Sug (typeset as SuG in promotional work) is a Japanese rock band that formed in 2006. They are also part of the visual kei movement of Japan. The band has released two EPs, two full-length studio albums, and several singles. Until 2009, the band was signed to “Indie PSC”, a subdivision of PS Company. As of 2010, they have signed onto a major label, Pony Canyon, and joined the forefront of major bands on PS Company.
The band’s tagline in promotional work is Heavy Positive Rock.
Vocalist Takeru and guitarists Masato and Yuji had previously performed in a band called Travel. After Travel disbanded, they joined with AmeriA’s bassist, Shouta, to form Sug in October 2006. The drummer Mitsuru then joined in November of the same year.
Shouta left the band in February and was replaced by Chiyu on bass. Their first release was “7th Breeze” on the compilation album Cannonball Vol. 03. The band signed to the visual-kei label PS Company, and in August 2007, the band released their first single, “Scheat”. Months after the release of their first single, Sug released their first EP entitled Love Scream Party. To promote their music outside of Japan, Sug performed at “J-Rock Invasion” in Germany alongside Kagrra, Kra, Alice Nine, and Screw–all of whom are also signed to CLJ Records, a German label.
Mitsuru left Sug after their live on May 9, 2009. It is supposed that Mitsuru left citing creative differences to the remaining band members. Their support drummer at the time, Shinpei, became a full-time member of the band after Mitsuru’s departure.
Following the announcement of their single “Gr8 Story,” SuG announced their move onto major label PS Company during the live event called “SuG Fes 2009 Alternative POP Show ~ Vol.6” on November 30, 2009. “Gr8 Story” was released through Pony Canyon, and the title track was used as the ending song for the popular TV Tokyo anime Katekyōshi Hitman Reborn! According to the band, the song is “rather punkish”, yet with a catchy tune and an “easy-listening appeal”.
Their second studio album and their first album through Pony Canyon, Tokyo Muzical Hotel, was released on March 9, 2010.
The name “Sug” is derived from the transliteration of the English word “thug”, written in Japanese as Sagu (サグ?). The name is then simplified to the slightly more romantic “Sug”.
- Takeru (武瑠) – vocals
- Masato – guitar
- Yuji – guitar
- Chiyu – bass
- Shinpei – drums
- Shouta – bass (2006-2007)
- Mitsuru – drums (2006-2009)
Albums and EPs
- I SCREAM PARTY (19 December 2007)
- n0iZ stAr (14 May 2008)
- Punkitsch (3 September 2008)
- Tokyo Muzical Hotel (9 March 2010)
- “Scheat” (1 August 2007)
- “Yumegiwa Downer” (2 September 2007)
- “Alterna.” (5 September 2007)
- “Tricolour Color” (3 December 2008)
- “39GalaxyZ” (15 April 2009)
- “Life♥2Die” (14 October 2009)
- “P!NK masquerade.” (18 November 2009)
- “gr8 story” (27 January 2010)
- “dot.0” (10 March 2010)
- Cannonball Vol. 3 (2 February 2007)
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- ^ CLJ Records – alice nine
- ^ “SuG to Make Major Debut”. Musicjapanplus. 2009-12-02. http://musicjapanplus.jp/news/?&action=detail&news_id=3589. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- ^ “SuG to Provide Ending Song for Popular Anime”. Musicjapanplus. 2009-12-08. http://musicjapanplus.jp/news/?&action=detail&news_id=3639. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- ^ “SuG Special Interview for the Release of ‘gr8 story'”. Musicjapanplus. 2010-02-08. http://musicjapanplus.jp/specialfeatures/?action=detail&sf_id=2425&page=3. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
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