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Ellegarden

Ellegarden: Eleven Fire CrackersEleven Fire Crackers (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


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To put it simply, Ellegarden is a Japanese punk band that sings in "Engrish." Despite the Japanese languages' lack of the letter "L," they handle themselves pretty well. Yes folks, Ellegarden sings mostly in English so you can understand them. Following the trend of J-punk (it's an abbreviation) ban.
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To put it simply, Ellegarden is a Japanese punk band that sings in "Engrish." Despite the Japanese languages' lack of the letter "L," they handle themselves pretty well. Yes folks, Ellegarden sings mostly in English so you can understand them. Following the trend of J-punk (it's an abbreviation) bands like Asian Kung Fu Generation and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Ellegarden makes pop-punk sounds with hard-hitting lyrics.

The record opens with a toss-away song titled "Opening." I could post links to about 50 other bands that have those little randomness 30-second-long songs to open a record with but I won't. I think every song on this record besides it, however, falls into a toe-tapping category, even the Japanese songs like "Winter," "Koukasen" and "Gunpowder Valentine," which are pulled off well enough that a person who doesn't understand Japanese will like it. The record's high point comes with the fast-paced, catchy-as-hell song "Salamander"; many music fans will know what I'm talking about when I say it screams single. The ending song "Marie" is fast and once again catchy, leaving you wanting little more.

In case someone was wondering, the band only has a few grammatical errors, nothing to really ruin the experience. On top of that (and as mentioned before) the songs are good enough to stand on their own in English or not.

This record comes off as a true pop-punk record with all the ups and downs of a roller coaster.... A roller coaster of sweet tunes.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 16, 2007)

when ellegarden plays live shows here they set the crowd off, they have like 3 live dvds out already.. i saw them w/ NUFAN, they blew nufan away in terms of intensity and love.
listen to their cd before this one, it's probably catchier and faster

superskabro (May 16, 2007)

Ellegarden is ok for what they are, but what they are isn't that hot. They come from the Simple Plan, New Found Glory crowd, which isn't that hott. I really like Coquettish and Beat Crusaders. There are a lot of 90's ska-punk bands from Japan that I like as well.

Mattew (May 15, 2007)

My favorite record of last year. The Japanese punk rock scene is the best in the world right now with Ken Yokoyama and all the bands on Pizza of Death along with Ellegarden, The Garlic Boys, and a lot more. Fast Melodic Punk Rock where people actually buy the records and show up to see the bands.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

I'm American and I think this cd kicks ass. Please feel free to spend your time and money on it.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

I'm Japanese and so ashamed of this band.
Don't waste your time and money to this garbage.

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