Fact is a Japanese rock band, formed in December 1999 in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Clean and screamed singing styles are both used, and gang vocals are present in many choruses. Even though a Japanese band, the lyrics to most of the band's songs are written in English.
The members have hidden their faces during every video since 2009 wearing traditional Japanese Noh masks during the time they supported their second album, Fact (2009), but abandoned the imagery in videos the next year in favor of either partially or fully concealing their faces.
They are signed to Maximum10, an indie-rock imprint of the Avex Group.
The band was formed from members of other bands in the Tokyo area. They then began to tour the local music scene in and around Chiba, Mito and Tokyo. Originally, Tomohiro played bass and sang with support from Kazuki and Takahiro but, in 2002, main vocal duties as well as a third guitar were added when Hironobu joined. Hironobu had been a member of the band Second Base along with Kazuki before either of them joined Fact.
Continuing onward as a group, the band traveled to the United States, specifically California for a short tour in 2003.
In 2006, they released their first full-length album Never Turn Out the Light to Keep Myself on Japan's Bullion Records (a sublabel of Wave Master).
The band later signed a record deal sometime between 2008 and 2009 with Vagrant Records to release Fact, their worldwide début album. A single from the album, "A Fact of Life", was released with an accompanying video in early 2009. In support of the album, the band toured the U.S. accompanying American bands, including post-hardcore A Skylit Drive, metalcore Greeley Estates, metal Iwrestledabearonce, metal Memphis May Fire and post-hardcore Senses Fail. Their tour was abruptly cut short after a car collision early on, injuring drummer Eiji, but another U.S. tour was rescheduled soon after.
Their third full-length album, In the Blink of an Eye, was released on 13 January 2010, and its first single, "Slip of the Lip" was released online with an accompanying music video. The album débuted at number six on the Japanese Oricon weekly charts, becoming their first album to reach the top ten.
The band returned to the UK in support of In The Blink of an Eye for a second tour of the country between 24 May and 4 June 2010, with a headlining show at London's O2 Academy Islington and then playing as the support act for the American electronic-rock duo Breathe Carolina during the rest of the dates.
Their single "A Fact of Life" was featured in Konami's rhythm music game Jubeat.
In 2011, they released the singles "Attack Me If You Dare", "Error" and "The Shadow of Envy", all of which were later featured in their extended-play album Eat Your Words.
On 11 January 2012, the band released their fourth album, Burundanga, which features their newest member, Adam (from the United Kingdom), on guitar.
On January 27, 2014 the band released a new single titled Disclosure.
The song is the first single off their upcoming record titled, Witness.
Witness will be released in Japan on March 5, 2014 and worldwide shortly after.
All band members are credited by either their first name or stage name.
Hironobu "Hiro" Onose (小野瀬 広宣, Onose Hironobu) - lead vocals (since 2002),
Kazuki Sakurai (櫻井 一樹, Sakurai Kazuki) - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (since 1999),
Eiji Matsumoto (松本 英二, Matsumoto Eiji) - drums, percussion, backing vocals (since 1999),
Tomohiro Takayasu (高安 朝浩, Takayasu Tomohiro) - bass, backing vocals (since 1999); lead vocals (1999-2002),
Takahiro Onose (小野瀬 孝弘, Onose Takahiro) - lead guitar, backing vocals (since 1999),
Adam Graham - guitar, backing vocals (since 2012),
Takahiro Nakinashi (中西 高広, Nakinashi Takahiro) - drums
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