J-Rocks News #2

23Dec08

Dec 23 2008 – J-Rocks gets selected as MTV Indonesia AIDS spokesband for 2008 (yes im a bit late reporting this, sorry)

‘MTV Indonesia has chosen rock band J-Rocks as the spokesband for this year’s MTV Staying Alive concert, the TV network’s initiative to encourage HIV prevention and fight stigma and discrimination against people living with the deadly virus.’

Source: JakartaPost

Their song ‘Meraih Mimpi’ is selected as the theme song for the event.

Another of their new songs ‘Falling in Love’ can be found here.

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J-Rocks news

18Sep08

Latest News (or maybe even gossip-whatever I can find 1-4 of a world away)

Sept 18 2008 – J-Rocks win best performance at Soundrenaline Yogyakarta 2008.

My partner was lucky enough to go to this (grr) and he told me that J-Rocks won this event between the bands. The theme of the competition was ” free your voice” , but my partner reckons that it was more to do with patriotism because it was or was close to the Indonesian Independence day. Jrocks theme was ‘Save our music and culture’. Apparently they were all wearing batik shirts (il try to find a picy) ((lol kompas wrote an article about it))
Heres a couple of pics (ex-youtube vid, excuse the terrible quality, but you get the idea)

J-Rocks won a chance to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Awesome prize for a band huh?


Kagrra, news

18Sep08

Latest News: (That I try and will probably fail to keep up with)
18th September 08 – Kagrra,’s new single: Uzu 渦 Released 9th September 08
Yey Kagrra, has a new single! And its so pretty ^_^ *love the koto* Check it out here: Uzu on YouTube
Easily likable song, favourite bit is the start of the chorus when it kinda goes bam into the song.. thats cool. Its also avaliable on various j-rock circulation journals (google it). The second song (Hoozuki 鬼灯) is the background song that was on their website recently! cool.. this song is a bit different, kinda loungy feel to it -the last 3rd of the song brings in that woven quilt of sound that kagrra, does so well. And the 3rd song is Shigatsu Tsuitachi 四月一日 -the same from their recent album Core. Catchy upbeat song nonetheless.


SID シド

19May08

Im still very new to SID, but I did enjoy listing to the album Hoshi no Miyako while I was curled up in a blanket on the couch with a cold. ^^ Boppy pop-rock, easy listening and jazzy is a nice combination.

[UPDATE: SID recently announced they will be signing up to a Major label, although it isn’t certain if they will continue with Danger Crue or join another company.]

SID シド (shido) are a 4 man indie band that started in 2003 by Mao (vocalist -ex SHULA) and Aki (Bass ex-RAM REM). They were quickly joined by Shinji (guitarist -ex Uranus) and Yuuya (Drummer- ex SHULA), and officially pronounced their complete band on Jan 14th 2004 during their show at the Meguro Rock May Kan. Originally starting out as another Visual kei band, their (Mao’s) aim was to quicky grow out of that genre to follow their own path and have done so by incorporating a number if different elements – especially jazz, blues & latin influences- that are not often found in visual kei music. They could also be considered a bit oshare-kei as some of their songs are very upbeat. (IMHO)
SID
History:
They released their first minidisc in August 2003 Yoshigai gaku 17 sai (mushoku), which was so popular its 2nd press also sold out. 2004 was a busy year for the new SID, in March they released their first single Kaijou-Ban 会場盤, and then were invited to visit and play in the USA (a lucky chance since Miyavi decided to pull out of the event) at the 2 day ACEN (Anime Central) American Convention, which drew a number of international fans to them. Later in the year, they were to release 2 more singles (signed under the indie label Sony’s Danger Crue Records) and their first full album Renai 憐哀 -レンアイ in December.

SIDs’ success continued through 2005 playing many sold out concerts including their own one-man show. Towards the end of 2005 they released 2 more singles (Sweet? reaching #23 on the Oricon charts -Japans official singles chart) and their second album Hoshi no Miyako 星の都 (reaching #26).

2006 would see the band break into the top 10 with their single chapter 1. 2 other singles were released that year, helping to place their 3rd album Play in number 9. This was also the year, like a few other visual bands, that they dropped their visual look to something a little more mainstream.

4 new singles were released in 2007, including Mitsuyubi 蜜指 ミツユビ which reached the top 5, but no major album. During this time, they went on 2 solo tours around Japan and released their first DVD SIDNAD vol.1 ~film of“play”~.

In 2008, although still classed as an indie band, SID have seemed to break into out of their underground image to become a major band in their own right with the success of their recent albums and from their live performances. They released their fourth album Sentimental Macchiato センチメンタルマキアートand are yet to release a single (that I can find.) They have just recently released their second DVD SIDNAD Vol.2~CLIPS ONE~ and in August 13th 2008 they will release an album of B sides Side B complete collection ~e.B~.

Band Members:

A little about the band members:
Aki – Bass & Composer (born 3 February) personal blog (japanese)
Mao – Vocalist & Composer (born 23 October) personal blog (japanese)
Shinji – Guitarist (born 8 February) personal blog (japanese)
Yuya – Drummer (born 9 December) personal blog (japanese)

Discography (to date):

Albums:

  • [2004.12.22] Renai (憐哀 -レンアイ)
  • [2005.11.16] Hoshi no Miyako (星の都)
  • [2006.11.08] play
  • [2008.02.20] Sentimental Macchiato (センチメンタルマキアート)

Singles:

  • [2004.03.28] Kaijou-Ban (会場盤)
  • [2004.04.04] Tsuhan-Ban (通販盤)
  • [2004.06.06] Ryutsu-Ban (流通盤)
  • [2005.07.20] Paint Pops
  • [2005.10.12] Sweet? # 23
  • [2006.02.08] Hosoi Koe # 18
  • [2006.06.14] chapter 1 # 10
  • [2006.08.16] Otegami (御手紙) #41
  • [2007.04.04] smile
  • [2007.07.11] Natsukoi (夏恋)
  • [2007.09.26] Mitsuyubi (蜜指 ミツユビ)
  • [2007.12.05] Namida no Ondo (涙の温度)

DVDS:

  • [2007.02.07] SIDNAD vol.1 ~film of“play”~
  • [2008.05.14] DVD SIDNAD Vol.2~CLIPS ONE~

Source Links:

http://www.sid-web.info/ Official Site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_(band) Wikipedia
http://www.jmusiceuropa.com/uk/database-artist.php?id=235 JaME World profile

In My Humble Opinion:

First song I heard of SID a couple of months ago, was Toge to neko, and its still my favourite SID song. I do like their jazzy style, but it has taken me a little longer to ‘understand’ where theyre coming from. Whereas with a band like Kagrra, their expression and aim is quite easy to identify and understand (neo-japanesque basically sums them up) yet with SID Ive found it a little difficult to think of them in a certain way as their songs are quite different ranging from light and boppy, to jazzy and then to growling rock (Migite no Spoon to Hatsukoi to me seems almost out of place on their album Sentimental Macchiato). Although they are starting to grow on me the more I listen to them.

SID VIDs:

2005 – Sweet?

2005 – Toge to Neko (live)

2006 – Chapter 1

2007 – Mitsuyubi

2007 – Namida No Ondo

Extras:
Lyrics + Translations can be found here


Kagrra,

01May08

Kagrra, (spelled with a ‘,’ on the end) are quite possibly my fav band right now. So now Im rounding up as much info as I can find about them. My Japanese language skills are virtually non existant, so all the info I find will be from other peoples sites. But I will give credit where credit is due and you will find links to all the info Ive abstracted. Unfortunately many of the websites I’ve found have great info, but haven’t been updated for a few years 😦 but il keep looking. For more up to date news and events I suggest looking at their official website (which has an english section with tour dates but sparse on info, so this is gonna mostly be about band info. Ok? good. ^^

Kagrra, (From Last.fm)

In General:
Kagrra, is a deliberate misspelling of the Japanese word 神楽, or “kagura” (a traditional Japanese dance connected to Shinto traditions). Their name reflects the driving force behind their music, the band classify themselves as neo-japanesque rather than visual kei. They are strongly influenced by
Wa’, which is basically (in my understanding) the essence of traditional japanese music, art and culture and in a sense, ‘being’ japanese. They incorporate ‘Wa’ into their music by using traditional instruments such as the Koto, and using traditional japanese melodies, scales, and rhythms. Isshi (vocalist) as a fan of classical Japanese literature also occasionally includes old japanese vocabulary and themes into his lyrics. On stage and for video they would also wear kimono, use fans, wear their hair in typical visual-kei style. Yet lately there has been a shift in the realm of visual kei away from the weird and wonderful, to a slightly more reserved image to open their music to a wider audience. Kagrra, have also done this as they believe that their previous image limited their musical expression and their new, more everyday style reflects the growth, evolution and perhaps maturity of their music. However for foreign audiences (recently they played in LA, America) they prefer to wear kimono as to help the audience have a greater appreciation and understanding of their style of music.

Basic History:
Kagrra, is the incarnation of the band CROW (1998 – 2000). CROW was started by the current members Isshi (vocals), Izumi (drums) and Nao (bass). They advertised for a guitarist in a local music store, and soon Akiya and Shin joined. During their time as CROW (signed under Key Party Records) they produced 1 mini album and 1 DVD and toured with their ‘brother band’ Lar~Mia. CROW were known as ‘kuroi tori -black bird’ and Lar~Mia as ‘shiroi tori – white bird’. It was also during this time they wrote their popular song Hyakki Yakou.
In 2000, they left their brother band, renamed themselves Kagrra and signed up under PS Company records. Later that June, Kagrra played Live for the first time, and released a mini album ‘Nue’ in December, which quickly sold out and had a second press in March 2001.
Also in March 2001, they went on tour with Dué le quartz and Ash for the TRIBAL WARNING tour, and together they released the WARNING! single in September 2001.
It was also with PS Company that they started using Fukaya Yoichiro for their album cover art. His illustrations became a kind of trademark of Kagrra within the fan community, but unfortunately they dropped this designer in 2006 as they underwent an image change.

In 2003 Kagrra signed with Columbia records and were henceforth known as Kagrra, adding a ‘,’ after their name that is actually symbolizing a magatama – a stone bead with a tail that were used as beads to gain protection from Kami. With Columbia, they produced 3 full length albums, Miyako (2004), San (2005) and Shizuku (2007). It was after San that they decided to change their image to suit a more mainstream audience, while continuing to bring ‘wa’ into their music, but without being limited by it.

In 2008 they released their latest album Core (King Records), which is a follow on from the style of their previous album Shizuku.

[Help needed: All their promotional work still seems to be with PS Company. Does this mean PS Company is more like an agent/producer that uses other record companies to make the records on their behalf? Im not quite sure how this works. ^^]

Band Members:
[Note: Ive tried translating their blogs with Altavista babelfish, which isnt a huge help, but is rather amusing.]

Isshi – vocalist. Born: 7 December 1978, Nagano. Blood type: A. Personal blog (in Japanese)
If you’re curious, this is a blog by a kind person who translated his blog nicely to english. Its a bit old, but you can get an idea of what a nice person Isshi is (see how nice he talks about his fellow band members).
Isshi has a wonderful vocal range, and has a certain ‘soft’ quality to his voice which gives it a mellow, almost soothing tone, without being weak or reedy. [Its also great to sing along to as a girl, coz a lot of his vocals are in my vocal range ^^]

Akiya -Guitarist. Born 25th August 1980, Ibaraki. Blood type: B. Personal blog (in Japanese)
Akiya is the youngest member of the band, and is also the main composer. He is a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins (especially ex pumpkins guitarist James Iha (now possibly working on a solo album)) and enjoys many other bands and styles -western and eastern. Akiya is a very talented guitarist, and is one of the few japanese artists to play a 7 string guitar.

Shin – Guitarist, Koto & music mixing technician [<-what is that called anyone? ^^’] Born: 11 September 1979, Saitama. Blood type: B. Personal Blog
Shin is often considered the shy boy of the group as he doesn’t say an awful lot during interviews. He is very hard working and often spends hours in the studio as the music technician of the group, mixing and the like. As a guitarist he is very talented, and can juggle 2 guitars in the same song. He is a fan of LUNA SEA, and his favourite place is his Futon where he goes to relax, sleep, pass time etc. [Personally, I agree. Bed is the best! <3]

Nao – Bassist. born 5th February 1979, Hokkaido. Blood type: A Personal Blog
Nao has a rather large female fan following, mainly due to his charisma, and feminine features, yet still remaining masculine. During Lives’, Nao plays 4, 5, and 6 string basses, but usually plays a 5 string. He learned to play the bass from his older brother. Hes also a fan of metal.

Izumi – drums. Born 11 February 1979, Hokkaido. Blood Type: O. Personal blog
Izumi is considered by the other members of the band to be the leader and the best at cooking. He was the best friend of Nao as they grew up, and gets along well with everyone. He enjoys collecting manga and is also big on jazz music. His strong drum lines and rhythms are major aspects of kagrras, songs, and add to the ‘wa’ of their music.

Sources:
http://www.jmusiceuropa.com/uk/database-artist.php?id=26
http://www.last.fm/music/Kagrra%2C/+wiki
http://kagrra.evadne.net/kagrra_frame.htm
http://www.myspace.com/kagrraofficial
http://ameblo.jp/kagrra-official/
http://jrocknyc.blogspot.com/2006/10/yuichiro-fukaya-kicked-out.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagrra
http://www.jrockrevolution.com/index.php/webzine/article/the_core_of_kagrra_part_one/interviews
http://www.jrockrevolution.com/index.php/webzine/article/the_core_of_kagrra/interviews

Discography:

Albums & EPs:

Nue (鵺) December 1, 2000 PS Company
Sakura (桜) March 3, 2001 PS Company
Irodori (彩) October 3, 2001 PS Company
Kirameki (煌) May 1, 2002 PS Company
Gozen December 11, 2002 PS Company
Ouka Ranman (桜花爛漫) September 24, 2003 PS Company
Miyako (京) March 03, 2004 Columbia
San (燦) July 20, 2005 Columbia
Shizuku (雫) February 14, 2007 Columbia
Core January 9, 2008 King Records

Singles:

“Kotodama” (恋綴魂) June 21, 2000 PS Company
“Genwaku no Joukei” (幻惑の情景) April 27, 2001 PS Company
“Memai” (眩暈) May 26, 2001 PS Company
“Kamiuta” (神謌) June 29, 2001 PS Company
“Tsurezure Naru Mama Ni…” (徒然なるままに、、、) April 27, 2001 PS Company
“Yume Izuru Chi” (夢イズル地) April 3, 2002 PS Company
“Iro wa Nioedo” (いろはにほへと) May 5, 2002 PS Company
“Kakashi” (案山子) May 5, 2002 PS Company
“Sakura Mai Chiru Ano Oka De” (桜舞い散るあの丘で) October 4, 2002 PS Company
“Kotodama” (恋綴魂) October 4, 2002 PS Company
“Haru Urara” (春麗ら) May 28, 2003 PS Company
“Yotogi Banashi” (夜伽噺) July 30, 2003 PS Company
“Urei” (愁) January 1, 2004 Columbia
“Rin” (凛) July 21, 2004 Columbia
“Omou” (憶) October 27, 2004 Columbia
“Sarasouju no Komoriuta” (沙羅双樹の子護唄) February 2, 2005 Columbia
“Gen’ei no Katachi” (幻影の貌) February 2, 2005 Columbia
“Chikai no Tsuki” (誓ノ月) February 1, 2006 Columbia
“Utakata” (うたかた) * November 22, 2006 Columbia

Videos:
Heres a couple of videos from past to present:

Early Kagrra: ‘Hyakki Yakou’ (live 2003)

Bit later: ‘Kotodama’ -2000 or 2002?

Mid-ish: ‘Urei’ 2004

Mid range: ‘Satsuki’ 2005

Change of image: ‘Sakebi’ 2007

Latest PV: ‘Irodori No sanka’ 2008

In My Humble Opinion:
The first song I heard by Kagrra, was probably the PV of Kotodama. It seemed interesting, but I wasnt hooked. It wasnt until I heard Irodori No Sanka that I was awestruck. (Im still relatively new to Kagrra, ^^) So I listened to the album Core and absolutely loved it! More! more! so then I heard Shizuku and that was just as great. Their music is so beautiful, especially when they incorporate ‘japanese’ sounds into their songs via the koto, by Izumis excellent drum lines and their melodies. I just recently heard San which I found to be a mix of their newer and older styles. The difference is quite noticeable and although their new style is still Kagrra, i can understand why some of their older fans might feel a bit like they sold out. Personally I prefer their new music style as thats what i started with (tho their previous image with the kimono was very pretty & cool ^^). Kagrra, have an almost spiritual quality to their music (I guess thats what ‘wa’ is) that always makes me happy no matter my mood. They have a nice mix of melancholy and happy songs which is great, and are have enough rock to not be considered pop, but they dont have a harsh quality that you sometimes find in visual bands (I think its mostly due to Isshi’s mellow voice). I also like how close they are, and how strong the friendship and respect between them is. Its really nice. So far I havent got bored of them and Im really looking forward to what they come out with next 🙂 (from what babelfish basically translated, I think theyre in the process of recording again. Should be good ^^)

Extras:
Kagrra, Core Lyrics translation (thanks lesyeuxjaunes ^^)
A small amount of GuitarProTabs (Kotodama, Sakebi, Utakata)
Kagrra, No Su (Kagrra,’s nest) (check out youtube) -This is Kagrra,’s mini show about what they get up to in their spare time, -news and being silly. Great if you can understand Japanese! but amusing to watch if you dont anyway ^^


Hello hello,
My first post shall be dedicated to the band that started my j-rock obsession, and they are coincidentally known as ‘J-Rock’s’ (or the artists formerly known as J-Rockstar 😉

Technically theyre not ‘j-rock’ coz theyre Indonesian, but that doesn’t mean they’re ‘i-rock’ *lol* either, the lyrics are (mostly) in Indonesian but with a refreshing j-rock flavour. There isnt a huge amount of info about them in english, but il try my best to translate the Indo info. Very sorry if I miss-read something! ^^ no pressure..

J-Rock\'s the band

About the band -A brief history:
J-Rocks played infront of an audience for the first time on the 9th Nov 2003. Not long afterwards in the beginning of 2004, the Jakarta Rockstars entered the Nescafe Get Started indie band competition in Bandung. After successfully winning this competition, they were snagged by the Aquarius Musikindo label and released their first album ‘Topeng Sahabat’ [Topeng= Mask, Sahabat = Friend. Mask of friend? its a metaphor obviously ^_^] in July 2005. Although it wasn’t a big hit straight away, and it didnt win any awards, the album was decent and although not mainstream enough for the general Indonesian population, they quickly gained favour in the small [by indonesian standards] community of people interested in Japanese pop culture as they have a distinctive j-rock sound.

J-RockS consists of 4 members; Iman Taufiq Rahman (Vocalist & guitarist born in Jakarta, 19 July 1982) -ex guitarist of Funky Kopral, Sony Ismail Robbayani (guitarist, born in Jakarta, 24 September 1983), Swara Wima Yoga (bassist, born in Jakarta 29 November 1981) and Anton Rudi Kelces (drummer, born in Jakarta, 17 August 1982.) J-RockS are not only liked because they are great musicians, songwriters and compose unique arrangements at every live performance, but also because their appearance is not bad.

One of the unique qualities of this band that is perhaps less known to the general public, is that it not only has a loyal fan base, but also a group of slanderers aka Anti-JRS. Many of these Anti-JRSers have one main reason for hating JRS, that being that their music is very similar to L’arc~en~ciel or Laruku, a very popular band in japan thats been around for the last 13-odd years. Even worse than that, they paint JRS as plagiarizing Laruku by copying their style. Often the Anti-JRSer will identify members of JRS with the members of Laruku according to the instrument they play; like Sony with Ken (Laruku Guitarist) Wima with Tetsu (Laruku Bassist), Anton with Yuki (Laruku Drummer) and seemly most often attacked is Iman who is seen as a “Hyde wannabe” from his personal style to his music style, even Iman’s falsetto is also compared with the Laruku vocalist who, even though aging, is still considered very cute. With all of these accusations about the similarity between bands, Iman as the vocalist and frontman of JRS is very relaxed about them, like they are something common in the world of music, and JRS themselves (especially Iman) are also fans of Laruku. Fortunately the debate between fans and Anti-JRSers only happens in forums, Friendster and in the digital world.

In 2007, JRS released their second album “Spirit”. Why Spirit? According to Iman, “because those who hear our album can feel ‘semangat'[fervor, spirited] and inspired to do positive things..’ For this album they have a guest appearance for the song ‘Kau Curi Lagi’ (You Steal Again) a young and upcoming talented female guitarist [who can sing too. some people get all the talent 😦 ] Prisa Adinda. They also went to Japan to film 2 of the music videos for this album and ran a competition for a number of fans (3?)to join them and be in the videos (‘Spirit’, ‘Juwita Hati’). Lucky lucky.

Currently theyre touring Indo, with an event in Bandung tomorrow, then an event in Jogjakarta [yey, i like jogja] the day after.

So now for the Discography:

Topeng Sahabat
Topeng Sahabat (2005)
1.Lepaskan Diriku (Released From Me)
2. Kuingin Kau Untukku (I Want You For Me)
3. Entah Bagaimana (How come..)
4. Into the Silent
5. Topeng Sahabat (Mask of Friend)
6. Ceria (Cheerful/Carefree)
7. Cahaya-Mu (Your Light)
8. Berharap Kau Kembali (Hopeful you’ll Return)
9. Selamat Tinggal Kekasihku (Farewell my Beloved)
10. Mestinya Ku Akhiri Semua (I Should End It All)
11. Kono Mune Ni (Japanese version of Berharap Kau Kembali)

Spirit
Spirit (2007)
1. Cobalah Kau Mengerti ((You) Try To Understand)
2. Spirit
3. Juwita Hati (Lover *term of endearment)
4. Tersesal (Regret)
5. Kau Curi Lagi (You Steal Again) Feat. Prisa Adinda
6. Saatnya Kau Bicara (The Time You Said..)
7. Mestinya Kau Tau (You Should Know)
8. PDKT (PenDeKaTan – approach)
9. Aku Harus Bisa (I Should Can -literally.)
10. Semakin Sendiri (More and More Alone)

Im very sorry If I’ve translated anything wrong, or got the wrong sense ^_^ just let me know (nicely) and il change it.

In My Humble Opinion:
After hearing Laruku and various other japanese bands, I dont think JRS sound alot like Laruku at all. There is however a fine line between influence and plagiarism. I can understand that they would be influenced by them, there are many Japanese bands that have Laruku moments, and I dont think its a bad thing. Laruku almost embody the spirit of Japanese pop-rock and it would be virtually impossible to do a j-rock style band without being influenced by such a great talented band. I hope JRS feel flattered by such a comparison. If someone told me I sounded like Tetsu I would be beyond happy (its my goal in life to be like him, but I dont want to look like him. Rather look like Toshiya in his blue kimono thing ^^). I will admit however, the guitar intro in Laruku’s Ce’st la vie, does sound similar to Ceria, but seeing as Ceria is now 3 years old, wouldn’t you think the producers and record company’s representing the mega band Laruku would’ve sued J-Rocks by now if they thought they were plagiarizing them? As far as Im aware they havent, so I think some people need to let go of that and get on with life. Cest’ la vie everyone. Anyhoo,
I saw J-Rock’s in Jogja in 2005 at Liquid (I think). They were really good & seemed like a happy bunch. If anyone was there, I was the crazy bule girl jumping about while everyone else was just standing. *^^* One thing I didnt like much was that the event was sponsored by a cigarette company that gave everyone a free pack of cigarettes as they came in! OMG!… The smoke was thick as they started playing. Poor Iman, I’d hate to sing through that. (Im a non-smoker. In NZ, something like that happening would cause a major outcry and the sacking of some politician! lol) Couldnt get the smell of smoke out of my room/clothes/hair for days.
Ive listened alot to both albums, and think at a pinch I like the 1st album better. I think because the first album had a couple of dark, lil bit heavy stuff on it, whereas the 2nd album is quite light the whole way through. Theyre both good albums tho, they all play their part really well, and Prisa does an excellent job on Kau Curi Lagi.
So, if youre still interested after this massive rant, heres a few songs I like and recommend (I like most but il try be extra picky). From Topeng Sahabat: Lepaskan Diriku -fun, rocky, good all-round song. Kuingin Kau Untukku – pretty lyrics, nice soft ballad. Ceria – was on MTVIndo alot at the time, happy and catchy. Cahaya-Mu -Kinda dark sounding, but I really like the driving guitar and bass sound. Selamat tinggal Kekasihku – very sad but optimistic lyrics, lovely melody with bass. Berharap Kau Kembali/Kono Mune Ni -worth a look, unique sound.
From Spirit: Cobalah Kau Mengerti, I really like the chorus and its fun to sing to. Spirit, nice lyrics if you ignore the little bit weird english ^^, great melody. Juwita Hati – cute lyrics, nice jazzy feel. Kau Curi Lagi, also a great one to sing to, especially if you can find someone to duet with you ^^ best song on the album methinks.
What else can I say.. oh, the j-rock look is awesome – stick with it please! Men in make-up are very hot. *LOL* & selalu semangat ^^

Special Credit Goes To….
http://jrockstars.multiply.com/journal
This is where I got the majority of material that I did a kind of indirect translation of. Thanks for the good info guys & keep up the good work! 🙂

http://www.j-rockstar.com/site/
Official website of J-Rocks where you can find all the latest news tidbits, lyrics, join the club, and you can book them for your next event. (Wonder how much they cost… great if they can play my wedding next year! <3)

http://www.last.fm/music/j-rocks
J-rocks on Last.Fm, find vids, music, statistics etc

http://www.911tabs.com/tabs/j/j_rocks/
Looking for the guitar tab? Try here.

Lets see a vid or two:
Kau Curi Lagi feat. Prisa.

Lepaskan Diriku (hehe their style back then was cool ^^) Also check out more from jrocksfever, s/he has some other interesting stuff.

Great clip of J-rocks vs. Funky Kopral (FunKop)