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Video interview with Back-on by MTV Taiwan, now subtitled!

This news comes a little late (almost a year!) after Back-on‘s visit to Taiwan for their international debut in Asia for Formoz Festival 2007. The original video was uploaded by gangangan03, and as it was in mandarin (and Japanese!) it was only accessible to those familiar with the language.

With thanks to gangangan03 for his kind permission, we have now translated the interview clip and added subtitles to the original, which is now available on Youtube as a video response!

This is our first attempt at translating an interview clip, so if you do spot any errors or anything else that we can change or improve, please let us know! :) You can watch the subtitled version by clicking here or after the cut.

Interview questions included:

What were your thoughts about the whole event (Formoz Festival)?
Was there anything that stood out in particular?
Have you done anything interesting whilst you’ve been in Taiwan?
Do you have any weird habits?

Apparently icchan eats a lot (especially whilst on the phone) and Kenji03 likes sticking out his tongue!

Hope you enjoy watching the interview, and please do let us know what you think! :)

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Interview with Back-on in Five-For Magazine with a chance of winning special Back-on merchandise!

If you have been following the news updates on BOO, you’ll have noticed the increasing number of ‘magazine’ interviews with Back-on that have been published in English! This includes Carlos Pardo‘s Anipike interview with the band at Anime Evolution 2007; the first published interview on paper in purple SKY Magazine, as well as one or two others we have yet to write up – a definite indication of Back-on‘s growing international popularity!

Each article/interview offers it’s own unique perspective of the band, and this undoubtedly includes the most recent issue (only its second!) of Five-For magazine, which features a special interview with Back-on, in addition to an exclusive review (including pictures!) of the band’s final concert of 2007 ‘Code 003’, which was the finale of their “Shining Line” tour in Japan!

We’ve included a small preview of one of the Back-on pages below for your reference that can be found on the Five-for website, as well as the cover of this particular issue (2):

Five-for Back-on Preview Five-for second issue Cover Preview

And if the interview and concert review (by Sabrina) weren’t enough, Five-For is also giving fans the opportunity to win special Back-on merchandise from their 2007 finale concert, including an autograph board as well as a Back-on towel! The draw takes place on February 21st 2008, so if you are planning to purchase the magazine, please do try and order it before the deadline if you’re interested in participating in the contest!

And for a quick lowdown: Five-For is a new bi-monthly magazine dedicated to Japanese Music. The editor, Sara Crane, mentioned that a major part of the magazine *is* covering the gigs and shows that the bands do at home in Japan. More information can be found on the Five-for website, where it can also be ordered online for $10.95 (US/Mexico/Canada) or $15.95 (Europe/Asia/South America), inclusive of delivery.

In addition to Back-on, the second edition of Five-for also includes interviews/live reports with Hitomi Shimatani, Koda Kumi, the pillows, and Danger Gang amongst others.

As with all articles featuring Back-on, please let us know what you think! :) If you do enter the competition, good luck! We’ll keep our fingers crossed what one of our visitors is the lucky winner!




Anipike interviews Back-on at Anime Evolution 2007

Anipike or Anime Web Turnpike is undoubtedly one of the most well known anime sites from the 90s, where in its hey day, the site was the central database (or mecca) for fans, providing links to a mind-boggling number of anime sites that sprung up almost daily, usually hosted on sites such as Tripod, Geocities and Angelfire. I remember being one of those avid fans who visited daily, in the days of dialup when the best anime content was not necessarily found by search engines, and one had to reference the encyclopedia that was Anipike.

However, it’s been several years since then (the site was acquired by a commercial company in 2000) and the site has become less prominent, so imagine my surprise when a random search came up with an interview by Anipike with Back-on! :)Anipike - Interview Thumbnail

The interviewer, Carlos Pardo, one of the main article contributors of Anipike, met Back-on during the Anime Evolution convention (2007) in Canada the day after their concert.

He started off the article by introducing the band (always a good thing!) and talking about some of the band’s activities at the convention, before moving to give a glowing review (with plenty of detail and enthusiasm) of their concert performance, and a brief excerpt is provided below:

BACK-ON whipped the crowd into a jumping mass of bodies with their first song “Chain,” a particular favorite of mine. Teeda the MC or rapper of the group, stomped around gushing out the lyrics, and then guitarist/vocalist Kenji stepped in to sing the melodic chorus of the song. Kenji03 definitely was a favorite among the females in the audience, with plenty of screams each time he came up to the microphone. With Shu supplying more guitar riffs, his long hair shaking to the rhythms of Icchan on drums, and Gori creating a path of blazing bass tones, you can clearly see a band comfortable with themselves, synchronized together to make an impressive quintet.

Later on, Carlos (or Hkaddict as he is probably better known as) then launched into the interview (or chat) session with Back-on, where they covered a range of topics, including (predictably) anime and music, with some really interesting (and new) answers, such as:

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Interview with Back-on in purple SKY magazine!

Before we start, I do have to make an apology to Leisl Schrader of purple SKY Magazine for the delay in writing up this post! Now, aside from being one of the few interviews with Back-on in English, the article has extra special importance (if my memory serves me correctly) as it is probably the first English interview with Back-on that has ever gone to print on paper!

The interview took place sometime in September 2007 and is featured in the latest edition (Fall 2007) of purple SKY, published at the start of December 2007. I was kindly sent a preview of the interview article by the magazine, which you can see below:

purple SKY magazine - Back-on Interview preview

Unfortunately I don’t have the full article at hand at the moment, so I can’t comment further on the content alas. However, it does look very promising (and of the above mentioned ‘historical’ significance) so if are you interested in reading the full interview, purple SKY is available from shops in the US such as several branches of Barnes & Noble, Borders and other independent stores (see full list) It is also available online at $6 (exc. PP) directly from the purple SKY website, which I think is particularly useful for international fans!

Other bands/artists that are featured in this issue of purple SKY (a specialist J-Rock magazine that is released quarterly) include The Captains, Plastic Tree, and Anna Tsuchiya to name just a few. And if you’re running into pick up a copy, I’ve included the front cover of the Fall 2007 edition below for your reference:

Fall 2007 Cover of purple SKY

Please let us know what you think if you do purchase the magazine! It is definitely a huge milestone that marks a step into the mainstream for Back-on, especially in America!


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Back-on’s Interview in pam! magazine!

Back-on has recently been on a whirlwind ‘tour’ of media activity! Their latest news post (which I will post about later on) lists all sorts of appearances on TV, radio as well as magazine interviews! The first of which we’ve managed to obtain is pam!, a (free) magazine that’s released monthly by Avex with information about the hottest anime of the season.

pam! Logo

For instance, the latest issue (085) was released today (June 1st 2007 ) and features Code-E. You can view the 16-page issue by visiting http://www.avexmovie.jp/pam/ and clicking on the button as indicated below:

pam! - Click click!

The interface is a funky-as flash-based reader, which is so intuitive that even yours truly could use it from her first visit. But uh… let me focus on the actual interview! You can find it on page 13 as part of ‘New & Topics‘ taking up half a page spread. You can also click on the thumbnail below to load the article in it’s full glory!

pam! Back-on Interview article Thumbnail

The article is quite short, but the band reveal alot in just 4 questions! I’ve made a small stab at translating the text, but full credit must go to Soph for her wonderful help in translating the bulk of the interview!

Q: What were your first thoughts when you found out about that you would be writing the opening and ending theme for Eyeshield 21?

We were extremely happy as it’s a production that we all like. Especially as we’re part of the ‘Slam Dunk’ generation, so writing an OP and ED for an anime from a sports genre is quite enjoyable.

Q: Please tell us about the highlight of BLAZE LINE.

As you can see, the lyrics “支えてくれる君がいるから” (note: second line of the chorus) or “because you are here supporting me” are the high point of this song, and my, or our success is due to the people who support us, so we overlapped our feelings of “Ah, what we are now is thanks to you all!” to the lyrics when composing this song.

With regards to the music, we played the guitar by strumming it hard at a fast-paced rhythm to express a sense of sprinting or speed, but we put in some fun (lyrics) for the rap part to try and express enjoyment.

Q: Please can you now tell us more about the highlight of ‘a day dreaming…’

The lyrics for this song came to me as (I) was daydreaming and thinking about family, friends and the people that are important to me. How would I describe it? A natural feeling? “What can I do for the people that I care about?” Or “I just want to be with them, and be around for them” and so on. Although it isn’t anything special, I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all. The music and the lyrics of the song makes the listener feel a sense of geniality.

Q:Finally, what message would you like to share with pam! readers?

Our latest work covers extremely different types of music, one is an aggressive song with a mixture of metal and electro rap, and the other is a calm and gentle ballad. However, both songs are about the honest “feelings of gratitude (appreciation) that are usually forgotten” and the songs will definitely touch your heart. Please do listen to them! They will resonate (within you)!

I would like to thank Soph again for her help with the translation! Hope you enjoyed reading the article! :)


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First ever English interview with Back-on by JaME

I was so excited about this interview (which was posted just yesterday – May 9th 2007) that I decided to put my lab report aside (amongst other things that Sowon is so patient with) and tell everyone about it! :)

JaME Interview - Screenshot Thumb

In what I believe to be Back-on‘s first English interview article entitled USA turns it BACK-ON, Cynthia of JaME (JMusicEuropa) asks the band a selection of interesting and investigative questions that really do open my eyes to how the band thinks, as well as reveal some intriguing facts about the band, such as the tidbit that their favourite performance song is Chain. Some of my favourite Q&As are included below:

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Anime Matsuri 2007 – SoundEx’s interview with Back-on Video

Nao (SoundEX) must have been incredibly busy during Anime Matsuri, as yet again there is new video footage of Back-on provided on the:

SoundEx Youtube Channel

With reference to the video captions by Nao, in the first 50 second clip, the translator Tomo runs through the list of the questions to ‘prep’ the band. I’ve taken the executive decision to use a picture of Tomo (and Nao‘s head?) for the screenshot, since by all accounts on the Forums (ok, I meant Ichi), the official translator is meant to be very cute! Click on the picture to go straight to the video.

Tomo the official translator

 In the second interview clip (with a running time of 4:02 minutes) we get to see/hear each Back-on member give a brief account of their “typical day“, which was the opening question so there are presumably more coming up! (I’ll try and find out more about the answers either from the Forums or by listening to the clip again.)

This is the video that highlights that all the band members look incredibly cute when they’re smiling (smile more!) and Gori definitely struck me as a very happy man, because he was smiling from the start of the clip! Hence we have his picture for the screenshot below. :) As before, you can click on the picture to watch the clip.

Gori

There are also more videos (in sequence) of the Post Autograph session which are worth watching too, so do pay a visit to the SoundEx Youtube Channel! Apparently it’s already one of the top 100 most watched channels in the Musicians category today. ^^


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Interview with BACK-ON by KERA magazine, May 2007 – First Glance

KERA is a street fashion magazine that focuses on punk, goth fashion as well as rock music. In this month’s issue – May 2007, vol. 106, pg. 54 – they have decided to interview BACK-ON! The news was posted on the official website and I hot-footed it to the (not really local) Japanese centre once I realised they actually had it in stock! I haven’t had a chance to scan and understand the article properly, but I thought I’d share the accompanying photo of the band first!

Back-on photoshoot from KERA magazine

KENJI03 and SHU‘s hair definitely appear longer than in recent photos/videos, but TEEDA has the biggest change in hair style! It’s now short and (sadly) no longer braided (I loved that look!) but it does feel very refreshing imho. Perhaps its a summer look to coincide with their new album? I’m probably reading too much into this as a fan girl, so… have a look at the front cover of this issue instead featuring 上木彩矢 (Aya Kamiki) :p

KERA magazine front cover - May 2007

There is a lot of content in KERA (in colour), which probably explains its hefty price tag (double the price of Weekly Shonen Jump in England), but if you’re looking to change your style or get a glimpse into the fashion of Harajuku girls and Goth-looks, then its worth taking a look. This is the first time I’ve bought it but… do you read it? What do you think? :) I’ve taken a few quick photos of the inner pages of this issue which you can see below:

KERA inner page KERA inner page KERA inner page

This concludes our first glance at the article, which is the also the first magazine interview conducted with Back-on this year. I will attempt to understand the full interview as soon as I can, but as far as I can tell a fairly large percentage of the article is news and information we already knew, but this time all the members get to say their bit in this one page article. Please continue to watch this space for further updates!

p/s: Other bands featured in this month’s issue include All Japan Goith, 超飛行少年, ONE OK ROCK and メガマソ.




Have a question for Back-on? Come and post it here!

Back-on will be headlining Anime Matsuri at the end of April and, as part of their schedule of events, they will be hosting a Q&A PANEL on Saturday, April 28th 2007, which is a golden opportunity to ask them questions!

Sound EX and Ichiban (both are members of the Back-on forum) will be at Anime Matsuri, and Sound Ex has started a forum thread for collating questions, both for the Q&A PANEL as well the forthcoming private interview time that Sound EX has arranged with Back-on.

So if you have any burning questions – come forth and post on the forum! You can find the direct url below:

http://www.backon-online.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=34


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Short news update about Back-on and a bit about Back-on Online

There isn’t enough for each news ‘bite’ for me to be able to write entire news updates, so I’ve decided to collate them all into one mini-news update.

First on the list – Back-on have officially announced the news of their scheduled appearance at Anime Evolution on their official website. It seems that it will be a live and recorded performance at an outdoor venue, a great setting seeing as this will be in August!

In light of Back-on appearing at both Anime Matsuri and Anime Evolution, J!-ENT have released a spotlight article on the band, written by Dennis A. Amith. He talks about the band’s history (something we haven’t touched on yet at Back-on Online) as well as their recent releases. I would say though that Back-on’s musical style is more similar to Linkin Park than Limp Bizkit. You can read the article yourself by clicking on the link below:

http://www.nt2099.com/J-ENT/INTERVIEWS/BACK-ON/BACK-ON-event.pdf

The picture in the article features all of the band, including Icchan, the new drummer. It does look as though he’s been photoshopped in though for some reason hmm… I’d be interested in finding out what readers thought as well so feel free to drop a comment. ^^

So… finally on to the bit about Back-on Online, we now have a proper forum! Again, credit must got to Sowon (now the in-house Super-moderator) for suggesting the idea in the first place. Please do pay a visit and register to join the chat! It is the first forum dedicated to Back-on and I think it has a lot of potential to reach more people!


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