The OFFICIAL BAND-MAID website can be found here
The OFFICIAL BAND-MAID YouTube channel can be found here
You can follow the OFFICIAL Twitter: @bandmaid
You can find the members' Twitters and Instagrams in the Band Profiles section.
In 2012, Miku Kobato (vocal and guitar) decided that she wanted to start a group; a combination of a band and maids. Thus, BAND-MAID® was born. Miku had worked for 3 years in Maid-Cafes previously, and loved the maid outfits and culture. Before forming the band, Miku thought that the contrast of the cute outfits and rock music was very interesting.
Miku discovered Kanami Tono through online guitar cover videos and approached her about the band. When they had the meeting, Kanami's first impression was that Miku was very cute.
Miku asked Kanami if she knew anybody who played the drums. Previously Kanami was a singer-songwriter who would play the guitar and sing at the same time, though she was not in a band, Akane Hirose played the drums to support her. Kanami then invited Akane along to the meeting. Akane was initially apprehensive about the thought of wearing maid outfits and asked Miku if she could think it over once before she agreed. However, Akane had listened to the demos of the hard rock songs they wanted to make and the idea of hard rock music with the maid costumes appealed to her so she joined.
At that time Akane was attending the same music school (Tokyo School of Music) as Bassist MISA and, since the band didn't have a bassist, Akane invited her along. MISA joined the band despite thinking that the maid costumes were strange at first.
Lastly Saiki, who had been singing solo, joined the band. Despite the fact that they already had Miku as a vocalist, Miku wanted more powerful vocals and thought that twin vocals would be a lot more interesting. When Saiki was invited she was not initially told about the maid outfits as Miku thought she wouldn't join. Instead, Saiki was told they would simply be wearing 'cute clothing' whilst playing hard rock music. After hearing the demo songs, Saiki agreed to join. When Saiki got into the studio and saw the maid outfits she was shocked - she hated her apron and discarded it shortly after.
When they formed the band, their purpose was world conquest and they are very much on their way. The band always perform their best and try to go beyond their musical capabilities to push themselves as hard as possible. Band-Maid wants the audience to enjoy the contradiction between the costumes and the music. Miku believes the band appeals to multiple audiences, being that people who like idols can enjoy their performances (though they are not idols) and people who like hard rock and bands can enjoy them as well - Band-Maid wants to break the stereotypes and beliefs about Japanese idol groups, and show that they are a real band with real instruments, however, they do respect idols for doing things they cannot do (like dancing).
By the time BRAND NEW MAID was released, BAND-MAID® were seemingly no longer using their ® and the band's logos and official texts refer to them now as simply BAND-MAID.
All information in this write-up was collated from these sources:
You can find all of BAND-MAID's releases and discography here
The official BAND-MAID website writes of their history:
Formed in July 2013.
7/24 First GIGS 「PPBAND AUDITION」@OTSUKA Deepa
8/22 「P 祭-P sai-」OPENING ACT@SHIBUYA-AX（in New member SAIKI
1/8 1st mini album『MAID IN JAPAN』release
2/8 1st ONE-MAN SHOW「MAID IN JAPAN」＠shibuya Milkyway
4/26 BAND-MAID® presents GIGS「MAID IN WORLD Vol.1」SHIBUYA VUENOS
4/27 2nd ONE-MAN SHOW「MAID ROCK」＠shibuya Milkyway
7/21 3rd ONE-MAN SHOW「BAND-MAID® 1st Anniverasay GIGS」@club asia
8/13 1st single『MATADOR of LOVE and PASSION』release
7/18 2nd Anniversary ONE-MAN SHOW“Breakin' new gate”@Shibuya eggman
7/29 音霊 OTODAMA SEA STUDIO 2015 “Happy Summer KAMAKURA” performed.
8/1 Momoiro Clover Z Presents AGO FES performed.
8/8 GIRLS ROCK SUMMER SPLASH 2015@Zepp Tokyo performed.
9/13 Niku-Rock FES “MEET&MEAT STAGE” performed.
10/27 will appear on the international Japanese music television program J-Melo as one of the finalists in J-Melo's Breakthrough Artist Showcase.
2/5,12,14 The "New Beginning Tour 2016" Tokyo, Nagoya, held in Osaka.
Held additional show on 2/27.
3/26 Carry out the first overseas show in the US Seattle "Sakura-con".
5/18 3rd mini album『Brand New MAID』Release
5/27~29 United Kingdom London "MCM London COMIC CON" performed.
6/12 SHOW-YA Produce“NAON no YAON 2016”＠Hibiya Yagai Dai-Ongakudoh
6/18 Signed to JPU records. 3rd mini-album, "Brand New MAID" release.
BAND-MAID were formerly signed to Gump Records:
BAND-MAID is currently signed with Crown Records:
See their profile here:
They are also with the talent agency Platinum Production:
Their Ambelo account as since been terminated: http://ameblo.jp/band-maid/
To read about individual band members' trivia, visit their profiles
One of Band-Maid's dreams is to have their music used in anime, and if it was to be used in an anime, Miku would want the anime to be Bleach, Kanami wants Tokyo Ghoul and Saiki would want it to be Detective Conan