Sakanaction "Boku to Hana" Exclusive Interview Translation

Source: Excite


Even though we promote the drama, we thought about our strategy as a band


--Your new single, “Boku to Hana,” has been chosen as the theme song for the drama “37-Sai de Isha ni Natta Boku ~Kenshui Junjou Monogatari~.” How did you feel when you got the offer?


Yamaguchi: Before this we were thinking about what we could do to make the band bigger, so we immediately took this opportunity. We’ve made music logically up to now, and it was important to have a different perspective for that. It was requested that the song act as a mental shortcut to the show, including the lyrics, so that it would be an active part of the show. Of course, we have to express what makes us unique, and think about our strategy as a band.


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Sakanaction "DocumentaLy" Interview Translation

Source: Oricon

It feels like we covered a lot of new ground 

--For this interview we have both Yamaguchi (Vo) and Ejima (D) with us.

Yamaguchi: Eiji [Ejima] did more work on “DocumentaLy” than on any other work of ours so far. He shouldered the burden of advancing the recording, and wrote more lyrics than even me. I was away from the group for a long time, and there was a lot of time where only the four other members worked on the album, so we were a little uneasy. We went forward with his brilliant leadership. I’m very grateful. (laugh)

Eijima: That’s not to say that I’m a better leader than Ichiro [Yamaguchi]. (laugh) To be honest, I was nervous at first, but as we four worked together, we began to understand one another better. Little by little we began to progress more smoothly.

Y: Until now everyone just interpreted the motifs that I threw out, and so the images we came up with were rather scattered. But this time, because of Eiji the ideas are much more homogenized.

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Sakanaction Special Interview Translation

Original: Oricon-Style
Translator: Erin Grace

After “Aruku Around,” Sakanaction’s “Finally been able to create the embodiment of the sound in our heads, after nine years of ideas.”

Sakanaction’s 4th album “kikUUiki.”  The album – titled for the phrase coined to describe the place where fresh water and sea water mix – is dance, electronic, progressive, and guitar rock.  It’s a title that gives you a feeling for the identity of the people creating this rare musicianship, fusing pop and dub.  The same is true of the contents of the album.  The natural fusion distinctive of the band is fully developed in each song.  Now that their newest single, “Aruku Around,” has gained success as for ranking 3rd on the Oricon charts and the group has gained the popularity that goes with that, what will they give us next?  We spoke with the group’s vocal and guitar, Yamaguchi Ichiro. 

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