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Scandal: Their Fifth Anniversary

In August 2006 four young ladies: Haruna Ono, Tomomi Ogawa, Mami Sasazaki and Rina Suzuki met in an Osakan vocal and dance school.  As they became friends, they decided to form a band. On the 21st of that month they formed Scandal, and they started performing at Osaka Castle Park.  The rest is becoming history, as they say.

Today we celebrate their fifth anniversary and take a brief look at this self proclaimed "Most Powerful Japanese Girlie Pop Rock Band."

First let's introduce the band.

Haruna Ono--guitar and lead vocals, born August 10, 1988--is the leader and oldest member of the group. Her philosophy is to spotlight each member of the group in every song or performance. This way, no one person gets the all the attention. In my opinion it's worked quite well.

Tomomi Ogawa--bass and vocals, born May 31, 1990--does quite a bit of the song writing for the group and adds her playing expertise along with her stunning vocals to each song.

Mami Sasazaki--vocals and lead guitar, born May 21, 1990--shows extraordinary guitar playing and an intensity on stage that I’ve not seen in ages. Her solos are something to behold.

Rina Suzuki--drums, keyboard and vocals, born August 21, 1991--is the youngest member of the group and the most outspoken in interviews on and off the stage, besides being quite a drummer in her own right.

Together these four young ladies are rocking Japan and, thanks to the instant communications we have today, the world. So what's their appeal? Is the music good? Do they have a good live show? The simple answer to those questions is "yes."

Starting as a garage rock band and progressing to doing J-rock, Scandal is constantly improving and exploring their combined musical talents.

From their break through hit  "Doll," a commentary on their teachers asking them to be more lady-like in their performances and songs, to "Love Survive," their latest single, they keep getting more polished. Watching them perform, you have to remember they been at this a mere five years.  I've seen bands that have been organized twice as long as they have and are not yet at the level these young ladies are.  Their music's been featured in several anime series, most notably: Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Star Driver. An animated version of the band appeared and performed in the anime Loups=Garous as themselves.

They haven't stayed in Japan, either. In 2008 they visited America, France and Hong Kong, and this past July they appeared at the Am2 anime convention. Their next concert tour of Japan is already scheduled--the details of which can be found on the bands web page with the second link below--and will be their longest tour yet..

That's fortunate for their fans, since the only way to fully enjoy Scandal is to watch them live.  The music is written to be preformed live and the live show is something you shouldn't miss if you get the chance to go to one. For added incentive, not all of Scandal's music is available on CD.  This was done on purpose, as there are songs meant specifically for concert/live performances that will never make commercial release (though some do end up on the "Live" DVD's).

Additional information, music and images of the band are all over the web, though two good places to start are with Wikipedia's entry on the band and their official website.

Here's wishing Scandal a very bright future.

And one last thing before I go...


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  • Oh, that’s right, they were at AM2 last July, but I was, uh… doing my hair or something.
    I came across this group a few years back in a newsletter. It was for the release of “Best Scandal”. I thought that was like a Best Of thing, but it was actually their debut.

    • Twas their first album for Epic records in 2009 (Sony Music Ent.) They had released a few singles and a mini album under Kitty (Tower Records) in 2008. The problem was Kitty pressed only 2,000 copies and the releases were gone in a flash. So while the name “Best” does describe it, it is a mixture of old and new releases. (2008-2009) Hopefully Epic will re-release the into mini album Yah! Yah! Yah! Hello Scandal one day.

      Matty? doing your hair?? You had a chance and missed them?? (sigh).

      They are on my Next Years plans, I just hope they return.

    • ^Ha, yeah. Figured that since I thought “dang, they’re younger than me and they already have a compilation album?”.

      Yeah man, AM2 was in Anaheim, which I live about 20 mintues away from. If I knew you were a fan I would have dropped by and got an autograph for you since I heard that convention was DEAD. I mean, Anime Expo was happening in Downtown L.A. at same time, so guess where everyone was at…
      I would have checked them out anyway, but I’ve seen more videos of them in interviews than with them playing music.
      If they come back next year I’ll drop by and get a sig made out to you! Better yet, I’ll have them sign my chest, tattoo it, surgically remove it and then mail it out to you so you can stitch it on to yourself or put it in a frame 😛

      Hey wait, you’re the one with the plane! You could have said “we’re taking a detour to California. Please stay seated while I get my squee on. Thank you.” (sigh)

    • “If they come back next year I’ll drop by and get a sig made out to you! Better yet, I’ll have them sign my chest, tattoo it, surgically remove it and then mail it out to you so you can stitch it on to yourself or put it in a frame :P”

      No need to go to extremes Matty…

      I heard Am2 was a ghost town as well. Those who were there got a lot of access to the guests. My timing this year never gelled. Am2 was in the plans but things here kept me from it. Had I known then what I do now, I’d dropped a few things here and gone … but hindsight it’s always 20/20..

  • When you do searches use this in the search engine: Scandal Japanese Band … If not you’ll end up with the English band of the same name. I could have sworn I put that in the post but, oh well…

  • huwaaaaaaaa! im a big fan of SCANDAL DOLL GROUP! super duper ! :DD