BAND-MAID's Kanami Tōno: "A good guitar solo will trigger emotions. I always keep that in mind"

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Don’t be fooled by the maid outfits. Japanese quintet BAND-MAID’s music packs enough high-energy, dual-guitar firepower to give any metal band a run for its money - and, as evidenced by the title of their 2018 album, World Domination, these women are brimming with self-confidence and have their sights aimed globally. 

“Yes! You are right on!” replies lead guitarist and primary songwriter Kanami when asked if this is true. “We want BAND-MAID to be known everywhere, whether it be in Japan or overseas.”

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Bruce Fagerstrom

Bruce is a freelance writer of features and interviews for Guitar World and MAGNET Magazine among other titles. He's played guitar in numerous garage bands with much better musicians who sometimes laugh at his Ovation Breadwinner.