Interview with Urbangarde

interview - 01.13.2013 14:00

The “techno trauma pop” quintet talked briefly with JaME at the Toulouse Game Show.

Tokyoites Urbangarde performed at the Toulouse Game Show and shared with JaME a bit about their concept, latest album and side projects.


Can you introduce yourself to those who don’t know you yet?

Yoko: I’m the singer, Yoko Hamazaki.
Temma: I’m the singer, Matsunaga Tenma. Call me Temma!
Kyoichi: (In French) I’m Kagiyama Kyoichi. I’m the drummer.
Shin: My name is Shin Zeze. I am the guitarist. Call me Shin-sama.
Kei: I am Yachimura Kei, and I’m at the keyboard.

What is the concept of your group?

Temma: Urbangarde is a pop group to the point of being painful and, at the same time, is very reserved. Our style could qualify as techno trauma pop.

Who is in charge of the music and lyrics?

Temma: I'm in charge of the lyrics and I also take care of a part of the composition. We work on the rest together.

Why did you choose the name Urbangarde? What is its significance?

Temma: The name comes from the fusion of the French word "avant-garde" and "urban" in English. Tokyo is a city that’s rather urban and avant-garde and we’re all from Tokyo, so it’s this aspect that we wanted to highlight with our group’s name.

Can you tell us about your latest album, Geiger Counter Culture , which was released on October 24?

Temma: This album tries to raise the issues of March 11, 2011 and Fukushima. Japan found itself in a period where each person had to think about what to do and how to react to these problems. Our album is meant to be an attack against these old habits that have settled in so far.

How did you do the collaboration with the “Japan in Motion” program?

Yoko: I presented parts of Japan and that is how it started.

This summer you worked with PASSPO☆, who was also involved with the “Japan in Motion” program. Can you tell us about it?

Temma: We composed the song Pink Parachute for PASSPO☆. We’ve also participated in many activities critical of idols, but rather than rejecting them we prefer to do collaborations with them.

Yoko-tan, you recently announced a collaboration for accessories fashioned in the likeness of your cat, Soleil-chan. Can you talk to us about it?

Yoko: When we were asked how to associate the concept of Urbangarde with our shop, we said that it’d be my cat, Soleil-chan!

Any concluding message for our readers?

Yoko: We are very happy to have come to France and we would like to do other concerts here.
Temma: Est-ce que vous aimez le sexe? [Do you like sex?]
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