REVIEW: 3-piece Japanese Band Chilli Beans Releases sophomore album ‘Welcome To My Castle’

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Chilli Beans has unveiled their second full-length album, titled ‘Welcome To My Castle.’ Hailing from Japan, this 3-piece band comprises Moto (Vocals), Maika (Bass & Vocals), and Lily (Guitar & Vocals).

‘Welcome To My Castle’ takes listeners on a captivating musical journey, pushing the boundaries of imagination and creativity. Each track serves as a portal to distinct worlds, igniting a sense of wonder and adventure. The band’s distinctive fusion of catchy pop tunes and garage rock weaves a sonic landscape that is simultaneously ethereal and dynamic.

“This is a concept album inviting everyone to Chilli Beans.’s castle! We would be delighted if you could enjoy the various worlds we have created through the music, from beginning to end.” – Chilli Beans.

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Established in 2019, Chilli Beans has meticulously developed a signature sound that has captured the hearts of millions of fans globally. Since its inception, the band has consistently earned robust support from industry tastemakers and the media alike.

In 2021, their track “lemonade” ascended to the #1 position on Spotify’s Viral Top 50 Chart in Japan. Furthermore, in January 2023, “rose feat. Vaundy” achieved the remarkable feat of topping Billboard Japan’s “Heatseekers Songs” twice. Adding to their achievements, “Raise,” released earlier in the same year, was chosen as the ending theme song for the TV anime series ‘ONE PIECE.’

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Renowned for their exceptional songwriting and harmonious vocals, Chilli Beans continues to leave a lasting impression through captivating live performances. This summer, they graced the stage at the cherished Fuji Rock Festival, and in August 2023, they opened for Two Door Cinema Club in Taipei, broadening their musical influence to a global audience. Building on this momentum, the band’s highly anticipated first Budokan show in February 2024 has already sold out, marking a significant milestone in their career.

The Budokan, an iconic venue with deep cultural significance in Japan, was initially constructed for the inaugural Olympic judo competition. Over the years, it has evolved to host musical performances, with notable names such as The Beatles, Blur, Duran Duran, Kiss, Morrissey, Ozzy Osbourne, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Journey, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd gracing its stage. Blackpink also made their debut Japan showcase at this renowned venue. The Budokan holds a vital place in the Japanese music scene, especially for rock and alternative music enthusiasts.

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‘Welcome To My Castle’ serves as the quintessential sonic representation of Chilli Beans, solidifying their position as one of the most thrilling Asian artists to watch. Mirroring the essence of the entire album, the title track, “Welcome,” encapsulates the album’s mantra by inviting listeners to a realm where only enjoyment prevails, encouraging them to savor the moment and embrace the flow.

The song features an upbeat and head-bobbing sound, skillfully showcasing each member’s instrumental prowess. By blending vocals with a rich bass line and infusing the quintessential synth sound reminiscent of 70s~80s Soul/Disco Funk, it seamlessly complements the guitar riffs. This synthesis captures the song’s vibrant energy, delivering an infectious and immersive musical experience for the audience.

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