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Dec 20 2016

URBANGARDE celebrates the Angels and Demons of Christmas at one-man holiday concert

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Japanese alternative rock band URBANGARDE played equal hosts to the angels and demons in their audience at their special one-man holiday live show on December 17. In the 2-hour long performance, singer Yoko Hamasaski donned a sexy red outfit with devil horns, toted a menacing machine gun in white robes, and danced along next to …

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Dec 17 2016

URBANGARDE finds rooftop religion in Akumade Akuma music video

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The devil always wins in URBANGARDE’s view of a sick society, and the “trauma techno-pop” Japanese band gives fans a ringside seat to the battle of desire vs. purity in their new music video for the upcoming single “Akumade Akuma”. Shot on a rainy Tokyo rooftop, singer Yoko Hamasaki returns to the twisted religious imagery …

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Nov 27 2016

URBANGARDE announces new single Akumade Akuma

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Japanese trauma techno rock group URBANGARDE has revealed the details of their new single, “Akumade Akuma”, the band’s first non-album music release in over four years. Band leader Temma Matsunaga declared the mission of the new song, which will be released at the beginning of the year. “This is URBANGARDE. We’re releasing a single after …

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Jul 31 2016

URBANGARDE collaborates with Yuki Aoyama for Schoolgirl Trauma photobook

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URBANGARDE has announced a collaboration with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series. The special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma” combines the edgy view of the “trauma techno pop” music group with Aoyama’s fetish-focused work. URBANGARDE leader Temma Matsunaga contributed writings and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki …

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Jul 10 2016

Yoko Hamasaki – Blue Forest (Review)

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Yoko Hamasaki Blue Forest Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE’s musical style and subject matter are so diverse to begin with, it was hard to predict what direction vocalist Yoko Hamasaki would choose when she announced her solo project, Blue Forest. While URBANGARDE’s albums focus on social ills and the the troubles of “sick people” everywhere, …

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May 21 2016

URBANGARDE’s Yoko Hamasaki reveals Blue Forest jacket and music video

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URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki has revealed the jacket image of her new solo album Blue Forest, scheduled for release on June 15. Bringing a new sound and performance style from her work in the internationally popular “trauma techno-pop” group (URBANGARDE has performed multiple times overseas in Europe and America), Hamasaki shows her mature, sensual side …

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Apr 12 2016

URBANGARDE merges space travel, marriage, and murder in Femme Fata Fantasy (MV)

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Japanese trauma techno-pop band URBANGARDE takes fans on a mind-bending trip in their new music video “Femme Fata Fantasy,” from their live-show limited edition CD Showa 91. Bridging out from their apocalyptic 2015 album Showa 90, the band removes their gas masks to reveal ape faces, bouncing around in savage rhythm before jumping forward to …

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Mar 22 2016

URBANGARDE announces solo projects and live-limited album

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Riding on the momentum from their latest album Showa 90, Japanese trauma-techno-pop band URBANGARDE has announced a series of new projects for 2016. URBANGARDE’s vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release a solo album, Blue Forest, on June 15, which will be her second since the Film Noir EP released 6 years ago. Hamasaki herself will produce …

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