Previously known as Hangry & Angry (stylized as HANGRY & ANGRY-f, previously known as hANGRY & ANGRY), ABCHO is a Japanese female pop/rock duo created in 2008, consisting of former Morning Musume members Hitomi Yoshizawa (“Hangry”) and Rika Ishikawa (“Angry”). The group is a collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store, which sells fashion designer h.Naoto’s mascot kittens of the same name. The band serves to promote stuffed toys and various other products from the store.
The duo was officially announced via the opening of their MySpace account in October 2008. The page drew 100,000 views within four days, and quickly reached 1,000,000 views. Their first mini-album, “Kill Me Kiss Me”, was released simultaneously in Japan and South Korea on November 19, 2008. It was not initially revealed who the two girls really were, though fans quickly recognized them and they later revealed themselves to be Yoshizawa and Ishikawa. As of 2009, the unit is known as Hangry & Angry-f, the “f” referring their new future style of white costumes.
Hangry & Angry made their overseas debut at Sakura-Con in April 2009, performing as the headline act. They will be touring Europe in April, their first overseas tour.
Since 2012 the band has changed it’s name to ABCHO, which is shortcut for “Abstract Chop”.
Universal Music: http://www.universal-music.co.jp/abcho
HANGRY & ANGRY Official Website: http://www.hangry-angry.com/