SCANDAL Becomes First Band to be on the Cover of British Magazine NEO

NEO 138 - SCANDAL cover

SCANDAL, one of Japan’s most powerful all-girl rock bands, will feature on the cover of issue 138 of NEO Magazine in the UK from 12 June 2015, following the successful conclusion of their first world tour, their latest music video Image passing one million views, and the release of two international albums in the last six months through London’s JPU Records.

It’s the first time a band has featured on the cover of the British anime, manga and Asian pop-culture publication since beginning ten years ago under publisher Uncooked Media. Fittingly, SCANDAL has also has their music used in hugely popular anime as Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and the latest Pokémon film.

The issue of NEO boasts an extensive six-page interview with the band, including exclusive photos from their sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington, as well as the group’s first time sight-seeing in London, including their homage to musical heroes The Beatles whilst visiting Abbey Road Studios, and rock legends Oasis in recreating the cover of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Two full-A4 posters are additionally included.

Editor Gemma Cox comments; ”NEO 138 is truly an issue dear to our hearts, as it’s the first time in our decade-long history that we’ve featured a Japanese band on the front cover. Asian music is one of our passions at NEO, and we could not think of a better band to celebrate this with than SCANDAL, the all-girl group currently taking the world by storm! Powering through the charts with their latest album releases, HELLO WORLD and UK-and-Europe-exclusive GREATEST HITS, there was never a better time for us to speak to the girls than during their brief stop in London as part of their tour. We hope SCANDAL-fans and music lovers enjoy our extensive coverage in NEO 138.”

SCANDAL’s latest studio album HELLO WORLD is their eighth to be released, and reached number three in Japan’s Oricon Album Chart when it was originally released in Japan from Epic Records, owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It was SCANDAL’s first album to be released in the UK through independent label JPU Records Ltd. at the start of 2015, and was followed up by an exclusive compilation from the British label entitled GREATEST HITS, which sold out of initial print before release date in May 2015.NEO138-SCANDAL2NEO138-SCANDAL1

Issue 138 of NEO Magazine is available from magazine stockists from 12 June 2015, as well as its homepage www.neomag.co.uk/magazine.

NEO 138 is also available digitally from Google Play, Amazon, Pocket Mags, the iOS App Store and from www.neomag.co.uk/digitalmag/issue/138.

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Get Ready To Rock Like It’s 1969 – Kinoco Hotel Confirm UK Tour

Kinoco Hotel

Feisty all-girl group KINOCO HOTEL will be rockin’ ‘n rollin’ across the UK this May. The Japanese, 1960s hotel-themed band, known for their shocking performances and eye-catching, matching uniforms, play original garage-rock‘n’roll tunes inspired by Showa pop (1960s and 1970s pop) and the Group Sounds scene (The Beatles-loving bands from back in the 1960s). The following dates are confirmed, with more to be confirmed:

15th May: Hipsville, Surrey. (As part of the Horror A Go! Go! Weekender) [Tickets]
20th May: Frat House, Bristol.
22nd May: The Prince Albert, Brighton.
23rd May: Rhythm Factory, London. [Tickets]

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SCANDAL Say ‘HELLO WORLD’ With International Album and World Tour

SCANDAL - HELLO WORLD - Artist photo

Japan’s all-girl guitar group SCANDAL mark their international debut with a special edition of their sixth album HELLO WORLD, out now from JPU Records, including two exclusive bonus tracks for the CD edition.

Living up to its name, HELLO WORLD will also be supported with a headline world tour, including a show at France’s Le Bataclan in Paris on 25 April 2015 (tickets), London’s O2 Islington Academy on 26 April 2015 (tickets), Germany’s Weststadthalle in Essen on 30 April 2015 (tickets) – plus headline dates in the USA, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and a stadium show in Hong Kong.

Since becoming the crowned winners of the New Artist category at the 51st Japan Record Awards, SCANDAL’s momentum has blasted the girls’ cute, pop-punk tunes to the very top of Japan’s music industry. All five of their prior albums have made it into the top five of Japan’s official album chart, and 17 of their singles in to the top 20 Singles Chart – six entering at position five or higher! Their music has featured in a host of popular TV shows and films, including hit anime series Bleach and the latest Pokémon film.

HELLO WORLD sees the girls return with one of their strongest, most determined records to date and sees them collaborate with legendary icon Tetsuya Komuro; “the most successful music producer in Japanese music history” (The Guardian).

SCANDAL HELLO WORLD CD

SCANDAL – HELLO WORLD. Click for larger version.

HELLO WORLD’ TRACKLISTING
01. Image (view the full music video)
02. Your song
03. love in action
04. Departure (view the full music video)
05. Graduation
06. Yoake no Ryuseigun (view the full music video)
07. Onegai Navigation
08. Runners high (view the full music video)
09. Honn Wo Yomu
10. Kan Beer
11. Winters story
12. Oyasumi
13. Place of life (ft. Tetsuya Komuro)

CD Bonus Tracks:
14. Rainy
15. Nai Nai Night 2014

Download now: iTunes or Amazon MP3 in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK.
Pre-order the CD from: JPU Records ShopAmazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.esSeason of Mist (France), Fan (Poland), Music Corner (Poland), CD-soundtrack (Czech Republic), CDON (Denmark), imusic (Denmark), Plastic Head (UK),

SCANDAL is

HARUNA SCANDAL

HARUNA
Lead Vocals / Guitar
[Twitter]

MAMI SCANDAL

MAMI
Guitar / Vocals
[Twitter]

TOMOMI SCANDAL

TOMOMI
Bass / Vocals
[Twitter]

RINA SCANDAL

RINA
Drums / Vocals
[Twitter]

SCANDAL online:
http://www.scandal-4.com/
https://www.youtube.com/scandalSMEJ
https://twitter.com/scandal_band
https://www.facebook.com/scandalofficial

JPU Records online:
http://www.jpurecords.com
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords

Shonen Knife Go Into Overdrive with New Album and New 2014 UK Tour

Shonen Knife 2014

Formed in Osaka almost 33 years ago, the trio rose from humble DIY beginnings to touring with Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour, trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands. Championed by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and hailed as a favourite by the crème-de-la-crème of Alternative Rock, Shonen Knife remain one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports.
Following an extensive tour of Europe in 2013, the band are returning for 15 dates across the UK and Ireland this May before heading to Europe, to promote the release of their 20th album, Overdrive, out 14th April on Damnably Records.

Live, they are a tight with machine-precision, punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits, all coated with their own distinctively quirky and life-affirming charm. As they fast approach their 1,000th gig, Shonen Knife’s joy and invention shows no sign of fading. As Naoko says, “Let’s Rock!”

30 April 2014: Ruby Lounge, Manchester [Tickets]
1 May 2014: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
3 May 2014: Handmade Festival, Leicester
6 May2014: Whelans, Dublin
7 May 2014: Dolans, Limerick
8 May 2014: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
9 May 2014: Cathedral Quarter Festival, Belfast
10 May 2014: CCA, Glasgow [Tickets]
11 May 2014: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
12 May 2014: Cluny, Newcastle
14 May 2014: The Fleece, Bristol [Tickets]
15 May 2014: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff [Tickets]
16 May 2014: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton [Tickets]
17 May 2014: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
18 May 2014: Dingwalls, London [Tickets]

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