BAND-MAID are back with a new look and PV for the song "REAL EXISTENCE"! While still sporting their trademark maid motif, the band has taken a slightly darker approach to the usually-cute black/white maid style. This departure can especially be seen in Saiki (Vocals) and MISA's (bass) outfits which are both maid-inspired, but all black. MISA's outfit itself is unique as well in that it can be argued that the maid style is minimal if all but non-existent. Sound-wise the song is not necessarily a departure from their previous works, but is a welcome dose of hard-rock that one would probably not expect from the group had they not been familiar with them before.
The video itself is beautifully shot with some amazing location choices and a level of style one usually doesn't see in independent releases. All the girls get ample screen time and look great here. While this quintet has proven that they have the musical chops to match their rivals, they are in rare form in this track. Akane's drumming is spot on and keeps the band perfectly in time. MISA's bass fills in the second verse are notable as is her playing in general throughout. Do I even have to point out the blistering guitar solo from Kanami? This is a band that shouldn't be taken lightly! The twin vocals of Saiki and Miku are executed perfectly and the whole package becomes something that this writer feels goes far beyond their gimmick of being a band made up of musicians dressed up as maids. I give it until the release of their next album till they are fully recognized for the amazing musicians they are.
BAND-MAID is a five-member all-girl rock band that are managed by Platinum Production and are on the Gump Records label. They formed in July 2013 and had their first live on July 24, 2013 at SHIBUYA-AX. January 8, 2014 saw the release of their first album, titled "MAID IN JAPAN", and they released their first single, "Ai to Jounetsu no Matadore" on August 13, 2014. Be sure to keep an eye out for the band's future releases as they are one of the hot new band's to watch! Here's to their next release!
◆ Saiki - Vocals
◆ Kobato Miku - Guitar & Vocals
◆ Tono Kanami - Guitar
◆ Hirose Akane - Drums (Leader)
◆ MISA - Bass