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The music Ms. Machine makes pounds and pulverizes, meshing guitars and bass with machine-generated percussion. The result is steely songs heavy on repetition. It’s a little surprising, then, to find out the trio behind this Nordic-inspired rock band connected over the vibrant colors of Harajuku fashion.

“I was part of the Harajuku street snap community, around the same time as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu,” vocalist and lyricist Sai tells The Japan Times, referring to Tokyo’s street fashion photography scene. “The other members of the band followed me on Twitter, and we started talking and eventually met up in person.”

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