Plastic Tree (プラスティック トゥリー, Purasutikku Torī) is a Japanese rock band which formed in December 1993 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. They released their first mini-album in December 1995, and in 1997, they debuted by releasing their first single on a major label.
Plastic Tree, also known as PuraTori (プラトゥリ) or Pura (プラ) to fans, was formed in December 1993. Early in their career, they frequently performed live and handed out free copies of their demo tapes.
In 1995, they released their first mini-album Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits after changing drummers twice.
Two years later, they released their first single, “Wareta Mado”, with Warner Music Japan, marking their official debut and first release on a major label.
Plastic Tree planned their first overseas tour in 2006, named the Chandelier Tour, and performed concerts in France, Germany, and Finland.
On February 23, 2009, Hiroshi Sasabuchi announced his resignation as the band’s drummer after being with the band for seven years. On July 3, 2009, Kenken Sato was announced as the band’s new drummer. Since forming, they have had four different drummers.
Sound and style
Early in their career, their music had heavy visual kei influences. As time went on, their sound seemed to change and evolve with every album. Due to this, the band does not think that they should be placed into any certain genre.
Plastic Tree has stated that their sound has been considerably influenced by British bands such as Radiohead and The Cure.
The most easily recognizable signature of Plastic Tree’s music is the melodic, child-like voice of Ryūtarō Arimura. Their sound is also aided by Arimura’s abstract lyrics. All four band members collaborate to write songs and lyrics, with Arimura writing most of the lyrics.
Plastic Tree’s current sound revolves around alternative rock.
Ryūtarō Arimura (有村 竜太朗) – vocals, backup guitar
Akira Nakayama (ナカヤマ アキラ) – lead Guitar
Tadashi Hasegawa (長谷川 正) – bass guitar
Kenken Sato (佐藤 ケンケン) – drums
Hiroshi Sasabuchi (ササブチ ヒロシ) – drums (2001 – 2009)
Takashi Ōshōdani (大正谷 隆) – drums (1996 – 2001)
Shin – drums (1993 – 1996)
- Kimyou na Kajitsu: Strange Fruits (1995.12.11)
- Hide and Seek (1997.07.10)
- Puppet Show (1998.08.26)
- Parade (2000.08.23)
- Cut: Early Songs Best Selection (2001.03.27)
- Plastic Tree Single Collection (2001.11.14)
- トロイメライ (TRÄUMEREI [toroimerai]) (2002.09.21)
- Best Album (Premium Best) (2002.11.07)
- シロクロニクル (Shiro Chronicle) (2003.10.22)
- Cell (2004.8.25)
- 白盤 [Shiro Ban] (Greatest Hits) (2005.10.26)
- 黒盤 [Kuro Ban] (Greatest Hits) (2005.10.26)
- Chandelier (2006.06.28)
- 「ネガとポジ」(Nega to Poji) (2007.06.27)
- Plastic Tree “e.p” (What is “Plastic Tree”?) (2007.07.13)
- B面画報 (B-Men Gahō) (2007.09.05)
- ウツセミ (Utsu Semi) (2008.09.24)
- ゲシュタルト崩壊 (Gestalt Houkai) (2009.08.26)
- ドナドナ (Dona Dona) (2009.12.23)
- リラの樹 Rira no ki (1996.09.25)
- 割れた窓 Wareta Mado (1997.06.25)
- 本当の嘘 Hontō no Uso (1998.02.15)
- 絶望の丘 Zetsubō no Oka (1998.06.25)
- トレモロ Tremolo (1999.03.10)
- Sink (1999.08.25)
- ツメタイヒカリTsumetai Hikari (1999.12.10)
- スライド Slide (2000.04.19)
- ロケット Rocket (2000.07.12)
- プラネタリウム Planetarium (2001.01.07)
- 散りユク僕ラ Chiriyuku Bokura (2001.09.14)
- 蒼い鳥 Aoi Tori (2002.06.26)
- バカになったのに Baka Ni Natta Noni (2003.05.21)
- もしもピアノが弾げたなら Moshimo Piano ga Hiketanara (2003.06.25)
- 水色ガールフレンド Mizuiro Girlfriend (2003.10.1)
- 雪蛍 Yuki Hotaru (2004.01.12)
- 春咲 センチメンタル Harusaki Sentimental (2004.03.10)
- メランコリック Melancholic (2004.07.28)
- 讚美歌 Sanbika (2005.5.11)
- 名前のない花 Namae no Nai Hana (2005.10.12)
- Ghost (2005.11.16)
- 空中ブランコ Kūchū Buranko (2005.12.14)
- ナミダ ドロップ Namida Drop (2006.05.10)
- スピカ Spica (2007.01.23)
- 真っ赤な糸 Makka Na Ito (2007.05.16)
- アローンアゲイン、ワンダフルワールド Alone Again, Wonderful World (2008.04.09)
- リプレイ/DOLLY Replay/dolly (2008.08.13)
- 梟 Fukurō (2009.6.10)
- サナトリウム Sanatorium (2009.10.28)
- ムーンライト ――――。 Moonlight—– (2010.07.28)
- みらいいろFuture Colors (2010.12.15)
- 二次元ヲゴール③ Nijigen Orgel 3 (2004.12.22)
- 黒テント② Kuro Tent 2 (2002.12.18)
- 黒テント (2002.03.21)
- 二次元ヲゴール② Nijigen Orgel 2 (2000.11.22)
- 二次元ヲゴール Nijigen Orgel (2005.07.28)
- 花燃えて、亡霊の涙、天幕に堕ちる。- Live & Clips 2005 (2006.03.09)
- Zero 10th Anniversary Live at Budokan (2007.09.08)
- Merry Go Around The World (2008.12.24)
- Tent (Tento) Live performance at Budokan (2009.08.30)