To all of Lustknot.’s supporters,
Thank you for your continuous support of Lustknot.
Due to the unlikely prospect of the complete recovery of vocalist Yuki, who has been taking an activity pause due to illness, Lustknot. will pause activities indefinitely following our HOLIDAY NEXT live on May 25th, 2014.
We are deeply sorry to those who were looking forward to Yuki’s recovery.
We understand that there are those who may not be able to understand the reasoning behind this decision, so we would like to clarify the nature of Yuki’s illness.
Yuki is currently suffering form Dissociative Identity Disorder, a psychological illness characterized by one person possessing different personalities.
Just like stories of Dissociative Identity Disorder seen in TV or movies, he has become barely able to continue on with everyday life normally. From the viewpoint of the members, staff, and Yuki himself, we are at a loss as to how much he should be continuing on with band activities while undergoing medical treatment.
Since this is not a visible illness, we are prepared to accept the fact that there may be those of you who cannot comprehend this completely. However, both band members and staff came to the decision that a hiatus would be best in order to prevent us from continuing to move along parallel paths.
Moreover, our new release planned for this July and our coupling tour with BlackKlaxon have been cancelled.
To all of our supporters and all of our faithful staff, we apologize for causing such trouble.
We are extremely regretful that things have come to this, but we would like to continue playing our music as Lustknot. until the very end.
Lustknot. members, Double River Record staff
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Dissociative Identity Disorder, as mentioned above, is a distinct dissociative disorder characterized by the manifestation of at least one or possibly more personalities within one person. These personalities can impair a persons ability to function normally within society by controlling certain aspects of their behavior, often leading to forgetfulness when identities shift. It’s an extremely controversial disorder marred by uncertainty in the psychiatric field, leading to many have a very difficult time being diagnosed with the illness.
The announcement itself is big, not only because Yuki was successfully diagnosed, but because the band publicly expressed the issue. Typically throughout Japan, mental illness is considered a taboo subject; rather than citizens recognizing the problem and facing it head on, it’s mostly pushed to the side, out of public light. Additionally, mental health facilities, when available, are often dysfunctional and do not accurately treat patients, instead employing a system of drugs to keep patients incapacitated. Mental illness is not often treated in Japan, as having one can be seen as bringing a sense of shame upon the family, that often discouraging people from getting treatment. So, public acknowledgment of Yuki’s diagnosis is something to be admired.
We’re asking our readers to be understanding with this news, and please keep Yuki in your thoughts during his treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about DID, you can continue to read on Wikipedia.