Boom Boom Satellites (ブンブンサテライツ) is a Japanese electro rock duo consisting of guitarist and vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima and bassist and programmer Masayuki Nakano. Their music can be described as breakbeat with heavy jazz influences, but using of electric guitars make it havier and stronger.
Band was formed in 1990, having met at university and debuted in Europe as a rock unit in 1997. They absorbed both electronic and rock elements to create a completely new and unknown sound. According to an interview, the name originated from a song by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, new wave British band.
In 1995, band’s music debuted in Japan on a compilation album released by Torema Records, also affiliated with Untitled Records. Belgian record company R&S Records released their first single in Europe later that year. Their first release of 12” single was made in Europe in 1997, which triggered rave reviews from definitive European music magazines such as Melody Maker, where they were lauded as the combination of The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. In the following year of 1998, the band traveled across Europe performing at 6 major rock festivals and accompanying a European tour of the legendary Electronica unit, Underworld, to perform with. Then, right after their triumphant return to Japan, the band dropped the first album “OUTLOUD”, which was later released in Europe and the USA as well. Boom Boom Satellites toured with Moby for three months in the United States some time afterwards, and artists such as Garbage also requested remixes from the group.
Their success was followed by releases of the albums “UMBRA” (2001) and “PHOTON” (2002). It was also around this time when the band started performances at various festivals including the Japan’s largest “Fuji Rock Festival”.
Band has contributed numerous songs to various films, commercials, and television programs. Oliver Stone and Luc Besson, who had chosen the band’s track to use in the film “Yamakashi”, were indeed one of them. The band was privileged with another opportunity to coordinate a soundtrack album to the fully animated film “APPLESEED” in 2004 (original story by Masamune Shiro). With the artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, and Ryuichi Sakamoto on board, Boom Boom Satellites contributed four new songs including the movie’s main theme, “Dive For You”, to the soundtrack. In 2008, the track “Scatterin’ Monkey” from their 1998 album “OUTLOUD”, was featured in the film “The Dark Knight” and “Shut Up And Explode” became the opening theme song for the PlayStation Store exclusive and later television anime series “Xam’d: Lost Memories”. In 2009, the single “Back On My Feet” is an additional opening theme song for the television broadcast of the series (the TV broadcast switches between “Shut Up And Explode” and “Back On My Feet”). And finally, in 2010, their song “What Goes Around Comes Around” was included in soundtrack of cult movie “Saw 3D”.
In 2005, their 4th album “FULL OF ELEVATING PLEASURES” was released in Japan, and the release was realized in the USA in the year next as well.
In 2006, they released the album, “ON”. Two songs from the album – “KICK IT OUT” and “PILL” – were featured in the TV commercials aired nationwide to further raise the artist’s profile. Indeed, it resulted in their stage performance at festivals, such as Rock In Japan Festival and Summer Sonic 06.
In 2007, their next album “EXPOSED” was released in much anticipation. The lead track “Easy Action” was again featured in the new animation film series, “Vexille” (directed by Fumihiko Sori), and was included in the soundtrack which also compiled the tracks of the artists like Asian Dub Foundation, Underworld, and The Prodigy.
In 2009, the band collaborated with Tahj Mowry and Flo Rida on a new envisioning of their track “Kick It Out”. The track predominantly features the lyrics of Tahj Mowry and Flo Rida in the verses, while the chorus remains the same as in the original release.
In January 2010, Boom Boom Satellites released their first compilation album “19972007”. The band released a new studio album in Japan, “To the Loveless”, on May 26, 2010 which features many tracks from the “Back On My Feet” EP. Also in late 2010, Boom Boom Satellites are going to North American with tour. And in September, they released album “Over and Over” (an abbreviated version of “19972007”) to the United States to coincide with the tour.