Insanity in the Mirror: ReivieR Interview


by Leela McMullen, posted April 27, 2011

Following their third oneman live, Unbreakable at Takadanobaba AREA, ReivieЯ gave ROKKYUU an action-packed exclusive full of movie quotes, unsolicited screams, and even a few juicy secrets as to what makes them tick.

69: First, we’d like you to start by introducing yourselves. Could you each state your name and tell us something interesting about you? Shall we start with the leader?

Kou: I would be the stage right guitarist, Kou.

Makoto: I think you already are.

Kou: I’m not interested in anything at all except music and manga. That’s me.

Jey: I’m the vocalist, Jey. I’m only interested in games.

Makoto: I’m the stage left guitarist, Makoto. My dream for the future… is to be a rock star.

Hayato: I’m the bassist, Hayato. I like… animals and girls.

Hiro: I’m the drummer, Hiro. I like… slots machines.

69: By the way, Hayato, specifically what kind of animals do you like?

Hayato: I like everything from wolves to dogs. In other words, I like dogs. (in English) “Dog.”

69: Jey, what’s your favourite platform?

Jey: PSP!

69: Here’s an odd one for the musicians. Have any of you named your instruments?

Makoto: What was it? That name… I can’t remember.

Kou: My old guitar was called Kurosuke.

Hiro: Sounds like something out of Bleach.

Kou: Like a zanpakuto?

69: If you were going to rename your guitar, what would it be Makoto?

Makoto: Sexy Dynamite!

Jey: [Roars]

Kou: That doesn’t sound like “Sexy Dynamite” at all!

Jey: It totally is.

Hayato:  That’s definitely more of a “Crazy Dynamite.”

69: So today was your third oneman live titled “Unbreakable.” First of all, how was it?

Kou: It was fun!

Hayato: I was in bliss.

69: During the concert you spoke a little about the title… Do you often use English titles?

Hayato: Absolutely! They’re all English!

69: Why is that?

Hayato: In order to mask the true meaning, to make it difficult to read the thoughts behind it. I want to make the fans think.

69: On that note, “ReivieЯ” (Reviah) has a very cool ring to it-

[Jey growls “ReivieЯ”]

69: But what’s the meaning behind it?

Kou: That’s…

Hayato: Should we reveal it?

Kou: The meaning is about reincarnation/playback.

69: And the backwards R?

Makoto: There’s a secret to that! Tell them!

Kou: Well actually you can’t read it as “reviah” but we like the look of it on the jackets because it’s like a mirror image. If you read it from the left or the right it says the same thing. That’s like a form of reincarnation. That was our original, weird catch-copy.

69: It sounds like you put a lot of thought into it.

Hayato: Self-regeneration.

69: Your previous oneman’s called “The Fist” and “All Hesitation is Gone” were held at O-Crest and Black Hole. Was playing here at Takadanobaba AREA any different to those experiences?

Kou: It was very different.

Hayato: Completely different.

Kou: To put it simply, it’s so much bigger. We’ve played here before, but it’s not every day we get to do a oneman. We just decided to go for it. It’s been a personal goal, a dream of mine for a long time.

69: In that case, congratulations on fulfilling it.

Kou: I always believed it would come true, of course. My memories here… Well, there wasn’t a second rise in the past but I feel like I’ve come full circle.

69: Having just finished, what image is clearest in your mind?

Hayato: Nothing but the perfect scenery.

69: Out of the songs you played, which had the best feel to it today?

Kou: Personally I think it would have to be Voice. The last song.

Hayato: All of it! The whole thing felt amazing.

69: So who writes the songs?

Hiro: That would be me.

Kou: Oi, you liar!

Hayato: Actually we all write them together.

Makoto: It’s all over the place.

69: So it’s like all of your feelings are mixed into the music.

Kou: That’s right. At first someone will bring in the foundation and then we’ll all head into the studio and work on it.

69: If there was something that says “ReivieЯ,” what would it be? What’s your strong suit?

Kou: I believe it’s that we’re an utterly hopeless band of fools. That’s the one thing we’ll never lose at.

69: In respect to your music, is there a band you’ve been inspired by?

Kou: In my case there’s a lot of different music. The music I make is influenced by all sorts. Makoto and I are quite strongly influenced by what we listen to.

69: Do you listen to any Western music?

Makoto: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

69: So, what encouraged you to join a visual kei band?

Kou: Somehow, back when I was in highschool a friend made me listen to visual kei. X, Luna Sea etc… Actually I really love Luna Sea but that’s where it all started for me. Of course, I listen to music other than visual kei but Luna Sea are, after all, my favourite and that’s why I’m in a visual kei band.

69: Did you go to the recent Luna Sea revival concert?

Kou: Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it.

Makoto: For me, it’s DIR EN GREY. I heard them when I was a highschooler, and listening to them changed my life.

Hayato: Luna Sea for me as well. Listening to them totally changed my life.

[Laughter at the stolen phrase.]

Hiro: I don’t really have a particular reason. By the time I realized it… Well it seems strange to say that. It’s about expression. What I want to express just happened to coincide with visual kei.

69: That’s quite a rare story.

Hiro: That’s right, and that’s why my life was totally changed.

Jey: First and foremost, X JAPAN. I really used to love them. From there I started listening to B’z, Glay, L’arc~en~Ciel… I really got into that whole scene.

69: The very forerunners of visual kei.

Jey: Exactly. I got absolutely absorbed into all of that and started to like really heavy stuff and then heard DIR EN GREY. “Ah, this is it!” I thought.

Hiro: And your life?

Jey: My life changed.

69: Lastly, we’re curious as to what’s the next step for you?

Kou: Well, firstly…

Jey: That would be Budokan.

69: Budokan, eh?

Jey: That’s the goal. That’s what everyone’s aiming for. Budokan’s all I care about.

69: Could you spare a word or two for the foreign fans?

Jey: Come on mother fucker!

Hiro: (in English Terminator-voice) I’ll be back.

All: Terminator!

Kou: [translates] You’ll come back? How can you say that if you haven’t even been there!

Hayato: In English?

Makoto: In English.

Hayato: how do you say “I love you?”

Jey: (in English) I love you!

Hayato: I love you!

Makoto: Please listen to (in English) Japanese rock.

Jey: [translates] Please hear Japanaese Rock!

69: Lastly, from the leader.

Kou: I don’t know any English.

Jey: What, no (roared inn English) “I’M A DEATH MACHINE!”?

69: Japanese is fine.

Kou: I’m looking forward to the day we can meet you all.

Hayato: Someday we’ll go overseas.

ROKKYUU had a great time chatting with the members of ReivieЯ: random shouts, revelations, wacky translations, and all. We wish them the best of luck and hope they make their dream of Budokan some day.

Leela McMullen is a strong believer in the philosophy "no music, no life." Having traversed the range of Japanese fandoms, she found her home at last in visual kei and has made it her mission to share what she loves most with the world. Leela completed her B.A. in Japanese language from Griffith University in Gold Coast Australia. She now lives and works in Japan, striving to bring you the goods, hot from the scene. Follow her on twitter for juicy hints of upcoming articles if you've got a bit of Japanese language under your belt!!/LeelaInTokyo

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