UVERworld finally dropped their long-awaited and much-anticipated 10th album UNSER on December 4 with a total of 15 songs and three editions.
However, this wasn’t without giving us a taste of what to expect with the short version of their performance of opening song Making it Drive and fifth track stay on. Not only that, but it also sees UVERworld return to Avaco Studio for the third time! First up is Making it Drive!
Making it Drive greets us with low hanging and angled fluorescent lights as vocalist TAKUYA∞ paces about before rapping, utilizing trills and making sounds popularly used in mumble rap, as the cool drumbeat, synths, and high-pitched sound effects kick in. The second part of the verse thins the texture to rhythmic finger-clicking before hitting the bridge with just TAKUYA∞ alone, building it back up again with the rest of the band for the chorus.
Each musical transition changes the color of the light pertaining to the mood of the song at that time with the use of oranges, purples, blues, or plain old white light. TAKUYA∞’s energy is also madly infectious, getting the audience hyped that little bit more!
stay on has a chill vibe to its composition with a slow beat and deep bass, mixing two different colored lights that begin to flash going into and during the chorus. It also brings manipulator Seika’s saxophone to the forefront and the band members collectively on the drums similar to that of Wizard CLUB and singing “whoa”.
TAKUYA∞ revealed through the Instagram TV feature a preview of music videos for many of the tracks on UNSER, even for the ones above so do check it while it’s up! In saying that, he has recently uploaded the full music video for sixth track First Sight, so go watch that too while you’re at it.
UVERworld originally filmed at Avaco Studio with their performance of CORE PRIDE, Itsuka Kanarazu Shinu Koto wo Wasureru na, a mix of NO.1 and ace of ace, and Isseki wo Toujiru Tokyo Midnight Sun back in 2011 for their album Life 6 Sense.
The band revisited the studio in 2013 to film the performance of their double a-side songs Fight For Liberty and Wizard CLUB.