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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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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.