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Getting ready - 2020-02-08 (RINA) - Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:34 pm

Getting ready
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We had rehearsals after doing a live radio appearance
We worked up a great sweat,,
Those coming on the 13th to our first live show of the year,
Best regards!
Let's go crazy◎

Also,
General sales for the Japan shows in our world tour
Have startedー!

Each and every one of them will absolutely be great days,
So please come out
To a venue easily accessible for you!

Those who haven't seen us live in several years,
We'd like you to come out again.
On
I'm sure your way of living has changed as well,
But we'd like you to come out if the timing's right.
We want you to see who we are right now.
Hope to see you!

Tour rehearsals have yet to begin,
But we're right in the middle of holding a ton of meetings
And building things up little by little.
It's looking to be a tour packed with things we'll challenge ourselves to!

I really can't wait,
And I'm already a little nervous! So early! haha


Ahhー、、、
We'll do our best to the utmostーーー
Let's have fun togetherー!

RINA

2020/2/8 22:21

Spoiler:
絶賛準備中

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ラジオ生放送からのリハーサルの日
良い汗かいた、、、
13日の今年初ライブ来てくれる人は
宜しくお願いします!
いちばん盛り上げよう◎

そして、
きょうからワールドツアー国内公演の
チケット一般発売も始まりましたー!

SCANDALのライブ情報・チケット受付 - イープラス
SCANDAL(スキャンダル)のライブ・コンサート情報をご紹介!現在予約・販売中のライブ・コンサートのチケット情報19件や関連画像、動画、記事など、SCANDALの様々情報コンテンツをお届けします。
eplus.jp

それぞれ絶対に良い日にするので
来やすい場所に
是非、会いに来てください!

もう、数年ライブ行ってないなーって人にも
再会したいなと思ってるよ。
生活のリズムも変わってるだろうけど、
時間が合えば来て欲しいです。
今の4人を見て欲しい。
会えるときに是非!

ツアーリハはまだこれからだけど、
たくさんミーティングを重ねて
少しずつ組み立てていってる最中。
挑戦が詰まったツアーになりそうです!

本当に楽しみだし、
既にちょっと緊張してる!早い!笑

はぁー、、、
最大限にがんばるぞーーー
一緒に遊ぼうー!

RINA

2020/2/8 22:21

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US and Canada dates officially announced!

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・September 17, Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim

・September 19, Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall

・September 21, Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

・September 23, Toronto, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre


#front-page #kissfromthedarkness
RINA's "Kiss from the darkness" Lyrics Essays

First Essay: "Masterpiece"

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It's very important that the gasoline called "excitement" is stored in your heart.




On February 12, SCANDAL will be releasing Kiss from the darkness, their first album from their private label "her." The album will contain 11 songs. Vocalist HARUNA talked about how this work is a very ambitious one for them: "We have confidence in it. It's seriously the best thing we could make. Our four creative energies are exploding."

Today's song column is the first of three lyrics essays that will be posted weekly from drummer RINA, who has written the lyrics for many of their songs! What we had her talk about are her feelings towards "her," the private label started by the girls; and how their song "Masterpiece" reflects those feelings. We recommend it to those who are excited about new challenges in front of them! Please enjoy both the essay and the lyrics!



~First Lyrics Essay: "Masterpiece"~

2019, spring.
A few months removed from the 10th anniversary of our major label debut, we established and started up our private label called "her." I'm sure that there are many people who don't really understand what "private label" means when they hear it. To put it simply, it's our new place for making and dispatcing music.

We named our label "her" because we thought it'd be nice if you catch at a glance that it's related to women. We never thought this day would come, and although it was ambiguous what changes would occur, we were simply excited to have created an atelier just for us.

When making things such as music that are invisible and cannot be physically touched, it's very important that the gasoline called "excitement" is stored in your heart. The more there is, the more it feels like you can run further. The good/bad things along the way will make your heart sway, which will then become a melody or lyric.

You refill the gas and stand in front of a brand new road. Without having a set destination, you go, "So where shall we head to now?" The song we wrote at that time was "Masterpiece."

Our feelings were overflowing and it took quite a bit of time to complete the song, but I think we were able to finish up an exihilarating and punky "beginning-again song" that's very frank and doesn't give you time to waver.
―――Our second chapter had begun. That's what it felt like.

It's been a year since then, and we're making music feeling more free than ever before. We were freed from curses we had cast on ourselves―our way of thinking that SCANDAL needs to be a certain way, or rules for production―without realizing it.

Then, in regards to launching our label, more musicians were interested in it than we expected. We're happy that it was talked about several times at places such as the backstages of festivals. One musician stated, "It feels like the blood's been flowing ever since you started 'her.'"

When you listen to this song when you feel unsure about something, you feel like you can remember the day when you became stronger and went, "I want to keep being an adult who always chooses to take on challenges without fear."

Accepting all that has happened and will happen, we stand on stage in all our frankness. I'd like to think that every day was a masterpiece. A masterpiece is a stand that replenishes excitement.






Second Essay: "A.M.D.K.J.":

http://bit.ly/kftd_essay2




Third Essay: "Tsuki":

http://bit.ly/kftd_essay3
【"her" Magazine, Vol. 1】HARUNA - Private Interview
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"It's more fun to live life your own way"


Following the long interview with all of the members, are solo talks where they each roughly talk about their current statuses. Unlike the first interview, we asked them to talk casually about their private lives. First up is HARUNA.




"It's just a waste if you live your life only listening to what people say"



―HARUNA, for you, your solo trip to New York during the New Year's holiday [December 2018] really was a big thing for you, wasn't it? Haven't you always been the type of person who travels alone?

HARUNA: Not at all (laughs). That was my first time traveling alone! I had a friend in NY so I went out to eat dinner with them, but during the day I actually was alone for my 4-night, 6-day stay.



―And NY is overseas too. I'd understand if you had gone to somewhere like LA.

HARUNA: I thought that too (laughs). I thought I prefer places like LA where you can take it easy, but I strangely got hooked on NY after traveling there in the summer and fall last year. That informative feeling is fun. Something I've never done before was doing a thing like riding the train by myself to Manhattan after arriving at the airport, but I didn't expect that doing things like that would give me experience points. That made me happy.



―Why did you feel like traveling alone at that time?

HARUNA: Right? For some reason, I started to get into this "I want to travel alone somewhere and do something by myself" mode during the latter half of 2018. After my New Year's trip to New York, I felt more interested in seeing and experiencing more things. Turning 30 probably has a lot to do with it. I want to try doing things by myself that I haven't yet experienced.



―Has your mindset changed after turning 30?

HARUNA: I think so. I've been able to comfortably come to terms with all sorts of things, with music and in my private life, too. From the start I've been the type that tends to pay attention to other people's needs, but the more I insist on my ideals, the more I can enjoy life and relationships. I don't know if it's because I have this sort of career, but I always felt like I was a child. For example, it was a given that I'd be picked up when going to work; when on tour we had everything arranged for us, and all I had to do was go with it. I wanted to try taking a solo trip, and I also wanted to try doing everything for myself. I've turned 30, but I'm still childish. I've been alive for 30 years, so it's just a waste if I live my life only listening to what people say. If I have another 40-50 more years of life ahead of me, it might be more fun to live life my own way.



―Is that the same for your musical activities as well?

HARUNA: Yes. I realized recently that, as a vocalist, it's important to convey your feelings during each and every live show. It's important for all of us to say things, but you need to say what you're thinking about. I hope it'll be connected in the future as well.



―It feels like the atmosphere between the members has grown more intimate because of personal growth such as yours. It's close to the love comedians have for their partners.

HARUNA: I get that (laughs). It's like we're absolute partners. Also, we've recently been going to the studio once per week.



―Really? That's shocking! Since when?

HARUNA: About 4 or 5 months ago. Just the four of us voluntarily began going. We always meet up whether we have things to be done or not. So, there are times when we're completely honest when talking with each other (laughs). That also might be showing in our recent moods. I think we've grown to care more for each other.



―You guys are too strong (laughs). How did that start?

HARUNA: It was pretty natural, but if I had to guess, I'd say it was probably due to starting our label "her." Although we check in every day via LINE, we thought it's better to have more days where we're able to meet face-to-face. Actually doing it is really great.



―Lastly, what's something you want to challenge yourself with?

HARUNA: Compared to last year, there are quite a few festivals we're playing at—like ARABAKI ROCK FEST—that we haven't yet played at. I want to get even more pumped for those. Although we travel while on tour, I'd also like to travel domestically separately from the tour. Going to all kinds of places via car and such. The travel bug has bit me pretty hard after all.





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HARUNA's current obsession:

Tarako pasta

I'm so obsessed with tarako pasta! It originally started when I went to Dan , a restaurant specializing in tarako pasta in Meguro. I first got hooked on that place, and I've also gone to the Hategaya sister store Kabe no Ana in Shibuya, which is said to be the birthplace of the dish. The thickness of the noodles is slightly different, there are many toppings, and each is respectively unique and delicious. I think my favorite right now is Uncle Tom in Ebisu. For the time being, I'm taking care of myself and don't eat it often, but I did eat it two days ago (laughs).









Countdown - 2020-02-05 (RINA) - Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:05 pm

Countdown
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Our new album
Is finally in our hands...!
The CDs are completeー! Yayー!




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Next Wednesday
On 2/12, 【Kiss from the darkness】
Will be released!

The countdown has begun!

A number of music videos for songs that'll be on the album
Are on our YouTube,
And today, we released a trailer
Where you can hear a little bit of each song, so

#kftd

Add this hashtag
And post as you'd like on social media!



Tomorrow,
HARUNA and I will be appearing
On FM Yokohama's 「Tresen」 radio program.
Please tune in if you'd like〜!



RINA

2020/2/5 20:14

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ようやく、
新しいアルバムが手元に...!
CD完成しましたー!やったー!

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1週間後の水曜日、
2/12 【Kiss frome the darkness】
リリースです!

カウントダウンはじまる!

アルバムに収録される曲のMVが
数曲YouTubeに公開されていたり、
全曲少しずつ聴けるトレーラーが
きょう公開されたので、

#kftd

のハッシュタグをつけて、
SNSで自由に呟いてみてね!



明日は、
FMヨコハマ「Tresen」
16時台にHARUNAと私がでます。
良かったら聴いてね〜!



RINA

2020/2/5 20:14

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【"her" Magazine, Vol. 1】What is "her"? Interview - Part 2
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Koyanagi: You could say that you thought long and hard about yourselves in 2018. Do you feel like you can see what's on the outside now?

RINA: Yes, that too. Since we're doing this as four women, we feared that that many people would not understand unless we sharpened ourselves up more than necessary. After being liberated from that, we began thinking that classic melodies and straightforward lyrics are really cool. That makes us happy. We don't need to play songs like that—we want to play them. We're able to write lyrics that are completely different from before.

HARUNA: We still feel that way now.

MAMI: When songs that are like part 2 of our past songs are born, it's not about going beyond things like, "We need to include a phrase with more impact here," or, "We need to start it off like this," and not that we can only see part 1. It was around the end of the year that we decided to get rid of that and just make them sounding like a band. After that, the four of us agreed that we started to be able to create songs that we could say are good. It feels like we're brand new. We're able to make things that we like. That sense of security is such a big thing for us.


Koyanagi: So, it's like you were moving houses and were like, "Onto the next place!" (laughs)

TOMOMI: Essentially (laughs).

MAMI: Although we didn't have anything clear-cut, we thought a lot about who we are. We didn't need to put it into words; everyone could tell from the ambience. It was overflowing.


Koyanagi: The four of you say "It's always so much fun," but I think you guys really were in a crisis. Your excitement goes down, and if you think you're in a crisis, that is how it'll seem.

HARUNA: Yeah, I think it was a crisis. We might have still been in a crisis if we didn't talk about creating a label.

TOMOMI: And now we can't think of any other way we could do things.

HARUNA: We forcibly created [our label]. We might have been going about things in an uncomprehensible way.


Koyanagi: The name of your label is "her." Could you explain the name?

RINA: It's our own theme. When we thought about we as a rock band—and with the four of us being women—continuing on for a long time, we realized that there are many aspects of how men continue their bands, that don't fit with us. We really do love the things that we can do because we're women, and things that are girly—it's better that we embrace things like that. We wanted to have cool lives as women, which comes before being musicians. Recently, we've started talking about things like, "As an all-girl band...", and we had conversations every day about stuff like, "Maybe that's a little too mannish," or, "This can't be done unless you're a woman; how interesting." We came to think that that's our theme. "her" is a word that has various meanings depending on the words that precede and follow it. We thought that that word should be our theme from here on as well, including its degree of freedom.



Koyanagi: So it's a word that came up in your conversations. Were there any other candidates?

RINA: There weren't, but our staff told us, "Please submit at least five choices" (laughs). When we looked up various company names as references, we thought there were a lot of simple and cool ones. In the end, we only submitted "her" (laughs).



Koyanagi: Hahaha. It's more about the theme than the label name. It was probably easier after raising that point.

MAMI: Yes, we envisioned how things would turn out. I think the fans too were watching us and were wondering what would be waiting after HONEY, which we said was our greatest album. It was a big thing to be able to present our image beyond that.

HARUNA: We as women had to continue on. When you're in band, there are times when you must not forget that you're a woman. However, to reach 30 and continue after that, you enter into a time frame where you must get on with things no matter what while also being a woman. I was happy that I was able to affirm myself.



Koyanagi: I thought that was a stylish way of thinking.

TOMOMI: That's the first time we've been told that (laughs).



Koyanagi: It's very chic.

MAMI: Yeaaah. It's a little embarrassing to hear that (laughs).



Koyanagi: You can start to fight more flexibly.

MAMI: It feels like we can head forward nimbly. Freedom is a word that has been important for us too. It feels exactly like we have the freedom to go anywhere.



Koyanagi: That's why the songs that have been born have also been different. You're doing what you're good at, but it feels like they were born in a completely different way. I dare say that they're "masterpieces" (laughs).

RINA: (laughs) I went crazy with the lyrics. After we decided to use this melody since it was insanely good, I was worried about what lyrics to start it off with. In the first place, we don't like to sing too much about ourselves. However, it seemed unnatural to ignore what we've been doing for 10 years, and that we were about to kick off to a new start. So, at the studio the next day, I said, "We've avoided writing songs where we're the protagonist, but maybe we could do it at this point in time." Everyone said that that'd be great. That's why we were conscious of writing it as a song to kick off a new start.

MAMI: We thought that we should let the words "beginning," "newness," and "rebirth" come next. From the start it felt like it came together nicely.

HARUNA: We thought, "Is it still possible for us to feel like newcomers?" (laughs). It just felt embarrassingly fresh. But if we didn't do it now then we wouldn't be able to sing it, and it's because of our efforts that we scraped by and finally hit on lyrics that anyone could understand.



Koyanagi: Your singing is also straightforward.

HARUNA: I feel like the song called to me. I was excited.

RINA: It really suits you.

HARUNA: Given how SCANDAL is currently, I didn't think that we would sing this melody with these lyrics. Although we've tried out lots of things and tried updating ourselves, this song brings us back to our roots. I didn't expect to be able to go back there.

MAMI: Yeah. We need to put a twist on it somewhere. I think it turned out to be a song that makes us go, "Oh!", even though we didn't make it like that. That's exactly what it means for SCANDAL, after 10 years, to make and sing our songs now.

HARUNA: By making this song, our subsequent production has become easier. It's better to write very easy-to-understand lyrics. People are listening even if we don't use metaphors or analogies, and we know what we want to convey. We were able to reach a point where we can keep continuing to create songs like this.



Koyanagi: It's nice to draw on a white canvas, is what you're saying. There are still so many things that are new to you even after 10 years.

RINA: The rules we have for songwriting are decreasing. There are times when we leave something rough on purpose. Like, we do a mixture of "kimi" (you; typically less polite) and "anata" (you; typically more polite). It's like when watching a movie and a line aimed towards the audience suddenly pops up. It's possible to do a mix of tricks and reality in a movie, but it's more difficult to do in music. We wondered if we could appeal to people one-on-one with just one phrase. We never thought we would ever do that. If you use "kimi" once then you should use "kimi" throughout the whole song, but we thought we'd try taking on a new challenge. That's such a minute detail, though.



Koyanagi: That's wonderful.

RINA: I think it's kind of fun.

MAMI: We've been experimenting with different ways of making songs, and since we're going through a number of stages, we have a lot of our own rules. But, we talk about whether to review things or not. This song was made when we talked about doing things freely. It's the first step.



Koyanagi: For example, even if there are mistakes, you're just like, "Let's just be fun and free." This side of SCANDAL is appealing.

MAMI: Originally, the arrangement was completely different and I also put in some strings. It was leading up to the chorus. But, I wanted to do this song with the input of a third party. I couldn't make it completely different by myself. I think I was in a situation where I could only do a part 2 of the song. So, I left the arrangement to the staff we've been working with for a long time, and it turning into a song that was completely changed also means that SCANDAL as we are right now are progressing. It turned out to be a very satisfying song.



Koyanagi: "Mabataki," the other A-side song, is also another wonderful song. It's a very RINA-like song with each of its pieces filling in one by one.

HARUNA: We were like, "Is okay to have everyone listen to an emotional song right after 'Masterpiece'?" (laughs)

RINA: We've written plenty of love songs that stays the course until the finish line, but we also wanted to write a song that starts and finishes vague. We finished it up with TOMOMI on main vocals for the first time in a while.



Koyanagi: In regards to vocals, why did you decide to go with that?

RINA: We also tried doing vocals with all four of us once, but it felt a little too upbeat. So, we focued on TOMOMI's voice. All of us sing during the choruses.



Koyanagi: That's also another easy decision.

TOMOMI: It was close to the beginning. We all sang it once. It felt puzzle-like as we were making it.



Koyanagi: With this private-like feeling and crown called "her," I think it makes it even more charming.

RINA: We talked about how it's good to be charming and have music that fits everyday life and that has lived-in feel to it. It feels like we can now do girly songs that shake free from our preferences.

MAMI: We probably wouldn't have paired those before. After establishing "her," it now truly feels like we'll be putting out what we love, and what we want to do. If "her" didn't exist, we probably would have just put this song on an album, but that's the usual pattern we take anyway. Being able to change that is also because we have "her."



Koyanagi: The songs you'll make will continue to change, and I think you'll also be able to make classic J-Pop songs. Lastly, could you tell us your hopes and desires for your future activities?

RINA: Let's see......

HARUNA: There are endless things to do...but I can't think of any at all right now (laughs).

RINA: We want to live cheerful lives while also living alongside music. We're not trying to make it seem like we're holding a festival called "her"; we want to live our lives as female musicians while releasing music from a place called "her."

MAMI: Releasing songs to the world and playing live shows won't change, but what will be changing completely are the delivery methods and our desire as SCANDAL to deliver them. At any rate, we're very happy that we're able to do this feeling very fresh. Everything is new again, so we want to have fun while feeling this freshness even more.

TOMOMI: It really does feel like we're newcomers redoing our major label debut. We'd love to appear at festivals again feeling like freshmen. It truly feels like everything's anew. We want to do this feeling as though we're starting from scratch.

MAMI: That's surprisingly stoic (laughs).



Koyanagi: You really do seem to be in a good, pleasant mode. I'll be looking forward to what's next as well.

All: We'll do our best!


If you haven't already, please support the band and pick up a copy of this edition !

#front-page #masterpiece_mabataki




Thanks so much for waiting for the second part of this interview!

Individual interviews with each member will be posted soon. We will be translating and posting 「"her" Magazine Vol. 2」 as well when it comes out with new album Kiss from the darkness![/size]




Also, thank you for checking out our translations! Please consider donating if you'd like to continue supporting us and our work:

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We've also set up a Patreon, if you'd like to support us there instead!

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https://www.patreon.com/scandal_heaven

her merch - 2020-02-04 (RINA) - Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:32 am

her merch
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You can now get the highly requested
【"her" merch】
From our online store〜!
Thanks for waiting〜!

http://rooftoponlinestore.com/shopbrand/ct48/




Wearing merch from your favorite band's label
Kind of makes you feel like you're repping a core part of them◎

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By the way, I'm 160cm
And I have these:
Hoodie: M and L sizes
T-shirt: S and M sizes
And I often wear them when doing stuff like recording〜! For your reference.

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Check it out!



RINA


2020/2/4 18:13

Spoiler:
her goods

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リクエストが多かった
【"her"グッズ】が、オンラインストアから
手に入るようになったよぉ〜!
お待たせ〜!

her | ROOFTOP ONLINE STORE
「ROOFTOP ONLINE STORE」の「her」カテゴリーの商品一覧
rooftoponlinestore.com

好きなバンドのレーベルグッズ着てるって
なんかコアな感じがする◎

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因みに、身長160cmの私は
フーディー : Mサイズ と Lサイズ
Tシャツ : Sサイズ と Mサイズ
を持っててレコーディングのときとかに
よく着てるよ〜!参考までに。

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チェックしてみてね!



RINA


2020/2/4 18:13

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Here's the merch line-up for the Japan leg of 「SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness”」, available at the venues in Japan + online store presale from 2/3, 20:00 JST - 2/9, 23:59 JST:

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Shibuya store + online store-only color variant:
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#front-page #kissfromthedarkness #merch

Arrival - 2020-02-03 (RINA) - Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:03 am

Arrival
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I know that fans
Have been posting about this on social media since the morning,
But as of today,
It's been exactly 10 years since "Shunkan Sentimental" came out




https://open.spotify.com/album/2UjhS9P3j2KaI5SOTT0ypa?si=RlSPkZmCR-ywtYgGKdltTw

In the song we sing,
【Juunen-go mo konna fuu ni irareru kana issho ni (I wonder if we'll still be together like this 10 years from now)】,
And we've finally arrived at it today.


I'm so happy
That this song has been loved for so long

All-girl bands are said to have short shelf lives
We'll continue to experiment for ourselves
Just how far we can continue
While transforming
We'll hit our 14th anniversary this summer!

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Today, let's all listen to "ShunSen"
On CD or Spotify〜◎



RINA

2020/2/3 16:43

Spoiler:
到着

朝からファンのみんなが
SNSに書いてくれてて知ったけど、
きょうで"瞬間センチメンタル"
リリースから、ちょうど10年が経ったみたい

瞬間センチメンタル
瞬間センチメンタル, an album by SCANDAL on Spotify
open.spotify.com

【10年後もこんなふうにいられるかな 一緒に】
って 歌ってるけど、
今日まで辿り着いたね。


長く愛される曲になっていて
ホントに嬉しいなあ

短命と言われてるガールズバンド
どこまでどう変わりながら
やり続けられるのか
これからも自分たちで実験してゆこう
今年の夏で結成14周年だ!

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きょうはみんなCDやSpotifyで
瞬セン聴こう〜◎



RINA

2020/2/3 16:43

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Melon soda - 2020-02-02 (RINA) - Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:55 pm

Melon soda
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Drinking melon soda for the first time in forever
Felt nostalgic, and it was delicious〜!
Today, MAMI and I
Went to a cafe we were interested in
And sat around chatting, making for a peaceful Sunday◎
It was so much fun〜




It's already February...!?
There are only 10 days left until our album's out...
More than ever before,
We seriously can't wait for your reactions for it,
And I feel like saying, "Hurry up! Hurry up!" every dayyyy
I've said stuff like that so many times already haha

Also,
There might be people who have already seen it,
But there's an interview with us
In the February issue of 【7 Pia】
That can be found in 7-Eleven stores!

https://t.pia.jp/pia/events/seveneleven

Check it out if you happen to see a copy〜!


There are a bunch of opportunities when large crowds will gather
At our release events and the like this month,
So please make sure to take precautions
Against the flu or coronavirus!

I too am continuing to do whatever precautions I can
Like wearing a mask, gargling and hand washing, and disinfecting with alcohol...!
We can only hope that these outbreaks do not spread any further


I'll blog again◎
Let's fight on for another week starting tomorrow〜!



RINA

2020/2/2 19:52

Spoiler:
メロンソーダ

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久々に飲んだメロンソーダ
懐かしくって美味しかった〜!
きょうはMAMIと一緒に
気になっていた喫茶店に行って、
まったり語った平和な日曜日でした◎
楽しかった〜

あっという間にもう2月...!?
アルバムリリースまであと10日...
今回ホントいつも以上に
みんなの反応が楽しみすぎて、
まいにち 早く!早く! って感じだあああ
みたいなこと何回も話してた笑

それから、
もう見てくれた人も居るかもしれないけど
セブンイレブンに置いてある
【7ぴあ 2月号】に
インタビュー掲載されています!

セブン-イレブン限定 先行情報 |チケットぴあ
セブン-イレブン限定 先行情報,チケット,チケットぴあ,予約,先行
t.pia.jp

見つけたらチェックしてみて〜!


今月はリリイベとかで
大勢が集まる機会が何度もあるから
インフルエンザ、コロナウイルス対策
みんなでしっかりお願いします!

私もマスク、手洗いうがい、アルコール消毒
とりあえず出来る予防つづけてる...!
これ以上被害が広がらないことを祈るばかり


また、書きます◎
明日から1週間ファイト〜!



RINA

2020/2/2 19:52

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FLYING POSTMAN PRESS, Volume 238 - Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

FLYING POSTMAN PRESS, Volume 238

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We are ready to face music with all of our humanity and frankness

We want to connect to our music all the good and bad things we feel as we live our lives



SCANDAL, who has established itself as Japan's leading all-girl band, started their private record label "her" a year ago. They have completed Kiss from the darkness, their first new album on the label. By breaking down the rules and methodologies that had bound themselves up to now, they now are presenting a vivid world view containing both light and darkness.




―I felt that this album is chock-full of SCANDAL's freedom and strength obtained after establishing "her," and a positive energy unique to women.

MAMI: Thank you very much. It became a piece a work that's jam-packed with everything that happened with us last year. We feel quite accomplished and satisfied, and we were also able to actually experience a good sense of nervousness and weariness. Before, we had been trying not to really talk about being tired—rather, we thought it wasn't like us to say something like that. However, since we were able to do away with that by launching "her," we were able to show all of our true colors.

RINA: We started "her" to be able to always face music with new feelings, and also so that we're able to play music for a long time while having fun. By creating "her," we were able to once again share our awareness of playing cool music while enjoying being women, as well as gain more freedom with our songwriting. We can now try out all kinds of sounds experimentally. "Saishuuheiki, Kimi," for example.


―That song is awesome.

RINA: Glad to hear it (laughs)! It encourages us when our team tells us things like, "This song is great! Let's release it!" This past year we've realized the many positive effects of launching our own label.

MAMI: About "Saishuuheiki, Kimi," guys from bands in particular often tell us they think it's a cool song. It also really makes us happy that there are many comments from people other than Japanese and English-speaking countries in the comment section of the video on YouTube as well.


―How about the entire album?

TOMOMI: I think we've put together songs that'll widen the range of staple songs for our live shows. There are surprisingly very few songs like "Saishuuheiki, Kimi" that can change the scene with a new image, "Tonight" has a new sound sensation, etc. This album is all about songs that we can take different approaches with live. It's now more fun to put together setlists.


―Something unique to this work is the many producers who worked on it. Among those, I was surprised that SASUKE produced "Tonight."

MAMI: For "Tonight," we had already made a demo that contained all of our band sounds. We were okay with keeping the arrangement as-is, but we wanted to do something new. We thought, "What about asking a trackmaker to do what we've asked an arranger to do up until now?" That's when SASUKE's name came up. When we had him listen to our band demo, he told us, "This is already complete" (laughs), but we ignored our arrangement and sent him an offer to give it a SASUKE-like sound.

RINA: It made us happy that he did such a good job and that he really changed the song. Since this was SASUKE's first time working with a band, it was great that he had no preconceived notions. It felt fresh for all of us.

TOMOMI: The first arrangement we did was really cool too, but the arrangement had no live instruments in it and we weren't sure how we would play it live (laughs). So, in the end, we settled with the current sound.


―"NEON TOWN ESCAPE," the song with lyrics and music by HARUNA, was arranged by Chiaki Sato.

HARUNA: Chiaki and I have been good friends for about two years now. When we went out to eat in early 2019, we talked about how we wanted to write songs that year. Since I was like, "We made a promise, so I'll do my best!", I started writing it. I decided to go with a 90s-like sound. I made the demo myself, had the other members listen to it, and we all made a demo together. When I was wondering what to do with the arrangement, I remembered that it was Chiaki who made the promise at the beginning of the year, and that she herself is playing songs that sound 90s-like. I thought it'd be interesting to do this together and then spoke to her about it.


―Including acoustic instruments like the trumpet and the saxophone was also something fresh for you.

HARUNA: It instantly makes it super 90s-like. I also like the feel of it fading out. I got to challenge myself with this song and got to write a song I had wanted to, precisely because it was before we decided on the album's theme.


―"Laundry Laundry," the song with lyrics and music by TOMOMI, is a gentle song arranged by Yusuke Takeda from RADWIMPS.

TOMOMI: When I was feeling a little frazzled a while ago, I felt as though doing housework cleansed my feelings. I then turned that into a song. Since I made with just one guitar, it turned out to be a funky song that also made me think that it'd be difficult to translate this into something that we could do as a band. But, I wanted to challenge myself to playing acoustic guitar for this song that I personally am attached to. When I talked with Takeda in advance about how I'd like to step up our live show game someday, he put his all into finishing it up with an acoustic arrangement. It made me happy that I was stumped with how to arrange it, and it felt like I had been rescued from the uneasy feelings I had of not being able to translate it to a band sound.


―A dark and hard world view is shown in "A.M.D.K.J." It's an ending song for the anime "GeGeGe no Kitaro," correct?

RINA: Yes. We wrote it specifically for the anime. It was right around the time we had been wanting to write a song that could be a killer tune at our live shows, and we went ahead with pairing together a Kitaro-like world view & an eerie atmosphere. Kitaro's catchphrase, "Mieteru sekai ga subete ja nai (The world you see isn't all there is)," is also a great line. This was the first time anger was the theme for a song, as we wanted to put all of our emotions—not just our sparkly side—into the album.


―The personal aspects in this work certainly are richly depicted.

RINA: Our range of attack has definitely expanded. I wrote words I thought I would never use before, and I felt like I chose words that could get rid of the lyric rules I had created for myself. In particular, all of the words in "A.M.D.K.J." are strong.


―"YOU GO GIRL!", the bonus track that can only be found on the physical CD editions of the album, features a positive attitude despite feeling that you have a weakness. It's wonderful that the album closes out with this song.

RINA: I'm happy to hear that. You can see almost the whole story of the album with it. Though there are days when you negatively fall down with a crash, you just need to take everything in a brighter direction. Tomorrow is another day. Those are the thoughts we put into the title, Kiss from the darkness. At that time, the staff gave us the idea to put "YOU GO GIRL!" as the last track. It certainly is a song that explains the entirety of the album title. "You go, girl" is an encouraging slang term that means "Give it your all!" or "Keep at it!", so I'm glad we concluded the album with this song.


―I can clearly feel your resolution to be a band that doesn't only show their positive side.

RINA: Yes. We are ready to face music with all of our humanity and frankness.

HARUNA: We need to show that side, or else we certainly won't be able to continue on for much longer. Rather, it feels weird just showing a positive side. It's natural as a human being to have all sorts of waves in your life. We thought about what we, who were only showing our positive side, could say to people. We're performers, but we're the same as you. We want to keep being people who can convey those same feelings via our music.

RINA: It's not that we want to vent our difficulties or anger, but we also can't always be cheerful. We want to connect to our music all the good and bad things we feel as we live our lives while being true to ourselves every day.


―Doesn't the music you create often help your own selves out?

RINA: Exactly! It gives us hope. We sing about not giving in to your weaknesses in both "Saishuuheiki, Kimi" and "Masterpiece," so that's basically what my thoughts are (laughs). It's good that SCANDAL is feeling fresh right now. Although it's still an unknown factor, we always have an unfounded confidence that we'll be just fine.

HARUNA: We started a label because we wanted to head to a new phase, and in 2019 we did regular tours, a fan club tour, events, festivals, joint shows, etc. We did it all. It was a year where all of our challenges came to fruition, and it all gave us a ton of confidence. 2020 is going to be the best year for the band to be able to tour around Japan and the world as we are now.

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How it's made - 2020-01-30 (RINA) - Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:31 am

How it's made
Theme:RINA

We're almost done deciding on the setlist
For our world tour starting in March〜!
It's so new. We have a good feeling about it.

When we decide on setlists,
We now take into consideration
The play counts on Spotify〜
We're happy that more people are listening

Those who haven't used Spotify yet,
Download the app and try it out〜!
I think it'll have a domino effect
And you'll have even more favorite songs◎




https://open.spotify.com/artist/7hTZwqQILVH4bAbN67CeEz?si=PjQBhKPSSaWRQX4PpZETuw
☝
Follow us〜!


Since the album's release date is drawing closer,
We're starting to announce
The many kinds of magazines and media we'll be in!


The March issue of 【ROCKIN' ON JAPAN】
Is on sale as of today!


We did a thorough interview
About the album〜!
We also had pictures taken◎


Also, MAMI&HARUNA are on the cover of
The March issue of 【SOUND DESIGNER】!

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Those who want to enjoy the album
While exploring technical aspects
Such as sound creation and equipment should look forward to it in particular!
A lot of creative stories
Will be known◎
※On sale from 2/7(Fri)



Can't wait



RINA

2020/1/30 19:28

Spoiler:
作りかた


3月から始まるワールドツアーのセトリが、
だいたい決まってきたよ〜!
めっちゃ新しい。良い感じ。

セトリ決めるとき
Spotifyの再生回数とかも
参考にするようになったな〜
これで聴いてくれてる人も増えて嬉しいです

まだ使ってない人は
アプリダウンロードして始めてみて〜!
好きな音楽の幅も
一気に広がると思うよ◎

SCANDAL
SCANDAL, Category: Artist, Albums: HONEY, YELLOW, HELLO WORLD, STANDARD, Queens are trumps -切り札はクイーン-, Singles: A.M.D.K.J., 最終兵器、君, Fuzzy, マスターピース / まばたき, マスターピース, Top Tracks: 瞬間センチメンタル, A.M.D.K.J., HARUKAZE, 少女S, 最終兵器、君, Biography: SCANDAL(スキャンダル)は、日本のガールズバンドである。2006年に大阪の京橋で結成された。2008年10月にメジャーデビュー。所属事務所はROOFTOP。所属レコード会社はビクターエンタテインメント・Colourful Records内のプライベートレーベル「her」。, Monthly Listeners: 245104, Where People Listen: Tokyo, Jakarta, Santiago, Osaka, Singapore
open.spotify.com

☝
フォローも宜しくね〜!


リリースも近づいてきて、
いろんな雑誌やメディアに
登場し始めております!


【ROCKIN' ON JAPAN 3月号】
は、本日発売!

ROCKIN’ON JAPAN(ロッキング・オン・ジャパン)
ロッキング・オン・ジャパンは、「シリアスなロックをシリアスに語る」をテーマに1985年創刊。通称は、ジャパン、ロキノン、ロキノンジャパンなど。 ミュージシャンが半生を語る2万字インタビュー等、他誌では読めない記事満載。日本のロックを読み解く全ての少年少女必読のリーディングマガジン!写真ページも豊富で読み応えのある音楽雑誌です!
www.fujisan.co.jp

アルバムについて、しっかり
インタビューしてもらいました〜!
写真も撮り下ろしたよ◎


そして【サウンドデザイナー 3月号】
は、MAMI&HARUNAのふたりが表紙!

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サウンド作りや機材など、
専門的なことまで掘り下げながら
アルバム楽しみたい方は特にお楽しみに!
クリエイティブな話が
たくさん知れると思います◎
※2/7(金)発売




アルバムの予約はこちらからネ


SCANDAL『Kiss from the darkness』
Preview, download or stream music by SCANDAL
jvcmusic.lnk.to

ドキドキ、ドキドキ



RINA

2020/1/30 19:28

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Unveiling the Zexy (bridal magazine)-like commercial for new album 『Kiss from the darkness』 Magazine Edition/Limited Edition B , containing her Magazine Vol.2!!



The magazine will contain topics such as:

•Explanations of all album songs
•A look into the members' days off
•An amidakuji (ladder lottery) fortune-telling


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Recently - 2020-01-24 (RINA) - Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:25 pm

Recently
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Recently, we've been having days of doing interviews the entire day
Release day is approaching faster and faster!




It turned out to be a precious album to us
That we truly want to reach many people

Although this is the age of streaming,
CDs really do have
Something special about them.
There's a CD-only bonus track
Called "YOU GO GIRL!",
And we truly do want you to listen to it.

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In regards to "YOU GO GIRL!",
If the words come together someday,
I think I'll write about it on the blogー.

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We've been doing nothing but recording radio programs and comments
In the studio recently,
So there are no picturesー!
I decided to post pictures from when we were on a bread break, haha

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I'll blog agaiーn◎



RINA

2020/1/24 22:43

Spoiler:

さいきん

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最近は、丸一日取材の日々
どんどんリリース日が近づいてきた!

本当にいろんな人に
届いて欲しい大事なアルバムになったなあ

ストリーミングの時代だけど、
やっぱりCDには
特別な思い入れがこもってる。
CDにだけ、"YOU GO GIRL!"
という曲をボーナストラックで入れてて、
これは本当に聴いてもらいたい。

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"YOU GO GIRL!"に関しては、
いつか言葉がまとまれば
ブログに書き残そうかなあー。

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さいきんはずっとスタジオでラジオや
コメント収録したりしてるから、
写真がなーい!
パン休憩中の写真貼っとこう笑

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また書きまーす◎



RINA

2020/1/24 22:43

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Space Shower TV - SCANDAL「Kiss from the darkness」SPECIAL

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The all-girl band SCANDAL will be releasing 「Kiss from the darkness」, their first original album in two years, via their private record label "her" on 2/12.

To commemorate the release of this album, we will be airing a special program that shows the appeal of these girls who also announced that they will be holding a world tour starting from this March!

This program takes place in Osaka. Named 「Kiss from the OSAKA」 and taken from the title of their new album, the members themselves will be reporters on the city of Osaka where the band originated, and will introduce places of interest, places they wanted to go to, and places related to the band.

They will visit various places in Osaka over the course of a day, where they will visit the dance school the band formed at and the park they dropped by before and after rehearsals; climb to the viewing platform of the Tsuutenkaku in Osaka; eat kushi katsu in Shin-Sekai; and report about the night views from Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.

Don't miss this special program via Space Shower TV that shows the appeal of SCANDAL!


Air date: 2/22 (Sat) 22:00~23:00 JST





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https://www.instagram.com/p/B7qEPl_FN4v/
https://www.spaceshowertv.com/program/special/2002_scandal_sp.html


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Wednesday routine - 2020-01-22 (RINA) - Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:38 pm

Wednesday routine
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On Wednesdays, SCANDAL
Has their weekly studio rehearsals & meeting




It's a very fixed part of our schedule
And is an aspect of our job that we have to do,
But because we have this day,
It doesn't feel as if we're losing a day of the week◎


Ah, that's right!
We will be doing
MANIA-member only meet & greets
On our world tour (Japan performances) that starts in March! Yay〜!

After the show,
Those who win will be invited to the dressing room.
Let's speak to each other directly
And have a fun time〜!


Applications are open〜


We're also thinking up some fun things
For our mobile club "CLUB SCANDAL" too〜


Those in our fan clubs, thanks for your continued support!



RINA

2020/1/22 20:20

Spoiler:
水曜日のルーティン

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水曜日のSCANDALは
毎週決まってスタジオ&ミーティング

なかなか決まったスケジュールで
動けない仕事だけど、
この日があるから
曜日感覚なくさずに居られる◎


あ、そうそう!
3月からのワールドツアー(国内公演)で、
MANIA会員限定 ミート&グリート
を開催することになりました!やった〜!

ライブ後、
当選した方達を楽屋に招待します。
直接お話して、
楽しい時間を過ごしましょう〜!

SCANDAL MANIA - SCANDAL OFFICIAL FAN CLUB
scandalmania.jp

申し込み受付中だよ〜


モバイルファンクラブ "CLUB SCANDAL"
でも楽しいこと考え中〜


FC会員の皆さま、引き続き宜しくね!



RINA

2020/1/22 20:20

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As per TOMOMI's tweet , the song "Laundry Laundry" (Lyrics & Music: TOMOMI / Arrangement: Yusuke Takeda [RADWIMPS]) that will be on Kiss from the darkness will be aired during J-WAVE's "SWEET DONUTS" radio program tonight, which airs from 2:30 am to 3 am JST!


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Overseas - 2020-01-18 (RINA) - Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:00 pm

Overseas
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Thanks to everyone
Who watched J-MELO
This morningー!




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They aired HARUNA&TOMOMI on location in Kobe,
And two songs performed in the studio〜!

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2004347/

You can also watch it on demand,
So those who missed it, check it out here☝


That's right;
By doing world tours,
There are people [in Japan] who ask us,
"Should I refrain
From going overseas from Japan?"
In our case
There are no particular restrictions

It's also like this in Japan,
But the atmosphere in each country is completely different and interesting overseas as well◎

Thank you for thinking about
Even the smaller little detailsー!
We'll make it a great tourー!


Today,
Rain mixed with snow fell in Tokyo as well,
And it was so cold that it took courage to go outside〜

Take care of yourselves
And have a good weekend〜!



RINA

2020/1/18 20:53

Spoiler:
海外

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きょうは朝から
J-MELO観てくれたみんな
ありがとうー!

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HARUNA&TOMOMIの神戸ロケと、
スタジオ演奏2曲がオンエアされたよ〜!

J-MELO in Kobe: SCANDAL and Frederic - J-MELO | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand
Join May J. for Japanese music! This week: a visit to Kobe. 2 locally connected bands, SCANDAL and Frederic, visit musical places that hold special memories. And they play their latest songs.
www3.nhk.or.jp

オンデマンドでも観られるみたいなので、
見逃した人はこちらから☝


そうそう
ワールドツアーのことで、
「日本から海外公演に行くのって
控えた方が良いですか?」
って、質問してくれる子が居るんだけど
私たちの場合は
とくに制限はないです

日本もそれぞれだけど
海外も各国で雰囲気が全然違くて面白い◎

細かいところまで
気遣ってくれてありがとねー!
良いツアーにするぞー!


きょうは、
東京でも雪混じりの雨が降って
外に出るのも勇気がいるくらい寒かった〜

みんなも体調気を付けて
良い週末を〜!



RINA

2020/1/18 20:53

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RADIO - 2020-01-17 (RINA) - Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:35 am

RADIO
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We did a radio recording for J-WAVE!




It's been a little bit
Since the four of us did a radio appearance together
So it was super fun〜

We talked about all sorts of things in depth
Like delving into each of our musical journeys
And talking about when we were producing the album.

It'll be aired next month over the course of four weeks,
So please look forward to more info about it...!


Also,
We added more overseas dates
To our world tour.

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(The red parts are the ones just addedー!)

Our beloved Europe.
This time we'll be going to Paris, London, and Berlin.
Watch over us in Japan, okay.

We still have more overseas dates that'll be added.


The 7-Eleven presale for the Japan performances
Have begun, so check it out while you can!


This year will truly be a year of touring!



RINA

2020/1/17 20:25

Spoiler:
RADIO

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J-WAVEにてラジオ収録!

4人でのラジオ、
ちょっと久々だったから
なんか余計に楽しかった〜

それぞれの音楽遍歴を掘り下げたり、
アルバム制作中の話をしたり、
細かくいろんなことを語ってきました。

来月、4週に渡ってオンエアされる
予定なので詳細情報をお楽しみに...!


そして、
ワールドツアー海外公演が
追加発表されました。

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(赤文字の部分ねー!)

大好きな大好きなヨーロッパ。
今回は、パリ、ロンドン、ベルリンへ行ってきます。
日本で見守っててね。

海外公演はまだまだ追加されます。


国内公演のセブンイレブン先行も
始まったので、今のうちに是非!

SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 "Kiss from the darkness" セブン-イレブン先行受付 - イープラス
eplus.jp

今年も本当にツアーの1年!



RINA

2020/1/17 20:25

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Europe shows added (September):

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September 04
Paris, France
YOYO - Palais de Tokyo

September 06
London, UK
O2 Academy Islington

September 09
Berlin, Germany
Musik & Frieden


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SCANDAL - What are they excited for in 2020, a year after establishing their new label?

【「C3AFA Singapore 2019」Backstage interview】

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C3AFA Singapore 2019, Southeast Asia's largest anime event, was held from 2019/11/29 to 12/1. Here is an interview with SCANDAL, who performed on day of of the "I LOVE ANISONG Concerts."




■Singapore fans have a lot of freedom to create a space to enjoy music

HARUNA: We put together a setlist with songs unique to C3AFA. Although we played plenty of anime-related songs, the excitement in particular for "Shunkan Sentimental," an ending song for the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood," was insane. We asked everyone to sing the chorus, and it was perfect.

TOMOMI: We also got everyone excited with our new song that we still hadn't played in Japan. I'm looking forward to coming back to Singapore in May on our world tour.

MAMI: It feels like there were tons of anime song lovers, of course, and those who love Japanese bands and the music itself. Singapore fans have a lot of freedom to create a space to enjoy our music. The ability to be able to have fun in your own way is awesome to have, and compared to a few years ago, it feels like the way [the fans] get excited is gradually evolving.

RINA: We were looking forward to getting to play in Singapore, so I'm really glad we were able to do so. I'm sure there were many people who saw us live for the first time, and we'd be happy if they took this opportunity they had today to come out to the [upcoming] solo show of ours here, or see us in Japan.


――Did you get to enjoy the sights and food in Singapore?

TOMOMI: Before our show, we all...

HARUNA: Went to Gardens by the Bay.

RINA: Although we've been to Singapore a bunch of times, we still hadn't been able to go there.

MAMI: So far, we went to go eat chili crab and also got to eat chicken rice.

TOMOMI: We were so impressed! Also, we might be able to go eat somewhere after the show? I'm looking forward to that.



■Look forward to SCANDAL's second phase
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――Please tell us what's appealing about this event.

RINA: C3AFA isn't just about concerts, and what's characteristic about it is that you can also enjoy the exhibitors. Another thing that's appealing is that there's a continuous combination of artists that you don't really get to see together in Japan. We often play our solo shows [in Singapore] in venues that are half outdoors, but squalls are also a natural staging unique to Singapore. The view at night on the way back is the best.

TOMOMI: The local fans convey their love for our work, almost equal to our fans in Japan. It's a place where people like that have fun above all else.

MAMI: Those in Singapore really know our stuff—not just the new stuff, but the old stuff too. For example, although "GeGeGe no Kitaro" is an anime that we've been familiar with since we were kids, the locals here are just as familiar with it as we are, which makes us happy. There's a lot of things you can learn about for the first time at C3AFA, and I think it's also a place where you can learn about Japanese anime.

RINA: HARUNA and I went to see the booths being set up during rehearsals yesterday, and we had fun just by walking around. We were surprised to see a butler cafe while we were on a business trip, and when we saw the drink menu and noticed that boba's popular here too, it made us happy to find something in common with Japan.


――Lastly, please share a message for your fans.

MAMI: A year after starting our new label, we will be releasing our new album Kiss from the darkness in February 2020. We were able to convert our ways of living into songs, and we'd like everyone to enjoy SCANDAL's second phase. We hope to continue to keep sending out Japanese culture via events like this. I feel that we have good, inseparable bond with anime.

RINA: We've been able to continuously make music for 13 years without stopping once, and I think that it started in our indie days when audiences at our overseas shows liked our style. We too very much cherish our shows overseas, and we hope that'll never change. We'd like to convert what we've gained overseas into music and give it back to Japan as well. Please enjoy our various activities going forward too!

HARUNA: We really challenged ourselves sound-wise and lyrics-wise for Kiss from the darkness, our first album that'll be released via our new label. We take pleasure in being able to challenge ourselves to new things even after doing this for 13 years, and you should be able to notice that we still have so many things to do. We made this album while thinking of how we want to support those who listen to us. We want to come back even more cool after playing shows in Japan and overseas on our world tour.

TOMOMI: We do a world tour when we release an album, and every time we perform around the world, I feel that my understanding of each song deepens. That's something huge for me. The songs that we perform when play around the world and then go back to Japan, grow steadily. It makes it fun to tour every time.

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Strategy meeting - 2020-01-16 (RINA) - Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:02 am

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We're steadily making all kinds of things
Such as setlists, staging, outfits, and merch
For our world tour that starts in March.




We hope that you'll be able to enjoy so many things
And feel excited and all tingly.
All so that we can go even further on our next tour.


Today,
I went to do some personal training.

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I want to play more beautifully, gorgeously, and strongly

Instruments that don't use electricity
Really are all about your mind and body.
If I feel like it,
Maybe I'll post about my training on social media
I'll work hard〜


Well then,
There's less than a month left until our album is out.
The result of us wanting to do something
That would be most fun delivery method
Will be us holding
One-day manager events to commemoration the album's release!!

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We'll be going around to a bunch of places〜!
We want to make it a wonderful time for all
Please come out and see us!



RINA

2020/1/16 18:49

Spoiler:
作戦会議

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3月から始まるワールドツアーに向けて
セトリや演出、衣装やグッズ、
いろんなことを着々と作り進めています。

ドキドキ、ヒリヒリ
いっぱい楽しませられるように。
もっと次に進めるツアーになるように。


きょうは、
パーソナルトレーニングの日。

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もっと綺麗で華やかで強いプレイがしたい

電気を通さない楽器は、
本当に自分の心と体が全て。
またトレーニングの様子とか
気が向いたらSNSにも載せようかなあ
がんばるぞ〜


さて、
アルバムリリースまで1ヶ月を切りました。
いちばん楽しい届け方を...!
と、考えた結果
発売記念の1日店長イベントを
開催することになりました!!

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いろんな場所飛び回るよ〜!
素敵な時間にしたいなと思ってます
ぜひ遊びに来てね!



RINA

2020/1/16 18:49

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【Translated Summary】AbemaTV - A special program to celebrate SCANDAL's release, #2 - January 15th




Start - 16:25

Spoiler:
The host, comedian Barbie, asks them how the recording of the album is going. HARU says that they've already finished it, and that it took quite a lot of time to make. Barbie then asks them if there's a meaning behind the title. HARU says it's a very positive title that's like SCANDAL's own way of saying "que sera sera" (What will be, will be). Barbie says that something like that (kiss from the darkness) would normally mean something scary.

They then talk about their label "her." RINA says that this is the probably the hardest they've ever worked on something before. Barbie asks if recording this album felt any different. RINA says they felt pretty tense, HARU says it's completely different from playing a live show, and TOMO says that the only thing they could think of was how tense they felt. HARU says that they let all that loose when playing shows. Barbie then asks them if they're like, "Now that I'm done with this, I want to go do that." RINA gives examples like going to Disneyland with her younger sister and going out for yakiniku (Barbie: "You really go all out!"). HARU mentions that basically the only thing they eat when they record are bento (RINA: "We eat them everyday!"). Barbie asks if it's because they're busy/don't have time. They answer that it's because they're holed up in the studio all day. Barbie asks how long that time period lasts for. RINA says that they take a month to focus on making songs, and since they write the lyrics and music at home, it takes about a year overall. HARU says that prepping takes a lot of time.

Next, they mention that "A.M.D.K.J." is the ending song for "GeGeGe no Kitaro." Barbie says, "It's the one that Kiyoshi [Hikawa] sings, right?" They laugh and say that he sings the opening song, and that they sing the ending song. RINA says that she's really happy about it since she watched the anime when she was little. HARU says that the series is apparently really popular with kids right now. MAMI says that Kitaro's a very cool guy. The music video for the song then plays.

After the video airs, Barbie says that she can totally picture kids bouncing along to it, and asks them what kind of song it is. HARU says it's a very classic rock tune with impressive guitar riffs, and one that will probably be very fun for people to cover. Barbie mentions that the rhythm feels great and that it would probably resonate with kids too. They say that they'd love for them to sing along during the parts they say "amidakuji." Barbie says that that's a melody that they'll remember even after they've grown up.

Barbie asks them about the unusual spelling of "A.M.D.K.J." RINA says they wanted to make it symbol-like since the other spellings for the word didn't really match what they were going for. After playing around with it for a bit, they decided to go with the symbol-like spelling. Barbie says that it's memorable, kind of like "Y.M.C.A." (lol) She then asks them how recording it went. RINA says that it took a lot of energy since it's an intense song, and that they felt excited since it's most likely a song that'll be played a lot live. Barbie asks who OK'd the final takes they'd use. RINA answers that they themselves did, and would do takes until they were satisfied with them, no matter how long it took. They were careful to not take too much time on guitars, which they recorded last. Barbie comments that deciding yourself is kind of scary, like how do you decide where to stop? HARU and RINA say that there is a point where you no longer know, if it takes too much time. Barbie then asks about the lyrics for the song, which were written by RINA. She says she chose wording that would go with the mysterious atmosphere that "Kitaro" has, and went with strong and attacking words. She wanted to make it their own "killer tune" kind of song. Barbie asks what her favorite line in the song is, because there's always one thing in what you make that you're proud of. RINA says that she started writing the lyrics from the word "amidakuji," found in the song's second verses, and expanded on a story from the words "amidakuji of fate (unmei no amidakuji)." MAMI comments that this is the first time she's hearing of this. She also says that she wrote the music for it, and when she saw that "amidakuji of fate" was in the lyrics, she was like, "I see what you did there!" and thought it was really cool. HARU mentions that there's also the line "Sometimes you just can't be so serious (kuso majime ni yatterannai hi mo aru yo)," and RINA says that she thought the Kitaro team would say that couldn't be used ("kuso" can be used in a vulgar sense, meaning "shit" lol), but they allowed it. Barbie says that different generations could relate to "amidakuji of fate." HARU says it's a phrase that can resonate for children and adults.



16:25 - 35:20

Spoiler:
The next segment is titled "Discussing Love - 'SCANDAL's Room'", and two guests who are stars of dating reality shows, Momo (the woman) and Arashi (the man), join the program. They were both on the reality show Ainori in the mid 2000s.

This segment is mostly focused on Momo and Arashi, so I will not be writing a summary of it.



35:20 - 48:45

Spoiler:
Next is a test to see how feminine everyone is. For this, there are a total of two questions with four answers varying in points from 0-5. Whoever gets the highest score wins. Barbie asks if they feel that they're very feminine. RINA goes, "Not sure..." while HARU shakes her head. The first question asked is:

Your boyfriend's driving. Apparently, he's panicking a little because he got lost and hasn't been able to reach the intended destination. How should you act?

A. Guide him while looking closely at the car GPS or a map
B. Berate him and say, "What's taking so long? You're so unreliable!"
C. Ask him, "I need to go to the bathroom. Let's go to a cafe somewhere"
D. Pretend to be asleep


HARU, RINA, MAMI, and Arashi answer A. TOMO, Barbie, and Momo answer C.

They start by peeling off the piece of paper covering the points for answer D. It's so stuck on that Barbie can't really pull it off from her angle, so HARU helps out and pulls it off, revealing it to be worth 3 points. Next is answer B, worth 0 points. Next is C, worth 5 points (the highest). Finally is A, which is only worth 1 point. Barbie asks if there will be any explanation for these answers and their point totals - there isn't, which makes all of them laugh. Momo says that she chose C because the boyfriend is already ticked off, so whatever she would do wouldn't help any; therefore she'd want to give him a little break. Arashi thinks that if the boyfriend wasn't ticked off, then A would be the answer with the most points. HARU says that that A would probably hurt the boyfriend's pride.

The next question:

You're at a drinking party with old classmates. You point to you and your male friend and say, "If we're still single in 10 years, we should just get married to each other." He says, "Well..." and shows blatant disapproval. How do you answer back in a joking manner?

A. "No matter how much you're under pressure, even I have the right to choose"
B. "Oh, I'm okay with it being 10 years from now, or even right now"
C. "How rude! What's with that face you're making?"
D. "That might be good once we're both divorced"


HARU, Barbie, and Momo answer D. RINA and Arashi answer B. TOMO and MAMI answer C.

They start with A, which is once again hard to peel off. It's worth 2 points. Next is B, which Barbie asks HARU to pull off. It starts ripping the score off, so HARU goes for peeling off the other corner with no luck ("It doesn't matter which way--it's impossible to take off"). B is revealed to be worth 0 points. Next is C, which is worth 5 points (the highest). Last is D, which is worth 3 points. Barbie says, "There isn't anyone who got 0 points this time, right?" Arashi says yes, and RINA says, "There are," and hides her face with her letter. She then goes, "Ugh!" They both say they thought it was a response that would make the friend laugh, and to clear up the atmosphere. For C, TOMO and MAMI thought it was the most joke-like. For D, HARU says it wouldn't really hurt their feelings.

TOMO ends up winning with a perfect score of 10 points ("This is kind of embarrassing!"). Barbie asks the other members if this was expected. They say yes (MAMI: "This is how TOMOMI normally is. Her answers too."). As a reward, TOMO gets to eat a small cake and picks the one that's heart-shaped, but has a hard time taking it out of the box (Barbie: "Why is the cake taped to the box?!"). TOMO says it's really delicious and that it's embarrassing eating like this in front of everyone (HARU: "You won, but it's like you're doing a punishment"), and also that it's super embarrassing to be told she's very feminine.



48:45 - end

Spoiler:
Barbie asks them what the new album is like.

-H: "It's a really great one. Including our digital singles, there are a total of 11 songs. It's very dense. It'll be available as a Regular Edition, a DVD Edition, a Magazine Edition, a T-Shirt+DVD Edition, so please choose the one that you like and enjoy it."

-B: "There's also a documentary on it?"

-SCANDAL: "That's right."

-B: "Wow, I'm sure the fans will be happy to see that."

-H: "We had the crew shoot us in all sorts of places such as when we're recording and during each of our off-times. We're also really looking forward to how it'll be edited."

-B: "Were there times when you didn't want to be filmed?"

-R: "They were filming us so much that we no longer noticed the cameras."


Barbie then asks TOMO to announce the next piece of news. TOMO announces that SCANDAL will be doing another livestream on AbemaTV on February 12, the day the album comes out.


Lastly, the band gives out closing comments.

-M: "It'd make us happy if you'd listen to our album a lot and come out to our tour. Pi!"

-T: "We're playing 19 performances here in Japan, so please come out to one close to you. Pi!"

-R: "We hope you look forward to our next livestream as well. We really can't wait for our tour to start. Pi!"

-H: "We truly made a really great album, so we think that you'll really enjoy SCANDAL from this release onwards. Listen to it a lot, and look forward to next month's livestream. Pi!"

-T: "What is this 'pi' anyway?"



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