Rock group Riddim Saunter announced on their website they will be calling it quits. They posted a hand-written note to their official site earlier today announcing their break up. The band will hold a farewell party on Saturday, September 3 at Nakano Sun Plaza.
The group, who formed during their high-school years, released their debut album Current in 2005. The five-piece outfit blended a wide range of styles together, making songs where rock, hip-hop and orchestral elements coexisted. The songs “Fresh” and “MUISC BY,” from that first record, captures the band’s all-over-the-place goodness.
Subsequent releases explored similar areas, sometimes emphasizing hip-hop beat as in “Dear Joyce” below, or getting a small orchestra to record with them as in “Sweet & Still.”
Riddim Saunter served as the openers for The Go! Team’s first Japanese tour, and the band also played the 2008 Fuji Rock Festival. Last year, they collaborated with Hideki Kaji on an album and played with him at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival.