Band-Maid

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Band-Maid
Band-Maid performing at Gramercy Theatre in New York City, September 2019 (L-R: Misa, Miku Kobato, Akane Hirose, Saiki Atsumi, Kanami Tōno)
Band-Maid performing at Gramercy Theatre in New York City, September 2019 (L-R: Misa, Miku Kobato, Akane Hirose, Saiki Atsumi, Kanami Tōno)
Background information
Also known asBand-Maiko
OriginJapan
Genres
Years active2013–present
Labels
Websitebandmaid.tokyo
Members
  • Miku Kobato
  • Kanami Tōno
  • Akane Hirose
  • Misa
  • Saiki Atsumi
Band-Maid's logo from 2017 onwards, as used on the cover of their 2018 album World Domination.

Band-Maid (stylized as BAND-MAID® until March 2016) is a Japanese rock band formed in 2013. The band combines a rock sound with a maid image modeled on Japanese maid cafés.[9] Originally signed to Gump Records (an imprint of the Platinum Passport artist management and talent agency), they switched to major label Nippon Crown's sub-label Crown Stones in 2016 and later moved to new sub-label Revolver Records in 2019. The band's albums have been released internationally through JPU Records since 2016. In late 2020, the band left Revolver Records and signed with Pony Canyon.[10]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The band 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.[11] 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.[12] The band then decided to recruit an additional lead singer and selected Saiki Atsumi during auditions.[13] Their first performance as a five-piece was at the P Festival at Shibuya-AX on August 22, 2013.[12]

Early in their history, Band-Maid regularly performed live at various venues around the Tokyo area.[14] The group released their debut mini-album Maid in Japan in January 2014, written in collaboration with musicians Masahiko Fukui[15] and Kentaro Akutsu.[16] In August 2014, they 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.[17] The mini-album was their first chart placement, reaching No. 64 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart.[18] The band undertook a tour of Tokyo venues to promote the album through February 2016, culminating in a sold-out concert on February 14.[19]

International recognition[edit]

Band-Maid first gained international notice in April 2015 when the English-language Facebook page of internet radio station Jrock Radio promoted the music video for "Thrill", which led to over 1 million views in the following year.[20] In the wake of that video's success, the band decided to abandon the more mainstream pop-rock sound of their debut mini-album and pursue a much more hard rock direction.[21] In March 2016 they had their first overseas performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington.[22][23]

The group released their third mini-album and major label debut, Brand New Maid, in May 2016 on the Nippon Crown sub-label Crown Stones[24] and JPU Records in Europe.[25] That album reached No. 19 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart.[26] In October and November 2016, they went on their first world tour that took them to Mexico, Hong Kong, and several countries in Europe.[27][28]

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 No. 16 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart.[29] Band-Maid appeared at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards and festival in Taiwan on June 23–24.[30][31] The maxi-single "Daydreaming/Choose Me" was released in July 2017.[32] They covered "Honey" for the November 2017 Mucc tribute album Tribute of Mucc -En-.[33]

The band released their second full-length album titled World Domination on February 14, 2018 (2018-02-14).[34][35] World Domination reached number 9 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart.[36] Also on February 14, 2018, they reissued their 2014 debut album Maid in Japan with two bonus tracks.[37][38] While the original release of that album did not chart, the reissued version reached No. 26 on the Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart.[39] On April 1, 2018, they performed at Warped Tour at Makuhari Messe[40] as the first date on a world tour.

The maxi-single "Start Over" was released on July 25, 2018.[41] The CD singles "Glory" and "Bubble" were released simultaneously on January 16, 2019.[42] Under the name Band-Maiko and adopting a maiko image, the band released an EP titled Band-Maiko on April 3, 2019, which adapted several previous Band-Maid songs with traditional Japanese musical instruments and lyrics in the Kyoto dialect.[43] In April 2019, the band announced a tour of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment.[44][45]

The band's third full-length album Conqueror was released digitally on December 4, 2019, with physical formats following one week later.[46] The album featured one song produced by Tony Visconti.[47] It debuted at number nine on Japanese Oricon weekly albums chart[48] but debuted at number one on the Oricon weekly Rock Albums chart.[49] Also in December 2019, it was announced that Band-Maid will appear in the upcoming Netflix film Kate, playing themselves.[50]

They released their first standalone concert video Band-Maid World Domination Tour [Shinka] at Line Cube Shibuya (Shibuya Public Hall) on April 29, 2020.[51] The non-album single "Different" was released in December 2020; the song also serves as the theme for the Japanese anime series Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table.[52] The band's fourth full-length album Unseen World was released in January 2021.[53] Guitarist/singer Miku Kobato, under the name Cluppo, released the solo single "Peace & Love" on April 1, 2021.[54]

Image and music[edit]

Miku Kobato and Akane Hirose (back) performing in 2017.

Band-Maid's image is modeled on maid café hostesses, with the standard uniform adapted to match each member's personality.[11] In interviews, they explained the concept came from founding member Miku Kobato who had previously worked at a maid café in Akihabara.[13] 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."[55] The band's "cute and submissive" maid appearance is meant to contrast with their aggressive rock style.[11][56] They decided to have two vocalists to allow a larger variety of music with two different voice types.[13]

Kobato loved Japanese enka music when she was a child, and Tokyo Jihen led her to rock.[57] She attended a vocal school around 2012, but started playing guitar with the formation of Band-Maid the following year.[58] 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 played trombone and piano. Misa likes Paz Lenchantin,[57] The Smashing Pumpkins and Jimi Hendrix; she started playing piano at around 3 or 4 years of age, and also played trumpet, alto horn, and guitar.[11][13][55]

Band members[edit]

  • Miku Kobato (小鳩 ミク) – rhythm guitar, vocals (2013–present)
  • Kanami Tōno (遠乃 歌波) – lead guitar (2013–present)
  • Akane Hirose (廣瀬 茜) – drums, percussion (2013–present)
  • Misa – bass guitar (2013–present)
  • Saiki Atsumi (厚見 彩姫) – lead vocals (2013–present)

Discography[edit]

Band-Maid discography
Studio albums7
Video albums2
Music videos27
EPs1
Singles7

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon

[59]
JPN
Billboard
UK
Ind

UK
Indie
Break
UK
Rock

Maid in Japan
  • Released:
    • January 8, 2014
    • February 14, 2018 (re-issue)
  • Label: Gump Records, Crown Stones (re-issue)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
26 (re-issue) 22[60]
New Beginning
  • Released: November 18, 2015
  • Label: Gump Records
  • Formats: CD+DVD, digital download
64 49[61]
Brand New Maid
  • Released: May 18, 2016
  • Label: Crown Stones, JPU Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
19 15[62]
Just Bring It
  • Released: January 11, 2017
  • Label: Crown Stones, JPU Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 20[63] 49[64] 13[65] 17[66]
World Domination
  • Released: February 14, 2018
  • Label: Crown Stones, JPU Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+BD, digital download
9 7[60]
Conqueror
  • Released: December 4, 2019
  • Label: Revolver Records, JPU Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+BD, digital download
9 9[67] 29[68] 4[69] 11[70]
Unseen World
  • Released: January 13, 2021
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, 2CD+BD, digital download
8 6[71]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon

[72]
JPN
Billboard
Band-Maiko
(as Band-Maiko)
  • Released: April 3, 2019
  • Label: Revolver Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
15

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
Oricon

[73]
JPN
Billboard
"Ai to Jōnetsu no Matador"
(愛と情熱のマタドール, "Love, Passion, Matador")
2014 Maid in Japan
(2018 edition)
"YOLO" 2016 36 Just Bring It
"Daydreaming / Choose Me" 2017 20 World Domination
"Start Over" 2018 16 65[74] non-album single
"Glory" 2019 12 11 Conqueror
"Bubble" 14 13
"Different" 2020 19 non-album single

Digital singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
Oricon

[73]
JPN
Billboard
"Secret Maiko Lips"
(as Band-Maiko)
2018 Band-Maiko
"Endless Story" 2019 Conqueror
"About Us" 2021 non-album single

DVD / Blu-ray[edit]

List of video albums, with selected peak chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak positions Sales
JPN
DVD
[75]
Blu-ray
[76]
Band-Maid World Domination Tour [Shinka] at Line Cube Shibuya (Shibuya Public Hall)
  • Released: April 29, 2020
  • Label: Revolver Records
  • Formats: DVD, BD
8 10
  • JPN: —
Band-Maid Online Okyu-Ji (Feb. 11, 2021)
  • Released: May 26, 2021
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: DVD, BD
11 13
  • JPN: —

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director(s)
[77][78][79]
Link
"Thrill" (スリル) 2014 Daishi Hamada [1]
"Real Existence" 2015 Takayuki Kojima[4] [2]
"Don’t Let Me Down" [3]
"Alone" 2016 Ryōji Aoki [4]
"The Non-fiction Days" [5]
"Before Yesterday" Un­known [6]
"Order" Ryōji Aoki Brand New Maid DVD only
"YOLO" [7]
"Don't You Tell Me" 2017 [8]
"Secret My Lips" [9]
"Daydreaming" [10]
"Choose Me" [11]
"Domination" 2018 Toshikazu Tamura [12]
"Dice" Ryōji Aoki [13]
"Secret Maiko Lips" [14]
"Start Over" [15]
"Glory" [16]
"Bubble" 2019 [17]
"Gion-cho" [18]
"Endless Story" [19]
"Rinne" (輪廻) [20]
"Blooming" [21]
"The Dragon Cries" 2020 [22]
"Different" [23]
"Manners" 2021 [24]
"Warning!" [25]
"After Life" Pennacky [26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards 2016 Japan Next Generation Band-Maid Won [80]
Neo Awards 2020 Best Musical Act Won [81]

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