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Plastic Tree is a Japanese rock band that formed in the early 1990's in Chiba, Japan. Plastic Tree debuted in May 1995 and released their first mini-album on December 11th of the same year. Since forming, they have changed drummers 3 times.
Plastic Tree is also known as PuraTuri, or more affectionately, Pura-chan by fans (kurage), Plastic Tree formed between 1993 and 1994. They can generally be described as alternative, although their beginnings tend to be labeled as visual kei, and are often compared with brit-rock bands.
While it has been popularly speculated that the band's name was derived from Radiohead's song, Fake Plastic Trees, the formation of the band and the release of this song do not coincide properly. Recently Ryutaro and Tadashi revealed the real origin of the name - they wanted to combine two words to form the band name; something artificial and something natural. After trying a few combinations, they decided on 'Plastic Tree'. Even though their name may not have came from the Radiohead song, Radiohead is still a major influence on the band. It is common knowledge that Plastic Tree's Rira no ki is a 'cover' of Radiohead's My Iron Lung. Ryuutarou once answered the question "If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one album, which album would it be?" He responded with "Pablo Honey by Radiohead." Also, on the DVD Kuro Tent 2, many of the live names are derived from works by The Smashing Pumpkins.
When on the Sweetheart label, Plastic Tree's fan club was called "Sickroom". When the band changed to the label J-Rock, they opened a new fan club "Jelly Fish Breed".
Plastic Tree's sound has been influenced by bands such as Radiohead and The Cure, though the most recognizeable signature of Plastic Tree is the melodic, child-like voice of Ryutaro. It is often described as very 'ethereal', and adds to the unique quality of their music. In recent years, there has been some dispute of the band moving in a more mainstream direction, though they still appear to be very devoted to their fans and remain faithful to their musical roots.
Plastic Tree's sound ranges from hardcore rock to pop and has undergone many changes. Their sound is aided by Ryuutarou's unique vocals and lyrics. Before the album Toroimerai was released, Tadashi wrote nearly all the songs, usually with Ryutaro writing lyrics. However, more recent releases have had Akira and Ryuutaro writing both lyrics and music more frequently.
-Osyoudani Takashi (ex-drummer).