KAREN is a side project formed by two members of ART-SCHOOL (Kinoshita Riki and Todaka Masafumi), two members of downy (Nakamata Kazuhiro and Akiyama Takahiko) and the vocalist of On Button Down, Achiko.
The band started activities in 2005 by doing some live shows. Besides this side-project they were still performing with their regular bands. In April 2008 it was announced they will be releasing their first album, MAGGOT IN TEARS, on May 2nd 2008.
- Achiko (vocals)
- Kinoshite Riki (chorus, guitar)
- Todaka Masafumi (guitar)
- Nakamata Kazuhiro (bass)
- Akiyama Takahiko (dr)