Don’t let the maid outfits fool you – Band-Maid are no kitschy joke group. Formed in 2013, this band of Japanese women meld hard rock, metal and pop punk into songs that smack you in the face, but with enough melodicism to add a kiss that eases the sting.
Tracks like “Different” find the group shredding with grandiose licks, and mixing English and Japanese lyrics. 2017’s “Choose Me” leans more pop punk than metal, with a very catchy bounce to its heavier riffage. Their latest single “Sense”, which is also being used as the opening theme to anime series Platinum End, opens with an operatic orchestration, before the speed drums and dramatic vocals blaze in.
While groups like Baby Metal play off the juxtaposition between the cheery J-Pop vocals over metal riffs, Band-Maid‘s sound is cohesive, taking the music seriously and using the maid outfits in the same ways Slipknot uses their masks. It’s for theatricality and personality, not to take anything away from the amazing music.
Start listening to the group in our World Watch playlist!