Imagine being able to meet Metallica or open for Lady Gaga at stadium shows while still in your teenage years. BabyMetal have done just that, crossing the pop/metal barrier and becoming one of the most wildly successful acts of the 2010s.
We were thrilled to meet Su-metal, Moametal and Yuimetal, the three extremely charming young women who have led BabyMetal for the past five years. Along with an in-depth interview and round of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?‘, we spoke to the girls about some thrills they experienced in 2014.
When we asked BabyMetal about opening for Lady Gaga, Su-metal actually answered the entire question in English, explaining how the girls were nervous at first, but how fans opened up to the act once BabyMetal hit the stage.
As for Metallica, Su-metal explains how BabyMetal discovered the “heart of metal” through the thrash veterans while meeting them face-to-face and witnessing the band perform while traveling internationally. Enjoy our latest exclusive video with the girls from BabyMetal!
Ask fans why they like Babymetal and you'll get similar responses: "They're different," "they're unique," "they've never been seen before." They certainly are distinctive. These 16 and 17-year-olds from Japan sing, dance, wear pigtails and tutus, as well as encourage their audiences into a 'wall of death' at gigs.
They have their own 'Fox God' and a hand gesture to summon the god. You'll see crowds that come to see them hold up their fox hands in tribute. Many of Babymetal's huge following are connected online. Many were meeting up after the set to exchange numbers and share the fandom experience.
One 15-year-old fan, Milly, explained why she loved Babymetal: "They're different because they're 16, 17. You're growing up with metal music. They don't swear in their songs. It's about real causes like don't bully."
One of their top songs is called Ijime, Dame, Zettai which roughly translates as 'Don't bully'. Babymetal told Newsbeat: "Our song is about no bullying and it is very important to us. The lyrics have a message that we try to convey to everyone. "During the song we do a jump as a sign against bullying and it makes us happy when we see the fans jump with us."
Another fan told Newsbeat in front of the Reading main stage: "There's substance to it. It's not just a gimmick. It's better than a lot of stuff around at the moment." It's Babymetal's first time at Reading.
They had 12 people with them in the media tent and even a make-up artist to apply lipgloss and hairspray before every photo. A sturdy security guard stood close by and there was not a smear of mud in sight. Some may say that's not very metal but that's not a problem for the three girls.
Earlier this summer, a trio of teenage rockers took the internet by storm with their unique blend of J-Pop effervescence and head-banging thrash metal beats. The band's star continues to rise with both a world tour and the announcement that their first hit, "Gimme Chocolate" is coming to Rock Band 4.
The song will available as a bonus track beginning October 6th (which is when the game actually hits store shelves). Unfortunately, the track is exclusive to the Xbox One platform and needs to be reserved as part of the game's pre-order bundle.
Metal and rock fans love collecting everything they can to show off their favorite bands and taste in music on the whole. From extensive record collections, CDs, concert memorabilia, bobblehead dolls, and so much more, there’s a lot to display. Now fans of Japanese metal sensation BabyMetal can join in on the fun! Each of the three singers, Su-Metal, Moametal, and Yuimetal will be released in a caricature version doll from toy company Funko.
BabyMetal have been active since 2010, but really started to explode in 2013 with the release of popular singles like “Megitsune.” The band began to play larger shows in Japan as their popularity began to skyrocket. Their fusion of pop music with three teenage girls sharing vocal duties backed by roaring heavy metal and a spectacle of a choreographed live performance, the band gained traction in the U.S. as well.
2014 saw the release of the band’s debut eponymous album, which hit No. 187 on the Billboard 200. Since then the band have gone on not only to dazzle metal audiences, but pop crowd as well. Their style blends well with both genres, which landed them an opening spot with Lady Gaga. Gaga is a self-professed metalhead, so BabyMetal was a perfect fit for the mega pop star.
Japan’s Babymetal returns to the U.S. in support of its yet-to-be-named new album arriving in April. You’ll find the all-girl-fronted heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid band in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and other markets where music fans thirst for something different.
It’s almost as if Babymetal is trying to set a tradition of playing shows in the U.S. in May. This past spring the group embarked on a brief run of select North American cities, including Mexico City, Toronto and Chicago, before crossing the pond for some European fun. Saying Babymetal is big in Japan hardly scratches the surface of the act’s popularity. The group played two headlining shows at Japan’s Yokohama Arena over the weekend, resulting in 26,000 fans seeing the band in action.
People who vote for music awards delivered plenty of love to Babymetal in 2015. The group received the “Breakthrough Act” award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods and the “Spirit Of Independence” award at the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! ceremonies. The band was also feted by MTV Europe as “Wildcard Best Japanese Act,” received the “Discovery Prize” at GQ Japan’s “Men Of The Year 2015” awards, and picked up the “Women Of The Year” award at Vogue Japan’s “Women Of The Year 2015” event.
Here are your Babymetal dates: May 4 – New York, N.Y., PlayStation Theater May 7 – Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory May 8 – Concord, N.C., Charlotte Motor Speedway (Carolina Rebellion) May 10 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring May 11 – Detroit, Mich., The Fillmore Detroit May 13 – Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues May 14 – Somerset, Wis., Somerset Amphitheater (Northern Invasion)