This past week’s episode of NHK SONGS was dedicated to the work of veteran rock band Mr.Children. Subtitled “Kokoro wo Utsu Uta, Soshite Kotoba” (“Songs that Hit the Heart, and Words”), unlike usual episodes of SONGS there was no extended talk session, with the band instead choosing to play music for nearly the entire episode. Over the course of the show Mr.Children performed 5 songs from across their career, though the majority came from their latest single “Ashioto ~Be Strong”.
In addition, this week Mr.Children also took the stage on Fuji TV’s annual year end show FNS Kayousai. They performed “Ashioto” and, in an unusual gesture, revealed a new song to the public live on air. Titled “Shayou” (“Sunset”), the new track harkens back to the band’s early days while at the same time breaking new ground for them musically.
You’ll find the full SONGS episode and the live performance of “Shayou” right after the jump, so be sure to read on!
SONGS 11/29: Mr.Children
- Namonaki Uta
- Ashioto ~Be Strong