Old meets new! LEZARD is bringing a whole new different kind of take of visual kei in their upcoming single, 『ハナサカジンセイ』 (Hanasaka Jinsei).
『ハナサカジンセイ』 (Hanasaka Jinsei) appears to be inspired by 「花咲か爺さん」(Hanasaka Jiisan), a Japanese folk tale about an honest elderly man who can make withered trees blossom. If you’re interested in the tale, you can read a summary of it here! But in the context of visual kei, let’s see what the “Hanasaka” life is all about to the members of LEZARD. Here are comments made by the members themselves (translated by our very own staff member, Shannon):
Vo. 来夢 (lime)
We want to live on in your hearts for ten years, 100 years, 1000 years.
We want to be a band that won’t change no matter how much time passes. We’ll remain the same.
That is the dream I sang.
Gu. 公佑 (Kousuke)
This is LEZARD’s little taste of “wa”!
This song allowed us to prove the existence of our thoughts and dreams.
It will no doubt change the winds that blow in our lives!
This song shows everything that LEZARD is!
The coupling song gives you a peek into a completely new side of us that makes the single a really voluminous CD!
You need to listen to it a lot and hear it live!
This single displays LEZARD’s uniqueness, as well as a new side of LEZARD that hasn’t been seen until now.
Let’s use this song to make beautiful flowers bloom!
If you’re intrigued, 『ハナサカジンセイ』 (Hanasaka Jinsei) is set to be released in two types on April 20. You can pre-order yourself a copy from CDJapan! The full details are yet to be released, but take a look at what we know about the upcoming single so far:
If you’d like to celebrate the blooming flowers with LEZARD, they will be holding several in-store events commemorating the release of their new single! Take a look at the schedule and see if you’re able to catch them at any of their in-store events:
3/29 (Sun) Fukuoka MUSIC PLAZA INDO
3/30 (Mon) Hiroshima MAGICAL SQUARE
4/05 (Sun) little HEARTS. SENDAI
4/10 (Fri) Osaka Like an Edison
4/13 (Mon) Nagoya Like an Edison
4/19 (Sun) Tokyo Like an Edison
5/09 (Sat) little HEARTS. SHINJUKU
5/10 (Sun) BRAND-X
5/16 (Sat) Jishuban CLUB
5/17 (Sun) Like an Edison.com La Foret Harajuku
5/23 (Sat) TOWER RECORD Shinjuku
6/05 (Fri) little HEARTS. OSAKA
6/07 (Sun) Nagoya fiveStars
6/11 (Thu) HMV Aeon Mall Okoyma
6/13 (Sat) TOWER RECORD Hakata AMUSEMENT PLAZA
So, what do you think of LEZARD’s new look? Personally, it would make my day if I saw a gramps rocking a visual kei style crop-top!