I was first introduced to this wonderful band through “Crowds”, the OP of Gatchaman Crowds (which I still haven’t finished) and instantly fell in love with the edgy, deep voice of the female vocalist. But after looking for the song on YouTube, I discovered that the vocalist is actually a male, a very geeky looking one, at that.
If you are a person who can’t live without their lyrics and deep meanings, this is not the band for you. White Ash’s lyrics are 90% nonsensical Engrish, picked mostly based on sound and feel of the song. So if Engrish or lack of lyrics really turns you off, go ahead and step away. If you aren’t one of those people, here are the reasons I am in love with this band:
1. Nobita, the main vocalist, has a gorgeous voice. It is husky, rich, and textured (as delicious to listen to as red velvet cake is to eat). And his range, man! I fell in love with his low voice but his high notes also send shivers down my spine.
2. The bassist is a boss female with amazing talent. And although I set her apart because, Jesus, female bassists are so damn cool, the guys on guitar and drums are wonderful as well. The band comes together to create really loud, strong, and fast tempo songs that occasionally show a bit of The Pillows influence. They also have some slower songs that make full use of Nobita’s flexible voice.
3. They are huge dorks. The prime example being the song “Jails”, in which Nobita dances around dressed as, what I believe to be, Nobita from Doreamon. It’s actually quite refreshing that none of the band members are lookers. Really, who cares if they look like a middle school garage band when they are making music as incredible as this!
And now I hope you’ll give them a listen. My personal favorites are “Crowds”, “Deadmans On The Dancefloor”, “Casablanca”, and “Jails” (in that order). Join my fangirling; click on that playlist!