Single ‘Free Your Mind’ via 88Rising
Fresh off the release of their head-turning, high-energy single “Pineapple Kryptonite” in September, the four-piece Japanese girl group ATARASHII GAKKO! is back with their first EP under the 88rising label, “SNACKTIME.” Like “Pineapple Kryptonite,” the EP is produced by legendary producer Money Mark, who is known for his works with the Beastie Boys and other iconic musicians.
The EP explores a variety of musical genres and demonstrates the group’s versatility through songs like the free-spirited punk anthem “Free Your Mind,” the instant dancefloor earworm “CANDY,” the eccentric Italo-disco tune “Fantasico,” and the glee inspired “Happy Hormones.” With Money Mark acting as their mentor and coach, ATARASHII GAKKO! learned how to take control of their creative output and artistic destiny. The “SNACKTIME” EP is testimony to this as it is a story of empowerment and evolution while alerting the global audience that ATARASHII GAKKO! is an immensely talented force to be reckoned with.
About ATARASHII GAKKO!
Whirlwind group ATARASHII GAKKO! represents a new generation of Japanese youth (seishun in their native language), one embracing personal expression and pushing against traditional boundaries a little at a time. The outlandish quartet — comprised of kawaii-but-fierce Mizyu, wildcard Suzuka, graceful Kanon, and funky Rin — break genre walls to create music mixing elements of pop, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more, delivered with punk energy and featuring frantic dance moves, choreographed by the four members themselves.
ATARASHII GAKKO! have brought a wide range of genres together into dizzying pop songs over the course of two full-length albums — 2018’s Maenarawanai and 2019’s Wakage Gaitaru. Their lyrics transform teenage experiences running from being assigned a new seat in class to being caught in a love triangle to simply procrastinating into supercharged snapshots of youth.
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.