Japanese trauma techno-pop group URBANGARDE has released a music video “Coin Locker Babies” from their live-show only mini-album release Shojou Kaitai, featuring costume design by Japanese lolita fashion company Angelic Pretty.
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.