Warner Bros. and Universal Music have announced the Bleach Live Action Movie theme song will be by Japanese rock band [ALEXANDROS]. The name of the song is Mosquito Bite and a preview can be heard in the latest trailer for the movie, which was published earlier today.
The actor for Ichigo Kurosaki, who is the lead character in the movie, Sota Fukushi, had the following to say about the theme song：I was excited to hear [ALEXANDROS] will be singing theme song as I’m always listening to them. I was like “BLEACH×[ALEXANDROS] sounds cool!”. I knew a great song will come out even before they started. The song has great impact and I felt this power coming. It also links with the film and matches with the action scenes. Lyrics show the struggling feelings of transitioning from child to adult and I just love it instantly!
The Bleach Live Action Movie will debut in Japan on July 20, 2018. No word yet for a release in North America or Europe. Below is the latest trailer along with the official press release for the Bleach Live Action Movie: Theme Song By [ALEXANDROS].
[ALEXANDROS], which announced release of single “KABUTO” on May 23rd, album in the fall, and a headlining ZOZO Marine Stadium show on Aug 16th, revealed that the band will sing the theme song and featured song for “BLEACH” live-action film, opening July 20th in Japan.
“BLEACH” originally started out as comic on “Weekly Shonen Jump” in 2001 and comic book sold over 120 million copies in print worldwide. The film is a live-action adaptation of the best-selling comic, which stars Sota Fukushi and is directed by Shinsuke Sato, who has directed numerous hit films including “GANTZ”. It is the most anticipated films in this summer and it was unveiled that [ALEXANDROS] will sing theme song “Mosquito Bite” and featured song “MILK”.
When the band watched the footage, before traveling to the US for songwriting, they thought of a demo track that perfectly matches a scene. The band’s front man Yoohei Kawakami pulled out his cell phone and listened to the demo with the director, which led to feature “MILK” in the film. Up until the film’s completion, they had exchanged countless ideas and that is how the film and music came together strongly.
First trailer, which was revealed in February, featured instrumental version of “MILK” without any credit and the fans were buzzing whether the music was by [ALEXANDROS].
[ALEXANDROS]’s Yoohei Kawakami (Vo.＆Gt.) commented, “We watched the preview and all of us just wanted to pay for it. We’re honored to be part of this film. The first impression of the film and this “I’m not giving in” mentality perfectly matched. I already had the title “Mosquito Bite” in my mind, but it also means that “it’s only like a mosquito bite when you are trying to hurt me”. When we tried songwriting in NY as a challenge, it also became our theme song to keep our heads high. It shows how much we grew as a band and I feel like this will open another door for us.”
New trailer with theme song “Mosquito Bite” is available on official website and theaters nationwide in Japan.
“Mosquito Bite” will be released in the early summer.
Sota Fukushi：I was excited to hear [ALEXANDROS] will be singing theme song as I’m always listening to them. I was like “BLEACH×[ALEXANDROS] sounds cool!”. I knew a great song will come out even before they started. The song has great impact and I felt this power coming. It also links with the film and matches with the action scenes. Lyrics show the struggling feelings of transitioning from child to adult and I just love it instantly!
Director Shinsuke Sato：I feel like the first riff changed the whole film. When I was working on the film, I found myself humming and it naturally became the theme for “BLEACH”. It was my first time to watch unfinished film with the artists and discussed about the music. That was great and I feel that having perfectly matched music to the film is like a miracle.
[Alexandros] has released 6 albums to date and following those releases, all album tours have been completely SOLD OUT. The band has supported various big names such as MUSE, Primal Scream, KASABIAN on their Japan tours. They are actively performing abroad by participating in big international festivals like SXSW(US) and THE GREAT ESCAPE(UK) as well as booking headlining shows in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Their field has always been beyond Japan.
In their homeland of Japan, [Alexandros] held headlining show at prestigious Nippon Budokan in 2014 and 2015. The tickets were SOLD OUT immediately after they went on sale. They have also done headlining slots at major festivals around Japan.
With their new partnership deal with Universal Music, [Alexandros] kicked off 2015 with a release of a double A-side single “Wataridori / Dracula La” followed by 5th studio album “ALXD”, which debuted at No.3 on Oricon weekly album chart. On Feb 2016, [Alexandros] received “New Artist of the Year” award at the 30th Japan GOLD DISC Awards as an artist with the most sales who made a debut in 2015.
Highly anticipated 6th album “EXIST” was released Nov. 2016 and debuted at No.1 on Oricon Album Weekly Chart.
In this summer, the band is headlining a show at ZOZO Marine stadium and new album is expected in the fall.
This 4-piece band, [Alexandros], is one of the hottest rock bands in the current Japanese music scene.