Dizzy Sunfist, the inspirational and upbeat spin on pop-punk.

(This article was supposed to be published to another site but I’ve had radio silence from the editor and site owner since Feb 10th of this year , I expressed interest in having the article published even with the long periods of time with no communication from the staff but haven’t heard anything since, as a result of this, I am now taking back ownership of this article. The portions of this article that had Editor input were things like Grammar, Spelling, Adding links to music videos and the suggestion of adding the final paragraph with more personalized thoughts and question for the reader at the end. This article is my own, and no other party has contributed content for this article. I will not name the site and all parties involved in the creation of this article outside of my own will remain anonymous. I put a fair amount of time into the research and writing of this article and would rather see it published to my own site, rather then have it sit in a google doc to never be read. If any information about the band here is inaccurate please let me know and I’ll update the article.)

A Brief History

Dizzy Sunfist originated back in 2009 in the Osaka prefecture, with Ayapeta (Vocals and Guitar) and Iyama (Bass and backup vocals) forming the band while still in high school. They found their sound early on by covering bands such as Ellegarden and Hi-Standard. Within the same year, they had their first Demo completed and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become their signature upbeat sound. 

After the original drummer left in 2012, moAi joined and has been the drummer ever since. The following year the band released their first mini-album titled “Fist Bump” with Caffeine Bomb Records. The band proceeded to go on tour to promote the album and gained traction in the punk scene. After a successful year, it was time to head back to the studio, and the following year, they released their second mini-album titled “Super Delicious,” this time with an even longer tour schedule and the mini-album placing 5th on the Oricon Indies Charts (61st overall). The band would continue to tour while releasing new music and began to perform at some bigger music festivals, such as the annual charity festival Comin’Kobe held on the artificial island in Kobe, and the Dead Pop Festival with headlining band SiM. 

The band’s first full album, titled “Dizzy Beats,” was released in 2016 and ranked 17th overall on the Oricon charts. Dizzy Sunfist’s more recent releases include their second full album, titled “Dreams Never End,” which placed 11th overall, and their second EP titled “Episode II” which released in July of 2020. The lead singer Ayapeta also recently provided the lyrics to the song “Hero Too” for the anime My Hero Academia, with vocals by Chrissy Costanza of American pop-punk band “Against the Current.” While I eagerly await any new music from Dizzy Sunfist, work-life balance will be a new hurdle for the band to contend with as Ayapeta married in late 2019, and gave birth to a healthy baby girl in January of 2020. 

The style and sound of Dizzy Sunfist

While pop-punk and punk, in general, has evolved and given us a wider range of different sounds, Dizzy Sunfist carves out its own little niche in the genre while maintaining the signature sound of pop-punk and expressing their own unique spin on it. They primarily use English vocals, which is not uncommon but allows them to stand out enough and makes their music easier to digest for international audiences. 

In terms of the overall sound of the band, the way I can best describe them is “Happy Punk,” with a good majority of their songs having a very upbeat tone to them, in both instrumentals and vocals. Ayapeta is able to express a very uplifting message with a lot of their songs and is frequently smiling while singing, as seen in a lot of their music videos and live performances. This all combines into songs that have this infectious effect on the listener that will have them dancing and singing along after only a few plays of each track. 

Dizzy Sunfist almost effortlessly gives off the vibes of those early 2000s pop-punk bands that a lot of people grew up with, while having a more positive message within their lyrics. You can still hear a lot of the influence of the bands that they were inspired by and covered early on in their career, but they still manage to have their own unique sound. Everything blends together into an energetic and inspiring display of uplifting music that will have you bouncing and singing along, all the while letting you escape whatever may have you feeling down for the couple of minutes each song lasts. 

My Thoughts

I’m a little late to the Dizzy Sunfist scene, having originally found them while scrolling through my Twitter timeline back in late 2017. After seeing their name on a poster for a venue that another band I follow had shared, I went to YouTube to see if I could find any songs from them. The first one I listened to was “Dream is Not Dead,” and I was hooked immediately. The high energy music paired with the equally high energy and uplifting vocals was right up my alley. With some of my favorite bands being Sum 41, A Day to Remember, and countless other pop-punk bands who share similar styles and are grounded in that genre, the style of Dizzy Sunfist drew me in instantly. If you’re a fan of pop-punk then I think you’ll enjoy Dizzy Sunfist, especially with their positive and uplifting spin on the genre.

In my opinion, the best examples of their signature style would be the songs “Life Is A Suspense”, “No Answer”, “Summer Never Ends” and their latest release “Stronger”. Through all of their releases they’ve kept the same focus on providing an uplifting message, be it dealing with a breakup and moving forward, or living in the moment while cherishing memories and making new ones along the way. Dizzy Sunfist continues to be my go to band whenever I’m needing a pick me up after a long day, or when I just need a little boost of positivity. I believe they can do the same for many people looking for a band to add to their playlists.

A decent portion of their music is available to listen to on YouTube through the official Caffeine Bomb channel, but a lot of it is still region-locked or platform locked, sadly. Even though their most recent EP was released on Spotify, which is great, and a lot of it is available through Apple Music, it’s still not nearly as accessible as I feel it should be. This band has a great message that they try to express through their music and I believe their reach can be even bigger than it is currently. Hopefully, with time, their popularity will grow and even more people will be able to enjoy this wonderful band. Maybe Dizzy Sunfist can find their way on to your playlist, as they’ll have a permanent spot in mine. With that, I leave you with a question, What are your favorite Japanese bands that you’ve come across at complete random?

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