Profile: Kami-sama, I have noticed

KamiBoku, a frame from the "Namae no Nai Ao" music video of a masked person with liquid dye in the background.
Four-person rock band Kami-sama, I have noticed (source)

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Summary

Also known as KamiBoku and Kami-sama, Boku wa Kizuite Shimatta.
Debut on 2016.
Major debut on 2017 with theme song for a TV drama.
Characterized by their ‘signature’ masks.
The members conceal their identities.
Their label is Atlantic Japan, aka Warner Music Japan.
Performed live along with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Alexandros.
Did a number of tie-ups, including Keep Your Hands off Eizouken! (Ending Theme).

Members:
Dokono Dareka (Vocals/Guitar)
Higashino Heito (Guitar)
Izumi Ryushin (Bass)
Hasu (Drums)

Discography

[1st SINGLE] CQCQ – Released on 31 May, 2017
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito
#1. CQCQ
#2. Ostrich Enriedo
#3. Shukan Anthropologie

[1st MINI ALBUM] Kamisama, Boku wa Kizuite shimatta – Released on 26 July, 2017
#1. Watashino Inochi wo Egutte Misete (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#2. Sensen Fukoku (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka)
#3. CQCQ (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#4. Don’t Touch My Hand (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#5. Tenbatsu Arekashi To Negau (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka)
#6. Otonani Natte Yukundane (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#7. That’s Why I Was Leaning on Unhappiness (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)

[1st DIGITAL] UNHAPPY CLUB – Released on 20 July, 2018
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito

[2nd SINGLE] Stray Sheep / Tokumei – Released on 17 October, 2018
#1. Stray Sheep (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#2. Tokumei (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka)
#3. 52Hz (Lyrics by Higashino Heito; Composition, Arrangement by Izumi Ryushin, Higashino Heito)
#4. Seishun Datshutsu Sokudo (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)

[2nd ALBUM] 20XX – Released on 15 May, 2019
#1. Over Time Over Run (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#2. Merci [Digital] (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#3. Troll Inc. (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#4. 20XX [Digital] (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#5. Tokumei (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka)
#6. deadlock [Digital] (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#7. UNHAPPY CLUB (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#8. TOKIO LIAR [Digital] (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#9. Hametsu No Orange (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka)
#10. Stray Sheep (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito)
#11. Chinmoku (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Izumi Ryushin)
#12. Watch Dogs (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Dokono Dareka, Higashino Heito)
#13. Endpoint (Instrumenal) (Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Izumi Ryushin)

[2nd DIGITAL] Namae No Nai Ao – Released on 1 January, 2020
Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Izumi Ryushin

Tie-Ups

“CQCQ”
May 2017 Theme song of TBS Tuesday drama Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo

“Boku no Te ni Fureru na”
Opening Theme of TV anime Chiruran: Nibun no Ichi

“That’s Why I Was Leaning on Unhappiness”
Theme song of Original Net Anime Star Ocean: Anamnesis

“UNHAPPY CLUB”
Theme Song of TV Tokyo Friday drama Keishichou Zero Gakari 〜 Seikatsu Anzen-ka nandemo Soudanshitsu 〜 THIRD SEASON

“Stray Sheep
Insert Song featured in the movie Ozland Egao no Mahou Oshiemasu

“Tokumei
Insert Song featured in the movie Ozland Egao no Mahou Oshiemasu

“20XX”
May Ending Theme of NTV music program Buzz Rhythm 02

“Namae No Nai Ao”
Ending Theme of TV anime Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!

Videos

deadlock

Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito

A song written in its entirety by the band’s guitarist. Higashino Heito composes music that has strong J-pop vibes in the vocals and a classic approach in the arrangement that follows the main elements of rock. Released on May 2019.


青春脱出速度 [Seishun Datshutsu Sokudo]

Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito

Seishun is youth, datshutsu is escape and sokudo is speed. The song takes an interesting turn at around 00:40. Released on October 2018.


メルシー [Merci]

Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement by Higashino Heito

The title means “Thank you”. The music video was a collaboration with Facial mapping from P.I.C.S. It’s a technology that uses a sensor camera to render and project in real-time images on a person’s face, while in motion. Similar technologies were used in the movie Ghost in the Shell. Released on May 2019.

Opinion

Such ambiguous vocals. Is the singer a guy or a gal? Well, we’ll have to settle with the funky stage name of the vocalist that means something in the lines of ‘Somebody some place?’. On the one hand we have some almost undefinable vocals that resemble Myth & Roid at times and on the other, we have the unmistakable sound of a rock group. Most of their songs are catchy and have an unexpected familiarity, vaguely approximating in some instances Blue Encount’s and UVERworld’s guitar riffs. Their sound features some uplifting notions that contrast with the groovier and more bluesy harmonies, as well as this duality in the nature of their vocals. I’d like to see them as the opening artist in a more popular TV anime, as they have what it takes.

If you feel frisky, adventurous or if you know your Japanese, have a look at their official webpage.

Last updated on 18 Feb 2020.


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