fripSide is a Japanese pop band. Active since 2002, fripSide is made up of two members, Yoshino Nanjo (vocal, lyrics) and sat, a.k.a. Satoshi Yaginuma (lyrics, synthesizers, composer, arrangement, producer) Former vocalist Nao graduated from fripSide March 2009.
The name “fripSide” comes from the word “flipside.” It’s a direct reference to when one had to flip records to side B. Since Flipside was already taken by a foreign artist, Sat coined the word “fripSide.” The capital S comes from Satoshi’s name.
fripSide had a very successful start on the indie community muzie. Its first three albums topped muzie’s monthly shop ranking, and many songs had thousands of downloads. In 2006, fripSide was signed to Japanese gaming company Visual Art’s and started releasing under elseena-music entertainment. It released a few albums with Visual Art’s and were featured in other non-fripSide releases such as the RADIO Twinkle☆Crusaders albums. fripSide NAO project!, fripSide’s denpa subgroup, began during this time in April 2007.
fripSide's first step in the major music world was through the anime Koihime†Musou in 2008. The band released the anime's theme song, [i]flower of bravery[/i], as its first major debut single. The band's fifth album, split tears, was its first major album.
On March 15, 2009, fripSide announced that long-time vocalist nao graduated. After nao left, Satoshi searched for a new vocalist. In July 2009, Yoshino Nanjo succeeded nao as frip's new singer and the band signed under Geneon Entertainment. The new fripSide re-debuted with the single only my railgun which ranked #3 on the Oricon charts and as of Sept. 2010, has sold over 80,000 copies. The band continues to produce theme songs for games, visual novels, and animes, making itself an artist to look out for in the anime song music scene.