Beat Crusaders


Hit in the USA (theme song)


Pop rock

Beat Crusaders (ビート・クルセイダース Bīto Kuruseidāsu, typeset as BEAT CRUSADERS) were a Japanese rock band. During all promotional appearances, their faces are masked by drawings resembling themselves as printed by a dot-matrix printer.


Beat Crusaders, commonly abbreviated BECR, was instigated at the end of 1997 by Tōru Hidaka as an experimental U.S. Lo-Fi Indie Rock unit. The rest of the band later joined as a result of continual experimental gigs performed around the Shimokitazawa (Tokyo) area. Their creative use of analog synthesizers and the old Casitone, incorporated with influences of such bands as Weezer and The Rentals, and at times the dynamism of Snuffesque rock , had transformed them into a powerfully melodic guitar band. By the end of 1998, Beat Crusaders had already started creating songs which emphasized they were a crazy and fun live act that was not to be missed. The momentum carried on with a single "E.C.D.T." released in June of the following year which entered independent charts of CD retail shops all across Japan. A month later their first mini-album, "Howling Symphony Of..." was released; this entered the charts again with various music magazines giving the big thumbs up. Reflecting their chart action and praise from magazines, numerous live offers followed from notable bands in the Japanese alternative/independent scene, from guitar pop and new wave of new wave, to pop punk and ska bands. They continued to be busy, with their second single "Firestarter" released in early 2000 and later the full-length "All You Can Eat". They also were involved in four compilations, their own 'cover' EPs including a split entitled "WXY" with fellow Japanese punk band Captain Hedgehog.

In August 2003, three of the four original members of Beat Crusaders left the band, to eventually go on to form a new band "Anita Chili Peppers". This left behind only Tōru Hidaka who later recruited four new members, which make up the Beat Crusaders today. It is not known why the past members left. However, it doesn't seem like they left on bad terms, considering Hidaka included the masks of his former bandmates and his actions (he was crying) in the PV, "Sensation".

Later on down the road, their song Hit in the USA was used for the opening of the anime Mongolian Chop Squad which moved the band out of the indie scene hitting Japanese music. Since then they have released several more albums including a cover album of American and British songs entitled "Music Crusaders." Their song "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" was used as the fourth opening of the anime Bleach. In 2006, the band's music made its first American appearance as the opening theme song, "Hey x 2 Look x 2" (Aka "Hey Hey Look Look") to the Nicktoons animated series,Kappa Mikey. The single Winterlong is used as the opening of the anime Hero_Tales Hero Tales.

A full length CD "EPopMaking," was released on May 30, 2007, it contains 19 tracks, this was followed "Popdod" on June 4, 2008. It is rumored they picked said date due to Hidaka turning 40 the day after the release.

In 2010, Toru Hidaka confirmed that Beat Crusaders would break-up, but promised to release a new album before they broke up. Their final album, titled "REST CRUSADERS" was released on October 6, 2010. It consists of 22 tracks of both new songs, old singles like "Windom", and previously released but recent singles like "Let It Go" and "Situation".


Current MembersEdit

  • Tōru Hidaka (ヒダカトオル/日高 央 Hidaka Tōru) - vocals, guitar
  • Masahiko Kubota (クボタマサヒコ/久保田 匡彦 Kubota Masahiko) - bass
  • Tarō Katō (カトウタロウ/加藤 太朗 Katō Tarō) - guitar
  • Mashīta (マシータ, real name Hirofumi Yamashita (山下 博史 Yamashita Hirofumi)) - drums
  • Keitaimo (ケイタイモ, real name Keita Tanabe (田辺 啓太 Tanabe Keita)) - keyboard

Former MembersEdit

  • Umu (Mitsutaka Umuyashiki) - Bass and vocals
  • Araki (Takayuki Araki) - Drums and vocals
  • Thai (Hiroyuki Tai) - Keyboard, guitar, and vocals