MMN Interview: SCANDAL look back at their overseas performances since their debut and going from “anime characters” to a “band” (Part One)

23.February.2018 | FEATURES / MUSIC

In 2016, SCANDAL toasted to ten years since their formation, and this autumn, they will celebrate their 10th anniversary since their major debut. The band released their eighth album HONEY this month which peaked at number one on Japan’s iTunes album charts on the day of release and ranked number one in iTunes J-pop charts across the globe including Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Peru. Last year, 3 of the band members – Haruna (Vocals/Guitar), Mami (Guitar/Vocals) and Tomomi (Bass/Vocals) – became the first Japanese female artists to sign an endorsement agreement with Fender. It is evident for all to see that SCANDAL are building and fortifying their career as an all-girls band representing Japan in both name and reality. In this interview, the four members looked back at their overseas activity and told various stories from their perspective as an all-female band.

Interview & Text: Mami Naruta / Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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■”I think people overseas felt that we were performing anime characters”

――In the “HISTORY” column of your 10-year anniversary website, you have a timeline for your music activities for both Japan and the rest of the world lined up side-by-side. I felt that this was a reminder of how your band are enthusiastic about activities overseas. Your first overseas action was an American tour across six cities before your major debut in 2008. That’s amazing.

 

Rina (Drums/Vocals): Yes, our first tour was in America, wasn’t it? We did all of that despite being an independent band who hadn’t even toured Japan yet. Back then we went forward with finishing everything we did to the end like crazy every time, but we had a strong connection overseas at the time, so from that year onward we went there every year without fail. At first, we felt like we were just children without a cause, but we gradually became something that couldn’t be ignored. Bands would cover our songs overseas, and the number of people who came to like us after watching us on YouTube went beyond our imaginations. Our fundamental stance is to go and perform in places where there are people demanding for us, so we focus on performing live without creating borders around the world.

 

――I see. Looking in detail, your first few years saw you perform at a lot of Japanese culture festivals such as “Japan Expo” and “AM2.” That was a time when you performed in uniform-style costumes, wasn’t it?

 

Mami (Guitar/Vocals): It was.  The “Age of Uniforms” (laughs). That was a time when we did theme songs for anime, so the uniforms were part of it. We were also called to perform at a lot of festivals that promoted Japanese culture too.

 

Tomomi (Bass/Vocals): In our early days, we even had an animation kind of thing of us all on our official MySpace page. And we received a lot of attention from people overseas, so it felt like “animation” was spreading across the world as part of Japanese culture.

 

――From your experience having stepped onto the international stage, have you felt a desire for Japanese culture overseas, and by extension a culture for Japanese girl bands?

 

Haruna (Vocals/Guitar): We were also unaware of it at the time. We were simply happy with the demand and could feel the joy of being able to perform live in lots of places, so that’s why we went. It might have only been recently that we became conscious of looking to overseas seriously as a girl band.

 

Rina: I think that awareness strengthened when we came to perform solo shows. And our overseas fans also changed with it. At culture festivals, there were many people there simply out of curiosity who weren’t our target goal, and there were a lot of people who were also interested and felt Japanese culture in the seifuku costumes. I think from the point of view of people overseas, it felt like we were like anime characters performing.

 

――In 2015, you held a huge world tour where you performed 41 shows across Japan, France, the UK, Germany, America, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

 

Rina: There were more people who had watched our music videos on YouTube than those who knew us from anime on this tour. I felt that people came along to support us as a band. The atmosphere was totally different in the venues too compared to our early days.

 

Mami: I believe there’s something historical about being in a position where people know your existence from social media and video-sharing websites. When we began our career, social media still wasn’t being used all that much in Japan, and YouTube as it’s used today wasn’t a thing. I feel the change in times with regard to our connection overseas.

 

■”Our world tour made me feel that ‘SCANDAL’ had come to be seen as a band in and of itself”

 

――Having toured 9 countries, please tell me about any impressions that have been left on you, on or off stage.

 

Rina: We’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of interviews, but I’ve noticed that the content of the interviews have changed from place to place. Before, we’d get asked a lot of questions related to anime like “What do you think of anime?” and “What kind of anime theme song do you want to do next?” But now the questions are focused on the band itself. It made me feel that “SCANDAL” had come to be seen as a band in and of itself, without anime.

 

Mami: Mexico and South America in particular are places where the way in which Japanese bands are viewed on YouTube are different from other countries. In other countries, anime and manga take priority. How people find us derives from there most of the time. But in South America, “Japanese bands” are an established cultural genre. They search for Japanese bands from the get-go, they find their favourite and share it with friends. That’s how we’re introduced over there. I was really happy that they viewed us in that way.

 

Rina: Something I remember from on-stage… The way people enjoy live performances. I saw how each country really does have its own unique culture. In Japan I don’t think we have that style of support where we hold up our country’s flag, but there are places where people have fun by waving their own country’s flag and drink and dance.

 

Tomomi: For example, football is really popular in Mexico. When we turn the lights off in the venue, people chant “Olé, Olé, Olé” like a sports match.

 

Rina: Right? When we toured Europe, there was someone on stage [to introduce us and] get the crowd excited. They’d say something like “Here’s SCANDAL!” and the sound effects would begin playing (laughs). I noticed how the beginning of shows was different in each country and location.

 

Haruna: In Asia, there were a lot of times where everybody sang together. It happens a lot in Japan too where people sing the chorus together, but elsewhere they sing the entire song from start to finish, don’t they?

 

Rina: So much so that everyone’s voices become even louder than Haruna’s mic volume (laughs).

 

Mami: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore were just like that, weren’t they? Usually people listen and are just there in whatever way they like. Their love really got through.

 

Tomomi: Something I find different from Japan are people’s interests. There’s a real diversity in the people that attend, from older people who look like fans of that venue to the edgy punk type. I’m super interested in how they came to know SCANDAL. Well, I know social media is big, so if it was 10 years ago, I think the people who we couldn’t meet will come to our world tours now.

 

Rina: It’s precisely because we can look up and find our favourite things that our interests are so broad.

 

 

■”It doesn’t matter how we’re perceived, what’s most important is that people can enjoy us”

――Have your perceptions changed in relation to performing?

 

Rina: Strictly speaking, we’ve made a lot of changes to our sound and equipment, but our songs are all sung in Japanese, and I feel that wherever we go to perform I want to do everything the same without any changes. What does change is how we communicate with fans on-stage. We’re working hard to be able to speak in a country’s language as much as possible.

 

Mami: People really get in the music easily, so if they’re excited, they’ll join us. I feel people come to the shows and have fun, so there are no worries there.

 

――This is a simple question, but do overseas music fans know the difference between idol groups and girl bands? Regardless of the use of instruments or not, do you think that there are people who perceive Japanese girl groups as “idols”?

 

Mami: I think their understanding of the word “idol” is different from that in Japan. In Japan, it’s a single genre, but overseas, it’s someone who has an influence on you or someone you love. It’s someone you yearn for and someone whose existence is like that of a star. I think that grasp of the word is much stronger, so there might not be a lot of people who do make that distinction.

 

Rina: Don’t get me wrong, but I think either is fine. We don’t go out of our way to say “but we’re not idols.” Being seen this way means not giving special instructions and just have people come to like and enjoy our music. Because I think idols and bands are both cool. I find idols to truly be multi-players. They can sing, dance, act and have variety, and are really outgoing in a human way. Even in a band set-up, an idol’s nature can become their weapon of choice – their charm. I want us to be a group that can be enjoyed as humans, so even if there are people who see us as idols, I can say in all honestly that it doesn’t make us feel uncomfortable in terms of motivation. If people can enjoy us and say “They’re an interesting bunch,” then that makes me the happiest.

 

<Continued in Part Two>

 

Release Information:
SCANDAL – NEW ALBUM “HONEY”
Released February 14, 2018 (Physical Version)

 

▼Limited Pressing Edition (CD+T-shirt)
[ESCL4957-4958] ¥5,278 (tax excl.) ¥5,700 (tax incl.)
Comes with an original photo t-shirt produced by AMIAYA!

▼First Press Limited Edtion (CD+DVD)
[ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
DVD: Footage of 11th anniversary concert “Storytellers: SCANDAL”

▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD)
[ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

 

Official Album Website: http://www.scandal-honey.com/
New Album “HONEY” Digital Download: https://erj.lnk.to/-gqrHWN

Tour Information: http://www.scandal-4.com/live/archive/?43093

SCANDAL Official Website: http://www.scandal-4.com/

SCANDAL Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/scandalSMEJ

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    ■Information
    New Album “HONEY” Digital Download:
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    CD Pre-Order:
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    SCANDAL – NEW ALBUM “HONEY”
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    [ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
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    ▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD)
    [ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

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    03. Take Me Out
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    05. Midnight City
    06. Short Short
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    DVD Contents:
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    02. Kimi to Yoru to Namida
    03. LOVE ME DO
    04. Koe (Acoustic ver.)
    05. DOLL
    06. Koisuru Universe
    07. Take Me Out
    08. 8-Gatsu
    09. SCANDAL BABY
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    Official Album Website: http://www.scandal-honey.com/

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    【SCANDAL Official YouTube Channel】
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    CD Pre-Order:
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    SCANDAL – NEW ALBUM “HONEY”
    On sale February 14, 2018 (Physical Version)

    ▼Limited Pressing Edition (CD+T-shirt)
    [ESCL4957-4958] ¥5,278 (tax excl.) ¥5,700 (tax incl.)
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    ▼First Press Limited Edtion (CD+DVD)
    [ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
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    ▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD)
    [ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

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    ■Information
    SCANDAL – “HONEY” Pop-Up Shop “SCANDAL HONEY SHOP”
    Address: TOWERmini Morinomiya Q’s Mall, Morinomiya Q’s Mall BASE 1F, 2-1-70 Morinomiyachuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    Running: February 13, 2018 – March 4, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    Website: http://tower.jp/store 

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    The exhibition features outfits worn by scandal during their 2017 tour SCANDAL TOUR 2017 “SCANDAL no Taiban Tour”
    ・Haruna & Mami’s Outfits – February 13th to February 22nd
    ・Tomomi & Rina’s Outfits – February 23rd to March 4th

    <Music Campaign & Exhibition Panel Lottery Present>
    People that purchase any of the three editions of SCANDAL’s new album HONEY set for release on February 14th (Limited Pressing Edition w/CD + T-shirt, First Press Limited Edition w/CD+DVD, Regular Edition) along with a previous SCANDAL release (a CD, Blu-ray or DVD) will be entered into a lottery to win a signed panel.
    *You will be entered into the lottery one time upon purchasing the album HONEY together with a previous release.
    *Entries will close one the panel exhibition finishes.
    *The prize will be a signed panel displayed in-store.
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    <Capsules>
    Available: February 13, 2018 until all have been sold.
    Price: ¥300 each
    *The number of capsules a person can purchase may be limited during busy times.

    <SCANDAL×TOWER RECORDS Coach Jacket>
    Sizes: S / M / L / XL
    Price: ¥7,000 (tax incl.)
    Available: February 13, 2018 when the shop opens to closing time.
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    Participating Tower Records Branches:
    Tower Records Shibuya, Shinjuku, Sapporo PIVOT, Ikebukuro, Machida, Nagoya PARCO, Umeda Osaka Marubiru, Namba, Umeda NU Chayamachi, TOWERmini Morinomiya Q’s Mall, Hiroshima, Fukuoka PARCO, Tower Records Online (http://tower.jp/).
    *Reservations for the coach jacket cannot be made in-store or online, and products cannot be set aside for buyers. You must purchase it straight away after it goes on sale either in-store or online.

    Collaborative Merchandise Page: http://tower.jp/scandalgoods

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    http://www.nhk.or.jp/s-oto/shibuya/

    Release Information:
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    On sale February 14, 2018

    ▼Limited Pressing Edition (CD+T-shirt)
    [ESCL4957-4958] ¥5,278 (tax excl.) ¥5,700 (tax incl.)
    Comes with an original photo t-shirt produced by AMIAYA!

    ▼First Press Limited Edtion (CD+DVD)
    [ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
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    ▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD)
    [ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

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    01. Platform Syndrome
    02. OVER
    03. Take Me Out
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    08. Futari
    09. Electronic Girl
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    03. LOVE ME DO
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    NEW ALBUM “HONEY”
    On sale February 14, 2018 

    ▼Limited Pressing Edition (CD+T-shirt) 
    [ESCL4957-4958] ¥5,278 (tax excl.) ¥5,700 (tax incl.)
    Comes with an original photo t-shirt produced by AMIAYA! 

    ▼First Press Limited Edtion (CD+DVD) 
    [ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
    DVD: Footage of 11th anniversary concert “Storytellers: SCANDAL”

    ▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD) 
    [ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

    Album Tracklist:
    01. Platform Syndrome
    02. OVER
    03. Take Me Out
    04. Oh! No!
    05. Midnight City
    06. Short Short
    07. Mado wo Aketara
    08. Futari
    09. Electronic Girl
    10. Koisuru Universe

    *tracks are the same across all editions

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    “Storytellers: SCANDAL”
    01. Shunkan Sentimental
    02. Kimi to Yoru to Namida 
    03. LOVE ME DO
    04. Koe (Acoustic ver.)
    05. DOLL
    06. Koisuru Universe
    07. Take Me Out
    08. 8-Gatsu
    09. SCANDAL BABY

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    Official Album Website: http://www.scandal-honey.com/

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    03.03.18 @ Misato City Culture Hall – Large Hall (Saitama) 
    09.03.18 @ Kagoshima Citizens’ Cultural Hall – Hall 2 (Kagoshima) 
    10.03.18 @ Fukuoka Civic Hall (Fukuoka) 
    16.03.18 @ Sendai Ginko Hall Izumity 21 – Large Hall (Miyagi)
    17.03.18 @ Morioka Civic Hall Cultural Hall – Large Hall (Iwate)
    21.03.18 @ Wak Wak Holiday Hall – Sapporo Civic Hall (Hokkaido) 
    24.03.18 @ Sano Citizens’ Cultural Hall – Large Hall (Tochigi) 
    25.03.18 @ Yuki Civic Culture Center ACROSS – Large Hall (Ibaraki) 
    31.03.18 @ Niigata Prefectural Civic Center (Niigata) 
    01.04.18 @ Honda no Mori Hall (Ishikawa) 
    07.04.18 @ Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall (Hiroshima)
    08.04.18 @ Yonago City Cultural Hall (Tottori) 
    14.04.18 @ NTK Forest Hall (Aichi) 
    15.04.18 @ NTK Forest Hall (Aichi)
    21.04.18 @ Sunport Hall Takamatsu – Large Hall (Kagawa)20
    22.04.18 @ Nara Centennial Hall – Large Hall (Nara) 
    27.04.18 @ Orix Theater (Osaka) 
    28.04.18 @ Orix Theater (Osaka)
    11.05.18 @ Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo) 
    12.05.18 @ Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo)
    18.05.18 @ Shizuoka City Shimizu Cultural Center Marinart – Large Hall (Shizuoka) 
    19.05.18 @ Gifu Civic Auditorium (Gifu) 
    25.05.18 @ Kobe International Hall Kokusai Hall (Hyogo)

     

    Tour Information Page: http://www.scandal-4.com/live/archive/?43093

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    Immensely popular 4-piece rockers SCANDAL will release their next studio album Honey on February 14th. In the meantime, the girls have unveiled the awaited CD cover for the record.

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    As with SCANDAL’s recently released artist photo, Tokyo fashion icon twins AMIAYA worked as the visual producers for the covers.

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    The tracklist and contents of the album have also been announced. A total of 10 songs grace the band’s eight studio album, all written and composed by the members. Honey includes Take Me Out, a song already available both physically and digitally, Koisuru Universe, and Platform Syndrome which was performed for the first time at their Christmas live event last month.

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    The first press limited-edition version of the album is coupled with a DVD that includes footage from the band’s special 11th anniversary concert Storytellers: SCANDAL.

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    The limited pressing edition comes with a t-shirt also designed by AMIAYA.

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    Be sure to check out the cute artwork of SCANDAL’s new album courtesy of AMIAYA.

    ◼︎Information

    Release Information
    SCANDAL
    NEW ALBUM “HONEY”
    On sale February 14, 2018

    ▼Limited Pressing Edition (CD+T-shirt)
    [ESCL4957-4958] ¥5,278 (tax excl.) ¥5,700 (tax incl.)
    Comes with an original photo t-shirt produced by AMIAYA!

    ▼First Press Limited Edtion (CD+DVD)
    [ESCL4959-4960] ¥3,426 (tax excl.) ¥3,700 (tax incl.)
    DVD: Footage of 11th anniversary concert “Storytellers: SCANDAL”

    ▼Regular Edition (First Press) (CD)
    [ESCL4961] ¥2,963 (tax excl.) ¥3,200 (tax incl.)

    Album Tracklist:
    01. Platform Syndrome
    02. OVER
    03. Take Me Out
    04. Oh! No!
    05. Midnight City
    06. Short Short
    07. Mado wo Aketara
    08. Futari
    09. Electronic Girl
    10. Koisuru Universe

    *tracks are the same across all editions

    DVD Contents:
    “Storytellers: SCANDAL”
    01. Shunkan Sentimental
    02. Kimi to Yoru to Namida
    03. LOVE ME DO
    04. Koe (Acoustic ver.)
    05. DOLL
    06. Koisuru Universe
    07. Take Me Out
    08. 8-Gatsu
    09. SCANDAL BABY

    *available on First Press Limited Edition only

    Official Album Website: http://www.scandal-honey.com/

    Tour Information
    SCANDAL TOUR 2018 “HONEY”
    03.03.18 @ Misato City Culture Hall – Large Hall (Saitama)
    09.03.18 @ Kagoshima Citizens’ Cultural Hall – Hall 2 (Kagoshima)
    10.03.18 @ Fukuoka Civic Hall (Fukuoka)
    16.03.18 @ Sendai Ginko Hall Izumity 21 – Large Hall (Miyagi)
    17.03.18 @ Morioka Civic Hall Cultural Hall – Large Hall (Iwate)
    21.03.18 @ Wak Wak Holiday Hall – Sapporo Civic Hall (Hokkaido)
    24.03.18 @ Sano Citizens’ Cultural Hall – Large Hall (Tochigi)
    25.03.18 @ Yuki Civic Culture Center ACROSS – Large Hall (Ibaraki)
    31.03.18 @ Niigata Prefectural Civic Center (Niigata)
    01.04.18 @ Honda no Mori Hall (Ishikawa)
    07.04.18 @ Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall (Hiroshima)
    08.04.18 @ Yonago City Cultural Hall (Tottori)
    14.04.18 @ NTK Forest Hall (Aichi)
    15.04.18 @ NTK Forest Hall (Aichi)
    21.04.18 @ Sunport Hall Takamatsu – Large Hall (Kagawa)20
    22.04.18 @ Nara Centennial Hall – Large Hall (Nara)
    27.04.18 @ Orix Theater (Osaka)
    28.04.18 @ Orix Theater (Osaka)
    11.05.18 @ Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo)
    12.05.18 @ Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo)
    18.05.18 @ Shizuoka City Shimizu Cultural Center Marinart – Large Hall (Shizuoka)
    19.05.18 @ Gifu Civic Auditorium (Gifu)
    25.05.18 @ Kobe International Hall Kokusai Hall (Hyogo)

     

    Tour Information Page: http://www.scandal-4.com/live/archive/?43093

    Ticket Price: ¥5,800 (tax incl.) *reserved seating
    *up to 4 tickets per person
    *all reserved seating (those aged 4-years and above must hold a valid ticket)

    SCANDAL Official Website: http://www.scandal-4.com/

  • SCANDAL perform new song “Platform Syndrome” at Christmas concert BEST★Xmas 2017

    27.December.2017 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL held their Christmas live show again this year. BEST★Xmas 2017 was held at MAINABI BLITZ ASAKUSA on December 24th. The event is a special solo Christmas show from SCANDAL held at Christmastime.

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    The night began with a performance “Koisuru Universe” which was released as a digital-only single in October. Lead vocalist and guitarist Haruna pumped the crowed with her words, saying: “Today is all about us and everyone here you having fun! I’m sure there are Christmas concerts being held at various places around Japan, but let’s aim aim for a bigger and better Christmas show than all the rest!” (*translated from Japanese)

     

    The show was different from  SCANDAL’s regular solo concerts as they put on a Christmasy performances, played covers where they sang and dance without their instruments, held a quiz and more, packing it with just about everything you could hope for from SCANDAL to make it a truly special one to remember.

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    During the middle of the set, the band performed a song titled Platform Syndrome for the very first time form their forthcoming new album HONEY set to hit shelves next year on February 14th. It was a pleasing and exciting Christmas present for all the fans.

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    2017 was a busy year SCANDAL as they packed their scheduled with tours and performances such as the 47-prefectural tour, festival appearances, tai-ban tours and more. It was recently announced that AMIAYA will be in charge of the artwork direction for their new album. The band will also embark on a nationwide hall tour next year, their first in three years.

     

    Let us look forward to what 2018 will bring for SCANDAL and fans.

     

    ■Information

    SCANDAL

    New Album – “HONEY”

    On sale February 14, 2018

    Album Website: http://www.scandal-honey.com/

    SCANDAL Official Website: http://www.scandal-4.com/

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    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.

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

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    TOMOMI | Comment

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    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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    27.May.2020 | MUSIC

    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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    14.May.2020 | MUSIC

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    SCANDAL – “Living in the city” Official Audio

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

    03.March.2020 | MUSIC

    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.

     

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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).

     

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    ‘A.M.D.K.J.’ Music Video

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    A Statement by Hiroshi Usui

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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

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    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.

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    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.’

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    First Press Limited Edition B CD Cover

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    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 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.”

     

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    07.August.2019 | MUSIC

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  • SCANDAL Wrap Up ‘Fuzzy Summer Mood’ Japan Tour & Announce November Shows

    12.July.2019 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL just concluded their Fuzzy Summer Mood tour with the finale being held at Zepp Tokyo on Thursday. The tour took the band to 12 cities across Japan for 15 shows.

     

    For this tour, SCANDAL changed things up by having every show featuring a completely different set list. After each show they posted those set lists onto Spotify so that both fans that attended the show and those who could not could relive the experience.

    At the Zepp Tokyo show, Haruna, Mami, Tomomi and Rina were welcomed onto the stage with excited cheers from fans. The night begin with the band performing Masterpiece, their latest single released back in March. Without taking a breather, they followed it up with Take Me OutLOVE SURVIVE and other upbeat tracks. In the middle of the set they played the city pop number Mabataki for the first time for which the crowd stood intently to listen.

    In the second half of the show SCANDAL performed an unreleased new track entitled Fuzzy. Fans shifted from fist pumping to intent listening as the song went from a fast-paced melody to bittersweet lyrics.

     

    This was followed up by Shunkan SentimentalAwanai Tsumori no, Genki Desu ne and Image amongst a host of others. The last song of the encore was SCANDAL BABY which saw the crowd come together to sing at the top of their lungs.

    At the end of the night SCANDAL announced that they will perform again in Tokyo and Osaka this November for a taiban (battle-of-the-bands) tour where they will be joined by fellow artists. This marks their first taiban tour since 2017 when they were joined by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN in Tokyo, 04 Limited Sazabys in Nagoya, and BLUE ENCOUNT in Osaka.

     

    Cameraman: Takeshi Yao

  • Concert Review: SCANDAL’s 2019 Japan Tour Has Different Set Lists For Every Concert

    04.June.2019 | MUSIC

    SCANDAL’s “Fuzzy Summer Mood” 2019 tour began at Zepp Nagoya on June 1. The tour is set to take the rock band to 12 locations across Japan to perform 15 concerts.

    This tour is unique from their other tours however as every date features completely different set list. The unpredictability of what the girls will play is part of the excitement for this summer tour.

     

    SCANDAL headlined HUSH!! Full Music 2019 at Hac Sa Beach in Macau on May 1. The first date of the Fuzzy Summer Mood tour served to usher in Japan’s new Reiwa era.

    The concert featured the SCANDAL’s first performance of Mabataki taken from their single Masterpiece / Mabataki which they released on March 27 under a private music label called “her.” The rest of the set list was made up of a string of classic upbeat live tunes as well as songs they haven’t performed in several years. The band also performed a new song titled Fuzzy which they have only just finished recording.

    The tour will wrap up at Zepp Tokyo on July 11. A number of the shows have already sold out, so if you’re in Japan and looking to catch them live be sure to grab a ticket ASAP.

     

    SCANDAL are posting playlists of each set list on the tour over on Spotify, so whether you get to see them live this summer or not you can still be part of the experience.

    The above-pictured new artist photo was also released when the tour started. It’s the complete opposite of their previous artist photo which was shot in the early morning with each member wearing white clothes. This time we see them donning black outfits and standing on the city sidewalk in the evening.

     

    Photography: Takeshi Yao

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