Interview with GANGLION

Interview with GANGLION
GANGLION is a four member, all-girl band that formed in June of 2010, and started official activites in August of the same year. The members consist of oni on vocals and guitar, sagara on guitar, yui on bass, and vivi on drums. The band released their first mini-album, “Returns to you” in January of 2011. Later that year on August 10th, their first single, “REVERSE” came out. Their most recent single, “TWILIGHT” made its debut on February 22nd.

The four ladies of GANGLION took time to answer a few questions for the readers of!

1. Thank you for taking time to answer some questions for! Please introduce each member.
oni: Hajimemashite! I’m oni, guitar & vocals. I also model for a magazine called KERA.

sagara: Hai, I’m sagara, the guitarist. I also sing backing chorus. I’m the one with crazy ideas, sometimes.

yui: I’m yui, I play the bass. My favorite food is namako-su (vinegar-marinated sea cucumber)… love it! It’s yummy! Also I like Gundam! My favorite is Char’s Gelgoog!

vivi: I’m vivi, on the drums. I like pink stuff. And…I like cats.



2. How would you describe GANGLION’s music? What is the band’s main concept?
oni: Let’s see… as for our genre, we’re a Girls’ Emotional Hard Rock Band. Until now, it seemed like Japanese girls’ bands are all either metal or pop. So we decided to do hard rock that’s in the middle.

sagara: We’re always saying that we want to do something cool, even though we’re girls! I like many genres, so why just pick one? We wanted to be a girls’ band in a new genre where we’d be the first ones ever!

yui: I hope that people will feel something new when they listen to GANGLION music. Even for the same song, the feeling can vary for different persons, and sometimes it’s very different from what we predicted. I’m really interested in how many different ways we can affect people.

vivi: We want to express our emotions without being stuck in one genre, or being considered just one type of band. As yui says, I think that it’s good for the listeners to empathize with different elements in our music.



3. What is each member’s favorite GANGLION song?
oni: I’m attached to all of them, but I especially like “Returns to you”. The lyrics express some of my deepest feelings. The same goes for “TWILIGHT”.

sagara: “Tsuioku” and “OVER THIS WALL”. We haven’t recorded “OVER THIS WALL” yet, but we’ve been playing it live, and the lyrics make the difference for me. Both songs carry a lot of emotion for me, so they bring out my most emotional performance!

yui: “Catch your way”, which is another new song. The melody line is beautiful, and it creates a great atmosphere, too!

vivi: “Heart Of Ripley” and “Catch your way” for me. I like them because of the heavy sound, and I can really dive into the world those songs create. I have a really strong connection to them, so it’s easy to play them live.



4. How do you think GANGLION will change in the future?
oni: I want to become a band that makes men and women think “Wow! This band is really cool!”

yui: Since women have our own unique coolness, I want to express that!

sagara: Each of us constantly absorb things from our outside lives and bring them into the band. Even we don’t know what’s coming in the future, I’m sure we’ll all keep bringing in new and unpredictable things, so it’s certain that we’ll keep changing. I’m looking forward to it!

vivi: I want to say “Me, too!” to what they’ve all said.



5. Why is fashion important for GANGLION members?
oni: For a long time, I’ve had the concept in my mind that fashion = music. Since I started to model, I feel like that even more. When we decide on the costumes, we all choose as we’re thinking about the image of the songs.

sagara: We’re always looking for new ways to be cool, and our fashion is the result. It’s one of the ways that we express ourselves!

yui: I’m the same way — I think that fashion is one of the best ways I can express myself, too! My feelings about life come out in my fashion and music!

vivi: Fashion is what gets me excited. Fashion makes it easier for me to connect to my feelings.



6. Please give a message to your fans from around the world.
oni: Truly thank you for always supporting us! GANGLION will keep moving forward with you together!

sagara: Please listen to GANGLION songs!! And please invite GANGLION to America–!!

yui: GANGLION is a band that keeps evolving! We won’t get boring, so follow us!

vivi: Your warm support helps us. We will come see you, so wait for us! would like to thank GANGLION and RESONANCE Media for this interview.




From left to right, top to bottom: oni, sagara, yui, vivi



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11 Responses to Interview with GANGLION

  1. Sarah

    Oh mann GANGLION should visit Metrocon 2012 if it’s not to late, they are soooo awesome!!

  2. bella


  3. Dal

    Talk about severely hidden talent. LOVE finding something this good, just hate finding it so late.
    Following this group from now on!

  4. Jun

    GANGLION are amazing ;v; I hope they become really successful.
    I’m glad you interviewed them, now more people will know about them.

  5. Zombi

    I have been loving Ganglion since I first heard them a few months ago. For those of us in the US they have actually released their first mini album (minus track 6) and their two singles on the iTunes store which is pretty rad!

  6. the gazette fan

    they are awesome
    i really love them

  7. MaC

    Thanks for the interview.

  8. Norishi

    They should come to GA~ :D

  9. ota

    Hello! Thank you very much for nice interview.
    GangLioN is one of my most favorite bands ever!!
    I follow the girls music scene in Japan since 1980s and I have recorded over 500 Japanese all-women formations and I love them all (^_^) … but because my HR background GangLioN is really very very close to my heart…
    Dear girls, thank you for the wonderful music!!!

  10. Hege

    Haaaiiooo, i may be a little drunk (self brewed mead), but I loooove thiis GangLion Interview. Thaaaank you. But why didn’t you ask more? For example how they came together or something.

    Good evening from Germany, may the headache not be to hard tomorrow.

    • Ku

      Mead is great!
      As far as why we didn’t ask more, it’s hard to say. We did this interview a long time ago, at a point where interviews were still pretty new to us. We’re hoping our skills have gotten better since then. Thanks for your feedback!

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