BAND-MAID’s live performance and interview with Promic.TV’s Joann from Shibuya Eggman in November 2015.
Nov 23 2015
X JAPAN premiered the music video for their new single “Born To Be Free” Friday with Kerrang! Magazine. The fan-driven video, released on Yoshiki’s birthday as a gift to X Japan fans, celebrates the worldwide commercial release of the single “Born To Be Free,” released on November 6th. The single is currently available at iTunes.
“Born To Be Free” is a fan favorite that the band has performed over the years, but is now being released for the first time ever as a studio recording. In its first week of release the single hit number 1 on iTunes rock charts in France, Sweden, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. The track will be on X Japan’s upcoming full-length album, which will be released March 11th, 2016.
“X Japan fans are the best in the world. We hope this video shows that we appreciate all their love and support,” said X Japan’s leader Yoshiki.
Nov 19 2015
RHEDORIC – TOMO
Interview by Nhu Nguyen
November 19, 2015
RHEDORIC is a rock group made up of some familiar faces: guitarist Yusuke Suga (ex. 12012), guitarist TOMO (ex. Deflina Ma’riage), bassist Shigure (support for Kamijo), vocalist Yuji (ex. Carat) and it was recently announced on November 9th that drummer Naruka (ex. Carat) would be joining them as their official drummer after their original drummer left in March. They made their major label debut this October with Universal Music Japan, releasing a second press of their first album, “Jiggy”. The band is getting ready to release a second album on December 23rd, called “Garyou Tensei”.
I caught up with TOMO after his meet and greet at the Cure Magazine Shop, XENON, located in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles.
Congratulations on your major label debut! You’ve been in several indie bands already. Do you feel a difference between being indie and being major?
TOMO: Thank you very much! I already feel a difference. Going major, the pace is quicker and there’s a lot of people that come in to support us now, so I feel a bit of pressure. I feel like I have to work hard.
Like taking care of your band and your staff?
TOMO: In the indie world, we used to have to support ourselves. Now, other than trying to support ourselves, Universal is very supportive of us. There is more ease to go out and do sales.
Each of the band members have a history of playing with other groups. What made you and Yusuke get together to start a band?
TOMO: Before Yusuke quit his previous band, we were already drinking buddies. We talked about our hardships and through that, we felt a similar connection through what we wanted to create soundwise. Something just clicked.
Nov 19 2015
J-Pop band Swinging Popsicle has announced the release of their new album flow at the end of this year as part of the band’s 20th Anniversary . The 6-track album will feature 3 new songs, 2 previously-released digital-only singles, “at Christmastime” and “mobile phone”, and a cover of The Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There” with guest musicians from Japanese indie mainstays VASALLO CRAB 75 and GOMES THE HITMAN.
flow will also contain a DVD of music videos (including “I Just Wanna Kiss You”) and international touring/performance footage from the band’s long career which began with Sony Records in 1995. The band has gone on to find international success with numerous overseas performances in the United States, Mexico, and Korea, as well as contributions to various soundtracks for Japanese video game company Nitroplus.