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BAISER
Baiser
Baiserlogo
Spelling ベーゼ
Status major, disbanded
indies (1991.5 - 1999.5.21)
Origin Tokyo/Kanagawa
Years 1991.5 - 1996.1
1997.9 - 2001.1.5
Genres gothic rock/post-punk
industrial/industrial rock
visual rock
Labels FOR-TUNE RECORDS/Sony Music Entertainment (1999.5-2001.1)
TEARS MUSIC/ENAMELL RECORDS (1997.9-1999.5)
Monster EP (1993-1996)
Related Endorphine
Yukari (solo project)
Swallowtail
Jagged Little Pill
Fanclub KALEIDOSCOPE

BiographyEdit

Former BAISER (1991 - 1996)Edit

BAISER 1994

BAISER in 1994

BAISER were formed by vocalist Yukari in May 1991. The first lineup was made of Yukari on vocals, Hiderō on guitar, Akane on synth guitar, and Haiji on bass. They recorded a demo tape titled 墮落 (Daraku) and distributed its 100 copies among friends at a concert at Meguro Rokumeikan. GAZ was recruited as support member and was replaced by AKIHIRO by late 1993. Shortly after that the band managed to sign a contract to the indies label Monster EP and release the debut EP 接吻 (Kuchizuke) in June 1994.
In August 1994 AKIHIRO left the band and was eventually replaced by Toshimi. In the meantime BAISER started to get more and more popular in the visual kei scene. The first album ASH ranked #2 on the ORICON indies album chart and was supported by an extensive national tour. However, in January 1996 it was announced that BAISER would go on hiatus due to the decision of all members except Yukari and Akane to leave the band for musical differences. Between 1996 and 1997 Yukari and Akane started looking for new members. The first one to join was ex-PENICILLIN bassist Shaisuke, followed by ex-SHAZNA drummer Katsura some time later. Katsura then convinced guitarist Mizuki to leave Iris in order to join BAISER. The band was ready to come back, but Akane was suddenly forced to leave BAISER as his father, who was suffering a serious illness, had asked him to take over his job. Mizuki then recommended Rei, who used to be the vocalist of his former band Iris.

Second BAISER and major debut (1997 - 2001)Edit

The new lineup debuted in September 1997 supported by TEARS MUSIC and had its first live on December 16th at Meguro Rokumeikan. The return of BAISER was commemorated by a long series of releases and concerts culminating with two consecutive full-length album releases (Terre and La luna) and a succesful national tour titled -Terra- from June to October 1998. The final gig took place at Akasaka BLITZ on October 10th.
In the meantime BAISER got the attention of FOR-TUNE RECORDS (branch of Sony Music Entertainment) and the major debut was scheduled for May 1998 with the release of the debut single プリズム (Purizumu). The song was chosen as the opening theme of the anime series Gokudo. A memorial concert at Shibuya Kōkaidō was planned for May 29th, but it was suddenly cancelled due to Katsura's poor physical condition. It eventually took place after he recovered at Akasaka BLITZ on September 11th. Right after that the release of the first major album 華 (Hana) was scheduled for November.
In early 2000 BAISER released a single titled ペガサス (Pegasasu) and promoted it with a oneman live at Roppongi Y2K on May 19th. At the concert Yukari announced that he would start a solo side-project besides working on BAISER, but no more live appearances had been announced.
In the meantime Rei, Katsura and Shaisuke formed a unit called Swallowtail and had their first live at Meguro Rokumeikan on July 21st. Fans started to worry about the future of BAISER, and it was eventually announced that band would break up on January 5th 2001.

Aftermaths (2001 - 2006)Edit

Right after BAISER disbanded, Yukari and Mizuki formed the industrial band Endorphine. They scheduled several releases and live appearances until December 2001, but they suddenly stopped their activities and disappeared without any official announcement by early 2002.
Swallowtaill went on as a full-time band and recruited yu-ji from ANGEL+DUST on guitar. However, they stopped all activities on July 16th after it was reported that Shaisuke had died in a motorbike accident. The only member to go on was Katsura, who later joined the oshare-kei band Vinett.
Yukari resurfaced in 2003 as the producer of RENTRER EN SOI, but his collaboration with the band stopped in 2005. He has since become a producer at Resistar Records. At this time, the rest of the former members of BAISER seem to have retired from the music scene.

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Former membersEdit

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DiscographyEdit

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Singles (distributed at concerts)Edit

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