SIAM SHADE

“This fall, SIAM SHADE places their hopes on this!”, is what the latest single “1/3 no junjou na kanjou”, which was finished on 27th November, feels like. Well, I never— it's cool, it's pop, and there are also maniac techniques here and there. And on top of that, it's the theme song of the anime Rurouni Kenshin!! ...Although their first country-wide tour in quite a while begins in November, this month we had them talk about this single to their heart's content.

[1/3の純情な感情]
Really straightforward lyrics,
singing about feelings that all of us have.

text by Mayu Motoike (元生真由)

●Well well, about the long-awaited new song “1/3 no junjou na kanjou”....

DAITA: This is actually a song that was completed about two years ago.

●Why did you let it sleep for two years... or rather, why does it appear now?

HIDEKI: Our music is ahead of its time; we play things that are about two years in the future.

NATIN: By this time people have finally started to grasp the greatness of this song. (laughs)

JUNJI: SIAM SHADE are Newtypes, you know. (laughs)

●....Gundam, huh?

NATIN: This song was actually quite different in the beginning. It was a more slowish song before.

DAITA: We recorded it once, together with about 3 other songs. So, thinking it was a good single candidate, a press agent from the record company showed it in many places. That's when the tie-up came up. So we recorded it once again with Mr. Akashi (producer). That was at the end of August.

●I see, and they decided to use it as the ending theme for Rurouni Kokushin [sic]?

NATIN: Yes, yes, that's right.

●Then, what kind of a song was recorded at that time?

DAITA: We rearranged it; the structure and speed changed, compared to the style it was when I first brought it to the band. However, the melodies and such are the same, that's why the image I had when I first made it remains....

KAZUMA: However, there was a feeling of wrongness when the structure was completely changed, right? I even worried if it was feasible as a song... We did cut about half of the B melody.

NATIN: Well, hearing it is different from playing it. Those who hear the song for the first time say that, “That's good”, but for us there is after all this feeling of wrongness. But, it might be very natural when completing a song and trying to get everyone to accept it...

●So there was a bit of a conflict when recording?

NATIN: Yeah, that's true.

JUNJI: When the tempo and the structure changes, the first thing you record is the drums, right? It was really troublesome. And it was also the first time I had to re-record something that was already finished once.

●This song, with the tie-up and all, will be heard by lots of people who are not fans of SIAM SHADE, right?

DAITA: In the true meaning of it, there really aren't that many chances to get many different ordinary people to listen to you, right? When we heard that it was decided, we were so glad that we all went out to have a drink. (laughs)

HIDEKI: Yeah. And besides, those not of our generation will hear our music, right? ...It really is fantastic.

●I wonder what will those kids watching Rurouni Kenshin think of it?

HIDEKI: Well, I wonder? It's not like I wrote the lyrics with children in mind... However, the lyrics are really straightforward. I used words that you normally can't write, out of embarrassment or because they sound uncool. Besides, I believe I'm singing about feelings that all of us have. I think that it doesn't matter if you're an adult or not, it will sound natural to you.

●Now that we're talking about the lyrics... “Though I love you so much that it's breaking me, not even 1/3 of it comes across” sure is an interesting wording.

HIDEKI: For some reason I currently feel like wanting to put things that you'd normally put in English, in Japanese as much as possible. So I was looking for a well-fitting word. The main point is that: “Not all of it comes across”, and those were words that meant just that, and were also easy to sing... It lingers in your ears and so it also became the title.

●Lately you've been saying that the way you write lyrics has changed. Was there a theme, Japanese rather than English, this time?

HIDEKI: Yeah, I tend to want to use English no matter what though. Since I've been listening to Western music only. It's kinda annoying when you think that if foreigners heard it, they'd laugh at what the words sound like — like us hearing really cool Chinese rock that just sounds like: ♫Ching chun chun.

NATIN: It's true that when you see a Chinese band on TV, even if they sound cool, it feels kind of weird.

HIDEKI: Right? Then again, it's not foreigners that listen to us most, of course. (laughs) I thought that in that case it's best to use easy-to-understand Japanese...

●So that's what you, HIDEKI, thought about the lyrics. Then, what is the thing that each of you wanted to express with this song?

DAITA: Since it changed quite a bit from its original form, I thought that I should use a different approach... So I played using all sorts of ideas.

●What kind of ideas? What are the points that "guitar kids" will want to imitate?

DAITA: How to finish a hard song lightly.... I'd say. (laughs) Also, the studio was different than before, so I could play with good tone and refreshed feeling.

●The tone changes completely with each studio, right?

DAITA: Yeah, especially the drums sound different. Well, with guitar it might just be the difference whether you feel excited or not...

●What kind of a studio makes you feel excited?

DAITA: A well-lighted studio I guess. When recording, the atmosphere can get pretty tense, right? That's why, if there's good lighting and windows you'll feel at ease.

●Well then, what is the point you'd like people to listen to, KAZUMA?

KAZUMA: This time I devoted myself wholly to the backing, so...

HIDEKI: In return, you're singing like blazes on the album.

●How about you, NATIN and JUNJI?

NATIN: Getting the tone. The steps that come before playing. I tested, counting other people's too, seven basses in total. I also tried changing amps. At the end I decided to use a jazz bass, but still, there were four of those. Among those, I chose the one which had a tone on the light side.

JUNJI: Everybody's prejudice against one member of my percussion family, Mr. Wind Chime, was overcome while recording this song! Before they just laughed at it: “Wind chime!? Ha ha ha!”

DAITA: The reason why it was approved was just because this song is played in an anime.

JUNJI: …..Huh!? Well, it's in three, four places, so everyone please, by all means, listen to that lovely sound. ♥

And in such a way was created the new single that is a thrilling love-song.
The major and minor chords entwine delicately, with speedy turns that will uplift your heart. Although it was not written specifically for the anime, hearing it will no doubt make people's hearts beat exitedly as they recall various scenes. That is what the sound forces you to imagine.
And then, the coupling song “DDD”.
This one is what what they do best, melodious hard rock. It is a number that directly reverberates in your body and makes you look forward to hearing it live. By listening to the two songs in a row, you can see the deep insight of the five members in how they kaleidoscopically change their voice, play-style, and tone according to the song.
The expectations for SIAM SHADE's future activities just keep increasing.



Source:
B-Pass magazine #143 (December 1997). Scans by morgianasama

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