Formed in 1996 by the three founding members in Kisarazu, an industrial suburb of Tokyo, their music is a blend of everything from punk to disco and tends to defy classification.
The original lineup consisted of Ayanokouji Shou on vocals and guitar, Saotome Hikaru on bass and on drums. They were soon joined by Hoshi Grandmarnier on guitar, then Saionji Hitomi also on guitar, at which point Show dropped his role of guitarist. With the final addition of Shiratori Shouchikubai as bassist, Hikaru developed his current role of dancer and the lineup of Kishidan that still exists today was complete.
The band professes to a Peter Pan complex and all claim to be eternal teenagers. Kishidan is famed for their extraordinary performances, frequently including both musical and non-musical solo performances by the members such as juggling, swordfighting and Elvis impersonations.
In early 2002, Kishidan appeared as themselves in episode 7 of the jdorama Kisarazu Cat’s Eye and in 2003 in the Kisarazu Cat’s Eye movie Nihon Series.
Ayanokouji Shou (綾小路 翔, Ayanokouji Shou?) (Show) — Vocals, Dragon Voice and emcee; birthdate 26 April
(Pop singer DJ OZMA is widely rumored to be his alter-ego.)
Saotome Hikaru (早乙女 光, Saotome Hikaru?) (Hikaru) — Dance and scream; birthdate 24 January
Saionji Hitomi (西園寺 瞳, Saionji Hitomi?) (Tommy) — Guitar; birthdate 23 October
Hoshi Grandmarnier (星 グランマニエ, Hoshi Grandmarnier?) (Ranma) — Guitar; birthdate 1 March
Shiratori Shouchikubai (白鳥 松竹梅, Shiratori Shouchikubai?) (Matsu) — Bass guitar; birthdate 17 March
Shiratori Yukinojou (白鳥 雪之丞, Shiratori Yukinojou?) (Yukki) — Drums & drunk; birthdate 24 May