That probably sounds like a weird Swedish clothing brand to you– don’t worry it’s a Jrock band. If it was Swedish, it wouldn’t be allowed on here. As anyone who reads regularly will know quite well, I have never featured garage rock-band High and Mighty Color on here before. I used to listen to some of their stuff all the time during my very early Jrock days (before it stopped being infatuation and became a life-long commitment). To be perfectly honest in a rather sexist-sounding way, I hardly listen to any Jrock with female vocalists. It’s not really anything against them…I guess the thing is that they always seem to lack that certain je ne sais qua. I tend to be a lot picker about female vocals than male vocals. Don’t nail my hand into the desk, please. Everyone has their ‘type’, and mine is male vocals (which is why VK works for me). But come on, every Jrock fan has to admit that they started out with Ichirin no Hana from HIGH AND MIGHT COLOR…don’t they?
H&MC is part of what I call “the Okinawa team” — i.e. the huge slew of Jpop and Jrock groups/idols that sprung from the sunny islands in southern Japan (trivia: Orange Range, also from Okinawa, is apparently H&MC‘s ‘sister band’. Which is possibly why I have trouble differentiating between them). H&MC started out as a Metallica cover-band that later moved on to original music, called Anti-Nobunaga.
H&MC had a relatively modest debut, the details of which seem pretty standard for the average rock band. Their big ‘moment’ arose when the band released their first official single in 2005, Pride, which was going to be attached to a soccer event…? Apparently people play soccer to H&MC in Japan– which is why I must move there. Go H&MC!, a scout discovered Pride and it was agreed that it would appear, instead, as a song for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny— which is a LVLUP from soccer, if you ask me…Especially considering that Gundam Seed Destiny was, at the time, the #1 anime in Japan. That helped sales up a bit, and Pride has remained their top-selling single.
Their music is rock with some heavy/screaming and rap textures that add more dimension to music that would otherwise, in my opinion, be kind of average. I have enjoyed the vocalist, Maakii, because she doesn’t sound like melting gumdrops. On that note in July, 2008 Maakii married Dreams Come True bandmember Nakamura Masato (who has at least 20 years on her age), and announced that in late 2008 she would be leaving the band. And she did, indeed, leave the band and had a baby in due time. Shortly thereafter a new vocalist was announced, the surly looking little lady under the tough name HALCA.
With the change in lineup (it’s usually pretty dramatic to change the vocalist, isn’t it? I mean, H&MC has been around for a while), many fans were hoping that they would show their, er, high and mighty true colors and whoop out some new hits. They did indeed release a single titled XYZ, followed by a full-length album Swamp Man, and H&MC have announced a summer single for August 11 titled Re:ache — however, this announcement comes as a mixed deal. The band stated that simultaneous with the release of Re:ache, H&MC would in fact be disbanding permanently. They labeled their reasons as being musical differences, and a desire to reach out for greater, different opportunities.
Whether you’re a hardcore fan, or just someone who was helped to catch The Line with their music, it’s always a little depressing whenever bands like these break up. Although, as I stated earlier, I haven’t listened to their music in years, it’s still sort of like seeing the aunt and uncle who used to babysit you getting a divorce.
In any case, let’s wish them all well in their future ventures, and hope that they find out there what they couldn’t achieve within HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR.