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Rock Band Galileo Galilei to End Activities in Spring

by arsonal
Jan 25, 2016 5:41 AM | 53 Comments
Galileo Galilei, the rock band originating from Hokkaido which has contributed a number of anime theme songs, has announced that it will end its activities this spring. The band was formed in 2007 by brothers Yuuki and Kazuki Ozaki and childhood friend Hitoshi Sakou.

In a statement posted on the band's official website, the members liken the band to a toy cart they were fond of riding when they were children. However, because that toy cart cannot venture out from the garden into the streets, they have decided to leave it behind.

The original members of Galileo Galilei, including a fourth member Souhei Furuya, were raised in the city of Wakkanai in Hokkaido. In August 2008, the band received the Grand Prix award at the inaugural Senkou Riot teenage rock festival organized by Tokyo FM and Sony Music. Later that month, Furuya left the band to pursue other passions and was replaced by guitarist Fumito Iwai.

After returning as guest performers at the second and third Senkou Riot festivals, Galileo Galilei was signed by Sony Music. The band's 2010 major debut mini album, Hamanasu no Hana, peaked at 14th place on the Oricon weekly album sales rankings. Later that year, their first single "Natsuzora" was used as the opening theme song of Ookiku Furikabutte: Natsu no Taikai Hen.

In 2011, their fourth single "Aoi Shiori" was used as the opening theme song of Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai., eventually selling 28,000 copies and becoming their only single to enter the top ten of Oricon's weekly single rankings. Later that year, pianist Kazumasa Noguchi joined the band as a fifth member.

Their sudden success caught the band's members by surprise. They went on to perform theme songs for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011), Magic Kaito 1412 (2014), Taifuu no Noruda (2015), and Haikyuu!! Second Season (2015). Iwai and Noguchi left the band in 2012.

Galileo Galilei's fourth and final album, Sea and The Darkness, will go on sale on January 27, 2016. The band will go on a 19-stop nationwide tour in March and April before ending its activities. The members wrote "nothing has been decided" on what they will do after that but are hopeful that there will be good news.

Source: Official website, Music Natalie

20 of 53 Comments Recent Comments

Dang Boom Boom Satelites and now Galileo Galilei this is really depressing

Jun 8, 2016 4:49 PM by Roloko

They did a great job on Anohana's OP and Haikyuu's Second Season ED, sad news.

Jan 29, 2016 5:28 AM by dfgh7896

This is sad. Too bad Anohana wasn't.

Why do they always broke up without a clear reason.

Jan 29, 2016 3:31 AM by Dull_Lull

I'll miss them dearly... They've been a staple in my music library ever since i discovered them with Aoi Shiori ='(

Jan 27, 2016 3:20 PM by CrimsonPhantom

What the hell?!?!
No :/
"However, because that toy cart cannot venture out from the garden into the streets, they have decided to leave it behind." Why.

Jan 27, 2016 4:49 AM by Tengai

Don't think I've heard a song from them in a while. But this is the fate of every band.

Jan 26, 2016 1:19 PM by cyruz

They're one of the best contributors to the anime music industry and this is really a sad news! :/

Jan 26, 2016 11:10 AM by HunterKhim

this is so sad.. :(
I really like Anohana song..

Jan 26, 2016 12:17 AM by Plutia

Sad to see another great band break up. Oh well , hopefully they each find other good bands so that they can continue to produce good music.

Jan 25, 2016 10:52 PM by PantsuPillow

A shame. I really liked Aio Shiori. I listen to it a lot among other opening songs.

Jan 25, 2016 10:46 PM by removed-user

Krista said:
Damn, that's sad, really liked the ED song of Haikyuu!! S2.
Hopefully that does not mean that Yuuki Ozaki will end his career in music. I mean, he did do ZnT and Hamatora OP songs on his own, right?
not entirely on his own since he made it in collaboration with livetune . But i don't think he's gonna end his career because he's only 24 years old , he's got talent so i'm sure he's gonna be fine on his own . That's a sad week , first Kawada Mami retires and now Galileo Galilei :(

Jan 25, 2016 10:19 PM by xSkydel

ZachM said:
Hamatora opening too, which I'd argue is one of their best.

Well that's more like a collab between livetune and Ozaki Yuuki, who is only part of the band and not the whole band :P Same thing with Zankyou no Terror's opening which is also just him, which is why neither are listed in the OP. But yeah, I do hope that Ozaki Yuuki continues to sing because of his calming voice.

Jan 25, 2016 9:24 PM by tingy

And I love listening to their cover songs too :"< Wow, I suddenly feel so sad.

Jan 25, 2016 8:35 PM by removed-user

Far out, they're literally my favourite band. I listen to their songs everyday (not even an exaggeration) and still can't get enough of their style. Oh well, at least I preordered their album so I'll be looking forward to their latest (and last) songs.

I look forward to seeing their future endeavours.

Jan 25, 2016 8:24 PM by Priscy123

Hamatora opening too, which I'd argue is one of their best.

Jan 25, 2016 8:05 PM by ZachM

heartbreaking :( loved aoi shiori for anohana :( gonna miss them

Jan 25, 2016 8:02 PM by suzyl333

Awwh Noooooo!! They're my favorite band :/

Jan 25, 2016 5:45 PM by rubyquartz4

This is sad news :(

Jan 25, 2016 5:44 PM by Ando

Nuuu :c I'll really miss their music! Their songs definitely have this unique and calming mood that I can't attribute to any other artist.
Regardless, I hope that they will be content and find happiness in wherever they choose to go from here.

Jan 25, 2016 5:40 PM by palladia


Jan 25, 2016 4:18 PM by yuiyuigahama

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