Osaka pop rock quartet SCANDAL made history on August 21 with the Guinness World Records title “Longest running rock band with the same musicians (female)”. The date also commemorated the band’s 17th anniversary and drummer RINA’s 32nd birthday. SCANDAL celebrated the once-in-a-lifetime milestone at Namba Hatch with a sold-out concert and award ceremony in front of 1,900 fans. A portion of the event was livestreamed on the group’s YouTube, Instagram, and Tiktok accounts.

SCANDAL remains one of the most recognized all-female Japanese rock pioneers, and the unit’s formation in 2006 well precedes the recent renaissance of female empowerment in Jpop and Jrock. The schoolgirls-turned-rockstars exploded onto the scene in 2008 with major label debut DOLL. They continued to rocket fuel their way to fame with hits such as Shojo S, Shunkan Sentimental, and Yoake no Ryuuseigun, which respectively became theme songs for the anime Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, and Pokémon.

Left to right: HARUNA, TOMOMI, RINA, and MAMI make history as members of the longest running female rock band with the same musiciansJPU Records

As the Guinness official bestowed the award, vocalist and guitarist HARUNA looked back on her journey and expressed gratitude to everyone who supported SCANDAL on its ascent:

Once again, I am so happy to be a member of SCANDAL. Thank you very much! We were all in a dance school, but 17 years ago we performed on stage at Namba Hatch for the first time with instruments. That was the start of SCANDAL. I always liked expressing myself, but I fell in love with music when I discovered the joy of expressing myself with a musical instrument. Since becoming a band member, I think I’ve been able to experience a whole spectrum of feelings. We have the world’s best members, the world’s best staff, and the world’s best fans who create the best space with the best smiles. Let’s see more and more better sceneries together.

The event also bared the world premiere of the latest digital single Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto. The danceable party tune is just the number for sharing SCANDAL’s joy, with brisk chord strokes played to an accompaniment of strings and Rhodes piano and even a brief spoken word segment from guitarist and composer MAMI.

ハイライトの中で僕らずっと

SCANDAL recently returned from Brazil after a gig at Anime Friends 2023 and is scheduled to perform at “KAKOGAWA MUSIC FES 2023 re:START” in September. JROCK NEWS can’t wait for another tour in the US and Europe!

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  1. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto
    ハイライトの中で僕らずっと