Here are a couple of quick update items about Japanese bands we’ve written about in the past.
Long-time readers of the site know that we have a thing about Baby Metal. A non-pervy thing, I hasten to add. If you’re new to the site, you can find all our prior blathering here. The breaking news is that Baby Metal, at long last, have announced they will be releasing an album. Entitled BABYMETAL, it will become available on February 26 via iTunes and assorted other sites (for CDs), which you can find via the band’s FB page or their web site.
The band have released a trailer for the album. It’s mainly just a string of clips from previous videos, but I’ll stick it up here anyway:
THE WAGAKKI BAND
I found out about The Wagakki Band last October from our Tokyo-based friend Phro and wrote about them here, embedding a number of their videos. In addition to recording covers of vocaloid songs, they also blend traditional Japanese instruments and musical styles with Western hard rock. And so the band’s seven musicians (not counting fan-swinging vocalist Yuko Suzuhana) include not only a drummer, a guitarist, and a bassist but also a tsugaru-jamisen (Japanese lute) player, a koto (Japanese harp) player, a shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player, and a taiko drummer.
On January 31, Phro sent me a link to a new video from the band that had just appeared on YouTube. I’m not sure about the name of the song, because I don’t read Japanese [update: Phro tells me the name is “Senbon Zakura”], but it appears to be from a forthcoming album named Vocaloid Zanmai, which will become available on April 23. Actually, I’m not sure about the name of the album either — the name I used is the one Google Garble gave me when I used it on the Japanese text that accompanies the video.
Anyway, the video is cool. Here it is: