NINGEN ISU (which translates to "The Human Chair") is a Japanese three-piece hard rock band. In 1987, the band was formed by Shinji Wajima (Guitar & Vocals) and Kenichi Suzuki (Bass & Vocals), who were classmates in the same high school in Aomori Prefecture in the northern area of Japan.
In 1989, they made their first appearance on the popular audition TV show “Heisei Meibutsu TV Ikasu Band Tengoku”. They attracted everybody’s attention for their weird hard rock music and Suzuki’s attire of a popular manga character, “Nezumi Otoko (Rat-man)” from the famous manga “GeGeGe no Kitaro.”
In 1990, they did their major debut with their first album “Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)”.
After some replacement of the drummers, Nobu Nakajima（Drum & Vocals） joined the band in 2004 and then NINGEN ISU has kept going with the current 3 members.
Throughout their career since their debut, they have stuck to their one and only expression/view of the world featuring a mixture of their lyrics based on Japanese classical literature, their musical style influenced and inspired by classic hard rock and progressive rock, and folk culture of their place of birth, Aomori. Without abandoning their belief in themselves, they have continued to constantly release their unique original albums.
In 2013 and 2015 respectively, they participated in the “OZZFEST JAPAN”, a rock festival organized by Ozzy Osbourne.
In 2019, their 30th anniversary year, they released their 21st album “Shin Seinenn (New Youth)”. Now sales of the album have reached the highest-ever level in the band’s career. Also, a music video for "Heartless Scat" released in advance to promote the album has attracted tremendous worldwide interest on YouTube.
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