J-rock quartet Acid Flavor list a wide array of influences, from grunge and new romantic to prog rock and industrial, but blend them into a melodic, moderately heavy power pop cocktail typical for Japanese music and popular with the show biz industry -- several Acid Flavor tunes were used in video game soundtracks. The band was conceived by guitarist Ryo and bassist Tei in late 1999, but it wasn't until 2003 that the lineup stabilized, with Shigeru, who originally joined as a guitarist, taking over as the frontman, and Taiju joining as the drummer (most of the members were high-school pals from Saitama). The group soon signed to EMI, but then spent three more years intensively touring before releasing its debut records: the single "Higher and Higher" and the album Speed Ball, comprised of old material, came out in 2006, the single becoming the theme for the successful PS2 game Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!! In 2007, the song "Enishi" was featured in another game, Shonen Onmyouji Tsubasa-yo, and in 2008, the single "Feeling" had a tie-in with the anime Hakushaku to Yosei. In 2008, the band also released its second full-length, Next Story, shifting away from pop/rock somewhat, and played a set of anime conventions and solo gigs in Belgium and France. Ryo then started a solo project, releasing two singles under the name Ryo Fujimura, and touring France and Belgium on his own; Acid Flavor's 2009 release activities were limited to a best-of collection.
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