The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Records.Biography2002: Conception and early workThe band began in 2002 with Ruki, Reita and Uruha in Kanagawa Prefecture. After being involved with other bands in the visual kei movement, the trio decided that the Gazette would be their last band. They recruited Aoi and Yune from disbanded visual band Artia and formally became the Gazette in January 2002.Originally signed to Matina, they released their first single, "Wakaremichi", and first music video on April 30, 2002. "Wakaremichi" was re-released in June. By September, they had released "Kichiku Kyoushi no Nousatsu Kouza" and their second PV. In October 2002, they played their first solo live, and on Christmas 2002, the 5-song compilation Yougenkyou with the song "Okuribi" was released.2003–2004: New drummer, Cockayne Soup and DisorderIn early 2003, Yune left the band and was replaced by Kai who volunteered to be the leader of the band. Shortly after this, the Gazette signed with the PS Company label and in May, released their first EP, Cockayne Soup. They started their first tour with the band Hanamuke, during which the two bands collaborated on two songs.A second tour followed with the band Vidoll. The bands were featured together on the November issue of Cure, a magazine focusing on visual kei bands.