由五位日本大男孩所组成的独立厂牌乐团ELLEGARDEN，在1998年成军之后，成功的闯荡美国流行音乐市场，并在去年的11月8日发行所的第五张专辑‘ELEVEN FIRECRACKERS’，成功的打进了ORICON每周排行的冠军，而且发行的第一周就以21.6万张的惊人销售成绩，超越了前作‘ORIT ON THE GRILL’的单曲‘Salamander’7万张的空前记录，写下了成军以来的最辉煌纪录。
To put it simply, Ellegarden is a Japanese punk band that sings in "Engrish." Despite the Japanese languages' lack of the letter "L," they handle themselves pretty well. Yes folks, Ellegarden sings mostly in English so you can understand them. Following the trend of J-punk (it's an abbreviation) bands like Asian Kung Fu Generation and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Ellegarden makes pop-punk sounds with hard-hitting lyrics.
The record opens with a toss-away song titled "Opening." I could post links to about 50 other bands that have those little randomness 30-second-long songs to open a record with but I won't. I think every song on this record besides it, however, falls into a toe-tapping category, even the Japanese songs like "Winter," "Koukasen" and "Gunpowder Valentine," which are pulled off well enough that a person who doesn't understand Japanese will like it. The record's high point comes with the fast-paced, catchy-as-hell song "Salamander"; many music fans will know what I'm talking about when I say it screams single. The ending song "Marie" is fast and once again catchy, leaving you wanting little more.