First ever video was Koi Moyou. I was like "good... let's try and look for some more videos"
Second ever video[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
And i was like fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu............
See, at first I didn't really care if they wore uniforms or if they were all girls... and japanese. I first looked for if they have anything that can rock my socks out and a performance that can blow me away from my desktop. And unless i get that from them, I'm not digging any band. Koi Moyou was okay but this performance really got me hooked in to them. These were the times when all the SCANDAL PVs were still on YouTube and there were rare live performances of this song (I knew the music wasn't live in this video since it sounded exactly like on the PV)
Bottomline, they got past my musical substance filter which means, musically, they really really rock.
So, having got over that, I would move on to some different aspects that were just as important for me.
Now, this is where it got really interesting - these were girls who weren't too shy to headbang, mess up their hair, sweat on stage, and loose their girly poise - I instantly loved their stage confidence.
They're rock chicks who don't look like rock chicks at all if it wasn't for what they do. I have an issue with girls trying to look like rock and roll for some reason.
They look clean, they look cute, and they look like girls. They don't look like some tomboys with instruments trying to dress glamorous, heavy, or masculine, nor were they trying to act "dark and emo" with all the eyeliners and silverwear - just for me to hear them write some chart-climbing cheesy pop songs later on under a genre that's far away
from what I would call rock music.
SCANDAL was different, they were all energy, fun, excitement, confidence, performance - ROCK. They were totally different from other girl bands that I've seen - the music, the personality, the way the band went together in all aspects.
See, there are girl bands that really makes me rock hard in their music but totally boring and even lousy in their live performances - as in no stage presence at all.
Then there are girl bands that rock hard in their live performances, but they totally suck in their music.
There are, still, girl bands who rock hard in both music and lives, but they suck because they try to look rock and roll - it hides the rawness, the simplicity, and the free-spiritness and their natural beauty that the late 21st century rock audience calls for.
SCANDAL rocks in both their music, their live performances and in their looks - a direct contrast from the stereotypical sucky dirty dark rock chick - and I saw in them all of those things in this one video.
I do hope there'll be this big new music movement among girls getting in to the music industry aimed in anchoring their roots on how SCANDAL does their thing. We need more girls like this - carefree and fun to rock out with.
If you're a girl and you want to get in to rock and roll - just try to look like the girl that you are, loosen up, rock out, set yourself free and play SUM41, Underoath, SCANDAL, Paramore, etc. whatever you think SCANDAL would listen to - have fun
- that's all you'll ever wanna be. Chances are, you might be the next Haruna.
And stop listening
to Taylor Swift, she doesn't play rock music! *laughs* Kidding.
And, no, not all people who play musical instruments, specially guitars, are rockers - screw the mainstream media!
That is, by the way, technically, my second impression of SCANDAL.