Japanese all-female rock band exist†trace has revealed the jacket art and track list for their upcoming 6-track EP Royal Straight Magic, due for release November 16.
Royal Straight Magic features 5 new songs written by guitarist and lead songwriter miko, and 1 new song written by guitarist Omi, who penned the fan-favorite “Shout Out” on the band’s last EP, This Is Now.
exist†trace ROYAL STRAIGHT MAGIC
01. Psychedelic Black Night (music/lyrics: miko)
02. ROYAL STRAIGHT MAGIC (music/lyrics: miko)
03. Yoake no Hikari (music/lyrics: Omi)
04. Kimi to Ame to Himitsu (music/lyrics: miko)
05. GET BACK (music/lyrics: miko)
06. SKY (music/lyrics: miko)
exist†trace has kept up with a busy live schedule in the midst of recording the new album, and will launch their “Survival March” tour in November with a hard-hitting slate of special guests.
11/4 Nagoya @ IMAIKE 3 STAR with: touch my secret, Disqualia, BLACKBILLY, YKC
11/5 Shiga @ BARI-HARI with: Accidentally Encounter, sylph emew, Disqualia, Rosario Ark
11/6 Shinsaibashi @ FAN J with: Kisakiemi, sylph emew, Disqualia, RAMPANT
11/12 Machida @ The Play House with: SOUNDWITCH, Torirudan, BLACKBILLY, LAST MAY JAGUAR
11/13 Shizuoka @ UMBER with: G∀LMET, SOUNDWITCH, BAND-MAID
11/19 Shimokitazawa @ MOSAiC with: G∀LMET, SOUNDWITCH, sylph emew, LAST MAY JAGUAR
Band members Jyou (vocals) and Omi (guitar) have formed a special limited-time unit “Winter Boys” for the Survival March tour. The duo will sing surprise songs, MC the concert event, and introduce the visiting bands.
exist †trace will cap off the year with three straight one-man performances titled “Royal Straight Magical Show” in Osaka (December 17), Nagoya (December 18), and Tokyo (January 9).
Members of Archangel Diamond, the official exist†trace international fan club, will receive a bonus photo set with the Royal Straight Magic CD plus a digital download code for the November 16 release.
GUITAR and VOCAL: miko
exist†trace is one of Japan’s first all-female Visual Kei rock bands.
Along with multiple tours of Japan, exist†trace has performed twice in Europe, making appearances in Berlin, Helsinki, Moscow, Paris, London, and Barcelona. In 2009, the band performed at the 2-day V-ROCK FESTIVAL in Chiba, Japan.
In November 2010, exist†trace released their album TWIN GATE in Japan and America, followed by their first American live show for 3000 fans at Sakura-Con in Seattle in April 2011. In June of the same year, they made their major-label debut with the TRUE EP on Tokuma Japan, and released a second 5-song EP THE LAST DAYBREAK in October 2011.
In March 2012, exist†trace performed their first live-house tour of America, playing New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Hard Rock Cafe), and a special 1000-person show at Japanese culture event Tekkoshocon.
In April 2012, exist†trace’s “I feel you” was selected as the main theme for Olympic champion Nadeshiko Japan’s official guidebook. Their first full-length major-label album VIRGIN was released May 23, 2012.
In June 2012, over 27,000 viewers from around the world tuned in to Nico Nico Douga to watch exist†trace’s live-show event “Just Like a Virgin” from Tokyo’s renowned live house Shibuya O-WEST, which was later released on DVD and screened in theaters worldwide by Live Viewing Japan.
In June 2013, exist†trace returned to America for the third time in three years to perform at A-Kon in Dallas, TX. Their next single, DIAMOND, was released in July 2013, followed by a worldwide digital release on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Spiral Daisakusen was released in May 2014, and the band launched their international fan club ARCHANGEL DIAMOND the same month.
exist†trace released WORLD MAKER in September 2014, and spent the following year concentrating on touring and songwriting. The band released two “one-coin” singles in 2015, “Twin Wings” and “Shout Out”, available only at live shows in Japan and through Archangel Diamond. The 6-track mini-album THIS IS NOW was released in March 2016, which included “Neo Japanese Heroine”, the theme song for the Yahoo! Sports simulcast of the Japan Women’s Football League (Nadeshiko League).
exist†trace’s next 6-song mini-album, Royal Straight Magic, will be released in November 2016.