Starting with strums from Mami’s guitar, “Tonight” presents SCANDAL in a setting removed from their pure rock offerings. The song gives us the instruments as though they’ve been looped, resampled, and reconstructed into a a modern pop piece. The strings round out the arrangement even as Haruna raps over the beats. Fittingly, Haruna is the only SCANDAL member who appears on “Tonight” (even though guitarist MAMI contributed both the lyrics and the composition of the song). Haruna starts off in her hotel room and proceeds to dance wildly through the streets (is that Singapore?). Footage has a bit of grain to make it feel like off-the-cuff and grungy. I can very easily hear how early drafts of “Tonight” featured the customary full band arrangement of SCANDAL. But, music is a process, and this is a progression. This, too, is SCANDAL. You can find “Tonight” on SCANDAL’s Kiss from the Darkness album, due out on March 18, 2020.
SCANDAL (（スキャンダル）) is a Japanese pop-rock girl band from Osaka, Japan. Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls, they started playing street lives until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. On December 24, 2018, it was announced the band had created their own private label “her” and would release content under it in spring 2019. SCANDAL’s lineup includes Ono Haruna (小野春菜, vocals and rhythm guitar) , Sasazaki Mami (笹崎まみ, lead guitar and vocals), Ogawa Tomomi (小川ともみ, bass and vocals), and Suzuki Rina (鈴木理菜, drums and vocals).
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