Lovendor Iin Ja Nai Cover

July 1, 2015

Track Listing

Regular Edition A

  1. Iin Ja Nai
  2. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare
  3. Desert of a Moonlit Night ~Tsukiyo no Sabaku~
  4. Iin Ja Nai (Instrumental)
  5. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Instrumental)

Regular Edition B

  1. Iin Ja Nai
  2. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare
  3. Priness of Lone Castle ~Koujou no Himegimi~
  4. Iin Ja Nai (Instrumental)
  5. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Instrumental)

Limited Edition

  1. Iin Ja Nai
  2. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare
  3. Iin Ja Nai (Instrumental)
  4. Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Instrumental)

Review

After three indie releases Lovendor make their major label debut with a double a-sided single Iin Ja Nai/Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare.

Now that the group has been upgraded to major label status what exactly do we get with this single? Well, thankfully not covers of songs picked by old men. Nope, this feels more like a continuation of Ikujinashi intead. Which is a good thing by the way.

The first of the a-sides Iin Ja Nai sounds a lot like a Melon Kinenbi type of song with touches of more aggressive guitar work. In fact the song starts out with some heavy guitar riffs until the main instrumental kicks in then it becomes some sort of celebratory anthem you would hear at the closing ceremonies of a world class soccer tournament. That’s not an insult, that’s just what it feels like when I hear the song. Probably go with the Melon Kinenbi comparison if you feel slighted, because old H!P heads know they had the quality goods when they were around.

The second a-side Futssu no Watashi Ganbare leans more on the funk. No, Lovendor have not suddenly become the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but much like the first track in this single they bring a fun, sing-a-long type of song to the table.

Both tracks differ to what Lovendor have been offering so far in regards to original material. They’re almost light hearted in a way and\are an indication that there are more sides to the band to show in future releases.

Speaking of that, we have the b-sides, which are changed on each version of the regular editions of this single. Both are instrumental tracks composed and arranged (with the assistance of Miyanaga Jirou) by the guitarists of Lovendor.

Desert of a Moonlight night ~Tsukiyo no Sabaku~ was written by Uozumi Yuki and Princess of Lone Castle ~Koujou no Himegimi~ was written by Miyazawa Marin. These are the complete opposite of the a-sides in every way.

I have no idea how many of you actually listen to instrumental rock music but I believe guitar heads, or those who appreciate some good old shredding may enjoy these kinds of songs. Mileage will vary for the rest of you who are wondering where the hooks are.

Overall this was very surprising release. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much out of Lovendor with their major label debut, but they actually came out swinging right away with some great songs.

And to be completely truthful here, I think the two instrumental tracks blow the a-sides out of the water. I would recommend getting this single package just for those alone.

Iin Ja Nai/Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Regular Edition A)

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Iin Ja Nai/Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Regular Edition B)

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Iin Ja Nai/Futsuu no Watashi Ganbare (Limited Edition)

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