Yoko Hamasaki – Interview (2019)

Yoko Hamasaki
Interview by David Cirone
August 10, 2019

URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki surprised fans in July with the simultaneous release of her third album BLIND LOVE (produced by Toshiki Kadomatsu) and a remastered, bonus track edition of her self-produced 2010 debut album Film noir, now dubbed Film noir ultime. While URBANGARDE has made their reputation tackling dark corners of Japanese society, Hamasaki’s return to solo activities brings the singer back to the world of daring personal experiences, sexual awareness, and private emotions.

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SCANDAL – Fuzzy (MV)

Just in time to ease the summer doldrums, SCANDAL has released a music video to their new digital single “Fuzzy”, which they had recently performed on their “Fuzzy Summer Mood” tour. A cute “will boy and girl stay together?” story plays out over a pounding yet melodic tune.

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BABYMETAL’s third album METAL GALAXY descends October 11

BABYMETAL has announced the track list for their third album, METAL GALAXY, set for release October 11.

The album’s description from the band’s official site seems to hint once again at a new chapter in the BABYMETAL mythology:

The forthcoming new album “METAL GALAXY” includes 14 songs, the names of which are all revealed today. As their band name, BABYMETAL represents “the birth of a new genre of music that combines Japanese pop with metal”, hence the term “baby” in the name, the new album expresses LIGHT & DARKNESS, emotions like duality and ambivalence, and “new metal” created by various chemical reactions as other entities evolved and expanded in this album.

Just like the Sun and the Moon changes the appearance of this world with its daylight and moonlight, with evermore new type of various sound, their music paints the metal galaxy in different colours.

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Crispy Camera Club take a retro stroll on the Navy Shore

Crispy Camera Club stays true to their 90s UK indies aesthetic with the disarmingly smooth riffs of “Navy Shore”, the lead track from their new EP, ROMA, released this week on KOGA Records.

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BAND-MAID – endless Story (MV)

BAND-MAID has dropped their new music video “endless Story”, set on a dream-inducing black-sand beach. Yet another in the already long list of technically sharp performances from the super-talented band, “endless story” also features one of Saiki’s more impressive vocal performances of late.

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ALEXANDROS scores 100 million views of Wataridori

Rock band [ALEXANDROS] is celebrating a new milestone. The band’s music video for their smash hit “Wataridori” has reached over 100 million views on YouTube.

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YOSHIKI donates 10 million yen to Kyoto Animation

YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen to in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire which occurred on July 18.

After learning about the tragedy that befell the studio, YOSHIKI made the donation to the dedicated support fund established by Kyoto Animation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.

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Former BRIDEAR guitarist Mitsuru reveals next project

Former BRIDEAR guitarist Mitsuru announced she is pairing up with anisong vocalist Neoki Mako to form Mada Mita Koto No Nai Sekai. The duo will release their first mini album Yugen Monochrome on October 16th, and have uploaded a preview trailer to YouTube:

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RAISE A SUILEN returns to USA for CharaExpo 2019

RAISE A SUILEN (formerly “THE THIRD”) — featured in Bushiroad’s game and anime series BanG_Dream! — will return to the U.S. for a performance at CharaExpo 2019.

The female rock group’s latest single, the double-A-side “Invincible Fighter / Takin’ my Heart”, features the OP and ED themes for the anime series Cardfight!! Vanguard: High School Arc Cont..

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Unlucky Morpheus announces CHANGE OF GENERATION Live Blu-ray

Unlucky Morpheus will release their live concert CHANGE OF GENERATION TOUR FINAL on Blu-ray July 31st. Recorded at their December 9, 2018, concert at Shinjuku ReNY, the release is the band’s first high-definition concert video.

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