Takeshi Hosomi: vocalist, guitar
Shinichi Ubakata: Lead guitar
Yuichi Takada: Bass
Hirotaka Takahashi: Drums
ELLEGARDEN was formed in 1998, and they play an up-beat blend of pop and punk often compared to that of American bands such as Greenday, early Sum41, and early Blink182. They perform mostly in English, with some Japanese songs, as a result of vocalist Takashi Hosomi working as a computer engineer in Oakland, CA. They have released 5 albums, Don’t Trust Anyone But Us in 2002, Bring Your Board!! in 2003, Pepperoni Quattro in 2004, Riot on the Grill in 2005, and Eleven Firecrackers in 2006. Eleven Firecrackers reached #1 on the Oricon charts, and was released in the US in early 2007. In early 2008 the band announced that they were going on indefinite hiatus due to creative differences, but have since assured fans that they will definitely regroup eventually.