Kra is back with a new single titled Toryanse (通りゃんせ) nearly two years after the release of their last original album. They have kindly released a lyric video of the title-track ahead of the release date on July 25!
The word Toryanse is the name of a traditional Japanese song used as part of traditional children’s games. Other bands such as Kiryu or Kuroyuri to Kage have referenced to this song as well.
This year marks the band’s 17th anniversary, which they will celebrate with a one-man live at TSUTAYA O-EAST on September 11.
The single is now available for pre-order in two editions, both containing the same tracklist. The difference comes down to the cover artwork and a 16 pages booklet coming with the limited edition. The single contains a b-side Houitsu as well as a piano version of the song Circus originally released in 2003 and an acoustic version of Gentou Kikai originally released in 2012.
Find the band’s new look below with vocalist Keiyuu looking specially cute in cat ears:
Kra has not been completely inactive despite this single being their first in two years. 2017 was a busy year for the quartet as they released a re-recorded album Kra no Susume on January and a live DVD on April. They also made a big step by debuting in the US at the Kumoricon 2017 convention in Portland, Oregon on October.