Japanese all-girl rock band BAND-MAID released their new music video “alone” on Valentine’s Day, and the video has racked up over 10,000 views on YouTube on its first day of release.
Featuring a blistering guitar solo from guitarist Kanami and lyrics about a stinging romantic breakup, the new song struck a chord with the band’s worldwide fans and looks sure to match the popularity of BAND-MAID’s previous videos “Real Existence” and “Thrill” which have topped 1 million YouTube views each.
BAND-MAID will make their American performance debut at Sakura-Con in Seattle, WA, March 25-27 at the Washington State Convention Center. Info at http://sakura-con/org.
Guitar & Vocals: Miku
BAND-MAID is an all-girl Japanese rock group from Tokyo formed in 2013. Their authentic maid cafe outfits, based on founder Miku’s experiences in Akihabara’s maid cafes, contrast with the band’s aggressive hard rock sound.
BAND-MAID’s breakthrough video “Thrill” was released in 2014, instantly garnering attention from Japanese rock and mainstream music fans. Racking up praises for their technical skills and daring lyrics, they released their album New Beginning in 2015, with the videos for “Real Existence” and “Thrill” surpassing 1 million YouTube views each.
Reviews for BAND-MAID’s New Beginning:
“Reminiscent of Wolfmother’s debut CD, this is a band that’s found its sweet spot and is super-clear about what they’re about.”
“New Beginning is a fantastic mini-album that deserves wide acclaim. A solid rhythm section, effortless guitar riffing/soloing, and confident vocals. This is a band that knows how to play!”
-Femme Metal Webzine
“Full of addictive numbers with a powerful chemistry of twin vocals, killer guitar riffs, low-end bass line and a precise pounding beat of the drums. Each sound by the five band members has a strong personality, but their collision unleashes huge amounts of energy in each song.”
Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2015 was over 23,000 individuals, with most members attending all three days!
Please join us for Sakura-Con 2016 as we celebrate our 19th amazing year. All the excellent programming you’ve come to expect will be back in abundance. Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV’s, industry guests, over 100,000 square feet of exhibits hall, guests of honor, and more!