An Cafe (アンティック-珈琲店-), is a Japanese Oshare Kei band formed in 2003 and signed to the independent label LOOP ASH. The band is composed of five members,which are all male.
An Cafe was formed when Miku, Kanon and Bou found each other through an internet website while searching for people with similar interests. Teruki was not yet a part of the band, although they still released their first demo Oopu-ngu (Ope.ning) on June 17, 2003. Not long after, on July 2nd, they released a second demo called Uzumaki Senshokutai/Hatsukoi. During this time Teruki was in his former band 'Feathers Blue'. After Teruki joined the band, and until mid-April 2007, the line-up for the band had not changed, and consisted of Miku on vocals, Bou on guitar, Kanon on bass, and Teruki on drums.
On official sources the band name has been written in many different ways. The most consistent has been "アンティック-珈琲店-" (antikku -kōhīten-), which appears on all releases and on the official website.
The COSMOS single (released in 2004) had the name written as "ANTIC CAFE" (with "アンティック-珈琲店-" written underneath). All releases since then have had the name written as "AN CAFE" (but still with "アンティック-珈琲店-" written underneath). Due to the amount of material released containing this version of the name it seems as though this is now the preferred choice of the band. Because of it being written アンティック (antikku), it has led many fans to believe that it is "Antique Cafe" and not "Antic Cafe". This is a common misconception, and as numerous interviews state, it is indeed Antic Cafe.
Initially, vocalist Miku believed that the band should be called Athletic Cafe, but a quick search through the dictionary to look up the word "Athletic" the word "Antic" was close to it and the word antic proved to be a much more appropriate name to him and the band.
[i]Miku (みく) (Vocals)
Kanon (カノン) (Bass)
Teruki (輝喜) (Drums)
Takuya (たくや) (Guitar)
Yuuki (ゆうき) (Keyboard)[/i]
[i]Bou (坊) (Guitar)[/i]
On April 17, 2007, information was leaked that stated Bou would be leaving the band for personal reasons. Bou played his final performance with the band on the 30th of April in 2007. Rumors have started claiming that his parents are ill, and he is quitting to care for them also that he had issues with the company.These rumors in no way, have been confirmed yet.
In 2010, it has been confirmed that An Cafe will be taking a break from activities. It is yet unknown as to how long they will be on hiatus for, but they have not stated they will be disbanding. The message, issued on their official homepage, claims that "after the Budokan show, each member will concentrate on their own activity to be prepared for the band to restart in the future." The aformentioned Nippon Budokan show takes place on January 4th, 2010.
Miku (みく, Miku?) - Vocalist
Real name: Akiharu Tsukiyama (築山明治, Tsukiyama Akiharu)
Birthday: January 5, 1984
Blood tipe: A
Height: 5'5" (164 cm)
Weight: 112 (51 kg)
Shoe size: 10 (24.5 cm)
Family: father, mother, little sister, a hamster named Milk [Miruku in japanese/ deceased] and a dog named Nyappy
Hobby: cooking, play the guitar, shopping and take baths
Fav food: Sushi, hamburger, Ramen, Pizza, Hiroshimayaki and Tondon
Fav marks (?): LHP, Royal Order, Jackrose, Justin Davis, BVLGARI
Fav color: white, black, red, gold and silver
Fav Brands: LHP, JACKROSE, BLGALIJAS tin day bis, royal order
Fav band(s)/singer: Kagerou and Ayumi Hamasaki
Cigars: Pianissimo 1mm
Former band: Reverie
Nickname in former band: Haru
Teruki - Drums
Real name: Teruki Nagata
Birthday: December 8, 1980
Blood tipe: A
Weight: 45 (?)
Family: father, mother, and two older siblings
Hobby: Nature and sake, while inquiring about music, I look back at the past.
Fav food: Apple ad Sake
Fav color: Okinawa sea, emerald green
Fav Brands: PAISTE, Pearl
Fav band(s)/singer: Dir en grey
Perfume: Cool water woman
Piercings: 3 left ear, 2 right ear
Former Band: Feathers Blue
Kanon - Bass
Real name: Shinya Sano
Birthday: July 5, 1984
Blood tipe: O
Weight: 45 (?)
Family: mother, father, grandmother, older sister, younger brother
Hobby: Shopping and games
Fav food: Gurasse and sake, Chicken Chinese noodles
Fav color: Black, purple, gold and silver
Fav band(s)/singer: Plastic Tree
Fav Brands: PAISTE, TAMAViviene Westwood Kadokawa,Kodansha publishers, Ltd, and Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tobacco: Caster mild
Perfume: CK ON
Bou - ex guitarist
Real name: Kazuhiro Saitou
Birthday: September 16, 1983
Blood type: O
Height: 158 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Family: mother, father, and an older sister
Fav food: ?
Fav band(s)/singer: Luna Sea
Fav Brands: Putumayo, Paul Smith
Perfume: Pink Sugar
Piercings: Left ear 1
Takuya - Guitar
Birthday: February 9, 1988
Hobby: furo (taking a bath)
Fav food: fruits
Fav color: white, black and red
Fav Brand: Gibson
Perfume: No preference
Yuuki - Keyboard
Birthday: August 29
Hobby: Collect watches, after going to a club go look at the puppies in Roppongi Petshop
Fav food: sweet things, spicy things, and sour things
Fav color: gold, black, and silver
Fav Brand: D&G, BLGALI, ROLEX
Shampoo: Vidal Sassoon
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web page www.ancafe-web.com