Polkadot Autobiography – URBANGARDE Chronicle will arrive at the end of the month to uncover the the early years of the band’s formation by band leader/vocalist Temma Matsunaga and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki. Ever since their debut in 2008, they have released over 20 albums, singles, DVDs and books. Their loyal following is to be noted. They are known for their outrageous visual performances. In this book, they reveal stories behind the band’s most outrageous and controversial songs and music videos, behind-the-scenes friction between the members, and private photos from URBANGARDE’s 12-year career. This authorized look is set to release April 27th!
This collection will also feature a new biography of keyboardist Kei Ohkubo and extensive notes about this band’s connection to Japanese subculture and national issues, including earthquakes, nuclear power, mental health, lolita culture, and pop idols.
The limited-edition box set will include a bonus booklet “Dying in Shinjuku and Other Short Stories”, a specially-designed t-shirt, tote bag, rubber keychain, and an exclusive book cover.
To celebrate the book’s release, URBANGARDE has uploaded several rare videos to their YouTube channel, including some early promotional short films, live performance clips, and dance videos.
URBANGARDE’s latest new album TOKYOPOP, released January 1, 2020, is available on digital services worldwide. The concept album includes new songs, self-covers, and remixes of past hits in a techno-pop style. The deluxe limited edition contains a poster and 100-page hardcover art and photo book “Tokyo Bakuhatsu” (“Tokyo Explosion”) with photos by Ivana Micic, depicting the band members surrounded by the theme of “Wild Tokyo” designed by Matsunaga.
URBANGARDE’s “Kotoba Uri” (“Word Seller”) (MV)
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.
For more information of this release, please visit: https://www.urbangarde.net/tokyopop