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NameBAND-MAID
Alternative Name(s)バンドメイド
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Saiki — Vocals
Miku Kobato — Vocals, Guitar
Toono Kanami — Guitar
Hirose Akane — Drums
MISA — Bass
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BAND-MAID is a Japanese rock band formed in 2013. The band combines a rock sound with a maid image modeled on Japanese maid cafés. Originally signed to Gump Records, an imprint of the Platinum Passport artist management and talent agency, itself a division of Avex Group, they switched to major label Crown Stones in 2016.

History

The band, first known as BAND-MAID®, formed in July 2013. Singer/guitarist Miku Kobato, formerly an employee of a Japanese maid café, envisioned forming a band that juxtaposed the maid image with rock music. Kobato recruited lead guitarist Kanami Tōno after an Internet search. Tōno had performed as a singer-songwriter and suggested her occasional backing drummer Akane Hirose for the new band. Hirose in turn suggested bassist Misa, with whom she had attended music school. On July 24, 2013 they had their first live performance at the PP Audition held at Osaka Deep, as a quartet with Kobato on vocals. The band then decided to add an additional lead singer and selected Saiki Atsumi during auditions. Their first performance as a five-piece was at the P Festival at Shibuya-AX on August 22, 2013.

Since their formation, Band-Maid has regularly performed live at various venues around the Tokyo area. The group released their debut mini-album Maid in Japan in January 2014, written in collaboration with musicians Masahiko Fukui and Kentaro Akutsu (the latter formerly of the musical group Zero). In August 2014, Band-Maid released the maxi-single “Ai to Jōnetsu no Matador” (titled “Love, Passion, Matador” internationally). In November 2015 they released their sophomore mini-album New Beginning. The album was Band-Maid’s first chart placement, reaching #64 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart. The band undertook a tour of Tokyo venues to promote the album through February 2016, culminating in a sold-out concert on February 14. In March 2016 they had their first overseas performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. Band-Maid released their third mini-album and major label debut, Brand New Maid, in May 2016 on the Nippon Crown sub-label Crown Stones. That album reached #19 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart. In October and November 2016, Band-Maid went on their first world tour that took them to Mexico, Hong Kong, and six countries in Europe.

In January 2017, Band-Maid released their first full-length album titled Just Bring It. It was preceded by the single “YOLO,” released in November 2016. Just Bring It reached #16 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart. Band-Maid appeared at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards and festival in Taiwan on June 23-24. The maxi-single “Daydreaming/Choose Me” was released in July 2017. They covered “Honey” for the November 2017 Mucc tribute album Tribute of Mucc -En-. Band-Maid released their second full-length album titled World Domination on February 14, 2018. World Domination reached #9 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart. Also on February 14, 2018, Band-Maid reissued their 2014 debut album Maid in Japan with two bonus tracks. While the original version of that album did not chart, the reissued version reached #26 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart. On April 1, 2018, Band-Maid performed at Warped Tour at Makuhari Messe, as the first date on a world tour.

Image and Music

Band-Maid’s image is modeled on maid café hostesses. In interviews, they explained the concept came from founding member Miku Kobato who had previously worked at a maid cafe in Akihabara. This theme is reinforced by the band, who refer to their male fans as “masters,” their female fans as “princesses,” and their concerts as “servings.” The band’s “submissive” maid appearance is meant to contrast with their aggressive rock style. They decided to have two vocalists in order to allow a larger variety of music with two different voice types.

Kobato draws inspiration from Japanese enka music; she attended a vocal school around 2012, but started playing guitar with the formation of Band-Maid the following year. Atsumi started singing when she was 14 and Band-Maid is her first band. Tōno is a big fan of Carlos Santana, has played classical piano since she was a child, and began playing guitar when she joined her high school band club. Hirose is a fan of Deep Purple and Maximum the Hormone, particularly the latter’s female drummer Nao Kawakita, and also plays trombone and piano. Misa likes The Smashing Pumpkins and Jimi Hendrix; she started playing piano at around 3 or 4 years of age, and also plays trumpet, alto horn, and guitar.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band-Maid

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