Softball was an all-girl punk band from Chiba, Japan. The band members - Moe (vocals/guitar), Nomiya (bass), and Rie (drums) - got together while still in high school. Mike Park signed them to Asian Man Records, and they made their first American release in 1999. In Japan, they were signed to Einstein Records. They disbanded in March, 2003. Later Moe formed a new, very similar sounding all-girl band, named Akiakane, also under Einstein Records. An all-female band is a musical group in which females sing and play all the instruments. A distinction is made here with girl groups, in which females are primarily vocalists, though this terminology is not universally followed.