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.
RocketNews 24/Anime News Network:
The U.S. rock band KISS is no stranger to merchandise collaborations with Japan, but the masked glam rock band is marking its first time working with a Japanese musical artist with a new single next year. KISS and the Japanese pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z are set to release a new single together on January 28, 2015.
The first announced track is “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,” composed by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. Momoiro Clover Z are performing the song with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It will be released in two versions via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video with both bands was already shot in Las Vegas.
KISS is releasing their own new song titled “Samurai Son” on the band’s “Best of KISS 40″ CD and the KISS version of the “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” single. KISS will launch their 40th anniversary tour with Momoiro Clover Z, performing with the band at their last stop at the Tokyo Dome.
KISS first announced they were working with Momoiro Clover Z last month.
Momoiro Clover Z previously performed themes for the Pokémon anime series, Bodacious Space Pirates, and Joshiraku before rising to prominence as the singers behind the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime series.
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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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Meet Man With A Mission, one of Japan’s biggest nu-metal/post-grunge/party rock bands.
Recently, they sold out a 10,000 ticket show at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan arena.
They’re into laddish late 90’s post-grunge, and enjoyed touring Japan with The Offspring. They’d like to work with Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine and Fallout Boy, guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny said.
They’re also renown pranksters in Japanese media.
Tokyo Tanaka demonstrating to us how to smush an apple with bare hands before their New York show at Highline Ballroom.
And DJ Santa Monica sniffing local New York delicacies.
Sometimes they go on talk shows.
The host can’t seem to handle.
And sometimes they plank in front of Jeeps, or hang out on hammocks.
And sometimes they hang out with Weezer.
Their 2011 tour was called “草食男子絶滅ツアー,” which roughly translate to “eradicate all twee dudes.”
“Some guys are too hesitant. We’re against that,” said guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny.
They’re referring to Japan’s “herbivore” subculture of proudly meek, precious, and asexual men (who were themselves reacting to 80s salaryman breadwinner machismo). Anyway, think of the “herbivores” as emo or somesuch oft-derided softie subculture.
They want to tour Europe more and play in England.
They said their fans in Japan and France are the craziest. “In France, there were people dressed in panda suits crowdsurfing,” said Jean-Ken Johnny (who was fluent in English and lovely to talk to).
Showtime in New York. Time to get on stage.
Among the crowds of fans were extremely serious-looking record label execs.
*The dude below is not one of the serious-looking suits. He just had a cool jacket.
Onstage, they unhinge their wolf-jaws so they can sing.
SINGING THROUGH A TORN JAW. That’s pretty metal.
They put on a energetic live show and were unflappable joyous showmen.
They’ll be playing a show in Los Angeles this coming Thursday.
“We may look unusual, but underneath we’re the same,” says Jean-Ken. “Listen to us, and if you like what you hear, come party!”
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Here’s an interview of our good friend, cello virtuoso Tina Guo. Tina talks to Sugar Gamers about her background, and her foray into gaming soundtracks… Her playing has been featured on Rock Band, Journey, Diablo III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
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