FLiP is an all-female Japanese rock band from Naha, Okinawa, formed in 2005. The members are Sachiko (vocals, guitar), Yuko (guitar), Sayaka (bass) and Yuumi (drums). FLiP is recommended if you like similar all-female Japanese bands such as LAZYgunsBRISKY and chatmonchy, or similar female-fronted Japanese bands such as ecosystem and Heavenstamp. FLiP has released four mini-albums (two indie, two major) and two full-length albums to date, with their third full-length, LOVE TOXiCiTY, to be released on June 26, 2013. The band made their U.S. live performance debut in Austin, TX at SXSW 2009.
FLiP’s debut indie mini-album, Haha Kara Umareta Hinekure no Uta (母から生まれた捻くれの唄) (2008), included the amazing track “DARTS”. The song begins with a pleasant indie rock sound, then explodes into an infectious chorus, in English, over big power chords, and I fell in love with this band instantly. Haha Kara Umareta Hinekure no Uta and “SiNG” are other good tracks. The second indie mini-album, Kanshou Chuudoku (感傷中毒) (2009), included great tracks like “It’s a lie” and “I really want to show”. The latter kicks out a grungy garage rock vibe. But, the best song here is the last track “Don’t Hate My Eyes”.
FliP’s third mini-album, DEAR GIRLS (2010), the first on Sony’s DefSTAR Records imprint, is the best of the four mini-albums, and the first of two released in 2010. “Hey Hey Hey Hey” is another grungy rocker that is also a little Zeppelin-esque. “Kagome Kagome (かごめかごめ)”, “NOW GET A STRAWBERRY” and, especially, “VANZAI VANZAI” are other good tracks. “Laila (ライラ)”, from this release, was included on the debut full-length. “Kanzaa (カザーナ)”, from mulu mole (2010), was also carried over to the debut. However, the best track on the fourth mini-album is the power ballad “Yuki no Shita (雪ノ下)”. That song’s riff reminds me Teenage Fanclub’s “Gene Clark”. The jazz-influenced “Machi Uri no Ienakiko (マッチ売りの家なき子)” is a good track, too.
Watch FLiP perform “Hey Hey Hey Hey” live here:
So, watch FLiP perform “Karto Nigo”, “Kakumei Zenya” and “Butterfly” live here:
So, watch FLiP perform “Hoshii Mono wa” live here:
2008.06.25 – Haha Kara Umareta Hinekure no Uta (indies) [Mini-Album]
2009.05.20 – Kanshou Chuudoku (indies) [Mini-Album]
2010.02.03 – DEAR GIRLS [Mini-Album]
2010.09.15 – mulu mole [Mini-Album]
2011.02.23 – “Karto Niago” [Single]
2011.05.25 – Michi evolution [Album]
2011.12.07 – “Hoshii Mono wa” [Single]
2012.02.08 – “Wonderland” [Single]
2012.05.16 – XX emotion [Album]
2013.06.26 – LOVE TOXiCiTY [Album]