Japanese techno-rock band URBANGARDE will be making their first American performance debut at A-Kon® 26 in Dallas, Texas. The band’s outrageous videos and live stage shows combining schoolgirl fetishes, exorcisms, and giant-baby samurai duels have garnered them multiple sold-out shows in Japan and an intense worldwide following.
A welcome message for the fans has recently release preparing for the band’s USA debut at A-Kon® 26 in Dallas, TX, a short introduction on the band and their newly joined member, showing their excitement about coming to perform in USA for the first time bringing in with them their latest songs for this live, including an Akihabara-based Japanese lesson follow by a pledge to show America the power of Japanese Otaku spirit.
URBANGARDE have also releases a series of LINE stickers for the popular messaging app featuring imagery from their catalog of mind-bending, counter-culture videos including “Sayonara Subculture”, “Sakura Memento”, and “Tokai no Alice”.
LINE sticker previews and info:
URBANGARDE will be performing a live concert at A-Kon® 26 in Dallas with fan Q&A and autograph sessions during the three-day Japanese anime and pop-culture event, June 5-7, 2015.
Vocals: Yoko Hamasaki (Yokotan)
Vocals: Temma Matsunaga
Guitar: Shin Zeze
Support Keyboard: Ohkubo Kei
URBANGARDE is a self-described “Trauma Techno Pop” band, mixing male and female vocals, outrageous performance-art visuals, and daring social commentary. After completing three independent albums, they released their major debut singles “Skirt Kakumei” and “Tokimeki ni Shisu” from Universal Music Japan in 2011, followed by their first major-label album release Mental Hells. URBANGARDE’s 2012 album Geiger Counter Culture achieved the number 10 position on the daily Oricon chart in Japan and made the top 25 on its weekly chart.
In 2012, URBANGARDE ranked in the top 5 J-Pop artists on France’s NOLIFE TV and made their French live performance debut at the Toulouse Game Show (TGS). URBANGARDE returned to France in 2013 for Japan Expo and released their greatest hits compilation Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE, featuring the song “Tokai no Alice.”
URBANGARDE’s latest album Utsukushii Kuni was released in June 2014 on their new label Tokuma Japan Communications, featuring artwork by renowned Japanese painter Aida Makoto. The same year URBANGARDE released music videos for “Sakura Memento” and “One-Piece Shinjuu”. URBANGARDE will make their USA performance debut in 2015 at A-Kon® 26, presented by RESONANCE Media.