THE RiCECOOKERS is a talent that cannot be compared to other bands and has an originality never seen before (Bounce Magazine, August 2011). And for a good reason. THE RiCECOOKERS is a Japanese alternative rock band born in America.
THE RiCECOOKERS was formed in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts by Tomomi Hiroishi (Vocals/ Guitar), Kota Fujii (Lead Guitar), Daisuke Wakabayashi (Bass) and Sohei Oyama (Drums) while studying at the Berklee College of Music. Tomomi was born and raised in Mexico City while the rest of the band grew up in Japan.
In the spring of 2010, THE RiCECOOKERS made their Japanese debut with a bilingual EP titled Four of our Songs followed by their first Tokyo tour. During one of their shows, a renowned Film Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi discovered them and placed their single NAMInoYUKUSAKI as a theme song for his TV drama series SPEC (TBS Network), SPEC-THE MOVIE 2012 (Toho),. THE RiCECOOKERS made history as the very first unknown Indie Band to be booked as a theme song for a major TV/Film series in Japan. After their dramatic debut, THE RiCECOOKERS quickly climbed the charts and became one of the most talked about bands in Asia. Tsutsumi later described THE RiCECOOKERS as the kind of rock music Ive been waiting for.
Soon after the release of NAMInoYUKUSAKI~TV SPECial COLLECTION, THE RiCECOOKERS became the #1 Indie Artist on the Billboard JAPAN Charts, as well as winning a nomination for the Best Independent Artist of the Year (2011) from Billboard Japan Music Awards.
The band has released their second full length album “parallax” in 2013 and the latest EP “again and again” in 2014.
THE RiCECOOKERS continue to tour in the United States and Japan and attend various musical events including CMJ Music Marathon.