Riding on the momentum from their latest album Showa 90, Japanese trauma-techno-pop band URBANGARDE has announced a series of new projects for 2016.
URBANGARDE’s vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release a solo album, Blue Forest, on June 15, which will be her second since the Film Noir EP released 6 years ago. Hamasaki herself will produce the project, without lyrics from URBANGARDE leader Tennma Matsunaga, to create a completely different musical world.
Film Noir, which quickly sold out of its original limited run of 1000 copies, has been re-released on iTunes. To celebrate the release of her second album, Hamasaki will begin a tour of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka titled “Into the Forest – Dark Blue Door.”
Film Noir on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/filmnoir-ep/id366608521.
URBANGARDE will also release a limited-edition, live show-only CD titled Showa 91, available in 2 versions: “Monkey Version” and “Regular Version”.
Vocalist Temma Matsunaga will release his second later this year, titled Shoujo ka, shousetsu ka (“Girl, or novel?”). Matsunaga published his first book of short stories and essays Jisatsushatachi (“Selfie People”) last October. Jun Itarihoba of Golden Bomber has endorsed the book, saying that “A good novel = a book that the writer needs to write or he’ll die. A bad novel = something written by the author in hopes of becoming popular. Everyone, this is a definitely a good novel.”
“Monthly URBANGARDExTRMN” the band’s latest 80-page photo book, will be released in April, furthering the band’s artistic mission of combining musical and visual artistic expression.