[Heavy Metal] NEMOPHILA
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The Mayu (ex-Lipstick) cover band has now formally named themselves NEMOPHILA, and describe themselves as a "superstar girls metal band" (スーパーガールズメタルバンド).

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They are comprised of young women who will probably already be familiar to you in the Tokyo female band scene:

Vocals: mayu (ex-Lipstick)
Guitar: SAKI (Mary's Blood, WGGC)
Guitar: 葉月(HAZUKI)(Disqualia)
Bass: HARAGUCHI-SAN
Drums: むらたたむ(murata-tamu)

They will debut (under this name) at Metal Weekend 2019 alongside Loudness and Hammerfall on 14th and 15th September at Zepp Divercity in Tokyo. They will open both nights:



Hitherto they've been playing covers at their performances, but I don't yet know what their setlist will be at Metal Weekend. At present I don't think they have a website, but they did just debut an official Twitter account:



They were still calling themselves "Mayuセッション" (Mayu session) a short while ago when they played Wildside Tokyo this evening -- and may have announced the new name at that performance, since the tweets announcing the new band followed that performance.

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That's a pretty killer lineup. Interested to see how this turns out, her vocals did very well in Lipstick, wonder how it goes with this.
Fan of: BABYMETAL, Aldious, Unlucky Morpheus, Mary's Blood and many more. Try to go to Japan as often as I can for lives.
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(09-05-2019, 08:07 AM)gdscei Wrote: That's a pretty killer lineup. Interested to see how this turns out, her vocals did very well in Lipstick, wonder how it goes with this.

It's all so new that there are a ton of questions. Will they be writing new material? Will they record? This is now officially the third simultaneous project for SAKI (four if you include WGGC, five if you include Saki Cover Band....), so how active will they be?

They must have enjoyed themselves during these Mayu Session shows the last few weeks. Perhaps they had so much fun they just spontaneously decided to formally become a band.
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Saki and Hazuki playing together is like a dream band with John Petrucci and Michael Romeo
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I'm sure I'll check it out at the point they have anything to hear, although that is quite the clunky name.
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(09-05-2019, 10:06 AM)modsviciado Wrote: Saki and Hazuki playing together is like a dream band with John Petrucci and Michael Romeo

Saki has had a really good track record of pairings with other great guitar women, that's for sure.

(09-05-2019, 10:33 AM)TimJ Wrote: I'm sure I'll check it out at the point they have anything to hear, although that is quite the clunky name.

It is. I keep wondering if they meant to stick another "i" in there, as in "-philia", but looking it up in a dictionary I see that it is a family of flowering plants, most notably Baby Blue Eyes:

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Whether they intended to refer to these plants or not is a matter of debate! Big Grin
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(09-05-2019, 11:10 AM)ReplicantDeckard Wrote: I keep wondering if they meant to stick another "i" in there, as in "-philia", but looking it up in a dictionary I see that it is a family of flowering plants, most notably Baby Blue Eyes:

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Whether they intended to refer to these plants or not is a matter of debate! Big Grin

I suspect from the flower in the band logo shown earlier in the thread, it’s intentional, but it doesn’t make it any less crap as a bandname. But ho hum, let the music do the talking, as a wise man once said.
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(09-05-2019, 11:17 AM)TimJ Wrote: I suspect from the flower in the band logo shown earlier in the thread, it’s intentional, but it doesn’t make it any less crap as a bandname. But ho hum, let the music do the talking, as a wise man once said.

Crap, you're right, it was staring me right in the face, but it was such a stylized Japanese crest presentation that I paid it no mind. Honestly, every time I read the name I keep seeing "NECROPHILIA" but -- different band, different decade.

I have no idea who this so-called wise man was, but he's an idiot -- IMAGE IS EVERYTHING. Ask any KISS fan.
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yeah, I have to say the band name is just too close to “Necrophilia”, although I suppose at least they didn’t go with “NemoNecrophilia” (getting frisky with Captain Nemo’s corpse), which I don’t believe creates the most positive band image.

I didn’t catch that they’re already tweeting (half) in English - perhaps the Saki influence.
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(09-05-2019, 11:41 AM)TimJ Wrote: yeah, I have to say the band name is just too close to “Necrophilia”, although I suppose at least they didn’t go with “NemoNecrophilia” (getting frisky with Captain Nemo’s corpse), which I don’t believe creates the most positive band image.

I'll never be able to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea again. Thanks for that. Tongue

Mind you, Little Nemo in Necrophilia Land would've arguably been even worse, but now we're just getting silly. These ladies all have only pure thoughts.
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