I must say that Japanication is a very explosive and rockin’ track from SPYAIR. Despite the song being rather short (under 3 minutes), Ike and the rest of the band did a great job of keeping the song going and it kept surprising me for sure. It’s pretty straightforward from beginning to end so there’s no suprises to be had, but this is a strong track from the band. I am a little surprised to find out that it is a touchup of their first indies single, but it’s good otherwise.
Going into the B-sides of the single, Departure opens up with strings before piano and Ike are added in. I was a little surprised by the opening since it wasn’t like them to pull it off. Luckily, the band enters after the introduction and it kind of seems pretty safely done arrangement-wise. It’s like UVERworld’s music mixed with HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR’s (without the female lead). Besides that, I don’t really remember much of this song.
3. Just One
At roughly the same time as “Japanication”, Just One is a lot heavier song than anything previous and I loved that fact alone since it gives this band more color for the single. Ike really is putting his vocals on the line here and he sounds quite gritty and angry. I really enjoyed this song quite a bit though ^_^
4. Dead Coaster
The final track, Dead Coaster is actually a rearranged version of their song that they released on their indies debut album, “Can You Listen?”. The new version of the single does feature Enzel a little bit more with synths being in a good part of the song. I like the riffs of the song and Ike sounds pretty good.
Even though half the single is just touch-ups on older songs (the A-side and Dead Coaster), I think SPYAIR did a great job otherwise. I liked Japanication and Just One for being quite powerful and full of loudness!! Dead Coaster provided more of the synth style included with their rock sound and it’s pretty good as well. Departure might not be ground-breaking but I do think it’s a good rock song as well. Not very out of place lol.