Alice Nine (previously known as アリス九號. and alice nine.) is a Japanese visual kei band consisting of five members: 将 (Shou) on vocals, ヒロト (Hiroto) on guitar, 虎 (Tora) on guitar and backing vocals, 沙我 (Saga) on bass and backing vocals, and Nao on drums.
Drummer Nao formed the band in 2004, recruiting vocalist Shou and guitarist Tora from the band ギブス which had just split up, and they were signed to the PS COMPANY indies label Indie-PSC. Their first single 「名前は、未だ無ひ。」 was released the same year. During their first year, they did small tours with other Japanese bands. Their first oneman tour was held in August 2005 in Japan. After a sold out gig in Tokyo the same year, Alice Nine became more popular in Japan, and went major on KING RECORDS under their current management PS COMPANY. In 2007 they were signed in Europe by CLJ Records.
Alice Nine have released four full albums, 絶景色 (2005), Alpha (2007), VANDALIZE (2009) and GEMINI (2011).
In May 2007, Alice Nine was performing their debut show in America, during the Jrock Revolution Festival at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. In December Alice Nine was doing their first performance ever in Europe. They were one of the five bands at J-ROCK INVASION EPISODE 1 festival in Cologne, Germany.
On June 2, 2009, a blog entry by vocalist Shou announced the changing of their name from アリス九號. and alice nine. to Alice Nine for media reasons. He explained that the Japanese transcription was beginning to lose its purpose as a means to "represent aesthetics" and that the English transcription was closest to the band's original intention.
Their first release as Alice Nine, was their single "華【hæ・nə】" released on August 5th, 2009.
On April 10, 2010 Alice Nine announced the schedule for their Japan tour Alice Nine Live Tour 10 "FLASH LIGHT from the past". The tour starts on July 5th at Shibuya O-EAST (fanclub show), and ends 4 months later - October 17th at Zepp Sendai. The FINAL show Alice Nine Live Tour 10 "FLASH LIGHT from the past" FINAL "TOKYO GALAXY" is schedule on January 6th, 2011 at Nippon Budokan.
On August 25, 2010 they released a single entitled "閃光" (Senkou). It was their first release on the TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS label.
Official site: http://www.pscompany.co.jp/alicenine/. They also have a MySpace site for overseas fans. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.