Dark The Giant gets its ass into gear after 22 years!

Here’s an interview with Dark The Giant, a band that’s toiled and suffered and worked their asses off in every kind of shitty situation for over two decades. Well… to be honest, I think they were busy or doing other things? (sorry, Keisuke!) But last year they got a human infusion of rock and roll called Masaya and now they’ve put out their first single on Stay Free Label. The interview was done by Tsune from Young Parisian and appeared in a Japanese punk rock magazine. 

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There’s nothing like punk and power pop based rock and roll that hits you with a blast of power and melody that’s over-the-top catchy and not even trying to hide its love of US and UK rock from the 90s to today. The band I’m talking about is Dark The Giant, a “rookie” band of 22 years that’s now, way too late, putting out its first single. The single features four scorching rock and roll tunes whose production was overseen by Firestarter’s Fifi. It’s a great first release that’s better late than never.

 ―Thanks a lot for sitting down to… (K-suke is slowly pulling a pile of CDs from his bag)… What are you doing?

K-suke – Just in case you asked me about our roots (laughs).

―I’ve interviewed people for a long time and this is a first (laughs). Let me start by asking you, you’re the guitarist of Firestarter, but you’ve also been doing Dark The Giant all along, right? Continue reading

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Dark the Giant releases first single “Diamond”

Dark the Giant’s single is coming out! Original post is here.

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Dark the Giant takes 70s punk and power pop and twists them into a whole new sound that’s both powerful and filled with sweet melodies. Their first single “Diamond” (7-inch with download code) came out on March 8 and they’re playing a free release show on Friday, March 16.  Continue reading

Tsukemen Of Death – an (old) interview with Supersnazz

Folks, with Supersnazz playing our last show on May 20, I dug out this li’l interview we did right after we put out our record “Get Down” in 2008. Enjoy!

At the time of writing, July 16, 2008, Supersnazz is eighteen years old. They’re putting out their seventh album, “Get Down,” on Meerkat Records (Vivid Sound). The album is infused with the energy of its new member, Greg, and its new label and it doesn’t have a second of filler. The day after they finished mixing, I sat down with the band to talk about the album and a whole bunch of other random stuff.

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Interview by Haruko Shiozawa

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“Congrats on finishing the record!”

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“Thanks! Cheers!”

(Glasses of beer, oolong tea and Black Hoppy are raised, cheers’d and glugged)

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“Whew… we’re done.” Continue reading

Rock tonight – the story of Stairs

Here’s an interview with Tappei (mostly) from Stairs that Nakagami-san gave me from the vaults. It’s from June 2009 and was recorded at an undisclosed Tokyo location that probably has cheap drinks. Here’s Nakagami-san’s intro…

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It’s never really occurred to me to interview the Stairs because I was in their previous band and I know pretty much everything about them, and I went to high school with the ever-quirky Iizuka. So, what on earth could ask them about? But once we started talking, things started getting interesting. Stairs are starting to amass a pretty big following and they have a 7-inch coming out on Needle Records. In this interview, we mostly talk about the formation and history of the band.

Tappei There was a guy I used to work with, he was a real business type but he had some kind of connection with Kei Ogura*, and he said, “Hey, let’s go play on the street in Shin-Yokohama.” That was back when you didn’t see so many people doing that. Continue reading