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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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Nov 04 2015

URBANGARDE releases anti-war video Kuchibiru Democracy


Japanese trauma-pop group URBANGARDE has released a provocative new music video for “Kuchibiru Democracy”, the lead song from their upcoming CD Showa 90. The video’s strong message of “Don’t Kill The Words” is emphasized in trademark URBANGARDE style with dark, thought-provoking images of an atomic blast, militaristic uniformed rallies, and lead singer Yoko protecting herself …

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Oct 15 2015

URBANGARDE frontman Temma Matsunaga takes on God, girls, and city life in first book “Selfie People”


Temma Matsunaga, the lead male vocal of Japanese rock band URBANGARDE, has announced the release of his first book Jisatsushatachi (“Selfie People”) on October 22. The book is a compilation of short stories, essays, and poems following the prolific writer’s three favorite themes: shojo (girls), toshi (metropolitan city life), and kami (God). The jacket features …

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Sep 29 2015

URBANGARDE – Interview (2015) Pt. 2


URBANGARDE Interview by David Cirone September 29, 2015 Your most recent song is about a dark, real-life subject, “Coin Locker Babies.” It seems to me that URBANGARDE breaks the mold of Japanese pop by speaking so openly and consistently about politics, sex, dark psychology. Don’t you think Japanese fans want pop idols instead? Why are …

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Sep 27 2015

URBANGARDE announces new album Showa 90 at Utsu Fes concert


Japanese trauma techno-pop band URBANGARDE announced their new album Showa 90 at their concert showcase event on September 5. URBANGARDE hosted UTSU Fes (“Depression Fes”) with performances by PASSPO☆, NO GOD, and 15 other bands in the 2-day festival at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya. Showa 90 will be released from Kadokawa Media Factory on December …

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Sep 11 2015

URBANGARDE – Interview (2015) Pt. 1


URBANGARDE Interview by David Cirone September 12, 2015 Japanese trauma techno-pop band URBANGARDE made their American performance debut at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas, on June 3, 2015. While many fans at the concert knew the band’s penchant for outrageous visuals courtesy of their music videos (involving exorcisms, flying sperm, and lots of blood), it was …

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Aug 31 2015

URBANGARDE Visits Psychiatric Hospital for Special Concert


Members of Japanese rock band URBANGARDE accepted the invitation of a Nagano hospital to perform for patients in the psychiatric ward and nursing home on August 21. Vocalist Yoko Hamasaki and keyboardist Kei Ohkubo performed songs requested by the patients plus some of URBANGARDE’s original songs. One of the doctors explained, “The world of URBANGARDE …

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Jun 29 2015

URBANGARDE Delivers Sex, Love, and Subculture to Dallas

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Japanese rock band URBANGARDE made their USA debut at A-Kon 2016 in Dallas, Texas, earlier this month, performing for an audience of 2000 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Fans welcomed the group to the stage by waving a mass of flags showing URBANGARDE’s signature bleeding polka dot design before the band launched into the hour-long …

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May 11 2015

URBANGARDE – Coin Locker Babies (MV)


URBANGARDE has released a music video “Coin Locker Babies” from their live-show only mini-album release Shojou Kaitai, featuring costume design by Japanese lolita fashion company Angelic Pretty.

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