Translator: Erin Grace
--“Sudden Death Game” takes the bands edginess to a new level; it’s a new kind of song. The riffs come to an end in a cool way. How long have you been working on it?
Mitsumura: We actually came up with the intro in May or June of last year at the end of a retreat. We were inspired by some drumming Tsushima did, and from there we gradually layered the guitar over it. But we played around with just the intro for half a year. (laugh) At first we weren’t even going to put it on a single, and we thought we’d just write it for fun, and thought up a lot of weird parts for the arrangement.
--And when did it come to its current form?
M: We came up with the hook around March or April of this year. While at first it seemed like post-rock, we thought about creating it with a “human electronic” feeling, but the melody kept getting harder and harder. So when we went to our retreat this year, I really felt that Black Sabbath was a boon to us. We’d only listened to “Paranoid,” the second album, and I thought that we’d created a great song for sure.