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ONE OK ROCK’s Taka on breaking beyond Japan’s borders https://t.co/82mOkrsR3H

ONE OK ROCK’s Taka on breaking beyond Japan’s borders https://t.co/82mOkrsR3H

The archetypal rock band may have taken a back seat in the Western world in recent years, but the formula of guitars, drums and charismatic frontmen has been an enduring staple in Japanese music culture. With the sheer volume of bands to compete against, and the ever-present challenge of breaking into the charts amidst hyper-sensory J-Pop stars, bands like ONE OK ROCK had to grind to get noticed. The band’s name, a derivative of ‘one o’clock’ – the hour of morning at which the band would rehearse, due to cheaper rental rates for practice rooms – is a testament to the lengths that Japanese bands will go in order to surpass the “indies” label and permeate the mainstream. For ONE OK ROCK, this came in 2011 with their fifth LP,

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