For this week’s Flashback Friday, we bring you Noir fleurir (formerly known as DEFLOWER).
Noir fleurir (originally DEFLOWER) was a Kanto-based band that began activities in May 1996. While they had no official concept, some have dubbed their style as “Spanish Visual Kei.” The name change occurred some time after original vocalist Yasu left, and two more interesting vocalist changes would follow. After releasing a few demo tapes, a single, and several albums, Noir fleurir brought their activities to an end in August 2001 at Ikebukuro CYBER.
Noir fleurir at a glance
May 30th, 1996-December 1st, 2001
Founded by Yasu, TOMO, Karen, KENGO, Soushi
On KEY PARTY
3 demo tapes, 1 single, 5 albums, 5 VHS tapes
Vocalist – TERU
Member from 1999-2001
Band history: Noir fleurir -> ?
Guitarist – 可憐 (Karen)
Member from 1996-2001
Band history: DEFLOWER -> Noir fleurir -> 199X (AKIO) -> ?
Bassist – KENGO
Member from 1996-2001
Band history: DEFLOWER -> Noir fleurir -> ?
Drummer – 草紙 (Soushi)
Member from 1996-2001
Band history: DEFLOWER -> Noir fleurir -> Coup d’e tat -> Objet De Neige (support) -> antique post paper (安倍草紙 / Abe Soushi) -> ?
Vocalist & Guitarist – TOMO
Member from 1996-1999
Band history: DEFLOWER (Gt.) -> Noir fleurir (Vo) -> Misery (Gt.) -> 龍神 (Ryuujin) -> THE ASK -> 龍神 -> Deflina Ma’riage -> 199X -> Chaos System -> THE RHEDORIC
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Noir Fleurir began as DEFLOWER with members Yasu, TOMO, Karen, KENGO, and Soushi. The band was signed under KEY PARTY, a label that produced big names like Kagrra, Aliene Ma’riage, and Rapture. The Kanto band’s first show was at an event sponsored by their label. They wasted no time in forming a solid fan base and finally releasing two successive demo tapes in September and October of 1998, 「死セル種」 (Shiseru Tane) and 「死セル蕾」 (Shiseru Tsubomi). A third demo tape to complete the trilogy, 「死セル華」 (Shiseru Hana), was released the following month, but because of vocalist Yasu’s departure, this demo tape uniquely features the vocals of all the remaining band members.
Guitarist TOMO switched over to become the band’s vocalist until TERU joined in 1999. This is around the time when DEFLOWER officially changed their name to Noir fleurir. With a new name and a new vocalist, they brought their new sound into the world with the release of their single 「おもちゃのミーシャ」 (Omocha no Miisha).
When the year 2000 hit, Noir fleurir celebrated the turn of the millenium with their album aptly named 「Millenium～黒き華の千年期」 (Millenium~Kuroki Hana no Sennenki). They released their next album just a little over a month later, “DEFLOWER.” The album was limited to 999 copies only sold at their show at ON AIR EAST. In May, Noir fleurir released a double album 「黒き華の先年期-真章」 (Kuroki Hana no Sennenki – Shinshou) intended as a continuation of their millenial album.
The band continued with live activities and VHS releases until 2001, when their next album would be released. “For 10 years after” was released on February 23rd, 2001, containing 11 tracks total. Support guitarist MAST became an official member around this time. However, his time with the band was rather short; just a few months later, Noir fleurir officially disbanded in August with a break-up live at Ikebukuro CYBER. The sad day also coincided with the release of the conclusion to the 「黒き華の千年期」 trilogy, 「黒き華の千年期～最終章～」 (Kuroki Hana no Sennenki~Saishuushou~).
After their disbandment, Noir fleurir had several one-day revival lives (both as DEFLOWER and as Noir fleurir). The most recent one actually took place on March 22nd, 2014 at “Tokyo Remembrance Day.”
While the whereabouts of vocalist TERU are unknown, former vocalists Yasu and TOMO both continue to play an active part in the music scene. THOGO also updates his blog frequently and is a staff member at BSP Music & Talk Bar. TOMO, in addition to being a member of THE RHEDORIC, is also a representative of THIRTEEN MUSIC and VestimitationWorks. MAST is currently a member of VABeL. After joining several bands, the whereabouts of KENGO, Karen, and Soushi remain unclear.
So, readers, any DEFLOWER or Noir fleurir fans out there? Any of you interested in what they sound like? Lucky for you, Yasu (now known as THOGO) uploaded a few DEFLOWER tunes to his YouTube; check out 「死セル種」: