MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON's Interview with SCANDAL
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MMN Interview: SCANDAL look back at their overseas performances since their debut and going from “anime characters” to a “band” (Part One)




In 2016, SCANDAL toasted to ten years since their formation, and this autumn, they will celebrate their 10th anniversary since their major debut. The band released their eighth album HONEY this month which peaked at number one on Japan’s iTunes album charts on the day of release and ranked number one in iTunes J-pop charts across the globe including Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Peru. Last year, 3 of the band members – Haruna (Vocals/Guitar), Mami (Guitar/Vocals) and Tomomi (Bass/Vocals) – became the first Japanese female artists to sign an endorsement agreement with Fender. It is evident for all to see that SCANDAL are building and fortifying their career as an all-girls band representing Japan in both name and reality. In this interview, the four members looked back at their overseas activity and told various stories from their perspective as an all-female band.

Interview & Text: Mami Naruta / Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga


■”I think people overseas felt that we were performing anime characters”

――In the “HISTORY” column of your 10-year anniversary website, you have a timeline for your music activities for both Japan and the rest of the world lined up side-by-side. I felt that this was a reminder of how your band are enthusiastic about activities overseas. Your first overseas action was an American tour across six cities before your major debut in 2008. That’s amazing.

RINA: Yes, our first tour was in America, wasn’t it? We did all of that despite being an independent band who hadn’t even toured Japan yet. Back then we went forward with finishing everything we did to the end like crazy every time, but we had a strong connection overseas at the time, so from that year onward we went there every year without fail. At first, we felt like we were just children without a cause, but we gradually became something that couldn’t be ignored. Bands would cover our songs overseas, and the number of people who came to like us after watching us on YouTube went beyond our imaginations. Our fundamental stance is to go and perform in places where there are people demanding for us, so we focus on performing live without creating borders around the world.


――I see. Looking in detail, your first few years saw you perform at a lot of Japanese culture festivals such as “Japan Expo” and “AM2.” That was a time when you performed in uniform-style costumes, wasn’t it?

MAMI: It was.  The “Age of Uniforms” (laughs). That was a time when we did theme songs for anime, so the uniforms were part of it. We were also called to perform at a lot of festivals that promoted Japanese culture too.

TOMOMI: In our early days, we even had an animation kind of thing of us all on our official MySpace page. And we received a lot of attention from people overseas, so it felt like “animation” was spreading across the world as part of Japanese culture.


――From your experience having stepped onto the international stage, have you felt a desire for Japanese culture overseas, and by extension a culture for Japanese girl bands?

HARUNA: We were also unaware of it at the time. We were simply happy with the demand and could feel the joy of being able to perform live in lots of places, so that’s why we went. It might have only been recently that we became conscious of looking to overseas seriously as a girl band.

RINA: I think that awareness strengthened when we came to perform solo shows. And our overseas fans also changed with it. At culture festivals, there were many people there simply out of curiosity who weren’t our target goal, and there were a lot of people who were also interested and felt Japanese culture in the seifuku costumes. I think from the point of view of people overseas, it felt like we were like anime characters performing.


――In 2015, you held a huge world tour where you performed 41 shows across Japan, France, the UK, Germany, America, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

RINA: There were more people who had watched our music videos on YouTube than those who knew us from anime on this tour. I felt that people came along to support us as a band. The atmosphere was totally different in the venues too compared to our early days.

MAMI: I believe there’s something historical about being in a position where people know your existence from social media and video-sharing websites. When we began our career, social media still wasn’t being used all that much in Japan, and YouTube as it’s used today wasn’t a thing. I feel the change in times with regard to our connection overseas.


■”Our world tour made me feel that ‘SCANDAL’ had come to be seen as a band in and of itself”


――Having toured 9 countries, please tell me about any impressions that have been left on you, on or off stage.

RINA: We’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of interviews, but I’ve noticed that the content of the interviews have changed from place to place. Before, we’d get asked a lot of questions related to anime like “What do you think of anime?” and “What kind of anime theme song do you want to do next?” But now the questions are focused on the band itself. It made me feel that “SCANDAL” had come to be seen as a band in and of itself, without anime.

MAMI: Mexico and South America in particular are places where the way in which Japanese bands are viewed on YouTube are different from other countries. In other countries, anime and manga take priority. How people find us derives from there most of the time. But in South America, “Japanese bands” are an established cultural genre. They search for Japanese bands from the get-go, they find their favourite and share it with friends. That’s how we’re introduced over there. I was really happy that they viewed us in that way.

RINA: Something I remember from on-stage… The way people enjoy live performances. I saw how each country really does have its own unique culture. In Japan I don’t think we have that style of support where we hold up our country’s flag, but there are places where people have fun by waving their own country’s flag and drink and dance.

TOMOMI: For example, football is really popular in Mexico. When we turn the lights off in the venue, people chant “Olé, Olé, Olé” like a sports match.

RINA: Right? When we toured Europe, there was someone on stage [to introduce us and] get the crowd excited. They’d say something like “Here’s SCANDAL!” and the sound effects would begin playing (laughs). I noticed how the beginning of shows was different in each country and location.

HARUNA: In Asia, there were a lot of times where everybody sang together. It happens a lot in Japan too where people sing the chorus together, but elsewhere they sing the entire song from start to finish, don’t they?

RINA: So much so that everyone’s voices become even louder than Haruna’s mic volume (laughs).

MAMI: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore were just like that, weren’t they? Usually people listen and are just there in whatever way they like. Their love really got through.

TOMOMI: Something I find different from Japan are people’s interests. There’s a real diversity in the people that attend, from older people who look like fans of that venue to the edgy punk type. I’m super interested in how they came to know SCANDAL. Well, I know social media is big, so if it was 10 years ago, I think the people who we couldn’t meet will come to our world tours now.

RINA: It’s precisely because we can look up and find our favourite things that our interests are so broad.


■”It doesn’t matter how we’re perceived, what’s most important is that people can enjoy us”


――Have your perceptions changed in relation to performing?

RINA: Strictly speaking, we’ve made a lot of changes to our sound and equipment, but our songs are all sung in Japanese, and I feel that wherever we go to perform I want to do everything the same without any changes. What does change is how we communicate with fans on-stage. We’re working hard to be able to speak in a country’s language as much as possible.

MAMI: People really get in the music easily, so if they’re excited, they’ll join us. I feel people come to the shows and have fun, so there are no worries there.


――This is a simple question, but do overseas music fans know the difference between idol groups and girl bands? Regardless of the use of instruments or not, do you think that there are people who perceive Japanese girl groups as “idols”?

MAMI: I think their understanding of the word “idol” is different from that in Japan. In Japan, it’s a single genre, but overseas, it’s someone who has an influence on you or someone you love. It’s someone you yearn for and someone whose existence is like that of a star. I think that grasp of the word is much stronger, so there might not be a lot of people who do make that distinction.

RINA: Don’t get me wrong, but I think either is fine. We don’t go out of our way to say “but we’re not idols.” Being seen this way means not giving special instructions and just have people come to like and enjoy our music. Because I think idols and bands are both cool. I find idols to truly be multi-players. They can sing, dance, act and have variety, and are really outgoing in a human way. Even in a band set-up, an idol’s nature can become their weapon of choice – their charm. I want us to be a group that can be enjoyed as humans, so even if there are people who see us as idols, I can say in all honestly that it doesn’t make us feel uncomfortable in terms of motivation. If people can enjoy us and say “They’re an interesting bunch,” then that makes me the happiest.


MMN Interview: SCANDAL want to live coolly as Japan’s representative all-female band (Part Two)


■“We want to be cool so our listeners throughout the world can be proud”


――When SCANDAL head out across the globe, “Japan’s representative girl band” really is an is appropriate catchphrase in reality and in name.

RINA:: We’re not quite there yet. But that makes me happy.

MAMI: But if we’re asked whether we’re placing focus on our overseas activities, that’s not the case. It’s just the way things pan out. We go with it without intending to separate Japan and everywhere else. It isn’t the case that from the beginning we were conscious of wanting to become Japan’s representative girl band or become popular overseas, so to have that said to us now makes me really happy.

RINA:: I have an increased awareness for us to be cool so that people think to themselves things like “I’m glad I supported them” and “I, who support SCANDAL, love who I am” for the very fact that we have listeners all around the world. I’ve taken in the fact that lots of different people listen to us, so I’ve truly come to think that I don’t want to let the fans down. I want to live cool, so much so that listening to SCANDAL’s music becomes people’s confidence.

HARUNA:: Yeah. We’ve done this for twelve years, so I want to have confidence in that.

RINA:: I feel that our fans’ minds are the same regardless of what country they’re from. I haven’t asked each of them individually, but when I look at things like the atmosphere in a venue, although people’s ages, gender, race and religion are different, I really feel that everyone holds the same mindset. I think that’s where the world ties together.

HARUNA:: Overseas fans come to our tours in Japan, and vice versa Japanese fans come when we play overseas. I’m happy that there’s an interaction.

TOMOMI: There’s an unofficial international fan club called “SCANDAL HEAVEN.” Groups of people on there from each country get together and post photos of themselves eating together on social media.


――Fans that have transcended national borders and connected through your music have left a happy impression on you, haven’t they? Also, I think within the female band scene, you have your own unique values.

RINA:: I think girl bands are accepted as one part of Japanese culture. There are very few girl bands overseas. It seems difficult for them to last a long time. I hear stories of bands disbanding soon after their debut. That’s why, in contrast with us who’ve been together for 12 years, there’s a lot of people interested in what a long-lasting girl band is like. There are people who feel culture and appeal in our existence, so I’ve felt we’ve moved forward.


――It’s true when you mention overseas girl bands. Nothing springs to mind immediately…

RINA:: If we’re talking recently then HiNDS are really cool, and they have a unique feel that I find great. If the number of girl bands increases from country to country, the music scene will become more exciting. I’d like to support them.


■“Japanese girls are skilled at creating their own personal ‘cute’”


――By the way, what do each of you find to be the charm point of Japanese girls?

RINA:: They’re allowed to mix together the things they like. They’re skilled at creating their own personal “cute.” Even ordinary school girls. They create a world that they love on their Instagram pages, don’t they? This is found in Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s style too, but for example, adding a little spice to something that isn’t just cute. Their ability to self-produce is strong.

HARUNA:: Everybody knows what suits them. Whether it’s make-up or different fashion styles, they skilfully incorporate what looks good on them and create something original. I think that’s wonderful.

RINA:: In our recent album HONEY too, I think we’ve been able to create songs that mix together sweet and bitter. The album is centred around songs we wrote in 2017. This time we reconsidered “Japanese rock” while keeping them sung in Japanese, so when people overseas have listened to it, I think they’ll see it’s a record that conveys today’s Japanese girl rock. In that sense, I think we’ve created an album that compiles 10 years of a SCANDAL that has taken influence from many things, sweet and bitter.


――In 2017 you released your 10-year anniversary greatest hits album, toured Japan’s 47 prefectures and went on your first taiban* tour. It was a substantial year for you.

RINA:: Last year we put on tough, masculine-like performances, which made us wonder what kind of songs a girl band should perform. It was a period where we re-evaluated things like our position and status. We had strong thoughts that “We’re girls, so we really should be doing the kind of rock that girls can do, otherwise it’s not interesting,” especially during our taiban tour.

[*Translator’s Note: A taiban is a concert where several bands perform.]


――The bands that joined you at the taiban were UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, 04 Limited Sazabys and BLUE ENCOUNT, right?

RINA:: We toured with 3 big bands at that festival, so it was something I mulled over. So I think we’ve been able to create an album that shakes off those thoughts in a girly way.


――Your album cover was produced by AMIAYA, twins who are active in Tokyo as fashion icons. How did that collaboration come about?

TOMOMI: We’ve actually been close with AMIAYA ever since we were introduced to them by Mizuki (Masuda) of [music group] Negoto. We knew that the album contained a lot of personal things. It’s filled with events that have happened in our daily lives, our favourite words, smells, colours and things like that. It came about because we thought since the album is so personal, it would be good if we made it together with a close friend. We were also crazy about how perfect the album colour and AMIAYA’s character went together.


――All things considered, I think that how you’re all able to write your songs together is really your strong point as a band.

RINA:: Hehehe (laughs). The four of us are individuals so songs are born left, right and centre, but when performing as a band, they become SCANDAL’s songs. It’s strange, isn’t it? Even though we do it together we never grow tired, and even now my heart is always racing. I think right now is the most fun time ever.


■SCANDAL recommend their favourite spots around Tokyo


――You’ve just released your new album. What mode is SCANDAL in right now?

RINA:: We’ve once again been able to create something that shakes free the kind of rock that seems good, in 2018, the 10th anniversary of our major debut, so the sense of accomplishment having completed HONEY is amazing (laughs). We’re taking this album on a hall tour, our first in three years, so I hope to put on the best performance we can now.

HARUNA:: We also have an Asia tour after our tour in Japan! We didn’t have an overseas tour last year, so this time we’re going to the Philippines and China for the first time. I’m really excited. We’ve received messages on Twitter for years of people saying “Please come to the Philippines,” so we’re finally going. I think they’ll be fully charged for us (laughs).

RINA:: Asia have welcomed us with a “Come back!” so we’re always at ease there! Fans bring along their friends to the airport. I get the feeling the number of new people increases every time.

MAMI: Yeah. There might even be places where the audience has completely changed. I’m interested to see how people will listen to this album.


――To wrap up, can each of you recommend some spots in Tokyo?

TOMOMI: When my friend visits from my home town, we’ve boarded the Yakatabune at Sumida River several times. You can eat traditional Japanese food like tempura, and you can see places like Odaiba and Skytree in one go while you go down the river. It was so much fun. I recommend that course!

MAMI: If you’re coming for a good time during spring’s cherry blossom season, then how about Shinjuku Gyoen or Meguro River? Since I don’t think you can easily see cherry trees lined up like that overseas. It’s not something flashy or gaudy, and this is a simple way to look at things, but you can kind of feel Japan with just one glance of them. It might be fun to visit and have fun enjoying the four seasons.

HARUNA:: As for me, I’ve been filling up by goshuincho*. For foreigners, it’s kind of like a stamp rally? Well, it’s not as simple as that, but I think if you’ve made the effort to come to Japan it could be fun to spend your time doing it. I started by purchasing a goshuincho at Sensō-ji. If you go to Sensō-ji, you also have Nakamise-dori just before you reach the temple which is a lot of fun. You can enjoy the so-called essence of Japan.

[*Translator’s Note: A goshuincho is a book used for collecting goshuin, which are stamps or seals you can receive when you visit temples and shrines in Japan. Each place has their own unique stamp.]

RINA:: For me… Tower Records in Shibuya. CD shops are dying overseas. I think Japan has the most CD shops in the world, but out of them all I think that’s the biggest. They have everything there. I see photos people have taken that have come from overseas of the Tower Records building, and I think to myself “so that’s how they view it.”


――Even when you actually look at things like the stock and floorspace, it’s the world’s biggest CD retail store.

RINA:: It’s true. It’s a valuable place. There’s a documentary movie called “ALL THINGS MUST PASS” that covers the history of Tower Records. After I watched it I went to Tower Records in Shibuya and was really moved! I don’t know what the future has in store for record shops, so I hope people enjoy it while it’s there. It’s the coolest CD shop.

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2011.7.3 AM2 - Anaheim, CA 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 SCANDAL HALL TOUR 2012 @愛知 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 @大阪城ホール 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015「HELLO WORLD」 Paris, FR 4.26「HW」London, UK 4.30「HW」Essen, GER 5.15「HW」Chicago, IL 5.20「HW」Mexico City, MEX 5.22「HW」LA, CA 5.23「HW」Anaheim, CA 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD @武道館5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes @泉大津フェニックス 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @Ibaraki 7.15 Mito 7.17 Tokyo 2018.9.5 SCANDAL US & Mexico Tour 2018 "Special Thanks" @NY 9.7 @SF 9.9 @Anaheim 9.12 @MTY 9.14 @MEX 9.16 @TX
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Re: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON's Interview with SCANDAL
Posted on Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:17 am

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OMG!!

Hi Tomomi... are you secretly reading this? You rock girl...   Nice One


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Spoiler:
Will you marry me?

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Posted on Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:34 am

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Too late man, Tomomi saw how i've been sticking up for her around here and she PM'd me.  In my dreams.

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Re: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON's Interview with SCANDAL
Posted on Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:46 am

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Is that what we've been reduced to - a bunch of fans who like to eat? I kid.

Grin

Reminds me of meeting up with like-minded fans (some SH, some not) at gigs and I think tweets do get noticed when hash-tagged (or tagged to SCANDAL themselves):



The above is us (from the UK, France, Austria, Malaysia, Czech Republ. etc) after a show in Wien, Austria.





~ CHECK OUT MY 「PERFECT WORLD | Road to Budōkan」 VIDEO! 見てください!  ~

16-17/3/13 *SCAPE Warehouse | SIN
29/1/15 たましんRISURUホール | 立川市、日本
31/1/15 ベイシア文化ホール | 前橋市、日本
26/4/15 O2 Academy Islington | UK
12-13/1/16 日本武道館 | 東京、日本
10/9/16 Melkweg | AMS
17/9/16 Szene | WIEN
24/9/16 O2 Academy Islington | UK
10/6/18 MacPherson Stadium | HK
10-11/11/18 ZEPP Ōsaka Bayside | 大阪、日本
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Well, that was a very cool interview, and that's very nice of them to mention this website. I'm glad they are proud and confident as an all women band. Certainly more women should feel supported if they want to play and form bands, and good role models are inspirational! Since everyone has a wish list I wish they'd come play New York!

And the Tower Records story is interesting and a bit sad. Tower Japan did a smart thing when they broke off from the parent company, since that went bust. Tower had an awesome store next to Lincoln Center in NY. They had indie records, blues, jazz and 'zines.

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The Tokyo spots recommended by MAMI and RINA rang true with me - I had enjoyed the sakura blossoms in Nakameguro (目黒川桜まつり - the Meguro river cherry blossom festival). It's off the beaten track (of sorts - tourists tend to go to the obvious spots like Yoyogi-koen for example) and it's a pleasant walk despite the number of locals enjoying the view. Shots I took from the walk during my first visit to Tokyo 4 years ago:



I have nothing much to say about RINA's recommendation apart from one should be careful with being in the Shibuya TOWER records for too long if you have a fetish for J-music. I have spent a few yen on CDs/Blu-rays and hours in-store every single time I walk by it when I come for a visit. Do check out the lopsided Hachiko in front of the store, though:





~ CHECK OUT MY 「PERFECT WORLD | Road to Budōkan」 VIDEO! 見てください!  ~

16-17/3/13 *SCAPE Warehouse | SIN
29/1/15 たましんRISURUホール | 立川市、日本
31/1/15 ベイシア文化ホール | 前橋市、日本
26/4/15 O2 Academy Islington | UK
12-13/1/16 日本武道館 | 東京、日本
10/9/16 Melkweg | AMS
17/9/16 Szene | WIEN
24/9/16 O2 Academy Islington | UK
10/6/18 MacPherson Stadium | HK
10-11/11/18 ZEPP Ōsaka Bayside | 大阪、日本
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It's nice Tomomi gave us a shout out.  How cool?  And I liked that Rina mentioned the "All Things Must Pass" documentary.  If you haven't seen it yet, I do recommend it.  Tom Hanks' son directed.

I like all the positivity the girls have towards touring and their many international fans, but it always bums me they rarely seem to mention the North American fans.  I feel like we didn't make a strong enough impression when they last came through on the "Hello World" tour.  Mexico seemed to have kicked our butts in the enthusiasm department as if it was a soccer match between us.  I worry they may think they are not popular enough here to come back (assuming they can withstand the expense to tour here).  So Tomomi, if you are reading this forum, please come back.  We love you!

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Don Dio wrote:I like all the positivity the girls have towards touring and their many international fans, but it always bums me they rarely seem to mention the North American fans.  I feel like we didn't make a strong enough impression when they last came through on the "Hello World" tour.  Mexico seemed to have kicked our butts in the enthusiasm department as if it was a soccer match between us.  I worry they may think they are not popular enough here to come back

I know what you mean...

But actually, they first thought that SH was solely a US-based fan group! Back in 2011 when they came to AM2 Convention in Anaheim, CA, we SH fans here showed them so much love and support that they had never experienced before that they were pretty much blown away. They even talked about us at a fan club event later that month in Japan (link). That was the first time they learned about SH, and we proved to them that we are a worldwide group a few months later when they toured in Asia.

As someone who attended both the Mexico and California shows of their world tour, I'd have to say that we definitely kicked Mexico's butts in fan support and respect at the LA show because most of the front section was comprised of SH members. Mexico was TOO enthusiastic; they were unbelievably loud, unruly, and disrespectful/rude (they kept chanting so much that the band couldn't even speak during the MCs). LA was loud but respectful, enthusiastic but not overdoing it. I distinctly remember a moment after one of the songs where the love (lol) felt by the fans and the band was almost palpable. I could definitely see it on the band's faces too. I've never felt nor seen anything like that at any other SCANDAL shows I've been to.

Also, the very first place they performed abroad in and the very first place they toured was the US, which is something they still mention quite often. They'll always have a soft spot in their hearts for us.

So don't worry; they know how much their US/North American fans (LA area especially) love them and I'm sure they'll show us some love again very soon.





2011.7.3 AM2 - Anaheim, CA 2012.3.28 SCANDAL vs BUDOKAN 11.3+4 SCANDAL HALL TOUR 2012 @愛知 11.10 Happy MUSIC Live 2012 2013.3.3 SCANDAL OSAKA-JO HALL 2013 @大阪城ホール 2014.6.1 HNL Ekiden & Music 2014 6.2 Fan Meeting 2015.4.25 SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015「HELLO WORLD」 Paris, FR 4.26「HW」London, UK 4.30「HW」Essen, GER 5.15「HW」Chicago, IL 5.20「HW」Mexico City, MEX 5.22「HW」LA, CA 5.23「HW」Anaheim, CA 2016.1.12+13 PERFECT WORLD @武道館5.21 Welcome Fan Meeting 5.22 HNL Ekiden & Music 2016 5.23 Farewell Fan Meeting 8.21 SCAFes @泉大津フェニックス 2017.7.14 47 Prefecture Tour @Ibaraki 7.15 Mito 7.17 Tokyo 2018.9.5 SCANDAL US & Mexico Tour 2018 "Special Thanks" @NY 9.7 @SF 9.9 @Anaheim 9.12 @MTY 9.14 @MEX 9.16 @TX
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Thank you, TGE, for the words of comfort. 

I have seen in quite a few interviews them comment about their early experience coming here, but I was unfortunate to not have known who they were at the time to share in that joy. 

I've mentioned in this forum before that I go to a lot of concerts during the year.  I discovered Scandal sometime before they came out for "Hello World," and when I went to the LA Show I thought I was going to see an unknown band.  I was so impressed by the amount of people that packed into the HOB, and the enthusiasm everyone had for a group I never knew existed a few months prior.  Plus all the merchandise was gone before I even entered the venue!  I had never experienced that before anywhere.  I went home that night and bought a ticket for the Anaheim show.  Same experience.  Not only was the band very good, but the fans made the show equally as fun.   The energy in the crowd was one of the best audience experiences I ever had; and I remember the look on the girls' faces and they clearly were enjoying it, too.  In relation to the crowd, the only thing that felt remotely close were the times I saw Bruce Springsteen at the Stone Pony on the Jersey Shore-- but that's a hometown crowd.  This is why I always get sad when they don't shine a little light on those CA shows for others, but maybe because of their early experience this was all somewhat expected.

On a side note, it is because of the Anaheim show that I found out about Scandal Heaven.  The guy next to me told me about it.  This also impressed me the band I never knew existed had an international fan club... and this for a band that sings in Japanese!  What a wonderful world.

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thoseguiltyeyes wrote:
So don't worry; they know how much their US/North American fans (LA area especially) love them and I'm sure they'll show us some love again very soon.
Hmm, I see that wink there ...

I love LA and have family there, but selfishly want to see an East Coast tour! NY, DC, Philly, Boston, Providence ... they can do it all with one flight and easy driving.

I see BABYMETAL is touring the U.S. soon.
http://jrock247.com/2018/02/babymetal-to-launch-2018-world-tour-in-may-for-u-s-and-europe/#more-16371



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Re: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON's Interview with SCANDAL
Posted on Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:30 pm

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Don Dio

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It is interesting for them to tour in this section of the country where there is a smaller Japanese or Asian population than on the west coast or NYC.  Even more interesting is that it seems they are headlining and not supporting a bigger US act.  Additionally, playing the Download Festival is a big deal.  They should get a lot of exposure.  I have discovered quite a few new/young bands over the years from concert footage that has gotten released to TV or YouTube.  Good for them, but Scandal should be doing this.  They're a much better band (imo).

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