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Garuneku’s Debut Single

by Rinoa on August 31, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Guuzen no Kakuritsu photoshoot
Guuzen no Kakuritsu photoshoot
Product Code: AVCD-31478/9
Release Date: 2008.09.03
Highest Ranking: #3
Genre: Pop/Electronic/Rock
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
First Press: Cardboard Slipcase and Photobook

Two years ago, the avex produced band GIRL NEXT DOOR, nicknamed Garuneku released their debut single in September 2008. This band of three members center around Chisa, the vocalist, who originally was a dancer in the Kansai area. She attracted the attention of avex trax, was encouraged to go to Tokyo and enter Avex Artist Academy on a scholarship. There she met Suzuki Daisuke who composed tracks for other artists. Together they started working on demo tracks and they caught the attention of Max Matsuura. Shortly afterwards Inoue Yuji joined them as guitarist and they started preparing for their debut. avex packaged this band as their 20th anniversary product. Since it was a 20th anniversary project it was quite a challenge to reproduce the signature sound of avex and bring forward something new…

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Capsule of Wind for Birdman

by Rinoa on August 31, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Chisa promoting Birdman

Girl Next Door will be the releasing the theme song for Birdman, which will be featured in the triple a sided single due to be released on the 13th October.

The song Capsule of Wind will be sponsored by Yomuri TV to celebrate the comeback after two years of Birdman Iwatani 2010 Special Contest.

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「35th Series」Interview with Chisa

by Rinoa on August 30, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Be Your Wings Promotional Picture

This article is translated from an interview done with Girl Next Door’s Chisa by Yahoo!
Translation by Rinoa

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Sexy Little Things: In other words, you are in my hands

by Rinoa on April 11, 2010 · 7 comments · AddThis

Hamasaki in Microphone
Hamasaki in Alexander McQueen

Sexy Little Things was another music video which filmed in London, along with Microphone. According to her ViVi Deji Diary, more than 50 musicians and models were featured in this video.

Filmed in a completely different style and mood, it provides a continuation to Microphone, with a different twist. The imagery is highly minimalistic and makes heavy use of black, white and red. Hamasaki describes it as “fully loaded with tricks” and mentions how she experiments with unique different styles.

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Microphone: Meeting you was a necessity

by Rinoa on April 6, 2010 · 5 comments · AddThis

Hamasaki in Microphone
Black Hamasaki making an appearance in Microphone as well as in Sexy Little Things

Microphone is the first song from Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus which was leaked online and was chosen as the leading song for this album. Furthermore it was also the first promotional video which was aired on television. It is neatly blended in with Sexy Little Things, where the final scene is re-winded and re-utilised as the introduction for Microphone.

The setting is largely modified from minimalistic to gothic. Nonetheless the heavy usage of black and white is ever-present. It was filmed in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. The video highlights themes of repression, concealment, control and the notion of being true to yourself.

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