Fans of UNiTE have had some ups and downs this year, but it looks like the will continue to climb a steady and successful slope for the rest of 2014…with a new member!
Surely fans have heard the news already, but UNiTE’s August 16th performance at Shibuya Koukaido marked drummer 莎奈 (Sana)‘s official live debut with the band. Though the sudden departure of drummer Yukimi in April is still hitting hard, Sana will surely make up for his absence as the band heads in a new direction. Without further ado, let’s introduce him!
Sana’s drumming is featured at the venue-limited single released at the Koukaido performance, “Re:niver”. The single is a re-recorded version of the band’s earlier song “Eniver”. Here’s what the drummer had to say for himself about being inducted to the band, translated by our own Adventure Tim:
Dear fans of UNiTE,
I hope the lack of lead-in doesn’t make this too much of a shock.
My name is Sana. It’s nice to meet you all.
I’ve been chosen to carry on Yukimi-san’s expectations as the drummer for UNiTE.
Some of you, I’m sure, might be apprehensive about my appointment, but all I can say in response is that I’ll begin proving my worth from this moment on.
UNiTE has always been one of the bands I love most, and a group of artists whom I deeply respect.
I was one of their biggest fans–something I suspect many of you reading this post can identify with.
As such, I knew I would have to address the important goal of “continuing on,” plus the meaning of carrying on in Yukimi-san’s footsteps, as well as the weighty, tangled thoughts and hopes of the various people involved.
So when we first began to talk about the idea of me joining the band, I had little confidence in myself and wasn’t really looking forward to the answer I got. In short, I was scared.
But Yui-san, Mio-san, LiN-san and Haku-san believed in my potential, and they really let me know it. I was truly grateful, and I won’t allow myself to let such generous people down. We all wanted to keep the band alive, and with that in mind I was allowed to join.
Yukimi-san also was kind enough to recognize me as someone who might be able to take his place, and to believe in me.
And so, I’m going to believe in myself as they’ve believed in me, and do everything in my power: to keep things from coming to an end, to help this band carry on, and to not let the past, future, and present all become a lie.
I hope you’ll all lend me a hand too, if you can. Thank you for being your supportive selves!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, you don’t have to wait much longer. On September 17th, UNiTE will release 「レヴ/ice」 (Rev/ice) in a whopping 4 types.
UNiTE 「レヴ/ice」 Limited Edition Type M – 2052yen
3. レヴ (off vo.)
1. レヴ PV
2. レヴ PV Making
UNiTE 「ice/レヴ」 Limited Edition Type L – 2052yen
3. ice (off vo.)
1. ice PV
2. ice PV Making
UNiTE 「レヴ/ice」 Limited Edition – 1000yen
UNiTE 「レヴ/ice」 Regular Edition – 1620yen
3. 君は知らない (Kimi wa Shiranai)
4. 君は知らない (off vo.)
The full PV for 「レヴ」 has already been released:
UNiTE 2014 Autumn One-man Tour 「新歓」
November 3rd @ Nagoya M.I.D
November 4th @ Nagoya M.I.D
November 9th @ Osaka MUSE
November 10th @ Osaka MUSE
November 24th @ Shin-yokohama NEW SIDE BEACH
November 25th @ Shin-yokohama NEW SIDE BEACH
November 30th @ Hiroshima CAVE-BE
December 1st @ Hiroshima CAVE-BE
December 7th @ Fukuoka Queblick
December 8th @ Fukuoka Queblick
December 12th @ Kooriyama #9
December 13th @ Kooriyama #9
Ticket: 3800yen advance/4300yen same day
Regular ticket sales start on October 4th, so mark your calendars.
As for the Christmas event? Well…we’re not exactly sure what it is. It’s an event they’ve done before, so UNiTE fans, think hard. What have they done before? (Let us know if you know!)
A new member, a new single, a new one-man tour, and something to look forward to this Christmas – UNiTE fans have it all. Stay tuned to see what the rest of this year may bring!