Urbangarde are Japan’s self-proclaimed masters of “trauma techno pop” – a five person unit fronted by the striking Yoko Hamasaki (aka Yokotan) and wild-haired hypeman Tenma, who handles vocals and the group’s graphic design.
After doing time in the indies racket, Urbangarde got all major label on us in 2011 by signing to Universal Music Japan. The group has since amassed a devoted following in France and has released enough product to be eligible for the inevitable “Greatest Hits” package.
The result is “Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE” (lit. “Love, Revolution, and URBANGARDE”), set for release on 6/19, a collection of previously released materials, remixes, and two new tracks including “Tokai no Alice”, the PV of which you can watch below.
Bonus: the official PR image for “Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE”, featuring Yokotan (l) and Tenma (right), suitable for framing or scratching your head at.