HICARI are a quintent who come all the way from Liverpool. This delightful band compromise of friends Shayaan Oshidar (Lead Vocals), Ryan Bickley (Lead Vocals, Keyboard), Tatsu Saiki (Guitar, Keyboard), Paddy Morrison (Bass) and Will Brown (Drums).
At this moment in time they’ve released three spectacular singles and these being Consumed, Catch Fire and most recently Stellar. If you live your synth pop then you’ll literally fall in love with HICARI. The bands name actually means ‘light’ in Japanese.
Smothered in plenty of synth goodness the stunning Stellar is a catchy piece of perfection. This was glistening 80s synth pop, Ryan’s vocals were crisp/ hypnotic and then you had Shai’s sugary sweet tones. I must say that this inspirational number had me hooked from beginning to end. Bickley’s impeccable vocals were reminiscent to indie pop band The 1975, whilst Oshidar’s vocal tones reminded me of both Lauren Mayberry from Scottish band Chvrches and Paramore’s Hayley Williams (during the self titled era).
The band have recently unveiled the official music video for Stellar and it’s incredibly hard hitting. This single tackles the subject of body image and the pressures to conform to modern-day, media perceptions of unrealistic beauty.
The lady who is being body shamed at the beginning of the video is in fact a sumo wrestler. This exquisite video conveys the message never judge a book by its cover.
Thurs 15th June – Notting Hill Arts Club, London
Fri 23rd June – Chester Live Festival, Chester
Sun 23rd July – Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool