Original: Oricon Style
Translator: Erin Grace
VAMPS SPECIAL INTERVIEW
Their new single, filled with an energetic, scampering feeling!
Continuing from “DEVIL SIDE,” VAMPS is releasing a new single! “ANGEL TRIP,” to be released on 6/9, is a number filled with an energetic, scampering feeling. There’s no mistaking that it will be the climax of upcoming live performances.
K.A.Z sings the hook of the chorus in lives…
--What was the point of making “ANGEL TRIP” into the single?
Hyde: The timing of this single is right before a tour, so we thought that even though it’s pop, a song with a punk-ish condition would be perfect. K.A.Z wrote this song from that kind of state. I wrote a song, too, but we thought K.A.Z’s song would make a more novel single.
K.A.Z: When everyone played it at the live there was an image of cutting loose, but we achieved it through trial and error. The chorus overlaps the hook, but I think it has greater breadth this way.
--It’s been said that the working title for this song was “Capybara.” Is that true?
K.A.Z: It is. (Laugh)
K.A.Z: …It fits. (Laugh) A capybara [a small mammal native to South America] has fast little feet, doesn’t it? I thought it would be interesting to name this scampering song “Cabybara” after it. (Laugh)
Hyde: The working title is only a symbol. There’s always that feeling. What was the working title for “DEVIL SIDE?”
Hyde: Yeah, that’s it. It’s the fifth song, so we called it “Gomachan.” (Laugh)
--(Laugh) The lyrics of “ANGEL TRIP” are loaded with an atmosphere like “Let’s make some noise!”
Hyde: Yeah, that’s true. It gives you the image of a live, but we also thought of a tavern. A feeling like you’re drunk and don’t care.
--Like the launch of a VAMPS live?
Hyde: Yeah. (Laugh)
--Will K.A.Z sing the chorus of the hook in lives?
Hyde: Of course!
K.A.Z: Huh? Really? (Laugh)
Hyde: I did the song arrangement, so it’s your responsibility. (Laugh)
K.A.Z: I wonder if I can just float on a tape of me singing at my house? (Laugh)
Recording this time was very fresh for us
--If the two-person chorus is perfectly demonstrated at a live, you’ll extend the fun of a VAMPS live even more.
Hyde: We’re trying to be the CHEMISTRY of the rock world. (Laugh) But even as important as our two-member chorus is in a live, what we create together with the fans at the live is just as important. We thought that “ANGEL TRIP” could be sung and perfected with a live audience. Even during our tour last year, there was a huge number of things made by even more fans that we had ever dreamed.
--For your coupling this time, K.A.Z wrote “KYUKETSU—SATSUGAI VAMPS Ver.—,” a cover of “SATSUGAI,” for “Detroit Metal City.”
Hyde: I don’t know how many times we’ve played it for fun at lives. This time, when we met to figure out what we should do for our coupling, I saw that his keychain was on the desk and had “DCM” written on it. I said, “That’s it!” We’ve always changed the lyrics before we sang it at lives. But because we had a hard time conveying everything in a live, so we thought it might be good to clearly write out and listen to the lyrics once.
K.A.Z: Recording it like this was very fresh for us.
--These are singles with two very contrasting songs.
Hyde: They really are. Naturally, with the “angel” and “devil.” (Laugh)
Interviewer: Tanaka Dai