GIRL NEXT DOOR Exclusive Interview

Source: Oricon

We wanted to place importance on the “us” that only we know

--The single, “Silent Scream,” has a feeling of extraordinary speed, as well as a bit of a dark atmosphere.

Chisa: Until now we’ve had a lot of positive lyrics, but this time we’re singing about the things that we don’t tell to anyone, the things that we scream about in our hearts. Murmurs are so close to breathing, aren’t they? More than happy things, we did a lot of the things that we murmur about and reflect upon. We wanted to place importance on the “us” that only we know, and that’s the kind of lyrics we wrote.

Suzuki: The sound is also closer to rock than we’ve ever done before.

Inoue: And the sound is broad. There aren’t a lot of different sounds, but you can hear each of them well. So our usual shining sound is still there, but it gives the image of having a human component.

S: To highlight that human component, this single has a 15-minute “full story” version of the music video, which is a lot like a movie.

C: In the video I play a girl who’s working to become a ballerina. But she doesn’t believe in herself and gives up on her dream. Then, she meets a person that pushes her to try again. It ends on a positive note, but there’s a lot in it that makes you think and it’s very different from what we usually do, so I think it’s worth taking a look at.

I think that you can see the shifts in our path in this album

--You’re also releasing your 3rd album, “Destination,” on 4/27. This is an album with a lot of breadth.

S: We released the single “Freedom” after our second album, and it had songs that destroyed our previous image. But then we released “Ready to be a lady,” which is more like our previous work, and when we were putting those two songs on the album we realized that the theme of a toy box would be great for this album. So we dared to open up with “Freedom,” and after that we went with “Yume no Katana,” which is also unlike any of our other songs. So when you first listen to it you think “Is this a GIRL NEXT DOOR album?”

I: But even so, there are a lot of our “typical” songs too. So you’ll feel better when you hear those. (laugh)

S: We of course took that into consideration. We could have gone even more extreme, but we didn’t want our listeners to hear it and think that it wasn’t us at all. If we’re not satisfied, there’s no point.

--True. There are a lot of songs that prick you with that surprise, but there’s no feeling of discomfort to it.

I: In terms of the sound, even though this is different from what we usually do, the flow of it came naturally to us. I think it’s also influencing our live performances. I think that you can see these shifts in our path in this album.

Ito: We wanted to scream in our songs the manly way that KEIKO scream in “wanna Be A Dreammaker.”

S: Yeah. The thing that’s most different from our first and second albums is the temperature. The first and second albums had a bit of a cold feeling, while the third album is about 2 degrees warmer.

--And symbolising that is the very final song, “Arigatou.”

C: We created “Arigatou” after our national tour as a song to sing together with our fans at the ends of lives. The reason we wanted to write it was to convey our thanks to the fans and the staff that come to our lives. So the lyrics are simple and easy to understand. In May we’ll have lives in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, so we want to sing this song together with the people that come to those lives.

Interviewer: Takahashi Eriko