March 8, 2008
'Night Fishing Is Good' Tour 2008 in Sapporo (2008)
6 August 2008
August 6, 2008 (2008-08-06)
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'Night Fishing Is Good' Tour 2008 in Sapporo (stylized as 「NIGHT FISHING IS GOOD」TOUR 2008 in SAPPORO) is a live extended play by Japanese band Sakanaction. It was released on August 5, 2008 through Victor Entertainment sublabel BabeStar exclusively as a paid download.
Background and production
Sakanaction was first formed in the summer of 2005 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, and released their debut album Go to the Future in May 2007. In the same month, the band performed a national tour to promote the album, including a solo-billed performance at Bessie Hall in Sapporo as the final performance, on May 27, 2007. For the rest of the year, the band worked on the production of their second album Night Fishing, which was released only half a year after their debut work, in January 2008.
The concert was recorded on March 8, 2008, at Penny Lane 24 in Sapporo. It was one of the either concerts held by Sakanaction in their Night Fishing Is Good tour, but only one of two dates that were a full-length, solo concert. The extended play compiles live takes of both of the promoted tracks on Go to the Future, "Mikazuki Sunset" and "Shiranami Top Water", as well as two of the three promotional tracks from Night Fishing, "Sample" and "Night Fishing Is Good".
Release and reception
The extended play was first announced on July 24, 2008 at Sakanaction's official website. At the band's official MySpace page, footage of "Mikazuki Sunset" from the concert was uploaded. After its release on August 6, the extended play managed to top iTunes Japan's rock chart, surpassing Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. In December, Sakanaction released their first physical single release, "Sen to Rei". On the limited edition version of the release, a recording of "Yoru no Higashigawa" from the same concert was added as a bonus track.
All tracks written by Ichiro Yamaguchi.