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Jul 31 2016

URBANGARDE collaborates with Yuki Aoyama for Schoolgirl Trauma photobook


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)


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 troubles of “sick people” everywhere, Hamasaki …

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May 21 2016

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


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)


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


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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Feb 04 2016

URBANGARDE interview in April issue of Otaku USA


URBANGARDE vocalists Temma and Yoko talk about their view of Japanese society, social pressures, and the television ban of their video Kuchibiru Democracy in the latest issue of Otaku USA, available now in bookstores across America. http://www.otakuusamagazine.com Temma: “The basic idea of the ‘Kuchibiru Democracy’ PV, with the fascist uniforms, was inspired by the Charlie …

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Jan 18 2016

URBANGARDE members launch book and TV projects for 2016


Just one month after the release of their alternate-future album Showa 90, URBANGARDE members have revealed even more artistic projects for the start of 2016. URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release her first book of prose titled Bara Iro No Jinsei (“Rose-Colored Life”) on February 23, 2016. The book will collect her essays from Tokyo’s …

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Dec 31 2015

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2015


Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2015, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Jen Wang, and Nhu Nguyen. Click here to view the full list, including Man With A Mission, Plastic Tree, Golden Bomber, URBANGARDE, The GazettE, and many more!

Dec 30 2015

URBANGARDE’s Heisei Death Game MV features idols and the dark side of Tokyo youth


URBANGARDE has released a set of new music videos connected to their latest album Showa 90. Known to fans worldwide for pushing boundaries and provoking discussion of social issues, URBANGARDE launched Showa 90 in early December with the militaristic, anti-war video “Kuchibiru Democracy” (“Lips Democracy”), which many Japanese TV stations refused to air because of …

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Dec 13 2015

URBANGARDE – Showa 90 (Review)


URBANGARDE Showa 90 Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE knows how to write a hook. Showa 90‘s dark, dystopian view is full of shocking, scary stories pulled from the shadows of Japan’s outwardly perfect society, but in true URBANGARDE style, they’re perfectly balanced by instant pop jams like “Kuchibiru Democracy”, “Shinjuku Mon Amour”, and “Coin Locker …

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