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Japanese imports are generally pretty amazing; sushi, anime, and Hello Kitty are just a few things the country has given the rest of the world. In terms of entertainment, Japanese music provides listeners with a surprising blend of kawaii cuteness and heavy rock beats. Scandal is one of these bands. The adorable, all-girl band isn't just for looks; the girls are known for their versatility, playing everything from alternative and dance music to the bubblegum pop the country is known for.
Beginning their career as an independent band means that Scandal has travelled extensively to win over an international audience and grow a fan base. The girl group can be seen everywhere from the House of Blues in Anaheim to the Sunset Strip nightclubs, and even at special anime events such as the Anime Central Concert and the Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong Convention. Worldwide tour stops include London, Paris, and the United Kingdom.
In 2010, Scandal provided some of the songs used in the movie "Loups=Garous." This is the first time the band themselves showed up on the big screen, but the appearance wasn't like any other -- the girls were animated characters. You can also hear the band's music in popular anime shows like "Bleach" and "Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood," giving them an even wider range of exposure.
Scandal consists of four young women who met and formed the group in high school after meeting at a local dance school. The original lineup hasn't changed since the band's creation in 2006, and consists of lead singer Haruna Ono, guitarist Mami Sasazaki, bassist Tomomi Ogawa, and drummer Rina Suzuki. Suzuki also plays the keyboard, and all four girls contribute their voices to each song.
Scandal started out as a foursome of street performers trying to gain the public's attention with stripped down sounds and guitars on the busy boulevards of Osaka. They plucked their band name from a business on the streets near their studio, where many adult shops lined the neighbourhood. Their big break came when they released several singles in 2008 after catching the eye of executives at Kitty Records. Once they began touring and hit the anime convention circuit, the fans followed. When their singles crossed the ocean and hit the U.S., their star truly began rising.
2009 was a banner year for Scandal, and they released their first full-length album, "Best Scandal," to a positive reception. One of the singles was used as the opening music for "Bleach," and the girls ended up in the Top 5, which is practically unheard of for a girl group. Already breaking records, the group released a follow up album one year later, called "Temptation Box." The record led the group to perform on a popular television show called "Shiteki Ongaku Jijo." Their successful albums and tours gave the girls the opportunity to be the first Japanese act to perform in Malaysia.
Though Scandal started out on the street, the girls have more than earned their road experience, playing every venue from the smallest clubs to the biggest theatres. The group has performed sold out shows across the world, and bring with them their youth, enthusiasm, energy, and catchy lyrics, promising an unforgettable live concert experience. Concertgoers should expect smiling faces, a stellar performance, and unforgettable fun at a live Scandal show."
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