Flow is a Japanese rock band, that formed in 1998 and signed on to Sony Music Japan’s Ki/oon Music label. Flow is a five-piece band made up of two vocalists, a drummer, a bassist, and a guitarist. As of March 2016, the band has released 30 singles and 10 studio albums. Their songs have been featured in the opening sequences of several anime series.
The group’s base was created in 1993 when brothers Kōshi (elder: vocals, rhythm guitar) and Take (younger: lead guitar) began playing together. They formed Flow in 1998, and were eventually joined by Keigo (vocals), Gotō (bass) and Iwasaki (drums; joined in 2000). In 2001, the band released its first maxi single, “Flow #0”. The group then released two mini-albums within the same year, both of which took nationwide indie charts by storm.
“Okuru Kotoba”, Flow’s first cover single, was released in January 2003. It remained on the Oricon indie chart for seven consecutive weeks and also hit an impressive No. 6 on the overall singles chart. In the spring of that year, their first full-scale album Splash!!! debuted at No. 2. In July 2003, Flow released the single “Blaster” on a major label, Ki/oon Records. In April 2004, they released “GO!!!”, which stayed on the Oricon Top 10 Chart for three weeks. In May 2004, Flow released their first major album Game.