Doukoku (慟哭, English “wailing, lamentation”) is a rock duo formed in Tokyo in 2007, consisting of the brothers Ryusuke on vocals and Fumiya on guitar and synthesizer.
After having a few activities in 2008, they took a break. During this time Ryusuke had some solo activities and Fumiya wrote and provided songs. However, in 2010
Doukoku restarted and began full-scale activity with the release of their first single “虐待ノ涙” (gyakutai no namida) in June 2011. Already in November they were able to play their first one man live in Meguro Live Station.
In March 2012 they released their first mini-album titled “慟哭ノ痕” (doukoku no ato) alongside with their PV for their previous single “虐待ノ涙” (gyakutai no namida). Since then Doukoku broadened their activities, playing more and more lives as well as releasing more PVs, CDs and even a live DVD named “転生ノ夜、瞳に慟哭を…” (tenshou no yoru, hitomi ni doukoku wo …) at the end of 2013. For celebrating this release, they held a sponsored live in Meguro Live Station again.
For a long time Ryusuke also produces anime music videos (example here) and pursues his solo activities as a pop singer, like with his song called “ブロッコリー” (Broccoli). To get to know more about these activities and many interesting facts about Doukoku, please check our interview with Doukoku!
On March 13, 2015 the band finally released their first full album titled “慟哭世界” (Doukoku Sekai), which is also available on iTunes, containing new songs alongside works of Doukoku’s career since 2011. In late May and early June 2015, Doukoku will embark on their very first Europe tour, playing five lives on German and Austrian stages. Time to dive into the world of those two brothers and experience their interpretation of lament, which is not always as gloomy as it sounds – quite the opposite, it’s quite diverse and thrilling.
The sound of Doukoku (慟哭) features nostalgic, fleeting guitar and synthesizers as well as lyrical and exceptional vocal. The sentimental view of the world holds those sounds, and attracts people. Sometimes, you can find a pure rock sound, supported by some synthesizers, some other times doukoku create an almost pure electro sound, that frames Ryusuke’s recognizable voice just as perfectly. Fumiya is not only playing guitar and keyboards, he also supports his brother as background vocal every now and then, adding an interesting element to their sound. Especially in songs like 転生ノ瞳 (tenshou no hitomi), Fumiya can show his great skills in a thrilling guitar solo and powerful riffs – surely one reason for doukoku to become a must-see on a live stage. Besides rocking and playing with synthesizers and other electro elements to create their unique sounds, doukoku also know how to strike a calm and very reduced note. With the pure sound of only Ryusuke’s voice, a piano, some strings and Fumiya’s touching solo on the acoustic guitar, the unplugged version of 雨声 (usei) surely will bring up one or another tear to the eyes of the listener. Those who like ballads, will also find one of their fevourite doukoku tracks in 愛ノ隙間 (ai no sukima), though this song is a lot more pop rock. In their band history, Ryusuke and Fumiya already experimented a lot with their sound and tried various genres and musical frames while being able to somehow keep creating the typical “doukoku” sound. We can surely expect even more diversity and touching music of this duo in future
If you want to see doukoku live, you can do so! The band will be in Europe for a few lives, so if you have the chance, grab it! The dates: May 29 Munich (Germany), May 31 Vienna (Austria), June 3 Berlin (Germany), June 6 Bremen (Germany), June 7 Hamburg (Germany). Tickets can be ordered via Ticketleistung, NipponCon and MaGnology.
Get the music of Doukoku on iTunes