It’s interview time here at JPop Today. Last month we talked about an up and coming three piece punk band based in Saitama and Tokyo. The scott vegetables are a great band. Bob Vielma of keikaku.net calls them the best band with the worst name around. (Click here to see their youtube video!) I recently contacted Kyō, GK, and Aokids. The following brief interview was conducted through myspace. Many thanks to Kyō san and the guys. Let’s get to it..
ディビッド (Dave – JPT): こんにちは。 Thanks, KYO-SUKE, for agreeing to do this interview.
Kyō: Hello, Thank you for the interview. This is my FIRST interview. (Dave edit: Kyō is the lead vocal/guitarist)
D: Kyōsuke, you are a great guitarist. I am soooo impressed with your video at Daigassoukai. What exactly is that event? きょうすけさん上手なギターです. 大合奏会は何ですか?
K: Thank you for seeing movie. The guitar that I play is unskilled. It is a sound like the mosquito.
DAIGASSOUKAI is FOUR TOMORROW’s music event. Its very fun!
<– Daigassoukai 2008
D: When did the scott vegetables begin? バンドはいつ始まりましたか。
K: We had played the band named DAWN. Oneday, DAWN’s bassist “TAKU-LOW” had gone to Tokyo to work. Ao-kids joined our band. It is completion of the Scott vegetables.
D: You met Aokids & GK in school? バンドは学校で会いましたか。
K: I met them in the Music club at Hirosaki University (S.P.N POWER, ebi, Fat”FUCKING”Seminar, and DEADSTOCK also belongs). GAKU is a schoolmate, and Aokids is a senior.
D: You have a new CD? What is the label? 新しいCDがありますか。ラベル何ですか？
K: Yes! “Vegetables for…” ￥500 Yellow label
D: These days you’re living in Saitama prefecture. You’re from Hirosaki, Aomori prefecture? Is it far from Tokyo? きょうすけさんはこのごろ埼玉県に住んでいますね。青森県の弘前市からですか？東京の遠いですか?
K: Omiya in Saitama is far from Tokyo. However, I move to Saitama for BUSINESS. I did not come to Saitama to playng the ROCKNROLL. HA HA HA…
D: So you know bands like the Cheaps?
K: No. Whats the Cheaps?? (Dave Edit: The Cheaps are a band from Aomori prefecture.)
D: When did you become a fan of Fifteen and Crimpshine? (いつファンになりましたか。)
K: I got to listen to THEM at the age of 18. When I listened to them, “Its AMAZING!!! That unbalance is COOOOOOOOOOOOL.
D: Jeff Ott (member of Fifteen & Crimpshine) still writes wonderful antiwar songs. Do you also write political lyrics? あなたも政治的な曲を書いていますか？
K: There is no political songs in ours. But we write songs about “My war”. Just like a “SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY”. HA HA HA…
D: Jeff wrote wonderful songs like “Food Not Bombs.”
K: OH! This song is existence in BUZZ. I like it. Bombs means BAKERATTA in Japan.
D: Did you see those bands in concert?
K: No. However, I wanna see those bands. …But it’s impossible…
D: I saw both the Ramones and Bad Brains in concert. Were you influenced by them? 影響でしたか?
K: Yes, I like them. I was always watching their movies in my childhood.
D: What bands do you like now? The scott vegetables のメンバーの好きなげんざいのバンドは何ですか?
K: GOD’S GUTS !!
GK: Ben folds.
D: I live in, Cleveland Ohio. Have you heard of the Spudmonsters? They were an influential hardcore band here. 私はオハイオ州に住んでいます。スパッドモンスターズというハードコアのバンドを知っていますか？
K: No. Sorry…
D: Have you played in Yoyogi Park? Any outdoor shows? 東京の代々木公園で歌いますか。(Dave edit: Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is known for free concerts every Sunday.)
K: No. I went to Yoyogi-koen in this spring. I do not like it so much. It is NOT formed with nature .
D: Have you been to the states? あなたたちはアメリカに行ったことがありますか？
K: No, I wanna been the United States. I have been to London and Paris.
GK: I have been to Australia
D: Miyu Hoshino is also from Aomori prefecture. Do you know her? ほしのみゆちゃんという女優を知っていますか？ 彼女も青森県からです. If you meet her please tell her I said hi!
K: Oh! She is PORNO-STAR! OH YES!! OH YES!! I love Nana Aoyama.
D: How about the name? 「the scott vegetables」の名前「ことば」の意味いかがですか?
K: Actually, I want to name “Fresh vegetables” But it’s NOT COOL. So, we must replace Fresh with Scott.
D: Do you guys like natto? Is it good? 納豆が好きですか？ おいしいですか?
(Dave edit: Natto is a traditional Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans.)
K: I love natto ramen.
D: それでは thanks for the chat, guys!!
K: Thanks a lot!!
A: Thank you!
GT: Thank you! NANDEN-KANDEN!
Dave’s notes: I think the boys are scheduled to appear at the 2009 Daigassoukai in Akihabara, Japan. I stumbled across this year’s schedule but can’t find the link now.
For a review of Daigassoukai ’08 please go to http://www.keikaku.net/features/81
For more info on obtaining their EP “Vegetables For..” contact the band directly at http://www.myspace.com/thescottvegetables
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