HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT is a Japanese metal band formed in 1999. Their sound is a mix between experimental metal, alternative metal, nu metal and hard rock. They have their own sound, their own style, and care more about their music then their looks. The highlight of HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT is female vocalist Anza’s beautiful yet painful, and violently thrown about passionate feelings, and the raging billows of heaviness and groove that swirl through her performance. The emotional scale and dynamism of this mixture of vivid emotions with tribal rhythms and beautiful melodies never fails to overwhelm.
They have played various festivals, including Loud Park Festival ’08, Taste of Chaos, Independence-D ’07 and a headlining appearance at Addict XX, sharing the stage with Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Story of the Year, In This Moment and Mucc. They have also played in the U.S., Sweden, Australia, neighboring Asian countries, and South America.
Anza, the vocalist of HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT, started off as a Japanese teenage idol, doing everything from the “Sailor Moon” musicals and modeling to idol groups and solo projects. Some time later, she embarked on a solo career for almost two years, receiving help from guitarist Hiro and his brother Mar. At that time, she was approached to perform in a different kind of band, to which she eventually agreed. Together they formed the band Deep Last Blue. They found bassist Kawady and drummer Okaji and managed to release their first single, “Escapism” in 2000, after changing their name to HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT. “Escapism” managed to hit the number one spot on the Shibuya Tower Records Charts within three days of its release. Bassist Kawady left soon after and was replaced by Take the following year.
Playing at small venues all over Japan, they started to gain more popularity. In 2002 the group released the EP “id”, after which Take left and was replaced by guitarist Narumi, who switched instruments to bass. From 2002 straight from their in-country tour HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT launched their international tour. The first step was the New York tour in the autumn of 2002 and despite it being the first time to perform in New York, it was a massive success.
HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT’s first album “VARY” was released in late 2003, after which the band returned to America for another short tour and started releasing CDs in the United States. “VARY” once again captured the number 1 position on the Indies Charts at the Tower Records Shibuya store in Tokyo. The Major Indies Charts aside, combined domestic and international sales of “VARY” placed it at 9th position on the National Full Album charts in the first week of its release, climbing to 8th position in the second week; a truly brilliant achievement.
Okaji left the band in October 2004, desiring to make his own music. They recruited support drummer Batch in January 2005 (he became an official member in 2009). They continued to tour Japan, taking intermittent breaks to allow Anza to work on her solo career.
Head Phones President released their first DVD, “Toy’s Box”, in August 2006. The band desired to tour Europe, and in February 2007, they went to Sweden for two performances. In November, they performed at the animation convention, Pacific Media Expo in Los Angeles, California. Their second full length album, “Folie a Deux”, was released on December 12.
In July 2008, they played the Formoz Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, they returned to the city again in July 2009. On October 7, 2009, the mini album “Prodigium” was released on the Spiritual Beast label, and was mastered at West Side Music by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Agonist).
On September 3, 2010, they released the self-cover album “Pobl Lliw”, which includes rearranged versions of old songs as well as some all new tracks. On September 19, 2010, Head Phones President performed at D’erlanger’s “Abstinence’s Door #005” with Defspiral and Girugamesh. The concert was streamed worldwide live on Ustream.tv.The band returned to New York City to play three shows as part of Frank Wood’s “10 Days of Wood” music event in November. On November 24, 2010, the band announced that guitarist Mar had resigned from the band due to unspecified personal reasons. The band publicly wished him well and stated that they plan to continue activities without him.
Recently there has been many instances of overseas fans who, waiting impatiently for HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT’s international tour.
Sources: Wikipedia, Official Website, JaME