Mysterious, skilled Japanese girls’ rock band (pronounced: go go nana ni san ni rei) have appeared out of nowhere with a music video for their song, titled “Hanseiki Yuutousei” (Half a Century Honor Student). Their debut single is due for release on March 25, but the identities of these young ladies remains a complete mystery.
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The girls’ music is packed with dissonance and syncopation but, their formation is also unorthodox: three drummers and five guitarists but no bass player. Could it be that all this complexity is meant to reflect the complex feelings of youth? After all, the lyrics do talk about the desire to change oneself, a common feeling during one’s teen years. The contrast between the hard music and setting which looks like it could be an idol music video makes an interesting statement as well.
Several commenters on the video seem to be convinced that this is idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku hiding their faces. Given the eclectic nature of Ebichu’s music and their unpredictable videos, that would not be surprising. Regardless of who these eight mysterious young girls are, they have skills beyond a typical band, male or female. Perhaps we’ll learn more when they officially debut on March 20.
Although details are still scarce, we hope that information on where to get “Hanseiki Yuutousei” (Half a Century Honor Student)” will be released soon since it’s really catchy, even though we’re probably tapping our feet to the wrong beats. In the meantime, here is the cover art.
The band’s official site can be accessed here.
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Arnel Pineda says he’s been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice to release this year, but he quashed rumors that he’s gearing up to leave the American rock band Journey.
The Filipino singer and Journey lead vocalist said he will stay as long as the band needs him. Pineda also dismissed talk of a possible band reunion with former lead singer Steve Perry.
The singer spoke in an interview Tuesday during the launch of his version of the song “Charity” in the animated children’s music video “Cha-Ching” on Cartoon Network.
The song about donating money or time to those in need can be purchased from iTunes to benefit Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.
The singer has been involved in charity projects in the Philippines. Having risen from poverty, he said it was his obligation to help those who struggle with difficulties he experienced.
Pineda, now 46, was once a homeless teenager in Manila who at 15 started singing professionally with small bands. He found success after Journey guitarist Neal Schon discovered him in 2007 on YouTube singing hits of Perry and sounding strikingly like him.
“Even though I am still with (Journey) and we are touring, I am also working on my original materials and I am also recording them,” Pineda said, adding he aims to launch the album this year.
This year, Journey is touring the United States and Canada, and next year will tour South America. On rumors of a Journey reunion with Perry, he said he has not heard any talk of that.
If that happens, he said “I’d be more than happy to give way,” saying it would allow him more time with his family.
But Pineda said: “As long as they need me I will be there, I’m never gonna quit on them.”
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Japanese alternative band coldrain will hit the road to its first European tour in February and March in 2014. The band will appear as a guest band at the gigs of English metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine.
Recently, coldrain has proudly announced that the band officially became a part of the big post-hardcore family, signed with Raw Power Management. Guys confirmed to move under overseas label this summer, met with CEO of Raw Power Management at well renowned festival SUMMER SONIC 2013. The bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Japanese buddies Crossfaith,Funeral For A Friend, Miss May I, Of Mice And Men, and etc. signed under the label.
The vocalist Masato commented, “We are honored to become part of the Raw Power family along with all these killer bands and awesome people. We can’t wait to finally be releasing our music worldwide tour the world. We our totally stoked to be taking this step and can’t wait meet you all!”
EUROPE FEBRUARY/ MARCH 2014
04 – LUXEMBOURG ROCK BOX
05 – PARIS OLYMPIA
07 – TILBURG 013
08 – OSNABRUECK HYDE PARK
09 – BRUSSELS AB
10 – KOLN PALLADIUM
12 – ZURICH KOMPLEX
13 – MILAN ALCATRAZ
15 – VIENNA GASOMETER
16 – PRAGUE ROXY
17 – MUNICH TONHALLE
19 – WARSAW STODOLA
20 – LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE
22 – WUERZBURG POSTHALLE
23 – WEISBADEN SCHLACHTHOF
24 – HAMBURG GROSSE FREIHEIT 36
26 – GOTHENBURG TRADGARN
28 – TAMPERE PAKKAHOUNE
01 – HELSINKI CIRCUS
03 – STOCKHOLM ARENAN
04 – OSLO ROCKEFELLER
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