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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Japanese Electronic Pioneers BOOM BOOM SATELLITES Release New Album EMBRACE With Exclusive Remix for Europe

Marking their 15th anniversary, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES return to a European label with their eighth, most ambitious studio album to date: EMBRACE. Crafted in the wake of nuclear disaster, and followed by vocalist Kawashima’s own battle with a tumour to the brain, the release sees the pioneering duo pushed to their absolute limits. Match that with a cover from the Beatles and the pressure is truly on.

Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima (BOOM BOOM SATELLITES) originally smashed out of Japan in 1997 when their demo caught the attention of R&S Records. Implementing elements of rock, electronica, acid jazz and breakbeat, their debut album was a breath of fresh air and the pair gained many fans, including Melody Maker who labelled them as ‘new prodigies’ and compared them to The Chemical Brothers. Soon BOOM BOOM SATELLITES were touring the world and rocking European festivals.

Skip to present day and the pair are amongst Japan’s most respected musicians. They welcomed in their 15 years in music by holding a concert at the mighty Nippon Budokan arena, and broadcasting it live on YouTube, with a cutting edge 360-degree live stream.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ affair with the latest advancements in technology does not end here. The music video to EMBRACE’s single BROKEN MIRROR was filmed live on Ustream and uses a futuristic ‘Scanning Control Live Projection’ system to create a dynamic and fascinating live environment that reacts to sound and movement. The track was also used as the theme tune to arguably Japan’s most recognisable and established robot franchise; Gundam.

EMBRACE also proudly features BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ first cover song in their career; ‘HELTER SKELTER’, dragging the classic Beatles track into the 21st century with a heavy, electronic reimagining.

Masayuki Nakano comments, “It’s not an obvious choice for a BBS cover. The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic figures, so to cover one of their songs is not only an honour but also a challenge. It was great fun to push our own boundaries and leave our own mark on a classic song. It’s the Beatles, but not like you’ve ever heard them before.”

EMBRACE by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES is out now across the UK, Europe and Russia from JPU Records. The physical version of the album includes an exclusive BBS remix from upcoming British producer SHUDAN that has never before been released. The album is also available digitally in America, Australia and other countries courtesy of Sony Music Japan.

EMBRACE Track List:
01. ANOTHER PERFECT DAY (Official Music Video)
02. HELTER SKELTER (Official Music Video)
03. BROKEN MIRROR (Official Music Video)
04. SNOW
05. FLUTTER
06. DISCONNECTED
07. DRIFTER
08. THINGS’LL NEVER BE THE SAME
09. EMBRACE
10. NINE (Official Music Video) (Live Tour Video)
11. SNOW『SHUDAN REMIX』(CD Exclusive Bonus Track)

Buy EMBRACE Physically:
JPU Records (worldwide shipping)Amazon.co.uk, play.comPlastic Head (UK), MSE (UK), Action Records (UK), BASE (UK)Amazon.de, BASE (Germany)Amazon.esAmazon.fr, BASE (France)Record Shop X (Finland), Levykauppax (Finland), Lesen (Denmark)JPC (Denmark), World of Music (Denmark)Juno Records (World Wide),

Buy EMBRACE Digitally:
Amazon MP3 (UK), iTunes UK, Amazon MP3 (DE), iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland), Amazon MP3 (ES), iTunes ES (Spain / España)Amazon MP3 (FR), iTunes FR (France), Amazon MP3 (IT), iTunes IT (Italy / Italia)iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան), iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich), iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan), iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь),, iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs), iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika), iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark), iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti), iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi), iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα), iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország), iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan), iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан), iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija), iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva), iTunes LU (Luxembourg), iTunes MT (Malta), iTunes MD (Moldova), iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland), iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg), iTunes PL (Poland / Polska), iTunes PT (Portugal), iTunes RO (Romania / România), iTunes RU (Russia / Россия), iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak), iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija), iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige), iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra), iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye), iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES lineup:
Michiyuki Kawashima – Guitar, vocals.
Masayuki Nakani – Bass, programing.

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES’ Album Discography:
Joyride – 1997 (R&S Records)
Out Loud – 1998 (R&S Records)
7 Ignitions / Auto Re-Birth – 1999 (R&S Records)
Umbra – 2001
Photon – Commin’ 2 a Phase – 2003 (Different Records)
Full of Elevating Pleasures – 2005
On – 2006
19972007 – 2010 [Best of Album]
To the Loveless – 2010
Experienced – 2011 [Live Album]
Remixed – 2012 [Remix Album]

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES online:
http://bbs-net.com
https://www.facebook.com/boomboomsatellites
https://twitter.com/BBS_kawashima
http://www.youtube.com/bbsvevo (International YouTube Channel)
http://www.youtube.com/bbslivesmej (Japanese YouTube Channel)

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

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