SCANDAL Release New ‘Saishuheiki Kimi’ Music Video & Digital Single Download

06.November.2019 | MUSIC

SCANDAL just dropped a new digital single entitled Saishuheiki Kimi on Wednesday (November 6) from their private music label her.

Their most experimental track to date, the lyrics were written by drummer and vocalist RINA while the music was composed by guitarist and vocalist MAMI.

 

The band also premiered the music video on YouTube at midnight in Japan on the same date. Flurries of messages whirled in the comment section from excited fans around the world as they watched the timer roll down in anticipation of the video’s release.

The music video was directed by Motherfucko who also worked on the band’s previous digitally-released single Fuzzy which dropped back in August. The wild video makes use of multicoloured smoke, an energetic performance from the hand mic-wielding vocalist and guitarist HARUNA, and other notable moments.

 

Speaking about directing the music video, Motherfucko commented: “I wanted the power of the song to sink into the colourful, boorish and edgy visuals. The members’ performances in particular are cool and really stand out, so I wanted to focus on them. I hope people can feel the power of SCANDAL’s music through this music video.”

 

SCANDAL will hold a special live stream on Abetma TV on November 13 at 19:00 (JST) to make some big announcements. They will also have a feature called “SCANDAL’s Bedroom,” discuss relationships with popular AbemaTV presenters, and more.

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    In response to the news, SCANDAL have announced that they will host a special live stream concert on August 21, 2020—the date of the band’s 14th anniversary—for fans around the world. The show will also be archived, so if you’re unable to tune in live, you can catch up afterwards.

     

    Tickets for overseas fans go on sale tomorrow (July 30) at 10:00 (JST).

  • SCANDAL Release New Song ‘SPICE’ & Short Anime ‘XPICE’

    15.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese pop-rock band SCANDAL released their new single SPICE on music streaming and download services today (July 15). The song will be used as the theme song for the original anime short XPICE which is set to premiere on YouTube today at 19:00 (JST).

     

    XPICE is the first entry to XFLAG’s™ cross creative project series which was launched to collaborate with and harness the talents and strengths of creators and artists both inside and outside XFLAG to create unique works.

    Fans located in Tokyo between July 23 and August 31 should head to FEEDBACK Shibuya, an apparel brand shop produced by SCANDAL, where they can win a selection of gacha prizes as pictured above including an XFLAG x XPICE poster. Some of the posters will be signed by the band members.

     

    SCANDAL will hold a special live stream on August 21, 2020—the date of the bands 14th anniversary. They are scheduled to perform their new song SPICE, so make sure to tune in. More details here.

     

    SCANDAL | Comment

    “This animation doesn’t have any talking in it, so we made sure to emphasise parts of the song and its message in our lyrics and the melody when writing it. We hope the people of the world enjoy it together with the animation!” *Translated from Japanese by MMN

  • SCANDAL To Celebrate XSPICE Anime Project Release with a Livestream Talk Show

    13.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese rock band SCANDAL, is set to release their new song SPICE as a digital single on July 15, 2020. The release of the song is going to be commemorated on a special talk show.

    The song was written for XFLAG’s™ cross creative project series. The first project, which is called XPICE, is an original short animation that will be posted on the official YouTube channel of XFLAG ANIME at 7pm on July 15, 2020. From 6:30pm just before the video goes live, SCANDAL will livestream a commemoration talk show on their official YouTube channel.

    The live talk show will see SCANDAL explaining what SPICE is all about. The audience will be taken behind the scenes to find out how the themes, setting and characters were created. SCANDAL will also be joined by special guests Hiroaki Kato and Tsubasa Nakai, who are key figures on the animation side of the project. Hiroaki Kato from mixi, Inc. is both the producer and creative director of the project while Tsubasa Nakai from Marza Animation Planet Inc. worked on the staging and animation, pulling together all the small details and directing the outstanding CG animation graphics.

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    08.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The first entry to XFLAG’s™ cross creative project series has been announced as XPICE, an original short animation that will be posted on the official YouTube channel of XFLAG ANIME.

     

    The project was launched to collaborate with and harness the talents and strengths of creators and artists both inside and outside XFLAG to create unique works.

    The first work to be released for the project is the short anime XPICE which was made in collaboration with the four-piece Japanese rock band SCANDAL who wrote the song SPICE for it. Courage and understanding, as well as fighting together, are themes of the anime short in which we see the heroes protecting the city from the throttle of the villains. We will get to witness the heroes in action and see them grow as individuals.

    The animation was handled by Japan-based CG animation studio Marza Animation Planet who is known for working on the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog film. Spooky Graphic are the creative team behind the concept art and character designs. The anime was also made using Unity, a popular developer tool used for making many different games.

     

    The full anime will be posted on XFLAG ANIME’s official YouTube channel on July 15. In the meantime, you can check out the teaser posted today below.

  • SCANDAL Premieres Remote Video Filmed at Home On YouTube For New Song ‘Living in the city’

    03.June.2020 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL released their new single Living in the city digitally on June 3, 2020. It is the first ever song to be recorded by the band at home.

    The song was originally written and composed by SCANDAL bassist TOMOMI during the writing of their latest album Kiss from the darkness which dropped back in February. It’s a mellow track that captures an ordinary day in Tokyo. TOMOMI commented that she feels the song will have bigger implications now during the lockdown to when the band wrote the track.

     

    SCANDAL premiered a new remote video for Living in the city which showcases their lives at home during the lockdown.リ

     

    SCANDAL – “Living in the city” Remote Video (Short ver.)

    Tickets are also now available for SCANDAL’s upcoming livestream performance set for August 21, 2020. The livestream comes in response to the cancellation of all dates of SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness”.

     

    TOMOMI | Comment

    This song is about an ordinary day living in Tokyo. Tokyo is a city where it feels like if all the switches are always turned off, you’ll end up swallowed by a sense of isolation. It’s become a place where after 10 years of moving here, I want to say, “I’m home” [when I return]. A lot of the things that have made me who I am today can be found in the ordinary days spend living here. When I realised that, I found myself fallen in love with the place, and I got set to work in encasing those feelings into a song.

     

    When I wrote this song, I never imagined we’d be releasing it at a time like this, but I feel like that now we’ve begun living a new lifestyle staying at home, this song will have different and much bigger implications to when I wrote it. It helps us rethink how much we really loved those days we took for granted.

     

    We decided to release the song during the midst of our new stay-at-home lives, and so for the first time ever we recorded it all at our homes, and made a remote video to go with it. I hope you enjoy the song as well as seeing the band members in their homes.

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    All planned dates of SCANDAL’s world tour SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” have unfortunately been cancelled in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The band and staff had previously considered postponing the tour, but due to new announcements being released everyday on lockdown measures, as well as restrictions being placed on indoor events, it became difficult to predict how everything would unfold throughout the year, and so it was decided that the tour be cancelled. Information on ticket refunds till be announced at a later date.

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    SCANDAL have announced that their new song Living in the city will be released digitally on June 3, 2020.

    The song was originally written and composed by SCANDAL bassist TOMOMI during the writing of their latest album Kiss from the darkness which dropped back in February. It’s a mellow track that captures an ordinary day in Tokyo. It’s the first song by SCANDAL to be recorded at home and aims to bring “new implications” to those who listen to it.

     

    SCANDAL – “Living in the city” Official Audio

    A short version of the track can be heard on SCANDAL’s official YouTube channel ahead of the full release.

  • SCANDAL’s New Radio Show Heads to Spotify Podcasts and JFNPARK

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    SCANDAL is set to host an all-new regular show entitled SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo which will begin airing on Spotify Podcasts and JFN PARK every Monday from March 9, 2020.

     

    During the show, the members will talk about the band, their musicianship, private episodes, and more. It’s a chance for fans, both longtime and new, to get to know the band even more like an “A to Z.” The first episode will be a free talk in which the members decide what kinds of things they want to talk about in future episodes. Confirmed themes and topics include the members talking about their most recent favourite music playlists, as well as a radio drama from the band.

     

    SCANDAL plan to answer lots of messages from listeners during the show too, so be sure to send yours via Spotify or JFN PARK.

     

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  • SCANDAL Drops New Song ‘A.M.D.K.J.’ Digitally Along with Music Video

    08.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    On February 12, 2020, SCANDAL will drop their first ever album via their private label her. The upcoming album entitled Kiss from the darkness includes their new song A.M.D.K.J., which was just dropped on streaming services on January 8. A.M.D.K.J. is also the ending theme song for the Fuji TV anime GeGeGe no Kitarō. The lyrics for this catchy and upbeat song were written by RINA (Dr, Vo) and the music was composed by MAMI (Gt, Vo).

     

    The official music video for the song was dropped at the same time as the song’s digital release. The music video was directed by Hiroshi Usui, who is known for his work with a number of big artists. As lights flicker to the rhythm of swaying strips of cloth, the music video unfolds to reveal its cold and dark world, creating the perfect stage for SCANDAL’s impactful performance. The choice of colours and lighting is very intriguing and highlights SCANDAL and their expressions in such an amusing way.

     

    ‘A.M.D.K.J.’ Music Video

    You will receive a SCANDAL clear file wherever you choose to pre-order your Kiss from the darkness album from. The deadline to pre-order is January 8, 2020 at 23:59. There are many other original pre-order bonus goods out there so if a clear file isn’t your thing, there might be something better out there for you.

    The album also includes the song Tonight which is the theme song for the TV Tokyo Paravi Drama Series Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu, which is set to air at 1:35 am on January 8. Check it out! 

     

    A Statement by Hiroshi Usui

    Although the first line of our project proposal included a silly pun, we managed to pull off something amazing. It must be because the video and the four band members fit so perfectly together. When we were filming the band members individually, they did everything so perfectly. I just wanted to repeatedly call out “nice!” after every single shot.

  • SCANDAL’s New Song ‘A.M.D.K.J. ‘ to be Used as ED Theme For TV Anime ‘GeGeGe no Kitaro’

    02.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    SCANDAL performed as a headline act on the first day of C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019ーone of the biggest J-pop events in Asia which took place from November 29 to December 1.

     

    The band performed their single Masterpiece which they dropped back in March, several songs which they wrote for movie and anime series, as well as classic hits that are popular overseas like Shunkan SentimentalShojo S, and Yoake no Ryuuseigun.

    They also debuted a new track entitled A.M.D.K.J. from their forthcoming album Kiss from the darkness, which will release from their private label her on February 12, 2020. The band announced that the song will be used as the ending theme for the TV anime series GeGeGe no Kitaro which is set to begin airing on January 5, 2020.

    Drummer and vocalist RINA wrote the lyrics for A.M.D.K.J., while guitarist and vocalist MAMI composed the music. It’s described as an upbeat track with a liberating feel.

    Towards the end of the concert, the band performed their latest single Saishuheiki Kimi which dropped just last month as well as their danceable rock number Take Me Out.

     

    SCANDAL are kicking off their 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” tour in March, for which overseas dates are to be added to make it a world tour. More details will be posted via the band’s social media and official website in the coming months.

     

    ©️Mizuki Pro・Fuji TV・Toei Animation

  • SCANDAL Announce New Album ‘Kiss from the darkness’ Releasing From Their Label her

    13.November.2019 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL have announced that they will release their first-ever full length album from their private label her, entitled Kiss from the darkness, on February 12, 2020. This marks the band’s ninth album in total and two years since the release of their last, HONEY. They will promote the album with a 19-date hall tour in March.

    Regular Edition CD Cover

    The new record from Japan’s biggest all-female rock band contains 11 songs in total, including all the singles they have released from their private label herMasterpieceMabatakiFuzzy, and Saishuheiki Kimi.

     

    Speaking about the new album, vocalist HARUNA commented: “I believe people have perceived our new songs as us having challenged ourselves to new things and having experimental parts, but that’s not really it. I can say with full confidence that this is seriously our best material yet. The creative energy from the four of us is just bursting at the seams.”

     

    RINA, the band’s drummer and the member who has written a lot of the song lyrics, commented on the theme of the record: “The ups and downs in our hearts, our strengths, and our weaknesses all serve as seeds to our music and turn into songs. ‘No matter what, everything will be okay. Things will work out.’ That’s the kind of message we put into the title Kiss from the darkness.’

    Limited Pressing Edition CD Cover

    The album’s cover art was designed by collage artist Q-TA who also worked on the band’s CD artwork for their March single Masterpiece/Mabataki. Speaking about the new pieces, Q-TA commented: “I added a sense of the girls’ innocence which is hidden away inside all of the aggression. I wanted to express not only what’s on the outside, but the inside too.”

    First Press Limited Edition A CD Cover

    First Press Limited Edition B CD Cover

    The album will be released in four editions: the Regular Edition, First Press Limited Edition A & B, and Limited Pressing Edition. Limited Edition A copies include a DVD featuring a documentary covering the band’s journey over the past year since establishing their private label her. B copies include volume 2 of the “her Magazine,” the first of which was included with their Masterpiece/Mabataki single and was thoroughly enjoyed by fans.

     

    Limited Pressing Edition copies include a DVD featuring a collection of the band’s music videos and a t-shirt featuring the cover artworkーall packaged in a beautiful box. If you pre-order the album in Japan now, you can also get an original folder; and depending where you order from, each store has their own individual bonus items you can get your hands on.

     

    SCANDAL will kick off their 19-date tour at Atsugi City Cultural Hall in Kanagawa on March 7, 2020. They will wrap it up with two shows at the Orix Theater in Osaka on March 5 and 6. More details below and on the band’s official website.

  • SCANDAL Release ‘Fuzzy’ Music Video & Song Hits Streaming Services

    07.August.2019 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL just dropped their new single Fuzzy which is available across major streaming services and music platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and the iTunes Store. It’s a bittersweet love song with lyrics written by drummer and vocalist RINA and the music composed by vocalist and guitarist MAMI.

    The song was performed at the finale of their 2019 “Fuzzy Summer Mood” tour at Zepp Tokyo on July 11. The lyrics were released before anyone heard the track and resonated with fans across social media for their relatable content when it comes to love.

    The CD cover features a painting which was carried out by the band members on a 3 x 3 meter white sheet on paper.

     

    The music video for Fuzzy was directed by Mother Fucko and follows a couple’s melancholic love story. It also features the band members themselves shredding a powerful performance

     

    SCANDAL will hold their first ever YouTube live stream on August 9, 2019 at 20:00 (JST) where they will perform a one-hour studio concert which will include the song Fuzzy. Click here for more details.

     

    Speaking about her work directing the music video, Mother Fucko commented: “The song has both a feeling of sprinting forward and has an air of melancholy to it. The video is shot emotionally and includes shots of a story happening outside of SCANDAL’s world as well as musical performances from the band members themselves. I was particular about the ‘fuzzy’ quality too. I hope people enjoy the coupling of the drama scenes with their nostalgic atmosphere and the powerful band performance scenes.”

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