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August 10, 2018

Silent Siren Brings Japanese Pop Rock to Los Angeles

Only three months after their North American debut in San Francisco, Japanese female band Silent Siren returns to the US to perform in Los Angeles as part of their world tour.

by Kalai Chik

Date Published: 10/14/2016

Silent Siren in Los Angeles

Taking place at the Musician’s Institute, an intimate venue the size of a middle school auditorium off Hollywood and Highland, the concert had VIP fans eagerly lining up early to secure a good spot. As the venue discouraged the use of individual light pens due to their brightness, the staff provided watch lights that flash to the beat of each song. After a short pre-show filled with heavy metal music playing in the background, Silent Siren appeared on stage in pink outfits, ready to play for the crowd.

Beginning with “Milky Boy,” the girls played to a small but faithful crowd, some coming as far as Missouri and even the band’s home country of Japan. During their band introduction sequence, Yukako played a small part of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from Neon Genesis Evangelion on her keyboard during her introduction. Quickly switching up to the slower melody of “Hachigatsu no Yoru,” they kept the crowd dancing with “BANG! BANG! BANG!”

After performing “Bisan,” the band held an MC talk, where fans were able to ask questions. During the corner, the girls asked whether the crowd knew about the viral song “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” by Pikotaro. When the audience answered with bewilderment, the girls jokingly sang the song along with the infamous dance.

Since the crowd winded down during the talk, the girls quickly played through “Joshikou Sensou,” “Love Install!” and “Hikari” before returning to another MC corner. As big fans of the rock genre, and even bigger fans of Green Day, Silent Siren did their cover of “Minority.” During the last and final MC corner of the show, the venue was much warmer than the girls had anticipated, so Suu unzipped part of her boots to give it more air even though she thought it was a waste of her “really cool-looking boots.”

Their next round of songs were their more cutesy rock songs such as their famous cover of “Secret Base” for the Ao Haru Ride live action movie, “Koi Yuki,” “stella☆,” and “CAFÉ.” Partying it up before the end of the show, the lights dimmed while the girls took out their LED shutter shades. They showed no difficulty playing with partially obscured vision and gave a spectacular performance, even with the distracting lights from the glasses. Luckily the glasses added to DJ Yukako’s “DanceMusicQ” time, which fit in well with the current EDM trend in American music.

As the band moved into “Guru Guru Wonderland,” fans whipped out their towels, clearly prepared for the intense twirling that was about to unfold. Although Aina was worried that people might not know the culture of towel spinning during their performances, plenty of fans bought and brought their own Silent Siren towels and swung them around to the beat of the drums and guitars.

After ten minutes of changing outfits off stage and encore chanting, the girls returned to the stage wearing their tour t-shirts. They finished off with their new song “Sinbad” and their hit track “Cherry Bomb.” Saving their energy for the fan favorite songs, the crowd threw up little cherry bomb signs with their fingers and pulled them apart in order to do the “Cherry Bomb” dance.

As the concert came to a close, the staff took a photo of the band with the entire audience and fans pulled out a California flag banner with signed messages as a souvenir for the band to take back to Japan.

Below is the inclusive press Interview APA held with Silent Siren before the concert.

What places have you been to in Los Angeles so far?

Aina: We went to the citywalk at Universal Studios and did some shopping and sightseeing.

Is there anywhere you’d like to go?

All: Disneyland!

What are your hobbies out of music?

Aina: I like to draw, particularly fashion goods.

Hinako: Since it’s been getting colder in Japan recently, I’ve been going to the sauna often.

Sumire: I like to go to places that are like libraries such as a bookstore.

Yukako: I like to watch movies and dramas from other countries.

Silent Siren performed in San Francisco for JPOP Summit a few months ago. How does that compare to your performances in Japan?

Yukako: Depending on the region in Japan, our fans’ reactions are a little bit different. In San Francisco, the crowd had a unified way of expressing their feelings such as jumping and shouting “Yay!” To be able to see and feel their reactions was very enjoyable.

What is your favorite song to play on stage?

Aina: “Guruguru Wonderland” because in Japan, there’s a culture of spinning your towels. Since the culture is a little different here in the US, I’m looking forward what fans will do during the concert!

Hinako: “Hachigatsu no Yoru.”

Sumire: “Milky Boy.”Yukako: “Cherry Bomb” because it’s very fun to watch everyone do the “Cherry Bomb” dance.

What do you consider to be cute and amazing?

Aina: Hmm, I think a girl in love with a boy is very cute since she’s constantly seeing stars in her eyes. In terms of something cool or amazing, when someone is working hard towards their goal in life.

Hinako: I really think cats are cute! I have some cats at home. I think Spiderman is very cool because in Japan, we don’t have characters with such a cool hero image.

Sumire: Everything related to Sailor Moon is very cute and amazing to me.

Yukako: Something that is very cute and amazing to me is performing a live. It’s a combination of both those words to me.

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Kalai Chik

Kalai Chik

Pop culture writer focusing on animation, music, and games. Los Angeles native, USC alumni, and contributor for Asia Pacific Arts since 2015. Follow me on Twitter, @kalai_chik.