SCANDAL; Excite Music「Departure」Interview

In this time’s new song「Departure」, it’s a tune whose studio live footage was shown on 3rd March.

  • HARUNA: Yes. Starting this year, I also had the theatre play (※ “Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu The Fourth Chapter Latter Chapter ‘Clash’”), and the activity between the 4 of us couldn’t quite wait. In that time, the other members created a lot of songs for us but this was just 1 song out of that bunch. In midst of presenting this song, I can say that our activities are once again starting. Since I think this song will be good for our fresh start, we released the studio live footage on 3rd March, which is an really important day for us.

  • RINA: HARUNA had her theatre play till 2nd March but to us, 3rd March had really became an increasingly important day for us. 3rd March was our indies debut, and the first time we (played) at the Osaka-Jo Hall. It’s also the Hina Matsuri / Girl’s Day right. Somehow, in our band story, it’s a day which we feel we’re fated with.

It seems that much of the fan’s voices patched things up.

  • MAMI: There were really a lot of voices awaiting (for this). Up till now, including the coupling (songs), the members haven’t got to personally create and release singles. Since we voiced out saying we want to create this ourselves, many of the fans were elated. The fans were thinking highly of this, knowing how very important it was to us, and to announce this on 3rd March made me / us extremely happy.

The title「Departure」was also really good.

  • TOMOMI: We were really troubled over it at the start, all of us.

  • MAMI: The word “sakura” also popped up in the lyrics of this song, leaving us with the impression of a scenery where sakura flowers bloom so we thought about incorporating the word inside. However, we already had the song「SAKURA Goodbye」(※ Released in year 2009, 2nd single.) Somehow in 1 word, plus the feel of the Japanese melody in this song, an English title would be something new. That’s why we decided to go with this word.

  • HARUNA: Our imagination really puffed up right? The meaning and scene is distinctly presented in our lyrics so when you sing it, you can also feel,「Eh? Don’t I have such experience myself too?」It’s also true that even though Sakura flowers bloom for a short period, it can also be seen as something painful.

  • MAMI: This, it’s really Sakura flowers that you often see along the shopping streets. Coming out from the convenience store, till you lose the florist and the sight around you changes slowly, the Sakura trees are the only thing that always stays there, blooming all at the same time. Yet during the times where the flowers don’t bloom, isn’t it true that it’s so plain that everyone including myself won’t stop for it? With these thoughts and scenes, I think I wrote this with mixed (feelings).

Interview at Excite Music HERE. There’s still 2 more parts (on SCANDAL becoming adults and “It’s not about being in a band, it’s about being in SCANDAL”), which I’ll also do. Will get to it real soon, kindly give me some time~ ♪♫ Enjoy this one.


It’s been decided that the DVD of theatre play "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu The Fourth Chapter Latter Chapter ‘Clash’" will go on sale! The theatre play, which also sees SCANDAL’s HARUNA as part of the star-studded cast will drop on 9th July 2014.

The DVD will also come with lots of extras, including exclusive footage of an ‘after talk show’ and the theme song sang by the entire cast during the curtain call (Lyrics • Composition by Kawamura Ryuichi). Original bonus will be an original postcard of the main visual. The DVD is priced at ¥5,524.

Pre-order links as below:

  • Kitty Web Shop (For those in Japan only): HERE

  • CDJapan: HERE



  • Amazon Japan: HERE

Official Gineiden website HERE. Post edited as of 24 Apr, 2:49PM (JST).


~Some Random Tomomi Screenshots i took from Departure DVD ^w^


SCANDAL @ TSUTAYA; “To everyone who heard the CD, thank you. I’m happy if we’re holding onto the same CD. Since there’ll be plenty stocked up tomorrow, for those who were unable to get it in your hands today (sorry) because it was sold out and thought, “I won’t get it after all”, please don’t give up. Tomorrow, the 4 of us will work hard as well.” - RINA


SCANDAL @ TOWER RECORDS Shibuya; “Today’s SCANDAL’s new single『Departure』’s release date. Following, everyone from SCANDAL has came to the shop! At the exhibition area, they’ve autographed the panels and also gave hand-written comments on their cards! (Y)


SCANDAL were on TOKYO FM’s「Skyrocket Company」radio broadcast earlier yesterday (23 Apr)! The hosts were extremely surprised by how pretty the members are but SCANDAL assures that they’re really just a normal band.

SCANDAL also discusses how their band name came about, how they even learned to play (using the internet), and despite the uncertainty at first they really pushed forth. It also makes them happy to see that youngsters are copying them. SCANDAL also speaks about their upcoming 2 days at the Yokohama Arena, and how things have been progressing well.

It’s out of the topic but the hosts asked about who’s the member that cries the most, and it turns out to be Tomomi. Tomomi answers that it’s not because there’s a lot of things that touch her but somehow tears just flow out these days. Like when she see those idols on the TV doing bungee jumps and tearing up (and those are good tears), she’ll tear up too. The host says she’ll probably cry on the stage of the Yokohama Arena too then, but she answers that she’ll keep herself together because she wants to see the scenery from there.

You can listen to the entire radio broadcast HERE now.

Pictures and the radio broadcast in text form at Skyrocket’s blog HERE. Apologies for the late update today~ I’ll get to it all bit by bit.

And “Departure” full version music video is also out on SCANDAL Official VEVO / YouTube channel!
*This video is not viewable in Japan territory.
*In some areas might not be viewable yet.

(Source: facebook.com, via scandalmania)