Japanese group One OK Rock returns to Manila on January 29


Japanese rock band One OK Rock continues their overseas campaign with a stopover in Manila for their album tour on January 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The quartet consisting of Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya are back in the country after two years, bringing new songs from the Ambitions album to the Asian continent after a European tour last year.

One OK Rock rose to prominence outside of Japan thanks to the fame of the Rurouni Kenshin film series, an anime adaptation to the film with a huge Filipino audience.

The band’s song, “Beginning,” turned out to be a new beginning. It surprised viewers as the credits rolled by with Taka’s powerful voice, a touching mix of soul and grater. Her diction also made first-time listeners wonder if the song was indeed from a Japanese band, with mostly English lyrics sung until the middle of the first stanza.

The group has since broken its local chains and expanded outside of Japan. Their 2015 album, “3XXXV”, was the starting point for their international success, leading to numerous collaborations with artists 5 Seconds of Summer, Avril Lavigne and Linkin Park. Songs from this album were also featured in the sequel to Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno and Legend Ends.

“I think it’s important to try and explore different things throughout our lives as a musician,” singer Taka told Pulp magazine. Of the eight albums they released in 12 years, he said Ambitions was “the first album to really bring One OK Rock to the world.”

One OK Rock Ambitions Asia Tour 2018 Live in Manila, presented by Amuse Singapore, B’in Live and PULP Live World, will take place on January 29, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at P2,500. SM tickets. For PULP Royalty privileges, call 727-4957.


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