Matenrou Opera has updated their OHP with the announcement that their drummer Yu will be taking a break from activities for the next few months.
Their announcement reads as follows:
June 7th, 2012
An Important Announcement
We are truly grateful for the support that you have shown Matenrou Opera.
From the start of our previous tour, our drummer, Yu, had been going to the hospital due to a conditioninhis left arm. After several months of treatment, he has received a diagnosis on his condition and improvement.
In compliance with orders from his specialist, and in order to recover, Yu is taking a break from the band.
We are sorry for causing everyone to worry, however, Yu is aiming to make a full recovery for our tour in October, so we hope that you will continue to support us as you have been doing.
Matenrou Opera Staff
■ For our June 9th “Club Matenrou FC Trip in Tsumakoi” all members will be present, however, the live performance will be different from our usual style.
■ For our performance on June 23rd in the “Versailles Presents Tokyo Metropolis” event at Ebisu LIQUID ROOM, we will be welcoming a support drummer.
Source: Yu’s Twitter, OHP
Photography: Ku & K
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 –
There aren’t many live houses in Aomori Prefecture that regularly bring in visual kei bands. The reason is simple: out in such a remote area of Japan, far from the packed live house crowds of Tokyo or Osaka, Aomori just doesn’t have as many fans of the niche genre. Quarter, however, probably sees the most traffic for touring visual kei acts in the prefecture. Though it rarely sells out attendance is never particularly low, and in a city which sees so few visual acts, the bands are always received with ample enthusiasm.
This was also the case for Royz, despite the live occurring on a Wednesday night. The moment doors opened to bring fans in from the cold, there was a rush to the barricade and excited chatter abound. (more…)
Royz is a colorful indies band which has made quite an impact since its formation in 2009. Even though they’re still small in Japan, they’ve gained a steady following overseas – without ever having performed abroad. This time, I was able to meet with the band shortly before their April 18th performance in Aomori City to ask a few questions about the band, their latest single, and their thoughts on their overseas following.
Photography: Ku & K
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First, can each member give us an introduction?
Subaru: Hi, I’m Subaru, on vocals.
Kuina: I’m Kuina, on guitar.
Kazuki: I’m Kazuki, on guitar.
Koudai: I’m Koudai, on bass.
Tomoya: I’m Tomoya, on drums.
Do you have a particular concept as a band, or theme to your music?
Subaru: Our concept would be “catchy,” I think. Young people, older people, boys or girls, we basically just want to make music which appeals to all different kinds of people.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Subaru: Umm… “catchy” again (laughs). Music that gets stuck in your head right away.
In March, you released your latest single, “NOAH”. What can you tell us about the inspiration and creative process behind it?
Subaru: For inspiration, well, the idea and concept behind NOAH were actually born during our one-man tour, “Evolution to New Age”. As we drove around the country during the tour and felt all the love from our fans, we created the music from the emotions we were feeling at that time, and they became a central part of my lyrics as well.
What is one good listening point for “NOAH”?
Koudai: All of it.
Subaru: Yep, all of it (laughs)
Koudai: Well, if you combine the versions there are 4 songs in total this time, and each of them has a sort of different color to it. Even for people that haven’t really liked our music up until now, I think that NOAH has a lot of variety and will be really easy to get into. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with it.
If you could play a live anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
Kuina: London! (laughs)
Subaru: Yeah, I wanna try playing in Europe.
Tomoya: Like maybe Germany.
Kazuki: I really don’t know anything about foreign countries (laughs). Umm… a cool place! Vatican City! (laugh!)
Can you say a few words to your overseas fans and the readers at Shattered-Tranquility.net?
Subaru: Hmm.. there’s definitely border there, isn’t there.. but!
Subaru: But, we’re gonna do our best and try really hard to go over and perform in other countries as soon as we can! It might take us a little while to get there, but we hope you’ll be there waiting for us!
Koudai: I’m gonna study English before we go.
Kuina: Then let’s try and say something today.
Koudai: Let’s go and see them…
Kuina: (In English) “How are you?”
Koudai: (In English)“I’m fine, thank you. And you?”
Thank you very much!