ROA (Relic of Ancestors): Official Page

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ROA are a Japanese rock band with shamisen. Their unique sound juxtaposes western punk-rock spirit with traditional eastern melody, a concept they've dubbed "和洋折衷 / Wayo Settyu" – literally meaning "the blending of Japanese and western styles".

Formed by the drummer of Japan's chart-topping ska-punk outfit SNAIL RAMP, ROA manage to propel their country's three-stringed traditional instrument, the Tsugaru-shamisen, into the 21st century by implementing its iconic sound in new and exciting ways.

The album RODIAC is exclusive to overseas on CD. It includes all of their zodiac singles that were previously only available at live shows. It's also a fantastic entry point into the band! Highly recommended for fans of Wagakki Band and BAND-MAIKO.


Masatomo – Vocals
SHU – Guitar
Tono – Guitar
Miyo-C – Bass
AKABA – Drums
Taichi Hikida – Shamisen
TES – Shamisen

ROA Releases:

All the Japanese Music CDs, Vinyl etc. from JPU Records