Pursuing the Real Progress...
PERSONNEL as of 2021:
KEN MIYAJIMA - bass, vocals, organ, mellotron, synths, flute (2010-2013, 2015-)
Shingo Suda - vocals, piano, mellotron, synths, guitars (2021-)
Ryo Shigemoto - drums, percussion (2021-)
Hideki Kuritani - guitars (2022-)
EVIAN - drums, vocals
SUSUMU SAKURAI - vocals, guitars
(2010-2013, 2015, 2019 guest appearance)
YUKI SUZUKI - guitars
MEW - drums, vocals
FUJIYAMA - drums, vocals
YUTARO - guitars, vocals
MASUHIRO GOTO - drums, timpani, percussion
Toru TABE - acoustic guitar on The Serenity
(2019 guest appearance)
The band was formed in 2010 by Ken Miyajima, Susumu Sakurai and Evian based on Miyajima's experience in a Led Zeppelin tribute band The Rover and his being influenced from a rock band Scanch. The band features psychedelic long jam, Ken Miyajima's capability on many instruments like bass, keyboards and mandolin and frequent odd-time signatures. And everything was in 1960-1970s style. The jam often went more than 20 minutes. It was different on every show. After the departure of Evian, Miyajima and Sakurai began working on their material in order to make their first album. In 2013 they were joined by Yuki Suzuki, a band mate of Miyajima while his tenure with Electric Sheep, and a session drummer MEW. With the help of the two, the band finally completed the album. However, all of them have burnt out. Sakurai quit performing on stage. MEW was replaced by Fujiyama. Within the same year, the band fell apart and the finished album didn't see the light of day. Before the split, Miyajima had an offer to join Kinzoku-Yebis, a prog rock band formed in 1996 by Daichi Takagi. About one year later, Kinzoku-Yebis was to release their third (the first for Miyajima with them) album after 10 years. A friend of Miyajima who chose the name Romanesco, told him "Now's the time to release your past effort.", so he did. The first album made a small but more-than-expected success and it made some members keen on reforming the band. Although it didn't happen, Miyajima brought in Yutaro and began writing in 2015. More complicated, "progressive", flashy and difficult-to-play-live songs were completed. In return of producing his solo album, Miyajima brought in another member, current Kinzoku-Yebis drummer Masuhiro Goto. With a slight return of Sakurai, and a help from a guitarist Toru Tabe, the second album was released in 2019. In 2021, Miyajima confirmed the return of the band with a new lineup. The lineup features Miyajima, Shingo Suda who made his debut album with Miyajima, Miyajima's another Kinzoku-Yebis bandmate Hideki Kuritani and Ryotaro Shigemoto. In October 2022, the band did their first gig in good nine years. They stated they were going to make a new album in 2023.
The second album Romanesco!! (2019) and the first album Romanesco! (2015) both are sold as CDs and available on subscription platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
All the members of current lineup (as of 2022-) are featured on Shingo Suda's debut solo album "Ramune Jidai (Age of Lemonade)".