フジファブリック (Fuji Fabric)
Fuji Fabric is often described as a band that's hard to describe, and in fact, the band's sound incorporates a number of genres, including disco, indie rock and Latin music.
But the eclecticism of Fuji Fabric's music is reminiscent of another band known to combine indie rock with electronica and, if just a touch, country -- Quruli.
Even singer Shimura Masahiko shares with Kishida Shigeru an appealing, distinctive voice, recognizable as it is emotive.
Fuji Fabric hail from Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture, taking its name from a local textile manufacturer. In fact, the company owner's son, Watanabe Takayuki, was a founding member of the band with Shimura.
Watanabe and Shimura formed the band after meeting in junior high school. They moved to Tokyo in 2000 and added members to the band.
Fuji Fabric released its first mini-album, Ala Carte, in 2002 and a second mini-album, Ala Mode, the following year. After a bidding war started among interested labels, Fuji Fabric signed to Toshiba-EMI. Watanabe, however, left Fuji Fabric in 2001.