SCANDAL; Excite Music「Departure」Interview Part 2
It might be a given but compared to the scenery drawn for「SAKURA Goodbye」5 years ago, this feel different.
TOMOMI: Most certainly, it’s different from sakura flowers that bloom in the schoolyard.
RINA: On the topic of becoming adults, it’s probably the first time I’ve thought of myself like that. It’s not like I’ll think of「Oh I’d changed」when I see my clothing or hair style or make-up, but the real meaning of feeling「I’d changed」. I feel like I’ve became calm. This, I think couldn’t be presented 1 year back. I’m extremely happy that since 5 years ago then, this could come out. Also, since we’re a band from Japan, the four seasons are important and I think it’s a must to continue singing Spring songs. As a Japanese you see.
You’ve had activities overseas since early before, so you’ll have some new thoughts about this right.
- RINA: Regarding about SCANDAL, I’ve always thought we had a Japanese style to us. Starting from uniforms, we grew up viewing the important of having black hair. We’ll go overseas each year, and each year we’ll make sure to give off the good, actual feelings of Japan. That’s why I think I really love Japan, and that it’s a great country. Every member is a delicate, unique and expressive individual. Although I look up and follow the New York style, I think Japan is cool.
Just now the words “Japanese melody” came out but it’s also a point that Kameda Seiji-san, who was the sound producer this time round, that’d brought out this sort of SCANDAL whom holds the Japanese feel right.
HARUNA: It’s a first for us to work with Kameda Seiji-san this time.
TOMOMI: Kameda-san, to say so, has such a split personality. When he plays the bass himself he’s like on an invasive mode, but when he’s being the producer, he’ll be writing songs of all sorts of genres. I think he’s the sort that goes with whatever good stuff gives his ears a good sort of familiarity, and personally, I’ll also become interested.
MAMI: Firstly, for this time’s recording, we recorded with the feel of us 4 being at a live, and from there we corrected the bass and added things. We’re people that view the band feel as something of great important.
TOMOMI: The first things we talked about were our sound and how we wished for it to be presented during lives. However, we had some of Kameda-san’s style inside our CD and we also had the strings thrown in. I was really touched hearing the sound of the strings at close. I think the orgel at the start too was something new that we haven’t had up till now.
SCANDAL; Excite Music「Departure」Interview Part 3
Following on is 1 other song. The coupling song「Rainy」is the image song for the Japanese version of the movie『Shadow Hunter』that is now showing but it has a furious presence that will not lose to the development of the movie.
- TOMOMI: This song started from the state of zero as we thought「Let’s make this song, the 4 of us」. We went into the studio and were just going ‘okay’ while we made sound. It was a situation where we didn’t even have a melody. After that, HARUNA took the A-melody, I took the B-melody and MAMI did the chorus, which was how the melody came about.
With that, that’s a new way of doing things.
HARUNA: Yeap, that’s right.
RINA: From the movie-goers, since they said,「To have a feel of “The • SCANDAL”, minor rock that’s close to “Shunkan Sentimental (※ 5th Single)" would be good」, I went and wrote the lyrics right after it was okay-ed. It was just nice that HARUNA was doing her theatre play then, and for the first time since we were formed for 7 years, we haven’t done a live in 1 and a half months. In this hard time, I constantly felt I had to exceed myself and to believe in myself but because it ended up in a situation where there weren’t any lives for the first time, I remembered feeling like there was no vigor in me just yet. I’d felt the seriousness for the first time ever. For a band that did lives every week to come to a stop, I came to wonder how the fans feel. Still, I watched the TV, seeing all sorts of artists releasing new CDs each week… It’s somehow or rather complicated. With that, I thought about how it was a waste that I couldn’t write how I really felt.
RINA: I wrote while using cold words as if any step could be wrong. Just when I thought I couldn’t write anymore, this came (laughs). That’s because I felt such bitterness with everything. Even though HARUNA’s working hard and standing on the stage, it was frustrating as I couldn’t see the 4 of us all together.
HARUNA: That’s why on my part, I thought I have to and must go for that theatre play to convey what I’ve obtained. Again, I reaffirmed the enjoyment in my expression and how much I liked expressing myself.
RINA: From now on the 4 of us will have all sorts of firsts which I think will become experience (for our work) in SCANDAL. I think it’d really became a great chance for us this round. If there hasn’t been such a period, I think I wouldn’t have been able to write.
TOMOMI: Yes, yes. Right now I’m appearing on TV on my own (※ Fuji TV 『Shin Domoto Kyoudai』). However, such an experience is a first for me. Up till now, I haven’t had to be backstage alone (laughs).
MAMII: That’s right (laughs).
RINA: Somehow, I think it’s not that I want to be in a band but that I want to be in SCANDAL. If to be in a band, you can go have a session in the studio with anyone but I’ve never thought of doing that ever. I think I like these members and to be working in this particular band that is SCANDAL.
HARUNA: When you’re alone, you understand the important once again of a group. If we don’t do anything that isn’t the 4 of us together, we’ll go back not realizing or understanding certain things. This year for sure, I think will become a year that we’ll study all sorts of things.
There is also another section in which SCANDAL talked about the things they’re into lately, which I might translate later on (subject to if I have the time). SCANDAL has also left a video message HERE, where they talk about things they’re excited about recently. Things such as eating yakiniku etc. pop up, and the band also promotes their new single and Yokohama Arena lives.
Excite Music is also giving away 3 autographed “Departure” posters. It ends on 15th May (Thu), so if you live in Japan, you’re welcome to submit your application HERE.
SCANDAL To Provide Anime Movie Theme Song & New Single Announced!
“The popular girls band「ＳＣＡＮＤＡＬ」will be singing the theme song to the movie「Pokemon • The • Movie XY Hakai no Mayu to Dianshi」, which will open in theatres on 19th July.”
“The same movie series that have started since year 1998 has seen Kobayashi Sachiko (60), Amuro Namie (36), PUFFY etc. taking charge of the theme song. Last year, Ikimono gakari has came to perform「Egao」at the same year end’s NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, in which the hit song became a treasure.”
“SCANDAL is the popular girls band in the hearts of teenage females. In year 2012, they realised the fact of being the first female band in history to make it to the Nippon Budokan in the fastest (amount of time). The 4 members said, “The first movie I ever watched since being born is Pokemon” (Guitar’s MAMI), “When I was in primary school, the topic during break times were always Pokemon” (Bass’ TOMOMI), and were big fans of the work. The executive producer of the same movie, Asai Mitome said, “It is best to have the theme song taken charge of by someone who loves the World of Pokemon,” and thus (the band) was being used for the role.”
“The title (of the song) is「Yoake no Ryuuseigun」(Meteor Shower At Dawn). The lyrics were penned by TOMOMI, while singer-songwriter Tanaka Hidenori composed it.”
“TOMOMI said, “Pokemon was our youth. I think the work this round will have many kids watching the movie for the first time as well. It’s the same as us hugging in excitement and being moved at the time, no, it’ll go pass that and have you bring something home. It was created with the best of our abilities.”
“The single is to be released on 16th July 2014.”
Original article at Sponichi HERE, translated by me.
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