(UPDATE, May 28, 2021)
ONE OK ROCK didn’t disappoint fans who listened to their first livestream on YouTube on Thursday, May 27, as the world-famous Japanese group unveiled three surprises:
- the official release of their last song “Broken heart of gold ” – the theme of the next live-action film, Rurouni Kenshin;
- a contest for fans to create the official music video for the song;
- the group’s four-day online acoustic concert to be held at the end of July 2021.
For those who missed the livestream, you can replay it here.
Creation of the “ broken heart of gold ”
During the live broadcast, which began at 11:30 p.m. Japanese time on May 27, the band counted until midnight for the release of “Broken Heart of Gold” on major music streaming platforms.
The backing track of Rurouni Kenshin’s next latest film, Rurouni Kenshin: the beginning, the song has previously only been introduced through a few varieties played in the trailer for the film.
With dark lyrics that capture themes from Kenshin’s latest films, the new song was premiered by ONE OK ROCK with Grammy-nominated producer Dan Lancaster. The group had previously worked with him on tracks such as “Taking Off” and “Eye of the Storm”.
Watch the lyric video of “Broken golden heart” here.
Call for fan-made music videos
Along with the official release of the “Broken Heart of Gold” lyric video, the group announced an open worldwide call for their fans to submit their own music video for the emotional ballad.
The winning entry will receive JPY 500,000 and their work will be posted on ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube channel as the song’s official music video.
The application period is from June 1 (Tuesday) at 12:00 p.m. to June 30 (Wednesday) at 12:00 p.m. JST.
For interested applicants, more details regarding the competition can be viewed here:
4 days of swinging with Fuji-san
Fans of the live YouTube live chat erupted in excitement when the group announced their four-day online acoustic concert, which will take place July 22-25. There will apparently be a live audience, but of limited size.
For those who have followed the band for so long, everyone knows how special and emotional the acoustic performances of ONE OK ROCK are, and for them, dedicating four days to it is every fan’s dream.
If that wasn’t special enough, the band also announced that the online concert will be held in Yamanashi Prefecture, home to the northern part of the magnificent Mt. Fuji. Will we see the iconic volcano as a backdrop when the group performs then? JAPAN Forward will update you once we have more details!
Show some love to the fans
As a prelude to their announcement of the Fan Music Video Creation Contest, ONE OK ROCK has put aside a segment of its live stream on YouTube to show a few fan covers and reviews of their song. “Renegades», The theme of the penultimate film, Rurouni Kenshin: the final.
Watch the videos, which Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya obviously enjoyed and praised:
Synonym of ‘Rurouni Kenshin’
ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube special follows two finals Rurouni Kenshin films, for which the group provided the soundtrack.
A staple of the film franchise since its creation 10 years ago, A ROCK OK has become almost synonymous with the character of Kenshin. Many fans like me believe that no Kenshin movie would be complete without the sound of veteran J-rock playing in the credits of the films. (Trivia: ONE OK ROCK frontman Taka is good friends with Kenshin himself, actor Takeru Satoh.)
For the first Rurouni Kenshin film released in 2012, ONE OK ROCK provided “The beginning. “In the sequels of films released one after the other in 2014, the group interpreted”Powerful long fall” for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, and “Grief” for Rurouni Kenshin: the end of the legend.
In 2021, for their first release in more than two years, ONE OK ROCK unveiled the anthemic “RenegadesAs the backing track to the first of Kenshin’s last two films. Rurouni Kenshin: The final released in Japan on April 23.
Watch the clip for the Japanese version of “Renegades” here.
For the second final film Rurouni Kenshin: The beginning, ready to be released on June 4, the group unveiled the “Broken golden heart.“
Watch the movie trailer with “Broken golden heart” here.
As the band wraps up the final chapter in Kenshin’s story, ONE OK ROCK fans will surely have more to look forward to as the acoustic live draw nears and signs of a new album loom on the horizon.
ONE OK ROCK was formed in 2005, when the current members were in their late teens. The group takes its name from the Japanese pronunciation of “one hour” (wan-ō-ku-ro-ku). This is in reference to their experience in their early days, when they used to book studios for their group practice at one in the morning because the rent was cheaper during odd hours.
The rock band went on to release nine studio albums; a 10th release is expected in 2021. The band has enjoyed growing success with both mainstream and international audiences, in part thanks to its last three albums, all released in two versions: one with mixed English-Japanese lyrics and one with purely English lyrics . The group has also collaborated with renowned international artists, such as Avril Lavigne, All the time down, 5 seconds of summer, and Ed Sheeran. ONE OK ROCK is signed on the American label Ramen powered alongside groups such as Paramore, Panic! At the disco, and Twenty-one pilots.
Author: Micah Go