Nemophila started out as a session band in August, 2019 with mayu on vocals, SAKI on guitars, Hazuki on guitars, Haraguchi-san on bass and Tamu Murata on drums. The band officially made their debut live in September, 2019 at the METAL WEEKEND 2019 held at Zepp Diver City, Tokyo where the band opened up for big names such as LOUDNESS and HAMMERFALL. They continued to perform live shows in the Tokyo area leading to the release of their first single “OIRAN” on February 29, 2020, in which they played a sold out solo show at the Shibuya REX in Tokyo. Their second single “RAITEI” was released on August 22, 2020 accompanied by a live stream show on the same day with Tamu Murata playing her first show after coming back from maternity leave.
NEMOPHILA started their YouTube channel on February 8, 2020. Their first video featured a studio performance of the band playing IRON MAIDEN’s “The Trooper” which has been viewed over 1.6 million times. Nemophila played their first concerts on September 14 and 15 as part of Metal Weekend 2019 at Zepp Diver City, where they opened for Loudness and HammerFall. They released their first single “Oiran” on February 29, 2020, and held their first one-man live that same day to a sold-out audience at Shibuya Rex.mTheir third single “Dissension” followed on February 28, 2021.
On April 29, the band performed at Show-Ya’s all-female Naon no Yaon festival. On June 22, 2021. Nemophila released their international compilation Oiran: Extended Edition from British label JPU Records on June 25. Compiling the band’s entire discography up to that point, plus a new English version of “Dissension”, it was the most pre-ordered album in the label’s history. It also marked the first time the band’s music had ever been available in record shops, as previously everything was sold directly from their website in Japan. Nemophila released their debut studio album Revive on December 15, 2021. Their first one-man concert with all five members at Line Cube Shibuya was performed on January 9, 2022 and the tickets sold out quickly after going on sale in October 2021.
Saki said the most important thing in Nemophila is to play “hard music like metalcore, but make it ‘yurufuwa’, to give it more of a personality. A Japanese word, it means… fluffy and smooth.” She elaborated in another interview, “Traditionally, rock bands have a strong, masculine image. The concept of ‘yurufuwa’ is to stay close to ourselves rather than forcibly portraying our female identity as masculine. We thought it was interesting to make the cuteness of something fluffy come together with intense metal parts. You can feel it in the choruses of ‘Dissension’ and ‘Raitei’, but also in our behavior on stage.” Hazuki has cited the various ways in which Mayu sings as an important feature of Nemophila; “Her raw voice is very characteristic. That is why we were aiming for a heavier sound.”