カテゴリー別アーカイブ: BEST NEW MUSIC



                                                         By Clément Belio


9/22に発売となるフランスの奇才八弦師、Clément Belioさんのフルアルバム’CONTRAST’からまさに日本のファンの為の曲KEIRO NO HIを曲解説、メッセージ付で世界独占公開です。



This track is actually the most “japanese” one of the album.
I’ve always loved Japanese music, especially mathrock…
Nah seriously, Japan has the BEST mathrock bands in the world haha, TOE, Lite, Mouse on the keys…
So that song is my humble tribute to them, and especially to Ryuichi Sakamoto and TOE.
Pentatonic scales, fun drums grooves, acoustic guitar, and in the middle of the song, an intense groove between all those elements.
The tittle, “Keirô no Hi”, is as you probably know, a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens, and this year I think it was on the 15th of september, which was the first date plan of album release… Also, as my grandmother died recently,  so I decided to dedicated that song in particular to her.
Anyway, this is one of the most “authentic” track of the album, because of the multiple LIVE instruments recorded (by yours truly), hope you enjoy…                By Clement Belio
この曲はまさにアルバムの中で最も日本的なんだ。僕は本当に日本の音楽が好きで特にMATH ROCKを愛しているよ。いや真剣に日本には世界で最高のMATH ROCKバンドがいるよね、TOE, LITE, MOUSE ON THE KEYS・・・だからこの曲は彼らへの控えめなトリビュートと言えるだろうね。特に坂本教授とTOEへかな。



こちらも新作からJUMPZ。フュージョン、ワールドミュージック、DJENT, MATH-ROCK, が溶け合ったような素晴らしい曲です。まさに彼の真骨頂ですね。
My most humble tribute to your country is that song…
I’ve always been fascinated by all I could see from Japan, from the mathrock bands to the YouTube videos “wtf japan seriously” haha, from several comics to tv shows…
Well, I really want to come to Japan and see all of this at least one time in my life.
This song reflects that desire and that admiration, I really hope you enjoy that modest tribute to what Japan has best to offer :)                           By Clement Belio
僕は日本に関するあらゆることにいつも魅了されているからね。MATH-ROCKバンドからYouTubeでみる”wtf japan seriously”(笑)。漫画やテレビも素晴らしいよね。







                                                           BY SCHIZOID LLOYD


11/4にBLOOD MUSICからデビューアルバム”The Last Note in God’s Magnum Opus”を発売するオランダの新鋭PROG-METALバンド、SCHIZOID LLOYD。アルバムからのファーストカット、SUICIDE PENGUINを彼らの曲解説、メッセージ付で日本独占公開です!!




 “Hello entire Japanese population! Or some nutcase metalheads in it. We are Schizoid Lloyd, six lads from The Netherlands, we make progressive experimental avant-garde rock/metal and we have a crazy new song for you called “Suicide Penguin”, which is the first track of our upcoming debut album “The Last Note In God’s Magnum Opus”, and you should most definitely give it a listen! You might end up with a song you like! Which is always a good thing. The song is not actually about a penguin with suicidal thoughts, or, maybe it is, but metaphorically speaking the suicide penguin symbolises a fatal urge or desire. You should youtube that penguin and you’ll know what I mean. Then there is this stuff going on with reincarnation, love, fear of abandonment, existential loneliness, getting tricked by the devil, gangnam style, and magic mountains, but I’m not going into that or I’ll maybe ruin all potential interpretations that differ from my own, which is already very abstract and vague. The best thing you should do is just listen to the music, enjoy it, or not, then listen to it again, and enjoy it some more, or not, repeat ad nauseum. Thanks a lot!”
“やあ、日本のみんな!メタルヘッズもいるだろうね。僕らはSCHIZOID LLOYD。オランダ出身、6人の若者だよ。PROGRESSIVE/EXPERIENTAL/AVANT-GARDEなロック/メタルをプレイしているんだ。今回君達に聴いてもらうクレイジーな新曲がこのSUICIDE PENGUINだよ。もうすぐ発売される僕らのデビューアルバム“THE LAST NOTE IN GOD’S MAGNUM OPUS”からのファーストカットだ。絶対一度は聴いた方が良いぜ!きっと気に入るはずだから!うん、そうなれば最高だね。
この曲は自殺志願のペンギンについて書いている訳じゃないんだ。自殺ペンギンとは死に対する衝動とか欲求のシンボルで隠喩なのさ。YOU TUBEでペンギンの動画を見ればどういう事か分かると思うよ。




The freakish debut album by Schizoid Lloyd – a Dutch progressive metal unit whose incredible musical hodgepodge of interests shine through within moments of the 57-minute release – effortlessly hopping from Queen-fueled vocal harmonies to Mr. Bungle lounging to Leprous progression to short outbursts of lunar insanity and even a dash of singer-songwriter sensitivity and white boy rap (when required). Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart would be very, very proud.

Schizoid Lloyd’s “The Last Note in God’s Magnum Opus” goes for pre-order on September 17th through Blood Music, with a November 4th release date.

Will be made available on limited edition high-quality vinyl, CD, and digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, X-Box Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and every other digital service imaginable.

Coming soon from BLOOD MUSIC (Finland).





インド、ロシア、アメリカの混合多国籍バンドAMOGH SYMPHONY。彼らのTHE QUANTUM HACK CHORD以来4年ぶりのサードアルバムVETORSCAN9/16にリリースされます。

では少しだけストーリーをお話しましょう。”KALYUGA”という世界のお話です。人口は減少し、ポジティブな力は陰り、人々が神を信じなくなった時代。KALYUGAの最後の日は確実に迫っています。人類に国、政治、医療、産業を教え全てを統制のとれたものにした闇の軍勢 ’OSIR’が、スピリチュアルな力で人と人を結び付けてKALYUGAを守ろうとしている’KARNA’とその国SATYUGAに侵攻しようとしているのです。良き魂を救いこの国を守ることが出来るのでしょうか。




Hi, How are you today?

Vishal : I am good. Thanks.

Jim : You mean, how are you yesterday?  My today is your yesterday.   Oh, I am great!!!! Haha

Andrey: Genki desu, thanks.

What do you like about Japan?

Japanese food, martial art, Cornelius, Yellow magic orchestra.


Q1. Amogh Symphony is a multinational band from India, Russia, and US. I think Amogh Symphony began as solo project of Vishal. How can you,three members, get together?

Jim : I am Jim Richman, drummer percussionist for Amogh Symphony.   I have been playing the drums over 30 years.  I like ALL kinds of music.  I like going to thrift stores and going through CDs, looking for ones to sell on Amazon.    My drumset is a MADE IN JAPAN Tama Exotix 2005 Red Viking Bubinga kit with a Scandinavian Birch finish.    I like all different cymbals.  I use Vic Firth 5A and also 6A Birch sticks.     Somehow, Vishal saw a video of me playing drums on Youtube. Thru Myspace, he would send me demos of his to check out.  I would tell him what I thought.  Fast forward and Vishal did ATOS.   I knew he did it, but never heard it.   Vishal asked if I would want to do a Richman/Singh Project.  He sent me a short track to do drums on.  I did that and realized it had to be Amogh Symphony.  So I joined.  Then Vishal found Andrey at the playground on the monkey bars.

Q1: AMOGH SYMPHONYはインド、ロシア、アメリカからなる多国籍バンドでもともとはVISHALのソロプロジェクトとして始まりました。3人はどうやって出会ったのですか?

【JIM】:僕はJIM RICHMAN。AMOGH SYMPHONYのドラマー/パーカッショニストだよ。ドラムは30年以上叩いているんだ。どんなジャンルの音楽も好きだよ。中古屋でくまなくCDを物色してAmazonの出店サービスに出すのが好きなんだ。ドラムセットは日本製でTama Exotix 2005 Red Viking Bubinga kit with a Scandinavian Birch finishだよ。シンバルは全て違うものを使っている。スティックはヴィクファースの5Aと6A、バーチだよ。
出会いの話だけど、VISHALがMyspaceに挙げていた僕の演奏動画をYou Tubeで見たんだ。それで僕にデモを送ってきたんだ。チェックしてくれってね。彼に思っている事を伝えたよ。それから彼はABOLISHING THE OBSOLATE SYSTEMを作ったんだ。作っているのは知っていたけど聴いてはいなかった。そうしたらVISHALがRICHMAN/SINGHプロジェクトをやりませんか?と聞いてきたんだ。ドラムを加えるショートトラックも送ってきた。それをやって分かったんだ、AMOGH SYMPHONYをやるべきだってね。それで加入したんだ。ANDREYはVISHALが運動場のジャングルジムで見つけた。

Nalini Darmrong Photography JIM

Q2. And would you tell us your musical upbringing?

Jim : Started drums in high school.  I would play along with albums of The Who, Men At Work, Missing Persons, Chicago etc…a lot of classic rock.  Went to college, studied music, played in the Jazz Orchestra. I became a jazz snob and completely lost connection with pop music for 5 years. After, I made a habit of studying with the best teachers on the east coast.   Jim Chapin and Joe Morello were instrumental in my hand technique.  I always have been into studying jazz.   I play a little bit of keyboards, mainly chords of songs.   I know how to put together chords.  I think every musician needs to learn as many chords as possible.


【JIM】:高校でドラムを始めたんだ。THE WHO, MEN AT WORK, MISSING PERSONS, CHICAGO…そういったクラッシックロックのアルバムに合わせて叩いていた。大学で音楽を学んでJAZZ ORCHESTRAでプレイしたよ。ジャズおたくになって5年ほどPOPミュージックとは完全に距離を置いていたんだ。その後僕は西海岸で一番の先生達について勉強する事になった。JIM CHAPINJOE MORELLOにはハンドテクニックを仕込まれたよ。ジャズを学ぶことには常に夢中なんだ。キーボードも少しなら弾ける。コードくらいだけどね。ただコードの仕組みは知っているよ。ミュージシャンなら出来るだけ多くのコードを知るべきだと思うんだ。

ぜひこちらも参照下さい。AMOGH SYMPHONYのHPから



日本でのCDの購入はこちらから ASIAN ROCK RISINGさん

Q1: Anyway, Let’s talk about ‘VECTORSCAN’. I think lots of your fans surprised at drastic change of your music. Vectorscan is very different from Amogh Symphony’s earlier albums i.e. ‘Abolishing the Obsolete System’(2009) and ‘The Quantum Hack Code’(2010). Do you agree with that? From your website and fan page status updates, we read that lyrics are written in Assamese by Vishal’s late grandmother Labanya Prabha Nath. Vishal’s mother takes part in as a singer. There are lots of influences by traditional microtonal music and Mongolian/Asian Ethnic music. Please kindly tell us more about this. How all this happened?

Vishal : With every album, creating something new and different from previous material are what we always focused at. The first album ATOS was completely done by me alone. Then Jim helped me to upgrade the sound in second album TQHC. In this third album release, Andrey brought the microtonal and ethnic influence in the new album on which I studied further. Actually, it took me almost 3 years to study and explore further because I simply cannot stick to just one style and one sound. The concept story and some stanzas from poems/songs I found in my Late Grandma’s books had a strange puzzling connection that took me some time to figure out. Now, I was looking for someone who can sing like her, feel like her and sound like an advanced version of her voice. The only vocalist who could do that is my mother Kasturi Singh. She has a strong background in classical music, traditional dance, poetry and stories/ stage-dramas. She has control in microtones, intonations, vibratos and also she is versatile i.e she sings multi-styles of singing – jazz, classical, opera, Assamese folk etc. As a composer, I believe sticking to standard style of prog-rock or avant-garde music or jazz fusion makes things a bit uninteresting. Because for me, it’s important to see chemical reactions between different chemicals when mixed….that’s how I see the sounds.

Jim :  Vectorscan is the polar opposite of TQHC.  And also there are jazz, 10% metal, lo-fi electronic, etc. etc. But all in a background music score or soundtrack format.

Andrey: This album is more like a soundtrack to a movie rather than a ‘regular’ album. When you watch movies, you’re not after details. You need the atmosphere and the idea. And we’re delivering both.

Q1:では新作’VECTORSCAN’について話しましょう。多くのファンは劇的な音楽性の変化に驚くのではないでしょうか。’VECTORSCAN’は ‘Abolishing the Obsolete System’(2009) and ‘The Quantum Hack Code’(2010)といった過去の作品とは大きく異なっています。バンドのサイトで読んだのですが歌詞はチベット語でVISHALの亡くなった祖母Labanya Prabha Nathによって書かれているようですね。お母様も歌手として参加しています。音楽的にはマイクロトーン(微分音:半音よりさらに細かい)を使った伝統音楽やモンゴル/アジアの民族音楽の影響を感じました。それについて話して頂けますか?いったい何が起こったのでしょう。

【VISHAL】:どのアルバムでも僕らは以前のものとは違う新しい何かを作ろうとしてきたよ。1stアルバムATOSは完全に僕一人で製作した。2ndアルバムTQHCではサウンドをアップグレードさせるのにJIMが協力してくれた。そしてこの3rdアルバムでは僕はさらに学び成長し、ANDREYがマイクロトーナル音楽、民族音楽の影響を持ち込んでくれた。実際学び探求するのにほぼ3年要したんだ。ただ一つのスタイル/サウンドに止まっていたくなかったからね。祖母の本で見つけたコンセプトストーリーと何節かのポエム/歌はまるで不思議なパズルのようで理解するのに時間が必要だった。その後僕は彼女のように歌えて彼女のような雰囲気で彼女の声を進化させたような人を探し始めたんだ。それが可能なボーカルは僕の母KASTURI SINGHだけだったね。彼女はクラッシック音楽、民族舞踊、抒情詩、舞台演劇といった強力な背景を持っているからね。彼女はマイクロトーン、イントネーション、ビブラートを自在に操るし多才なんだ。ジャズ、クラッシック、オペラ、アッサムフォーク。何でも歌える。作曲者としてはただPROG-ROCK、AVANT-GARDE、JAZZ/FUSIONという一定のスタイルに拘るのは面白くないと信じていてね。僕にとっては異なったものを掛け合わせて起こる化学反応こそ重要だからね。そんな感じだよ。



Q2:Vectorscan has very magnificent concept story. Is the story of Vectorscan related to the concept stories in ‘Abolishing the Obsolete System’ and ‘TheQuantum Hack Code’ or is it a completely fresh new story which is not related to previous albums?

Vishal : It is. You can say that it’s a trilogy. I don’t mind at all.

Q2:VECTORSCANには壮大なコンセプトストーリーがありますが‘Abolishing the Obsolete System’  ‘TheQuantum Hack Code’と関係があるのでしょうか。それとも全く新しい話ですか?


Q3:At first, I think Osir is a metaphor of China and Karna is a metaphor of Tibet. But Karna is a character from a hindu epic… Or is Osir a metaphor of Modern Society?? Does this story relate to real world? Or is this fully fiction, no metaphors whatsoever?

Vishal : Well, you have the story. If you read it more times, you will come to know it’s fictional, it’s related to real world and it can be just an imagination. We are thinking of posting the entire story on our site after release. It’s hard to explain in words. You just need to read it few times and think about it and understand it. I mean, what’s the point if things were all simple and straight-forward in life? Food for thought. Fuel for brain. If not a full featured film, I would love to arrange theater play on these stories.



 Q4:’Junaki, Osinaki. Dhumuha, Saki.’  has aspect of Japanese traditional music. Is that right? And I heard Andrey can understand Japanese. What is Japan to Amogh Symphony?

Vishal : Junaki, Osinaki. Dhumuha, Saki is in Assamese. If translated to English, it means “A little glowing light, unknown. Storm, Lamp”. If you notice, the song titles are mostly written in rhyme-puzzles style or you can say hymns/mantras/chants styles used in tantric practices. Musically, it has Japanese traditional music influence with classical orchestration and jazz-metal. Andrey is specialized in traditional Japanese and Chinese music and instruments.

Andrey: What you said is correct. The arrangement indeed has a rather dark, sinister vibe to it, which is inspired by Japanese music. And yes, I speak some Japanese (along with some other Asian languages), I’m not too good though. As for Japan, it is indeed a bottomless abyss of a source for inspiration. Especially popular culture.

Jim : Japan is the one country that has bought the most CDs from us.  We have great support from Kazuo and Asian Rock Rising.  He has distributed a lot of CDs. We love Japan!   As a matter of fact, a music school group in Japan, the Waseda Chanson Society, actually played one of our songs off TQHC.  And it was amazing.  They played it better than us.

Q4:’Junaki, Osinaki. Dhumuha, Saki’は日本の伝統音楽を取りいれていますよね?ANDREYは日本語を話せると聞きました。AMOGH SYMPHONYにとって日本とはどんな存在ですか?

【VISHAL】:Junaki, Osinaki. Dhumuha, Sakiはアッサム語なんだ。英語に訳すと“A little glowing light, unknown. Storm, Lamp”。気づいたかもしれないけど曲のタイトルはほぼ韻を踏んでいるんだ。タントラ教の修練で使用される賛歌/マントラ/詠唱とも言えるだろう。音楽的には日本の伝統音楽がクラッシックのオーケストレーションとJAZZ-METALと合わさった感じかな。ANDREYは日本と中国の伝統音楽、楽器のスペシャリストなんだ。


【JIM】:日本は僕らのCDを一番買ってくれる国の一つだよ。Asian Rock RisingのKazuoには本当にサポートしてもらってるんだ。彼は多くのCDを扱っている。僕らは日本を愛しているよ!実は早稲田シャンソン研究会ってサークルが僕らのTQHCの曲をカバーしているんだ。素晴らしかったよ。僕らより上手いくらいだ。



Q1:Tell us about your inspiration – Krzysztof Penderecki. What is Avant-Garde according to you?

Vishal : Krzysztof Penderecki is one of the greatest influences for many avant-garde composers and theaters. For me, avant-garde is a state of mind where you begin to think after complete evolution. An edge of thought where you think of crossing the barrier once you’ve read and understood all instead of directly jumping to a new concept. A certain point where you believe knowledge could sometimes bring back some of the old concepts to replace some of the new ones. Fixing the mistakes of the neo-generation because the upgrade demands stability which neo-minds fail to execute due to lack of knowledge in history. It’s important to know “what all happened in all these years” before you think “what should come tomorrow”. A bridge between spiritual development and practical life where you can cosmic heal a disease yet you learn modern business statics. Basically, no boundaries.

Andrey: Easily one of the best avant-garde composers. You could say, he was one of the fathers of ambient music.

Q1:ではあなた方のインスピレーションについて話しましょう。Krzysztof Pendereckiについてです。アヴァンギャルドとはあなた達にとってどういうジャンルですか?

【VISHAL】:Krzysztof Pendereckiはアヴァンギャルドの作曲家や芸術家に最も多大な影響を与えている人物の一人だよ。アヴァンギャルドとは僕にとって何か新しい挑戦を始める時に心の平穏をもたらしてくれるものだね。障害を乗り越える為には新しいコンセプトを直接試すのではなくて今までの知識を活用するべきなんだ。進歩は着実に行う必要がある。歴史を知らないばかりに新世代はそれを遂行し損ねる。大事な事は明日何が起こるかではなくてこれまで起こった事を知る事なんだ。精神的成長と実際の生活の架け橋を構築する為には宇宙的癒しに加えて現代的な経営学を学ばねばならない。限界はないと言うことだね。(ごめんわけわからないヴィシャル)


Q2:Do you think you are still involved with prog-rock/metal scene? Or does your interest focus on avant-garde/contemporary/jazz soundtrack music?

Vishal : The music itself is a complete misfit, it is very unstable. With all due respect, I don’t really know. But for now, it’s soundtrack music for ears.

Jim :  Throughout my studies and playing, I always tried to play many different styles. I fit right in with contemporary/jazz, avant-garde, pop. I like playing music with dynamics and feeling.

Andrey: Genres kill music. When you want to simplify understanding, you create genres and styles. But music exists outside the boundaries people set. Call it ‘original soundtrack’ if the name makes it clear and simple for you.





Q3:So the core members in Amogh Symphony are multi-instrumentalists and composers. In addition to that, this album has a lot of instrumentalists, engineers and singers. The horns and brass sections are unbelievably unique in the songs. Tell us more about it?

Vishal: This time, I wanted to get an entire big band together. But I wasn’t happy with same old classic brass sections I hear in every record these days. Nothing bad about that. I work with different artists every day and produce different styles of music every day. Just tired of hearing the repetitive sounds again and again. The Goregaon Brass Orchestra is a bunch of horn players from this place called Goregaon located in Mumbai. My friend Venkat Iyer with whom I’ve worked in many commercial projects founded and recorded/engineered these phenomenal guys. Venkat is an experimental engineer/producer and I always wanted to include him in this album. He experiments a lot in recording/engineering with strange artists and musicians. Andrey played many instruments in this album. Then Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) introduced me to Youri’s monk vocals which he recorded and engineered. Youri is a stellar guitarist and experimental vocalist in his band Unhuman.Andy Nesbitt’s photography with cosmic and supernatural subject helped Andrey and Vasiliy to collaborate and create a great artwork for the album. Nikhil Nandakumar’s Carnatic microtonal harmonized violin, Shankar Das’ phenomenal microtonal trumpet work. Guest bass work of Manas Chowdhary in one of the tracks. My mother Kasturi Singh’s vocals and late Grandma’s mysterious poetries. It’s a full-fledged symphony. We need larger and bigger stage now if we ever decide to perform because there is absolutely no chance of using backing tracks.

Andrey: The endless album recording sessions were filled with experimentation. Prepared instruments, original one-of-a-kind playing techniques, inventing new approaches… The idea we had in the beginning was ‘to have the sounds of the whole world stuffed into the album in the most eclectic fashion’, but  in the same time the sound would need to represent the concept. We tried to keep it as minimalistic as possible, but still ended up with something super dense. The album was re-written and re-edited dozens of times.


The Goregaon Brass OrchestraはムンバイのGoregaonという地域から多くのホーン奏者が集まっている。多くのCMで共に働く友人のVenkat Iyerは彼らの中から見つけて参加してもらった。VENKATは実験的なプロデューサーでずっとこのアルバムに参加して欲しかったんだ。変わったアーティストも手掛けているからね。ANDREYは色んな楽器を演奏している。AUGURY,HUMANOIDのMathieu MarcotteがモンクボーカルのYOURIを紹介してくれた。YOURIは傑出したギタリストでUNHUMANのボーカルでもある。Andy Nesbittの宇宙的で超自然的な写真を基にしてANDREYとVASILIYが素晴らしいアートワークを製作してくれた。Nikhil Nandakumarのカルナータカ音楽(南インドの伝統音楽)で使用されるマイクロトーンのヴァイオリン、Shankar Dasのマイクロトーントランペットは信じられないくらいすばらしかったよ。Manas Chowdharyは一曲ベースを弾いてくれた。それに加えて母Kasturi Singhの歌と亡き祖母の神秘的な詩集。一人前の楽団でしょ。もし演奏するとしたら広くて大きいステージが必要だね、バッキングトラックなんて絶対に使いたくないからね。


Q4:Would you tell me five albums that changed your life?

Andrey: I could name thousands but they won’t fit. The awesome thing is, any musical album has at least one message. Many of them influence our choices. I can’t be more specific. If you’re looking for suggestions, you’d rather start a habit of listening to a ‘new unexplored genre’ every day. This simple technique is sure to make your life and musical scope way richer.

Jim : Every album changes my life.  I will list some good ones.
Chick Corea Elektric Band 1986.   Come on, any drummer who was serious about the craft of drums heard this, and wanted to practice or quit.

The 5th Dimension – The Magic Garden 1967.  Was this the first concept album?  Incredible stuff.

Janis Ian – Miracle Row 1977.  Made me ultimately realize that cool songs are worth listening to the words.  Very nice album (Between The Lines too!)

Suffocation – Pierced From Within 1995.   Made Death Metal the coolest.  Saw them twice in a week that tour. (Malevolent Creations 1993 and 1995 releases kicked ass)

Frank Zappa – Man From Utopia 1983.   A fun one!   Only the vinyl is worth listening to.  The CDs are messed up.  Really dug the vocal transcriptions of Dangerous Kitchen etc…

Chick Corea Elektric Band 1986.真剣に技巧を学んでいるドラマーがこれを聴いたら練習するか止めるかどちらかだね。
The 5th Dimension – The Magic Garden 1967.最初のコンセプトアルバムじゃない?信じられないよ。
Janis Ian – Miracle Row 1977.クールな曲は歌詞も聴く価値があるって究極に教えられたよ。
Suffocation – Pierced From Within 1995.デスメタルを最高にクールなものにしたね。このツアーは一週間に二回彼らを見たよ。(Malevolent Creationsの1993、1995作も最高だった)
Frank Zappa – Man From Utopia 1983.面白いよね。ヴィニール盤だけ聴く価値がある。リイシューのCDは失敗だよ。Dangerous Kitchenなんかのボーカル改編はホント無駄だったよね。


We are also looking forward to “Part 2 under progress”, What is your target now? Finally, Message for Japanese fans!!

Jim : Thank you Japan!!!!

Vishal : Thank you. Andrey is settling in Tokyo soon. Visit us at http://amoghsymphony.net and http://www.facebook.com/amoghsymphony . Hope you guys will like our new album.


Andrey: Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. Please enjoy our album, fan no minnasama! Cheers.




読者の皆様並びにOPETHIANの皆様、OPETHの最新作PALE COMMUNIONは既にお聴きでしょうか?OPETHというバンド名がWilbur Smithの小説に登場する月の都「OTEP」にちなんで付けられたというのは有名ですが、まさにそのOTEPに到達したかのような感覚さえあります。ただアポロが月に行ったっていうのに11号かかっているように、OPETHだけでこの偉業を成し遂げる事は不可能だったでしょう。PALE COMMUNIONは言わばロックの歴史全体で成し遂げた金字塔とも言えるのではないでしょうか。このアルバムを紐解くためにとなる音楽を集めてみました。




読者の皆様はAUDIOTREEというシカゴの会社をご存知でしょうか。音楽PVを製作したり、LIVE SESSIONを配信したりと多方面に事業を拡大する音楽業界のセブン&アイホールディングスのような会社です。
彼らのセッションは今や若手ミュージシャンの登竜門的な場所になっており、例えばメタルならVEIL OF MAYA, SCALE THE SUMMIT、オルタナならNOTHING, THE DEAR HUNTER、マスロックならAND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR,THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNSなどなどこれでも氷山の一角で実に錚々たるメンツが出演しています。
そのAUDIOTREEが契約を結んだアーティストが今回特集するTHE SOIL & THE SUNなのです。例えばSIGUR ROS、例えばRADIOHEAD、そんなバンドを思い浮かべました。様々な楽器を使用したアーティスティックな音楽でありながら高いPOPセンスを有していてアトモスフェリック。即座に魅了されました。





NI, PRYAPISME, JEAN JEAN,MARVIN, 100%CHEVARIER, CHEVREUIL, ELECTRIC ELECTRIC,などなど個性的なバンドが百花繚乱といった様相。中でも群を抜いて個性的なバンドが今回特集するPOILです。
同郷の大先輩MAGMA,ALBERT MARCOUERのプログレッシブでポップなアナルも拝借しながらモダンなMATH ROCK,ALTERNATIVE的骨太で強烈なロックを叩きつけています。アイデアの洪水のような作品の中で更に強く耳を惹くのが日本やケチャのアジア風メロディー。訳が分からないのでとにかく聞いてみました。インタヴューです。どうぞ。




アイルランド出身のMATH-ROCKバンドADEBISI SHANKがマスロック先進国ことここ日本でTELA MELOSなどと共に注目を集めたのは2009年の事でした。
BATTLES,DON CABALLEROHARDCORE/PUNKを掛け合わせたようなアグレッシブなサウンド、来日公演でみせた狂気すぎて弾いてねえ時あるぜパフォーマンス、「完全に一人見た目がヤバすぎる・・・」などの理由により強烈な印象を残したのではないでしょうか。現在注目を集める日本の若手マスロッカーで影響を受けた人も少なくないかもしれませんね。
その彼らの新作「電球マッチョマン」こと”This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”が3年ぶりにSARGENT HOUSEから発売となりました。2ndアルバム「シマウマ」でELECTRONICAへの扉を開いたADEBISI SHANKの最新章はさらにその方向性を推し進め、成熟させた作品となりました。最早1stアルバムで見せたようなトリッキーさは存在しませんが彼らのクリエイティビティーは健在です。
DAFT PUNK的ダンサブルなサイバーロックからELO,MIKE OLDFIELDのようなソフトで情景豊かなサウンド。加えて日本のゲーム音楽のような8-bitまで詰まったおもちゃ箱のような素晴らしいアルバムだと思います。”This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank” is exactly “This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”!!!
あの覆面ベーシスト、VINCENT MACCREITHに解説してもらいましょう。



Q1:Your new album”This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank” has just released. How is the reaction?
【Vin】:Reaction is really really positive which is nice because we worked harder on this album probably than anything else we’ve ever worked on in our lives! It seems like people are really into it. It makes us so happy to see people embrace it so fast. It’s the first time that’s happened for us.
Q1: 新作”This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”がリリースされましたね。反響はいかがですか?


Q2:You take a ‘say what you see’ approach to naming records, this time too. Please talk about that approach.
【Vin】:We like to keep things simple! We also feel like the feeling of each album being a step forward from the last. And it should be obvious to people which is the newest album.



Q3:Why did you contract with Sargent House Records?
【Vin】:We loved Cathys attitude and passion and we loved all the bands on the roster. We knew it was the right home for a band like us who are kinda crazy sounding but still want our music to be heard by as wide an audience as possible. We knew she could help. We didn’t know she would become one of our best friends in the process! It’s a family atmosphere and that is so important for us.
Q3:Sargent House Recordsと契約した理由を教えて下さい。


【ABOUT ”This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”


Q1:How have you progressed from “This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”?

【Vin】:That’s a great question! Firstly I think we’re technically more proficient, both on our respective instruments and from a production standpoint. Secondly we’re more confident about what we want sonically and how to get it. Thirdly and most importantly, I think we’ve all become better songwriters and are more determined than ever to make each song unique and special.

Q1:前作”This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank”からどのような部分が進化しましたか?




Q1:I think you have a lot of aspect of music. Cyber Metal/Rock, 8-bit like Game Music, Dance, Math/Post Rock,Prog(I think especially German Prog), and Jazz. This is only a part of your music. What is the suitable expression for your music?

【Vin】:I don’t know! I would sum it up by calling it rock music. I think rock is a broad term in that it should make you want to move your body. Beyond that I think genres are just restrictions. I’m happy to let other people figure out what we’re doing, in the meantime I’ll just keep making it! We do love cyber music though.

Q1 :Adebisi Shankの音楽には様々な音楽的要素が入っていますね。Cyber Metal/Rock, 8-bit like Game Music, Dance, Math/Post Rock,Prog(I think especially German Prog), Jazz・・・これでも氷山の一角ですが。我々はなんと呼べば良いでしょうか?


Q2:And do you think you are involved in the movement of Math Rock?
【Vin】:I don’t think so. To be honest I’m not even sure what it means!! But I see it mentioned a lot beside our band. Again I’m happy for people to call us whatever they want but it has no effect on what we do.


Q3:You’re three piece and almost instrumental band. Is that style important for you?
【Vin】:Definitely being a power trio is important to us. Any more than 3 people and it gets too hard to organise things. 3 is important because there can be a disagreement but always a majority, 2 to 1. So things move forward.The last track on our album is called (trio always). Three is a magical number for us. It’s not so important for us to be instrumental. We love the human voice and the robot voice.
Q3 :3ピースでほぼインストというスタイルは重要ですか?

【Vin】間違いなく僕らにとってパワートリオというスタイルは重要だね。3人以上になると物事をオーガナイズするのが大変になってしまう。3人だと多数決を採った時不賛成の人がいても必ず2対1になるからスムーズなんだよ。アルバムの最後の曲を見てよ。(trio always)って曲でしょ。3は僕らにとってマジカルナンバーなんだ。インストであるというのは特に重要ではないね。人間の声もロボットの声も好きだよ。



Q1:Ireland have a lot of good musicians, like U2(off course), My Bloody Valentine, Van Morrison, The Cranberries…Are you influenced a lot by them? And what is the identity of Irish music?
【Vin】:They’re all outstanding artists that you mentioned and I’m sure they all influenced us in different ways, particularily early U2 records, but what I find more inspiring at the moment is the bands currently in Ireland – such as Sunken Foal, Heathers, Solar Bears, No Spill Blood, Jape, Adultrock, Le Galaxie, Spies, The Gloaming, Chequerboard, Girl Band, Tvvins and Speed of Snakes…there are literally so many amazing acts in Ireland at the moment and none of them sound anything like each other. The music scene has never been stronger than right now and we’re proud to be part of it. The Irish identity is therefore one of differing styles but a very high level of musicianship throughout.
Q1:アイルランドはU2, My Bloody Valentine, Van Morrison, The Cranberriesといった偉大なミュージシャンを産出しています。彼らからの影響はありますか?

【Vin】:君が挙げたアーテイストは皆偉大だし当然様々な面で影響を受けているよ。初期のU2からは特にね。ただ今現在よりインスパイアされるのはアイルランドに今存在するバンドなんだ。Sunken Foal, Heathers, Solar Bears, No Spill Blood, Jape, Adultrock, Le Galaxie, Spies, The Gloaming, Chequerboard, Girl Band, Tvvins and Speed of Snakes…アイルランドには今現在素晴らしいバンドが沢山存在するしどれ一つとして似通っていないんだ。ここまでシーンが大きくなった事はないしその一部になれた事を誇りに思うよ。アイルランドのアイデンティティーは様々だけど特筆すべきは高いレベルのミュージシャンシップじゃないかな。

Would you tell me 5 albums that changed your life? And recently what are you listening to?


Ah great question! In no particular order I would say –
Prince: Sign o the Times
Fleetwood Mac: Tusk
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Oingo Boingo: Only a Lad
The Cure: Disintegration
Recently I’ve been listening to Alan Menken, Hudson Mowhake, Planxty, Rush and Haim.


Q: Do you hear Japanese music and play Japanese video games?
And finally,Message for Japanese Fans!
【Vin】:We play far too many video games. I love the Silent Hill games. Also Hideo Kojima’s games like Snatcher right up to the Metal Gear Solid series. I love the atmosphere and excitement of Yu Suzuki’s work. And Final Fantasy VII. We love Japanese bands such as our good friends LITE, Rega and of course Casiopea, Cornelius, Mad Capsule Markets, Zazen Boys, Perfume, and my all time favourite Yellow Magic Orchestra 🙂
Message to our Japanese fans —> TOMODACHI! Mata Nihon ni kimasu! xx

【Vin】:ゲームめちゃくちゃ好きだよ。SILENT HILLシリーズは大好きだよ。小島秀夫監督の作品はSNATCHERからMETAL GEAR SOLIDシリーズに至るまで気に入っているよ。鈴木裕氏の作品の空気感やエキサイトメントも愛しているしFINAL FANTASYⅦも大好きだよ。日本のバンドなら友達のLITE、Regaは勿論、Casiopea, Cornelius, Mad Capsule Markets, Zazen Boys, Perfume、そしてYMOは僕のオールタイムフェイヴァリットだよ。


Thanks a lot,Vin, ADEBISI SHANK,and Sargent House Music!!



ELEVEN SEVEN MUSICは所属アーティストを見て貰えば分かりますが、基本的に大衆受けを狙った音楽性のレーベルです。そのレーベルが目を付けたNOTHING MOREの面白い所は大衆受けするようなコンパクトでメロディアスな楽曲でありながらDjent,Alternative,Electro,Progといった時代を反映した先鋭的な要素を採り入れている点だと思います。例えばイケメンな部分も含めてBABY METALの方法論と実は似ているかもしれませんね。
「売れそうな」オタク音楽、メジャーだけどHipな音楽。そんな感想を持ちました。ボーカルのJonny Hawkinsがアルバムやバンドについて語ってくれます。


Q:Your new album “Nothing More” has just released. How is the reaction?
【Jonny Hawkins】:The reaction has been amazing – it has surpassed our expectations.  One of the coolest things about it is hearing personal stories from people we meet on the road about how one of the songs got them through a difficult situation in their life.  We met a guy who lost his wife and was left as the only parent to their 2 young boys – he said that all he did for the month after she died was blast “God Went North.”  It helped him through the uncertainty of his wife being gone and not knowing what to do being a single parent.
Q:新作”Nothing More”がリリースされましたね。反応はいかがですか?

【Jonny Hawkins】:素晴らしいよ。完全に予想以上だね。ロードで会った人たちから僕らの曲のおかげで彼らがそれぞれの困難な状況を切り抜けられたって話を聞けるのは最高にクールな事だ。
妻に先立たれて二人の男の子のシングルファーザーになってしまった人に会ったんだ。彼はこう言っていたよ。「妻が亡くなってから一ヶ月間やった事といえば”God Went North”を爆音で流す事だけだったよ」とね。妻を亡くした不安とシングルファーザーとしての心配事からこの歌が彼を救ったんだ。(”God Went North”は恋人、妻を病気で失う歌)

Q:Please tell me why did you contract with Eleven Seven Music?
【Jonny Hawkins】:This is our first label in our long history of DIY work – they stood out to us because of their sheer passion and love for their bands.  At the end of the day money and a reputable name and a big building can all go away – but the thing that remains is the passion with which the label works.
Q:Eleven Seven Musicと契約したのはなぜですか?

【Jonny Hawkins】:長い間DIYでやってきたから初めてのレーベルなんだ。彼らは真摯な情熱と愛をバンドに注いでいるという点で際立っていたよ。結局はお金や名前、大きなビルなんてどうでも良いんだよね。レーベルの仕事に熱意を持っているかどうかが重要なんだ。



Q:Would you tell me the origine of band’s name Nothing More? And why did you titled your band name on this album?
【Jonny Hawkins】:When we set out on this journey as a band, we were testing out if the experience of being a working musician was for something for people of privilege, or if it was something we could create from our limited resources.  We discovered that you can do whatever you want, if you are passionate enough about it.  We want all our work to point back to the fact that we are nothing more than human beings like everyone reading this.  Success is not a testament to things out of your control – you can achieve your dreams.  We made that the name of our album to reinforce that point.
Q:NOTHING MOREというバンド名の由来を教えて下さい。そしてなぜそれをアルバムタイトルにしたのでしょう。

【Jonny Hawkins】:僕らがバンドという旅を始めたのは、一つの実験でもあったんだ。「果たしてミュージシャンになるのに資格が必要なんだろうか?限られた”特権階級”しかなれないんだろうか?僕らの限られた才能で何かを生み出すことが出来るのだろうか?」・・・そして知ったよ、強い熱意さえあれば何でも出来るって事をね。
僕らの全ての作品が僕らはこれを読んでくれているみんなと同じただの(Nothing More)人間だっていう事実を指摘してくれる事を願っているよ。成功は君がコントロール出来る事象ではないと思う。ただ夢は必ず叶える事が出来るよ。この事を強調したくてタイトルにしたんだ。

Q:How have you progressed from “The Few Not Fleeting”?
【Jonny Hawkins】:“The Few Not Fleeting” was my first experience as a singer – having been a drummer for many years, singing was a bit foreign to me at first.  The Self Titled release that we have out now is really just a coming-of-age / maturation for me as a singer and the other guys as writers and musicians.  This record encompasses a lot of things we always wanted to communicate and sound like. “The Few Not Fleeting” was more of an experimental process.
 Q:前作”The Few Not Fleeting”からどのように進化しましたか?

【Jonny Hawkins】:“The Few Not Fleeting”はシンガーとして初めての作品だったんだ。何年も僕はドラマーだったからね。最初歌うことには少し戸惑ったね。このセルフタイトルの新作で僕はシンガーとして成熟しているし他のメンバーはそれぞれライター、ミュージシャンとして成熟しているよ。このレコードには僕らがこんなサウンドにしたいと思っていたものが入っているよ。”The Few Not Fleeting”はもっと実験しながら作った感じだね。


Q:I think you have a lot of aspects of music. Metal,Alternative,Prog-rock,Djent,Dubstep…But in the same time,You have strong and beautiful melody. Is that important for you?
【Jonny Hawkins】:Melody and lyrics are really at the heart of all of it.  If you don’t have those done right it doesn’t matter how you dress it up.  We go through phases of music that we are listening to that span a variety of genres but the thread throughout them all are strong melody and a real story.  Without that you might as well be an instrumental band.
Q:NOTHING MOREは色々な音楽的要素を持っていますよね。Metal,Alternative,Prog-rock,Djent,Dubstep…ただ同時に強力で美しいメロディーが常に存在します。それは重要な事なのでしょうか。

【Jonny Hawkins】メロディーと歌詞は全ての中心だよ。どんなに曲を飾り立てたってそれらがしっかりしていないと意味がないんだ。僕らは色々な音楽的段階を経てきていて多種多様な音楽を聴いているけど、それらに共通して言えるのは強力なメロディーと本物の歌詞を備えているという点なんだ。それがないならインストバンドになったほうがましだよ。

Q:Do you hear bands of new generation like Periphery,Karnivool,Chevelle?
【Jonny Hawkins】:YES!  We love all of those bands.  Periphery and Karnivool (along with many others we listen to) are at the forefront of what the new generation of rock is going to be.

【Jonny Hawkins】うん!全部大好きだよ。特にPERIPHERY,KARNIVOOLは(僕らが聴いている他のバンド達と並んで)ロック新世代の最先端にいると思うよ。



Q:Would you tell me five albums that changed your life? And recently,what are you listening to?
 Life-changing albums, in no particular order…



Karnivool – THEMATA

Rage Against The Machine – EVIL EMPIRE


Listening to right now …

Soliloquist of Sound – NO MORE HEROES




Q:Most of Japanese likes melodic rocks. And we still buy more CDs than any other countries. Do you think Japan is going to be important market for you? And do you hear some Japanese musics?
【Jonny Hawkins】:We played with a Japanese band called CROSSFAITH at DownloadFestival in England this year and they were excellent.  We also toured with a band called SUPE some time ago and we are goodfriends with a guitar player who was in OPUS DEI.  He really peaked our interest in playing Japan.  We have been discussing the market with him and the feasibility of us getting over there.  It is absolutely  in our sites.  We would love to learn about other Japanese bands – tell us about YOUR favorites!

【Jonny Hawkins】CROSSFAITHは今年、イングランドのDownloadFestivalで共演したよ。彼らは素晴らしかったね。SUPEというバンドともしばらく前にツアーをしたしOPUS DEIにいたギタリストとはいい友達なんだ。彼は真剣に僕らを日本でプレイさせたがっていたよ。彼とはよく日本のマーケットや僕らの来日の可能性について話をしているんだ。他にも日本のバンドを知りたいな。ぜひ君たちのオススメを教えてよ!

Finally,Message for Japanese Fans!!

Until I learn some Japanese so I can say more – “We can’t wait to get over there and see you!”

Thanks a lot,Jonny and Jamie,Nothing More,and Eleven Seven Music!!