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Posted Sun Oct 30, 2022 8:19 am

MeridianCurse

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Hi all!

I'm following this awesome community anonymously for quite a while now. Thanks for all the amazing info, translations and reads on everything Scandal related. Here is a short version, so you don't to plow through the long read! :-D tl;dr: I found Scandal in 2016 through a Youtube recommendation. I thought it was silly at first, but I started to like them more and more and now in 2022 it is my favourite band and I have finally seem them live in Berlin. I'm totally blown away! Scandal No. 1!


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This was somewhere around 2016. Back then I was listening to a lot of music during my work, mostly metal and gothic rock, and I was permanently searching for new input. Some friends made some recommendations like Maximum The Hormone and having grown up with Nintendo and Anime and deep love for the Japanese language, I think I was pretty much primed to be receptive to Japanese music. So once the Youtube algorithm has been set to expose me to more and more Japanese bands it didn't take long to find myself watching the first Scandal video: Shoujo S.

I'll be completely honest here: I thought it was really silly and I cringed! Yeah,the tunes were funny and whatever, but come on!

Yet I was somehow drawn to it...

So after a while I started to look them up specifically and found the amazing range of styles they offered and more and more songs which very neatly fit with my usual playlists, Shunkan Sentimental, Doll, Your Song and so on. I was already pretty much on my way to become a true Scandal fan, but I told nobody and treated them like some kind of hidden guilty pleasure. Ironically then it was Pinheel Surfer out of all songs, which made me finally break. I just couldn't anymore, this was just too much fun and I wanted to wholly embrace it!

Fast forward to 2022, and by now all my usual playlists consist of female fronted JRock and JPop bands, and I regularly listen to it for hours nonstop. Although music has always been one of the most important parts in my life, I never have enjoyed it more than I do now and it all started with this silly image of four girls rocking in some artificial rain somewhere on a schoolyard in Japan.

And after a wait which has felt like half a lifetime now, I finally have seen them live in Berlin this year. I've seen a lot of concerts in my life, but this was the most amazing gig ever! Their live presence has totally blown me away. Hundreds of videos from other shows really haven't prepared me at all on how captivating they were and how much humbleness and kindness they were radiating, once you were able to pick up on all the small details and how much exchange was happening between them and the crowd. For weeks, whenever I have closed my eyes, I still have heard them playing in my head and, especially with the line "Kono shunkan eien ni shite" from Eternal repeating, of which the meaning I have found out just recently in a translation here... what should I say, true story! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sandal No. 1!

Just a small anecdote from the concert: after the gig was over, I went to the Japanese sound technician and pointed at my ear and gestured thumbs up to let him know, how amazing the sound was. I was totally baffled when he suddenly stood up and bowed to me, which then has let a few people around me to bow back to him as well. Everyone seemed so happy, what a small moment of pure wholesomeness and I cherish it so much. <3

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Posted Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:57 pm

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Hello and welcome to SH.  I was the same I found Scandal when I was listening to Band Maid on Youtube.

You no doubt made Japanese sound technician happy, the person must have thought you telling technician you are doing a good job.

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Posted Sun Oct 30, 2022 3:50 pm

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Hello and welcome!
Thanks for your story.
I understand your feelings. It's been more than a month since the concert, but I still remember how cool it was!  HARU rock



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Posted Sun Oct 30, 2022 9:12 pm

MeridianCurse

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Thank you so much for the nice welcome! It is such a pleasure to meet people who can relate! <3

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Re: Hi all!
Posted Mon Nov 14, 2022 1:33 pm

harurob

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Welcome to the forum!

At first my thoughts were almost the same as yours. "The songs are great and they're gorgeous, but can they really sing? Yes! Can they play live? Yes!"

What brought me to SCANDAL wasn't just the music, but also their personalities. They're a completely different band from what I used to follow. Their feel-good nature. Something I didn't know I needed, that gave more color to my life, which I accepted with open arms.

Because of them I discovered many artists like LiSA, Akai Ko-en and another Osaka group from the 90's called Ulfuls, great band.



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