Bad news for fans of OROCHI. On January 6th, an announcement from the whole band was posted on vocalist and flutist Ushiwaka’s blog. Guitarist Katsuma and Bassist Shin will be leaving the band after a one-man performance on March 30th.
2013 was a busy year for OROCHI, including the release of their first single, a DVD and a mini-album. Just last week, the announcement was posted. The following excerpt is from Ushiwaka’s official Blog:
We have an important announcement.
After our March 30th solo performance, Katsuma on six-string and Shin on five-string [bass] will be retiring from the band.
The decision for them to leave was reached after much deliberation among the band members.
Their departure is due to a difference in direction.
We’re truly sorry for having to make such an unfortunate announcement to all our caring and supportive fans.
We’ll have no change in our 3-person lineup for the shows up until March 30th, so above all else, we hope you’ll keep cheering us on till then.
From all of OROCHI
This is surely upsetting news for fans. It’s only been a year since guitarist Yukimura left the band, and the departure of Katsuma and Shin will leave Ushiwaka as the only remaining member of OROCHI. The Samurai Rock band intends to continue touring through the current live schedule on their website before making the split. Their final show with this lineup will be Ushiwaka’s Birthday Live on March 30th. There was no announcement as to what steps OROCHI will be taking next, but it seems clear that the band intends to continue activities. The following is their current tour, through their last scheduled show together.
January 19th @ Takadanobaba AREA
OPEN 16:00 / START 16:30. Advance ticket: 3,000 yen, day of 3,500 yen.
Bands: REIGN, Memento Mori, Lycaon, ANSIA, One★Star, OROCHI, Zombie
March 30th @ Higashi Koenji 20000 Den Atsu Ushiwaka’s Birthday Live
Open 16:00 / Start 17:00. Advance ticket: 3000 yen, day of 3500 yen.
We will keep you updated on OROCHI’s next steps, so stay posted!
Translation: Adventure Tim