The Piass (妃阿甦, piasu) are a Japanese Visual Kei band who formed in the early 1990s in Sapporo, the current incarnation of the band features only one original member; Takayuki.
The first member line up of vocalist Chihiro, guitarist Takayuki, bassist Yoshio and drummer Hiroshi. After a while, Chihiro left the band and was replaced by Takashi, who didn’t stay and did vocals only for their first release. Chihiro came back to fill the gap in the band, and this formation became noticed in the music scene. There is still not much known about the band’s first three years, except for an event they had participated in during 1990.
In February 1993, The Piass’ first omnibus album appearance Braintrash was released; it also contained a song of Malice Mizer. Their next few songs ended up being released on many different omnibus albums through Anarchist Records, the label which they signed their first contract with. Two years after signing the contact, they came out with their first album, which almost reached the top ten of the Oricon indies charts.
The group recorded their debut album called Ryouki Kousatsu Chissoku-Shi in 1995; the band consisted of Chihiro (vocals), Takayuki (guitar), Yoshio (Bass) and Hiroshi (Drums). This album was done in a melodic hard rock style with lyrics by Chihiro and even featured a cover of a Hanoi Rocks song, “Dead By Xmas”.
Everything was going well for the young band until the October 25, 1995, which marked the end of band activities for a brief time. The members Chihiro and Hiroshi died after falling from a twenty meter high bridge during a PV shoot that day. Their deaths became a mystery with many different versions. Some fans like to believe that it was a suicide pact, mostly because the two were tied together when they fell. However, it was most likely just an accident because of a silly stunt they had wanted to perform for the PV. Although the band was probably on hiatus at the time in 1996, Anarchist Records still released another two songs by The Piass.
In the year 1997, a second tragedy happened: Yoshio committed suicide, leaving Takayuki as the sole living member. The reasons are unknown, but this left a lot room for different speculations – especially among fans. Many fans like to believe that Yoshio had died during the making of a PV, which strengthened the idea of a suicide pact among fans.
On October 25, 1998, exactly three years after the first tragedy, Takayuki began to rebuild the band. The new members were the former Slum Junkie vocalist Kirala, Ruiji (ex-Mazohysteria) became bassist and the lineup was completed by Shizuki as drummer. The band published their second demo tape in 1999, which was followed up by a self-titled album and a spelling change of their name. The Piass became 妃阿甦. The last kanji probably wasn’t chosen arbitrarily, because its meaning is resurrection.
In 1999 The Piass released their second album, a self-titled effort which would prove to be a huge departure from their original sound; the group now had a frantic punk rock sound opposed to the more hard rock sound of the previous album. An EP was recorded the following year, Gekka Kyoushou. They released a single in 2001 called “Akinazuna: Akina Zuna”.
2002 Kirala disappeared for a while in February and then officially left the band on the third of March. The band didn’t want to search for a new vocalist, so guitarist Takayuki became the new vocalist of the trio. During this same time period, Takayuki was active as the guitarist for Anti Feminism’s releases as well. After this lineup change, The Piass stopped all of its own music releases and only released music on the omnibus album Anarchist Records IV published in May 2002. From this point on, they became a live-only band, and Takayuki continued to work more with Anti Feminism.
The band announced a new single release. This release was the first one in almost four years since Kirala left the band. The new single after four years was finally released on May 24, 2006 and called Kansen shou paranoia; it included a DVD clip. Later, in November 2006, their first DVD Shiiku mousou was released, containing a small collection of PVs.
In February 2007, the official website announced the addition of a new vocalist, Tetsuya, and Takayuki returned to playing guitar for The Piass. However, in March 2007, before they could even perform one live with the new vocalist, bassist Ruiji and drummer Shizuki left the band, stating musical differences. The band continued on with Tetsuya, and Takayuki as the official members and made use of support members for the rest of the lives in 2007 and 2008. The duo even released a new mini-album in August 2007 called Dolei: Dorei. It went out of print and a second print was later released.
On October 8, 2008 Tetsuya, the vocalist of The Piass, did not perform at their live show. Takayuki had said at the live that “Tetsuya can’t come on stage now”, but nothing more insightful.
Since September 2004, the band has been promoting their own event called hiaso kantou shuukai (piass eastern Japan meeting), which is held monthly in Tokyo. One time, they even brought their event to Osaka, naming it hiaso osaka shuukai. Some famous indies bands that have participated in the event include Ghost, Kellnre, CalorZe and Izabel Varosa.
In 2005, The Piass also became well known in France and Germany because of a news report made by the bilingual TV station ARTE. The news report featured several live scenes and even an interview with the band.
In the fall of 2008, fans of The Piass started to notice that Tetsuya’s profile and all mention of the vocalist had abruptly disappeared from the official home page. With Tetsuya’s very sudden disappearance from the official home page, lives and the music world in general, Takayuki once again stepped up to perform as vocalist for the band.
The year 2009 is a whole new beginning for the The Piass as they transformed into a five-member band, gaining four new members and announcing two coupling tours to start off the year. Joining The Piass are guitarists Thifu and Tsubaki, bassist Tenteke and drummer Toro.
The first tour of the year, “GaixTokkanxNippon angya” Tour: Zenhansen, begins in March, and the second tour of the year, beginning in April, is called “GaixTokkanxNippon angya” Tour: Kouhansen.
- Takayuki – Vocals (2006–2007) (2009–present) Guitar (1990–2008)
- Thifu – Guitar (2009–present)
- Tsubaki Yunosuke – Guitar (2009–present)
- Tenteke – Bass (2009–present)
- Toro – Drums (2009–present)
- Former members
- Chihiro – vocals (1990–1995)
- Yoshio – bass guitar (1990–1997)
- Hiroshi – drums (1990–1995)
- Takashi – vocals (1993-1993)
- Kirala – vocals (1998–2002)
- Tetsuya – vocals (2007–2008)
- Ruiji – bass guitar (1998–2007)
- Takahiro – Bass Guitar (2007–2008)
- Shizuki – drums (1998–2007)
- Junji Tokai – drums (2007–2008)
- Ryouki Kousatsu Chissoku-Shi (1995)
- Piass (1999)
- Geki ka kyosa (2000)
- Dolei (2007)
- Dolei: 2ndPress (2007)
- Easy Trick (2000)
- Discrimination (2001)
- Despair (2001)
- Akinazuna: Akinazuna (2001)
- Kansensho Paranoia (2006)
- Shiikumousou (2006)
- Shiikumousou+kansensyoParanoia (2007)
- SM (2008)
- Haiteki: Fuyuubyou (2000)
- The Piass (1993)
- Fat Fetishism (1999)
Genres : Punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal
years active : 1990–1995, 1998-Present