The Pillows

Band Info
The Pillows
Band Name: The Pillows
Official Website: Band Website
Origin: Hokkaidō, Japan
Year Formed: 1989
Band Members: Sawao Yamanaka, Yoshiaki Manabe, Shinichirou Sato
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock





The Rundown:  The Pillows are from Hokkaidō, Japan.  The Pillows were formed in 1989 and has a current lineup consisting of Sawao Yamanaka,  Yoshiaki Manabe, and Shinichirou Sato.  Still running strong, The Pillows have amassed a total of 17 albums that they have released dating all the way back to 1991:


  • Moon Gold (1991)
  • White Incarnation (1992)
  • Kool Spice (1994)
  • Living Field (1995)
  • Please Mr. Lostman (1997)
  • Little Busters (1998)
  • Runners High (1999)
  • Happy Bivouac (1999)
  • Smile (2001)
  • Thank You, My Twilight (2002)
  • Penalty Life (2003)
  • Good Dreams (2004)
  • My Foot (2006)
  • Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up! (2007)
  • Pied Piper (2008)
  • Ooparts (Out of Place Artifacts) (2009)
  • Horn Again (2011)

The band has played a good number of shows in the United States, their first in 2005 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and later would play in other cities like New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles.  The Pillows have also had many of their songs used in Japanese Anime, including Ben 10 and FLCL.

Some of the the band’s best songs are “Little Buster”, “Skeleton Liar”, and “Slow Down”.  The Pillows sound is very much rock n’ roll, with spurts of pop.  It’s not hard rock, but more classic rock and alt. rock sounding. Bottom line, the sound is really good and really likes The Pillows, and we think you will, too.

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Other Songs to Check Out

  • Little Buster
  • Skeleton Liar
  • Slow Down

Where They Are From

Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

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