Many Japanese indie rock bands featured in this blog have often been seen as finding a niche within the genre, justified by the numerous comparisons and resemblances to various Western bands they strike. クリープハイプ CreepHyp, like other bands in Japan have found ways in which to individualise themselves within the burgeoning rock scene.
What immediately hits the ears when listening to a CreepHyp tune is the distinctive vocal tone lead singer 尾崎世界観 Ozaki Sekaikan bawls out. お花茶屋 ‘Ohanajaya’ (refers to a train station in Tokyo) from one of the records during their independent label career showcases Ozaki’s somersaulting vocal potentials. The country-rock propulsion not only drives the overall vibe but also motivates Ozaki to make the most of this energetic exertion.
There are certain kinds of styles that complement Ozaki’s gutsy vocal exchanges. The motoring rock ‘n’ roll force in 欠伸 ‘Akubi’ (‘Yawn’) full of voltage-charged guitars and drums harmonises well with the Hoosiers-esque vocal melody from Ozaki. On the other hand, some sub-genres benefit from being charged with a different vocal flavour, perhaps articulated effectively in 本当 ‘Hontou’ (‘Real’). While some listeners may assume that the nasal tone of Ozaki belies the classic ‘J-Pop’ rock ballad backdrop, there’s a strong and genuine touch of CreepHyp’s likeable personality kindled from the tune devoid of extreme commercial control, as though one feels blessed with its personable ambience.
The eccentric qualities of CreepHyp’s musical identity have served them well in finding a balance between originality and mainstream appeal. 愛の点滅 ‘Ai no Tenmetsu’ (‘Flashing Love’) opens with a Kings of Leon-esque rock groove, full of bright guitar harmonies and drum rhythms. Ozaki’s leisurely but strident vocals further amplify the charming pop-rock vibe that follows and sustains the motor of the song, letting out a youthful garage rock-like energy.
Regarded as the latest rock band to excite the Japanese music scene, one can only look forward to their unparalleled musical personality in gaining greater success.
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© Isaku Takahashi