Glay, Plastic Tree and L'arc~en~Ciel by bringing Visual Kei closer to the mainstream.
- Genre Popularizer: Oshare kei
- Genre Roulette: They switch between playing radio-friendly dance pop to a slightly edgier punk style and the occasional melodic hardcore sound
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Bou
- Lighter and Softer: Than most Visual Kei bands.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They fuse post-hardcore, pop punk, hard rock and electronic dance music. It works and it's awesome.
- One of Us: Every member, in one way or another.
- Promoted Fanboy: Teruki is a fan of Dir En Grey, and it shows in his music as well as image.
- Soprano and Gravel: Miku, in some songs.
- Spiritual Successor: To some, for Oasis and blur.
- The Pete Best: Bou, who shocked the fandom with his departure in 2007.
- Trope Codifier: Oshare kei.
- Visual Kei: Part of the second wave of bands. Also pioneered Oshare kei and the punky, stripped-down post-VK look common in recent bands.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Kanon, Miku and especially Bou have become targets for this.