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Continuing with the adventures of cute lil' Marilyn Manson wannabees, personally I find the image of D'espa cutting down a tree and knocking up a platform highly amusing and yet disturbing ;D

Same as before:
I will appreciate any help if there are any mistakes or something needs to be corrected ;)
Please do not repost it anywhere. I prefer to keep the translations to my own dark little corner and be responsible for my mistakes and the words I choose.

text: Reiko Arakawa
translation: notafanboy

Previous chapters:



K: If I remember correctly, we began to appear in the magazines in 2001.

Z: It was around the time we released [TERRORS].

K: Was it?

Z: Yeah.

T: 01 Compilation was the very first magazine we appeared in, wasn’t it?

Z: We had just a photo published there.

T: Yeah.

Z: Speaking of having just one photo published, didn’t we have some about [HYSTERIC MEDIA ZONE] too?

Q: If we search the magazines published back then maybe we will find articles about you. Did you also get published in SHOXX’s UP TO DATE?

Z: I think we appeared in UP TO DATE after the release of [TERRORS].

H: Not before that?

Z: Before? … then maybe around the release of [Genwaku].

H: We sent our photos there ourselves, didn’t we?

Z: I think the largest publication was around [TERRORS].

H: I see.

Q: You have a good memory, Zero.

Z: I remember it. Around the time we did not appear in the major magazines, only in small ones like Fool’s.

Q: In April you released the second maxi single [Genwaku]. [Kumo] was recorded in a bathroom, but where did you record the next single?


Z: We recorded for [HYSTERIC MEDIA ZONE] there and at the time we were the only band recording, so when we asked, we got to do more songs there. I think that’s probably how AREA’s SPEED DISK became the main recording studio for visual kei bands.

K: I remember doing mastering there for the first time. We knew that it had to be done… well, we did not do it anyway.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: We recorded until morning and, when we finished and were like “Finally! We are done!”, we were told “Good luck with mastering”. We were like: “What is mastering?”

Q: I see.

K: We understood that we had to do mastering, but in the end we decided: “Oh well, it will do” (laughs).

Everyone: (laughs).

Q: What songs were included on [Genwaku]?

K: [Gensyoku], [Gentyoku] and [Genkaku]. By then our musical direction had solidified somewhat.

T: Our sound too.

Q: Did you feel that finally you released a solid record?

K: Yes.

Q: After the release of [Genwaku] you finally went on your first tour, Nagoya, Himeji, Nishikujou and Osaka. How did it go?

H: Was it all event lives?

Z: Yes.

H: We played with Kagerou at BOTTOM LINE for the first time, right? As far as I remember, it was Kagerou we played with. Did we play at Beta in Himeji?

Q: Beta is a small live house on the underground floor and Himeji Castle can be seen from a road across it.

Z: That’s right. I think we played with DAS:VESSER at BRAND NEW in Nishikujou.

H: Where was FUZZ?

K: Do you mean a jazz bar kind of place?

T: I remember it. The stage there was about this big (shows the back of his hand).

K: Yeah.

Z: The ceiling was low too.

T: BRAND NEW was about the same size too.

K: We were worried if we could play in Osaka, because it felt like going abroad. We hadn’t been to Osaka and Nagoya.

Q: Really?

K: Yes, I personally felt that way.

Q: Was it the first time for you to play lives in Osaka and Nagoya?

K: It was the first time. Especially Nagoya. I lived in Osaka before that so it was different, but I had never been to Nagoya or Himeji.

Q: What about the others? Had you toured in Osaka or Nagoya with your previous band?

H: It was the first time.

Q: Your reaction is rather slow, did you forget it all?

H: Yeah. I don’t really remember anything.

K: I do not even remember how we went there.

Q: By car of course!

Z: Yeah, we went by car.

K: Did we? (laughs)

H: Didn’t we rent a small apartment?

Z: Probably.

H: It was back then I think.

K: An apartment…

H: Yeah, near Tennoji (T.N. A place in Osaka). The rumors were flying around about dangerous stuff being sold there. It was a dangerous area (laughs). (everyone looks at the live schedule).

H: Our first one-man was on August 29. We played too much at AREA.

Everyone: (laughs).

H: We played a lot there, didn’t we?

Q: I saw D’espairsRay for the first time on July 2 at Roumeikan.

K: A three-man live?

T: That’s so nostalgic.

Q: I wondered if the band member on the left side of the stage was a girl.

H: Do you mean Zero?

Z: Me? (laughs)

Q: Yeah. And I thought that the guitarist was very tall.

Everyone: (laughs).

Q: I thought that you didn’t seem to get tired playing such aggressive music.

H: We get tired.

Everyone: (laughs).

Q: You gained many new fans in 2000 and the year ended well. In 2001 did you focus on playing lives as well?

H: We have always focused on playing lives.

Everyone: (laughs).

Z: As far as I remember in 2001 we released a single and an album relatively fast and began to think about playing a one-man gig. In order to do that, we published an ad in SHOXX.

Q: Did you begin to think strategically?

Z: Yeah. We also got some backing from AREA.

Q: Was your first mini album [TERRORS] released in July also recorded at AREA?

H: Yes.

Q: 3000 copies of the first press is very impressive.

H: Well, I suppose so.

Q: Does it mean that the number of the fans who bought your records increased?

H: Yeah.

K: Where did we sell it?

H: Probably at Like an Edison. We already had our records sold at SPEED DISK.

Q: After that you went on tour to Matsuyama and Kyoto.

H: Ah, Matsuyama~

Z: It was on my birthday! (laughs).

H: Nobody came to our live at Matsuyama (laughs).

Q: Did so few people come to see you?

Z: If I were to say, didn’t our very first show there have the most people in the audience than any other live afterwards?

H: I think so too.

Q: What songs were included on [TERRORS]?

H: [Fascism], [Carnival], [ero:de], [Zetsubou Romance], [murder freaks].

Q: Ah! Those are the songs you still play these days.

H: Yes, from time to time.

Q: Looking back now what kind of work [TERRORS] was for you?

H: Conceptually it was a mini album, and we made an emphasis on lyrics telling a story.

K: For me personally it was the album that included the songs I wrote thinking: “I am going to do something different from everyone else”.

Z: It was then that “for mania” phrase appeared for the first time.

Q: Who suggested it?

T: I think it was Zero.

H: I remember making a logo, but I don’t remember who suggested it.

Q: Was your idea to aim at people who are interested in rather maniacal music?

H: I think “for mania” was not so much about music, but more about our band’s advancement, the way we do things, the way we live. When we do something we try many different approaches and choose one. Even when we see a straight path in front of us, we make a detour, that kind of thinking… That’s why we made the logo, but it had nothing to do with our songs.

Q: Were you taking the visual part seriously from the very beginning too?

K: Quite… we did a lot of pointless stuff.

Everyone: (laughs).

H: Like putting candles around like this (gestures).

Z: Or wrapping ourselves in something.

T: Or cutting the lace with scissors.

K: We were a big fish in a small pond, but somehow we wanted to show people something different from everybody else around us.

H: Like using aluminum foil.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: But it was not cool at all (laughs).

Q: Did you try all ideas that came to your mind?

H: There is always a curtain on the stage, right? So we drew the curtain and wrapped it in aluminum foil (laughs).

Everyone: (laughs).

H: We wrapped and wrapped and wrapped the foil around it.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: To put it nicely, we were like Marilyn Manson back in the day.

Q: I see.

K: That’s if I were to say it nicely.

Everyone: (laughs).

Z: Just on a small scale.

K: Yeah, like a small scale version of Marilyn Manson. We wanted to do something, but we had no idea what.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: We did not know it ourselves.

H: Yeah.

Q: Didn’t you feel that you achieved something when the fans enjoyed the lives? When you managed to surprise them?

H: At the time we were mostly about entertainment.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: If my memory is right, weren’t we the ones who started to use a platform first?... at least I think so. Well, it was a wooden one (laughs).

Everyone: (laughs).

Z: We made it in a park.

K: Yeah.

Q: It must have taken a lot of equipment space in a car.

H: Yeah. Then gradually Zero got better at working with metal and he made a metal platform for us (laughs).

Q: Were you also particular about your costumes, hair and make-up? Did you think about band’s image?

T: The word we usually used to describe our image was “monsters”.

K: Our looks were dark, as if we showed to the world what we were like inside.

H: We applied unusual make-up too.

K: Yeah.

Q: What kind of make-up?

H: We did different things, like, for example, making skin of our faces look like it was peeling off.

Q: Isn’t that kind of make-up different from gaudy clothes usually used in visual kei? Was it also connected to the meaning of “for mania”?

H: Yes.

Q: I think the fans who liked that kind of grotesque things must have been fascinated.

H: Yeah… I also did things like eating raw meat… My stomach hurt the next day though.

Everyone: (laughs).

K: You are weak (laughs).

H: Raw chicken meat is not good for eating!

Q: Did you eat raw meat on the stage?

H: Yes.

K: We wanted to do something.

H: Yes, we did (laughs).

K: Something different from everybody else around us (laughs).

H: In a way we were sick with the idea.

K: Yes, we were.

Q: Did you do it during an ordinary event live?

H: Yes.

Q: Even, for example, when you played only for 30 minutes? You went into a lot of trouble (laughs).

H: I remember doing a lot of different things.

Q: So you did not simply played the lives, at the time you were taking the entertainment part to the extremes.

H: Yes (laughs).

K: We did a lot of stage diving, didn’t we? And wanting to do it differently we would do something like rolling over once.

H: We added a spin to it (laughs).

Q: Was it around 2000 that you dived a lot, Karyu?

H: Yes, he did it a lot.

K: That’s true.

Q: Did you dive too, Tsukasa?

T: A few times. There were times when it felt good, but it also happened that the fans did not hold me up and I fell on the floor.

Q: That happened too.

T: Yes. After that I was scared to dive… well, it is called “diving” for a reason.

H: The floor is scary~, I can’t stage dive~.

Everyone: (laughs).

T: You are very convincing.

K: This is rock’n’roll (laughs).

Q: Well, then you had your first one-man gig at AREA.

H: Yes.

Q: You had something like red knitting wool stretched around the stage.

Z: Yes.

Q: It was not the image of a spider’s web though.

K: No, it was [Genwaku]’s image.

H: Was it back then?

K: Yeah. We did it during the first one-man show, didn’t we?

H: I see.

K: We went to make preparations for the live the day before (laughs).

H: It was also the first time we used the video we recorded ourselves.

T: Didn’t we go to get some equipment the day of the live?

H: Yes, a projector. There was no projector at AREA so we went to get it because we wanted to play a video tape directly on it, but we could not. We tried to figure out what to do and we had to hurry and set up Mac.

Z: Probably.

T: Yeah, we projected the image from Mac’s screen.

H: Since we hastily showed it from a computer’s screen, it felt completely handmade.

Q: You worked hard to show the fans your world and the effort was felt, but to go as far as starting the preparations the day before (laughs).

K: We made the video earlier. I was good friends with a manager of a restaurant I was a regular at, so I asked him to let us film it there.

T: On the stairs.

H: Yeah, we filmed ourselves saying “Welcome!” on the staircase.

Q: Do you remember what was the response to your first one-man live?

Z: If I remember correctly we did it in two parts, right?

T: Yeah, that’s right.

Z: I remember that we changed our costumes once.

Q: Yeah. But you did not have that many songs at the time, did you?

H: No, we did not.

K: Did we play about 10 songs? (laughs)

H: If we had more songs, we would release more CDs.

K: I see. We did not understand how things worked yet.

Q: Despite that the number of lives you played is impressive.

K: But we did not socialize with other bands, especially me. That’s why we did not read magazines, did not know how many songs people usually play during one-man shows (laughs).

Q: It seems that after your one-man you continued playing event lives and even though you say that you did not socialize with others, there must have been bands you became friends with.

K: I wonder… Maybe Kisaki?

H: I think at the time we often played together with ElDorado.

Z: Yes, Fatima too.

K: What about a tour with Phobia?

Q: That one was the next year.

K: We really did not socialize that much (laughs).

Everyone: (laughs).

Q: On the contrary you did not think of doing something with other musicians at all.

K: No.

H: At the time we probably did not think: “Let’s do something together”.

Q: Well, maybe there was no band that would share the same point of view.

H: If we were invited, we probably would do it, but we did not think about it ourselves.

Z: We did not look inviting to begin with (laughs).

H: Everyone thought we were scary. Probably until 2005 we were considered a very scary band.

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