URBANGARDE’s new music video “Kotoba Uri” (“Word Seller”) touches base on 80s technopop to bring in the new year, with a VHS-style reflection on past moments as they prepare for their 2020 tour and new album TOKYOPOP, released January 1, 2020 and now streaming worldwide.
With concept and choreography by band leader Temma Matsunaga, “Kotoba Uri”‘s surreal visuals are set in a botanical garden as the band members watch midnight television. The video was directed by Shun Murakami, who previously directed videos for URBANGARDE’s “Shoujo Gannen”, Yoko Hamasaki’s “Bible”, and Temma Matsunaga’s “Seiyoku“.
URBANGARDE – “KOTOBA URI” (MV)
TOKYOPOP is a concept album includes new songs, self-covers, and remixes of past hits in a techno-pop style. The deluxe limited edition will contain a poster and 100-page hardcover art and photo book “Tokyo Bakuhatsu” (“Tokyo Explosion”) with photos by Ivana Micic, depicting the band members in a theme of “Wild Tokyo” designed by URBANGARDE band leader Temma Matsunaga.
TOKYOPOP includes 6 new songs, including “Kotoba Uri” and “Tokyo wa Ryou wa Reiji”, along with newly-recorded versions of previously-released tracks like “Shuusei Shuugisha (SHINJUKU SYNDROME ver.)” and “Skirt Kakumei (ROPPONGI ROUGE ver.)” and remixes of “Video no Youni” by Seiho and “One Piece Shinjuu” by Yunomi.
On January 31, 2020, URBANGARDE will begin their “URBANGARDE 2020 TOKYOPOP TOUR”, the band’s most expansive tour ever, spanning 18 venues across Japan.
URBANGARDE – TOKYOPOP
Special website: https://www.urbangarde.net/tokyopop
01. Tokyo wa Ryou wa Reiji
02. Kotoba uri
03. Shuusei Shuugisha (SHINJUKU SYNDROME ver.)
04. Mizutama Byou (HARAJUKU HOLIC ver.)
05. Meta Sex Alice
06. Video no Youni (Seiho REMIX)
07. FM-ppoi no suki
08. Skirt Kakumei (ROPPONGI ROUGE ver.)
09. Jisatsu Nyuumon (SHIBUYA SUCK ver.)
10. Android Rondo
11. Shoujo ni Shiyagare (NAKANO NOSTALGIC ver.)
12. Momoiro Chronicle (REIWA RAP ver.)
13. One Piece Shinjuu (Yunomi REMIX)
14. Tokyo Bakuhatsu, Sonogo
TOKYOPOP Deluxe edition
Special A4 size package + art book “Tokyo Bakuhatsu” (100P) + CD
TOKYOPOP Regular edition
16P booklet + CD
TOWER RECORDS In-Store Events
(Regular Edition only)
In-store live “URBANGARDE Koukai Shokei 15” (“URBANGARDE Public Execution 15”)
1/17 Fri 19:00 Tower Records Shinjuku
1/18 Sat 17:00 Tower Record Nagoya Parco
1/19 Sun 13:00 Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi
2/24 Mon 13:00 Tower Record Sendai
3/14 Sat 12:30 Tower Record Sapporo Pivo
URBANGARDE 2020 TOKYOPOP TOUR URBANGARDE’S LARGEST-EVER TOUR OF JAPAN
1/31 (Fri) Tokyo Ebisu CreAto
2/8 (Sat) Fukuoka INSA
2/9 (Sun) Hiroshima BACK BEAT
2/14 (Friday) Aichi ell.FITS ALL
2/15 (Sat) Shizuoka UNBER
2/23 (Sun) Miyagi Sendai enn3rd
2/29 (Sat) Hyogo Star Club
3/1 (Sun) Osaka Umeda Zeela
3/7 (Sat) Saitama Urawa Narcis
3/8 (Sun) Chiba 柏 616
3/14 (Sat) Hokkaido SPIRITUAL LOUNGE
3/15 (Sun) Hokkaido Mystery Tour (FC only)
3/21 (Sat) Niigata GOLDEN PIGS BLACKSTAGE
4/11 (Sat) Kagawa sound space RIZIN
4/12 (Sun) Okayama PEPPERLAND
4/24 (Friday) Kyoto GATTACA
4/25 (Sat) Osaka Pangea
4/26 (Sun) Aichi Nagoya X-HALL
5/5 (Tue / Holiday) Tokyo Akabane ReNY alpha
Yoko Hamasaki (vocals)
Temma Matsunaga (vocals)
Kei Ohkubo (keyboard)
URBANGARDE made their indie debut in 2008, releasing over 20 albums, singles, DVDs, and books, and building a dedicated international following for their outrageous visuals and challenging lyrical themes.
URBANGARDE has performed concerts overseas in France, Taiwan, and the United States, and produced the annual subculture music festival “Utsu Fes” since 2014. They released their first Best album Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE in 2013.
In 2018, URBANGARDE held their sold-out 10th anniversary concert event “Kekkon Shiki” at Nakano Sun Plaza and released the 10th Anniversary special album URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy.
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