WHAT’S UP NATION!? Today we’re gonna look at another “Themed Driven” band. One that I have talked about before and with their performance coming up at Grand Brony Gala i’d say now is the perfect time to take a look at SS HANAMI-Original Soundtrack, Season One.
Now this review is going to be a tad different because the main theme of this band is “Anime” and that’s something that perhaps the average music listener may not understand. So the verdict is going to be from the perspective of an outsider. Although I am familiar with anime I am not the biggest fan of it so I did an interview with the singer Robin Adams (Which you can see HERE) where he explain the artistic vision of his band. The first thing you may notice is the name of the album “Original Soundtrack, Season One”. It seems such an odd title for an album but, turns out there’s a method to the madness. It’s because they see SS Hanami as an anime as much as it is a band and the songs are meant to be the original score to the series and the songs are meant to reflect certain scenes you would see in an anime and they let you create the scene in your head.
(I have to admit, that’s pretty creative.) So because of this each song has a different theatrical feel to it. So one song feels dramatic, another feels edgy, others feel whimsical or dark and they do this by using both traditional instruments and writing as well as the use Japanese influences. Like they play a Japanese Harp called a Koto to create a sound of elegance plus a keyboard synthesizer to add a touch of J-Pop and any other effects they can get out of it. So if you’re into theatrical musical scores or love the artistry of anime i’d say this is the band worth checking but, for average music listeners. If could give you an idea of they’re writing style I would say it’s like QUEEN. Now I know this is a pretty big statement so allow me to explain. I’m not saying they sound like them but I notice that both bands write music that feels (As I said before) like theatrical musical scores and sometimes change styles in just one song. So I give this 3 1/2 \m/\m/\m/\n out of 5. So whether your a fan of anime or not, give it a listen and hear for yourself. Be sure to check them out at this year’s Grand Brony Gala with voice actors Cathey Weseluck (Spike & Mare Mayor), Michelle Creber (AppleBloom & Singing Sweetie Belle) As well as My Little Pony Author GM Berrow and Brony Musician BlackGryph0n. Until next time nation STAY LOUD!!!