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THE CABINETS: LOLITA PUNK BAND FROM JAPAN, SWEET LOLI MEETS HARDCORE MUSIC.

The Cabinets Japanese pop punk band with sweet lolita singer Mikako. Punk and Lolita music, hardcore, beat punk style band from Tokyo. Pierrot CD single.

Reader Trashtastika alerted me to one of her favorite Japanese bands, The Cabinets. Four dirty punk rockers sandwiching a Sweet Lolita? I was instantly intrigued.

The story began over two decades ago; The Cabinets were an all-male hardcore unit that evolved into Beat Punk before calling it quits in 1989. Last year, the band re-united with a new musical direction (Lolita + Punk) headed by pretty vocalist Mikako. The Cabinets’ first EP, “Pierrot,” is now on sale in Japan.

The Cabinets Japanese pop punk band with sweet lolita singer Mikako. Punk and Lolita music, hardcore, beat punk style band from Tokyo. Pierrot CD single.

I discovered an interview with the band on Ambi-Japan (the website is currently down). Here are excerpts, which I’ve translated from French.

Q: The Cabinets has been on hiatus for a long time. Why have you returned to making music?

A: We think that punk music is now a rarer genre, so we wanted to give a new life to our music.

Q: And why did you invite a girl to join you?

A: In the 80s, there was a new wave of culture; punk groups had a lot of Lolita fans, but today, they listen to Visual Kei. So we want to bring Lolitas back to Punk. Our Lolita also adds liveliness to our group.

Q: What does Mikako bring to your band?

A: Mikako is a respectful and cultured Lolita with a distinctive voice. Her presence is important for our group at the present time.

Q: You’re entering the world of Sweet Lolita; how do you mix this with your old musical style?

A: We think Lolita culture is an antithesis to popular culture. In this way, it’s a lot like Punk culture.

Q: Are many of your fan-girls Lolitas?

A: Yes. The number of our Lolita fans, both in Japan and worldwide, grows every day.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: We always want to put 1980s Punk and Lolita style at the forefront.

Q: Do you want to tour around the world?

A: Yes, we’d love to travel worldwide and play at outdoor festivals.

Q: A word for your fans?

A: We love you all! Thank you for supporting us!

Song of the Day #16: The Cabinets – Pierrot

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23 Comments

  1. Posted December 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Ahh they look like fun~
    hah, thanks for sharing =D
    I am interested in seeing and hearing more ^3^

  2. Posted December 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    awww…..love the girls dress!

  3. Posted December 28, 2008 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Ahh they look like fun~
    hah, thanks for sharing =D
    I am interested in seeing and hearing more ^3^

  4. Posted December 28, 2008 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    awww…..love the girls dress!

  5. Posted December 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Hello LA CARMINA ,

    thanks for your friendship.
    we wish you a prosperous and happy new year.

    best regards
    Charly and Michael

  6. Posted December 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Hello LA CARMINA ,

    thanks for your friendship.
    we wish you a prosperous and happy new year.

    best regards
    Charly and Michael

  7. Posted December 29, 2008 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    I love their Blythe dolls! Is that an Asian Butterfly I see?

  8. Posted December 29, 2008 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    the visual is interesting. unfortunately i can't extend the same comment about the music.

  9. Posted December 29, 2008 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I love their Blythe dolls! Is that an Asian Butterfly I see?

  10. Posted December 29, 2008 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    the visual is interesting. unfortunately i can’t extend the same comment about the music.

    • Posted December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      It’s kinda incongruous, having Mikako there, but I like that! And I definitely like the music, as I like old school and Ramones style punk :) They just need to make a zombie movie now, like Guitar Wolf!

  11. Posted December 29, 2008 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Yeah.. I'm not digging this.

  12. Posted December 29, 2008 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Yeah.. I’m not digging this.

  13. Posted December 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I hope the Cabinets get some new fans from this!

  14. Posted December 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    It's kinda incongruous, having Mikako there, but I like that! And I definitely like the music, as I like old school and Ramones style punk :) They just need to make a zombie movie now, like Guitar Wolf!

  15. Posted December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I hope the Cabinets get some new fans from this!

  16. Posted January 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Haha, they're a lot of fun! I wish them much success in the future! ^_^

  17. Posted January 3, 2009 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Haha, they’re a lot of fun! I wish them much success in the future! ^_^

  18. Posted January 17, 2009 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    The interview is here now : http://ambi-japan.com/index.php?file=Sections&o

  19. Posted January 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  20. Posted March 25, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    auww god, i wish they would come some day to spain….i've ever thought that lolita and punk were so simmilar..and i love their music!

  21. Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    auww god, i wish they would come some day to spain….i’ve ever thought that lolita and punk were so simmilar..and i love their music!

  22. Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    auww god, i wish they would come some day to spain….i've ever thought that lolita and punk were so simmilar..and i love their music!