TsuShiMaMiRe mixes elements of punk, funk, hip hop, pop and even children’s songs to create their own unique and eclectic sound. This alternative girls rock trio formed in 1998 has never seen a single lineup change and it shows with a groove that’s tight as a drum. Full of charisma and quirk, this is a band you surely don’t want to miss. Find the full interview and tour dates below the break.
Mari : Vocal and Guitar
Yayoi : Bass and Chorus
Mizue : Drums and Chorus
1. Introductions: Describe you band in ten words or less
One of the best live band of Alternative girls rock trio.
2. Favorites: What is the one thing you can’t live without?
What do you have to have with you when you travel?
Mari: Soy sauce
Would you turn around and go back if you realized you forgot it?
Yayoi: Wallet! I don’t care when I forgot Bass Guitar.
When we recorded our music video,she forgot bass guitar!!!!
Mizue and I persuaded her to go back home and get her bass guitar. She went home unwillingly.
3. Influences: What are your major musical influences?
Yayoi : Chopin
She don’t care what is classic music or what is rock music.
Mizue : rage against the machine [rage against the machine ]
Is there any one song or one record that made you look at your life differently?
Mari : Velvet Underground [ Murder Mystery ]
4. Food: What is your favorite food?
Is there anything you are excited to eat or try during your trip to the US?
Mari: I Love America Mexican foods!!! Burrito, Enchilada!!!!
Also I wanna eat American super big Pizza!
Yayoi: A Big glass of Frozen Margarita!
Mizue: Chocolate! Especially Hersey’s!
It smells like shit but it becomes a habit!
5.Past: How did your band get together and what were you like when you first started?
We belonged to the same rock band circle of Chiba university.
And in 1999, I wanted to make a three piece girls rock band.
So I called out to Mizue and Yayoi at a cheap bar.
At first, most important thing is girls talk about our boyfriends.
It’s not so important to practice of TsuShiMaMiRe!!!
But we were sure that our groove is super awesome.
We are super happy when we spend same time!
We are best friends.
7. Present: How has your band changed or evolved from the beginning?
Most important thing is to make a great song what nobody can do.
And we wanna show TsuShiMaMiRe’s music to all over the world.
We are in the same boat! Now we are almost family!
8.Future: What are your plans and hopes for the future?
Keep on rocking until 80 years old!
9. Survivor: If you were going to be dropped on a desert island and could only bring one book, one movie and one music album with you, what would you bring?
Mari: The Little Prince (LE PETIT PRINCE) by Saint-Exupéry
Mizue: CHAGE & ASKA (Japanese famous pop musician)
Yayoi: Pictorial book of flora
She want to check which plants are good to eat to survive on a desert island.
10. Last words: Why should we come see your band?
What message would you like to give to your current and potential fans?’
Mari: I’m sure that our energy will make you happy and crazy!
Mizue: Definitely you are lucky because you can see the no.1 Alternative girls rock trio in the world!!!
Yayoi: Let’s dance!!!Let’s hang out!
Mari: I can’t wait to see you guys in the U.S in March!!!
See you soon!
Special thanks to Mari, Yayoi and Mizue of TsuShiMaMiRe and Audrey Kimura of Benten.