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ViSULOG Mejibray Interview: 1st Live DVD

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MEJIBRAY’s live DVD, A PRIORI Ei: Joshō -Counting Goats- TOUR FINAL AT TSUTAYA O-EAST, is finally here. This is the second of three new MEJIBRAY releases for 2014, and we’re excited to bring you a second interview with the band as well, picking up where last month’s left off.

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ViSULOG: Special interview with MEJIBRAY for their 1st live DVD

Interview and Text: Takaya Yamamoto
Translation : bambi [bambi@shattered-tranquility.net]

The important thing isn’t so much what I’m playing, as who I am when I’m playing it.” (Koichi)

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So, just to pick up where we left off, it’d be great if you could tell us a little about the B-sides on RAVEN. “Madari” and… what is “madari”, anyway?

Tsuzuku : It’s Tsuzuku-speak.

What does it mean, though?

Tsuzuku : That, I’m afraid I can’t tell you. Just like I can’t tell you what MEJIBRAY means.

What are the lyrics about?

Tsuzuku : I’m mad. Like, hopping-up-and-down, steam-coming-out-of-my-ears mad.1

That’s kind of a cute way to describe anger… (laughs)

Tsuzuku : Isn’t it? There’s an even cuter way to put it, too… this is just the year of cute for our band, you know?

What happened to make you so angry?

Tsuzuku : Okay, at this point I’m so mad, I’ve hit this sublime, transcendental, Zen-like state of fury.2

What…?

Koichi : Um, Tsuzuku, I think he might be a bit too old to have any idea what you’re talking about… (laughs)

Tsuzuku : It’s like the highest level of angry there is. When I said there was an even cuter way to put it, that was it. Trust me, though – it’s not a pretty picture.

The highest level of angry there is… hmm.

Tsuzuku : Well, I’m not really all that angry in the song (laughs). But it’s up to the reader to figure out what I’m so mad about.

How about the music, what’s going on there?

MiA : Well, one of the themes we were going with was “easy to follow”, but it does move pretty fast.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says the working title was actually understandable, too.

MiA : I don’t think you’re supposed to write that, but yeah, it was.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : And says he’s pretty sure he had orders to drum a certain way.

Koichi : The bassline had a pretty fast tempo so it was all light-touch. If you go back through our older songs, you’ll probably find some where I’m doing the same exact thing. But I think the important thing isn’t so much what I’m playing, as who I am when I’m playing it.

MiA : There’s lots of layered vocals in this one, too, which we hope people will have a chance to really listen in and pick up on. Not that there was any overlap [with the recordings]3, but yeah.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : And Meto says the drums are pretty much unchanged from the demo version, unlike with “RAVEN”. It’s basically just the demo plus him.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Also, he says you really have to hear Koichi’s bassline at the beginning.

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Did you record the drums last for this one, too?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Yes.

Koichi : Yeah, I’m always the first one up to the plate.

Any special reason why you do the drums last?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says, maybe because he’d like to be a vocalist?

All : (laughter)

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says that back when they were starting out, they heard this was a good way to record, so it’s what they do… but he’s starting to think he wouldn’t mind going first.

Tsuzuku : I doubt we’ll ever change it around, though.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says he doesn’t think drumming’s just about keeping the rhythm. He wants to make it sound like the drums are singing, too. That’s why.

Tell us about “Koe ga kieru made”, too.

MiA : Well, I thought it was time for something a little different, so I tried putting this one together. We hadn’t done much straight-up melody stuff in a while, and I was starting to feel like maybe we were getting stuck in a bit of a rut – like, always having Tsuzuku screaming on the bridge and whatnot – so I figured it was the right time to put this one out there. I finished it last year right before our tour so we could squeeze it in there.

Koichi : With a song like this, I guess you can’t let anything slide – or maybe it’s just that with those screaming parts, I can just let it fly on the bass, too… but here I couldn’t do that, so I had a lot to keep track of, which was pretty hard.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto gets to play the snare in this one, and he says it’s the one he enjoyed the most.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says it’s fairly simple, but there’s something oddly stylish about it at the same time, you know?

What is this one about?

Tsuzuku : Exactly what it says. I think it’s pretty cute, with the katakana.

That long chorus was pretty standout.

Tsuzuku : I did put a lot of emotion into it… but I also had to use a range I’m not all that good with. I mean, it would’ve been easier if I could’ve gone a little higher, actually.

So where does RAVEN stand on the whole? What’s it’s place in MEJIBRAY’s catalogue?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : “The four of us got together like crows / and made some new tracks, hope you like it, yo!”

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Well? Does Meto have a future in hip-hop?

Tsuzuku : Sure. I mean, aside from the fact that didn’t even rhyme or anything, why not?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says, “Yay!”

All : (laughter)

Tsuzuku : I really do think we’re adorable. I think we can definitely pull off “cute” when we want to.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Even if everyone hates us.

Tsuzuku : If we’re cute but everyone hates us, does that mean we’re not allowed to be cute? I mean, I know we’re basically just a bunch of rejects, but still.

 

Any girl who sees that is going to be so turned on.” (Tsuzuku)

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Now, you’ve got this DVD, A PRIORI Ei: Joshō -Counting Goats- TOUR FINAL AT TSUTAYA O-EAST. Not only is this part of a three-month streak of new releases, but it’s also your first full-length live DVD. Can you tell us more?

Tsuzuku : You know the way “-XV-“ just flows perfectly into “Shitto” on there is the hottest thing ever. Perfect timing. Any girl who sees that is going to be so turned on.

Koichi : The transition from “VIOLET” to “DIE KUSSE” isn’t bad either.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says, “Could you be any more obvious?”

Tsuzuku : But see, with our fans, when we put out a DVD it’s practically guaranteed they’re going to screencap it to death.

MiA : Screencaps are rough…

Koichi : Because you just know there’s going to be shots where you look horrible.

Tsuzuku : Oh yeah, my face was a total mess when I was going crazy up there and there was that light coming up on me from below.

Now that you mention it, the lighting you had that day was really cool.

Tsuzuku : We’ve got a great lighting guy working with us.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says he just seems to really like us in general.

Have you worked with him a long time?

Koichi : Since Shinjuku Blaze, so about a year.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says apparently he uses “DIE KUSSE” for his alarm.

Koichi : Which reminds me, [our manager] Punch’s ringtone is “Sadisgate”.

So looking back on the O-East live, what do you think?

MiA : Well, they didn’t put this on the DVD, but we had to do some pretty quick costume changes, which got kind of messy backstage. But that actually wound up being a lot of fun for us. I don’t think it’s something we’ll get to do all that often, so it’s important we got to experience that.

Tsuzuku : Oh God, I hope we don’t have to go through that again. (laughs) Although, all those costume changes did make for a killer setlist.

MiA : Definitely.

Koichi : To me, the show didn’t feel all that different from any of our other ones… but there were all these bass amps lined up around me, which I like to think made me look a bit more hardcore. And we didn’t rely on any kind of hook this time around – we just focused on the show itself, so I think this DVD will give people a sense of what we’re really like onstage. Personally, when I watch live DVDs, I know I tend to get bored after three songs… but on ours, every six songs we do a costume change, so at the very least, that should hold people’s attention.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says he doesn’t have any feelings about it per se, but he thinks that’s probably just him…

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : But he says that during the show, he started getting all these ideas and it was really inspiring, so he can’t help being excited about what’s next.

MiA : Basically, we hope people will take the time to watch the whole thing from start to finish, without the screencaps.

Tsuzuku : I know I already said this, but the transition from “-XV-“ to “Shitto” is pretty damn awesome, so I definitely want people to see that. And right before we go into “[worms]”, there’s this part where I ram the mic stand into the floor – maybe it’s a little too crazy for some people, but I think it’s pretty cool. Oh, and my moves are really sexy.

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I’m sure. Anything else we should keep an eye out for?

Koichi : I’m amazed we actually managed to pull off all those costume changes.

Tsuzuku : Yeah, we were cutting it really close.

Koichi : It was like take that off, put this on, and get back out there… while you’re still getting the last bit over your head.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says his lower back was killing him all during the encore… it was really bad.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says he barely had a chance to rest, and he had no idea when he was even supposed to drink any water, so he looked like he was dying the whole time.

Tsuzuku : Meto’s singing during the intro to “DIE KUSSE” is the best thing ever.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says that’s probably the only part where he does anything worth watching.

Tsuzuku : And he makes the freakiest face during the second verse of “A PRIORI” – the counting part.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says he does looks pretty gross, so it’s a lot better when they zoom out.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says there’s nothing the least bit adorable about him in the closeups, so he’d rather people didn’t look at him in those.

Tsuzuku : But it was nice of them not to cut out those parts, don’t you think?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Well, Meto wouldn’t be in it at all if they had! He says.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : He says he just got a new drum kit, so he’s really looking forward to Zepp Divercity Tokyo.

MiA : The one with Punch, right?

Tsuzuku : Yeah, none of the other bands have him.

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Meto says that might make him stand out even more than our vocalist.

Koichi : Pretty soon we’re just going to have to stick Taro up there in front of everyone, you know?

Taro?

MiA : Koichi’s assistant.

Tsuzuku : The guy who helps him out, you know?

Koichi : He shows up a lot on the DVD, so I hope people pay attention!

Tsuzuku : I think it’s during “Black baccarat”, but when they show Koichi’s side of the stage that was pretty much it for me.

Koichi : He was really into it, right?

Tsuzuku : I don’t mind him being into it, but no matter how far over I went on Koichi’s side, Taro only ever looked at him. It’s like, hello, I’m right in front of you and you’re still staring right through me!

This comes with behind-the-scenes footage too, right?

Meto : ……………………….

Ruana : Yes, and Meto says he’s probably a whole lot cuter in that.

Tsuzuku : I’m pretty sure Taro definitely shows up in it, too.

Koichi : Yeah, he was with us for three months, after all.

And what are the highlights there?

Tsuzuku : Taro is the best part.

Koichi : It’ll be fun to see what happens with him on our next tour.

1. In Japanese he says gekioko punpun maru, a reference to the internet meme “Six Stages of Anger”. Please see this page for more info!

2. Literally, gekiokoustic finality punpun dream. The sixth and worst stage of anger.

3. See first interview in this series.

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