The Pillows began their amazing journey back in 1989 and finally spilt into the mainstream with a debut album on Pony Canyon Records in 1991. In 1992 the band began to have internal disputes about musical direction resulting in the leader of the band, bassist Ueda Kenji leaving the group. The band stopped playing until signing with King Records in 1994.
In 1996, they began their own event called the "DELICIOUS BUMP SHOW!!" This was an innovative and well thought out showcase resulting in thousands of attendees and dozens of Japan's top performing acts.
In 1999, they made the "DELICIOUS LABEL" owned by Yamanaka Sawao, lead singer of The Pillows. Their sound continued to evolve into an alternative rock sound, which hadn’t developed in Japan.
"Ride on the Shooting Star" released in 2000, was an ending theme song of "FLCL" produced by "GAINAX" known all over the world. Most of the songs used in this original animation film were from The Pillows.
Their songs give hope and power to their listeners. "feel rather than think" is just the right phrase for the band and they are one of the few bands that could and continue to express that in the closed cultures of Japan...
The Pillows have sold out every show they have played in the US due to their fame by way of FLCL, and their numerous releases every year.
This year, The Pillows return to the US with the “NAP ~utatane~ Tour” featuring Noodles (20th anniversary) and San Francisco based rockers, All Ages.