Hybrids are a Jrock-inspired visual band from France who say their interests are music, sex and rock! These guys bring a little bit of the East to the West with their unique sound and style. They’ve toured through Europe with popular Japanese bands such as Anli Policino and Eat You Alive and their first album, Human Paranoid, just released this July.
Meet the members:
DoB : 26.08
Instrument brand of choice : gretsch
Favorite colour : purple
Favorite clothing brand : roschell
Favorite food : porc au caramel
Most known for saying / catch phrase : Caaaaat !!
DoB : 17.10
Instrument brand of choice : Schecter
Favorite colour : yellow
Favorite clothing brand : Carhartt
Favorite Food : hamburger
Most known for saying / catch phrase : I’m too lazy
DoB : 05.06
Instrument brand of choice : tama, meinl, vic first
Favorite colour : purple
Favorite food : dairy
Most known for saying / catch phrase : fla ta ta ta tcha ta drag ta fla ta fla fla ta ta ta ta pouf
Q : First of, tell us a little about yourselves. How did you guys get together?
A : At first it was just Yune and Aingeru who were looking for other people to play with them, so Sae eventually joined in, and Nao too, few month later. Aingeru had to drop out for personal reasons, so Jay introduced us to Tatsu, who is a high school friend of his. That’s how we ended up all together!
Q : Personally, I get really excited when I see VK-inspired bands popping up outside of Japan. What was it that drew you to VK?
A : We decided to do a Visual Rock band to bring the theatrical aspect to music scene. To try to introduce a new style in our country.
Q : You guys have participated in some cool events like Japan Expo and even toured with Japanese VK bands, Anli Pollicino and Eat You Alive. You must have learned a lot from those experiences. What are some ot the most important things working with a Japanese Visual band taught you?
A : We didn’t properly participate in Japan Expo, but we did tour with the bands you name! The most important thing they taught us? Humm, their make-up brand? lol
Q : You just recently released your first full-length album, The Human Paranoid, and the PV for ‘Sexual Slave’ is up on YouTube. I have to say, I really love the way you’ve taken the VK sound and feel and infused it with something distinctly Hybrids. What were your musical influences when creating this record?
A : Aw, thank you for understanding our point without judging it ‘not enough VK-like’! We really want to have our own sound. Of course it’s logically influenced by what we’re listening to, but we also want our music to be our own! It’s mainly Yune who wrote our songs, and Jay helped him out too. Their musical influences are mostly In Flames and The Gazette.
Q : I have to ask, what it is like being a Visual band in a country in which VK is uncommon at best and completely unknown at worst? What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in marketing your particular look and sound to a culture which it is unfamiliar?
A : Well unlike what we could except, it’s not having a totally new concept that is a challenge, because when we talk about it, people are mostly quite interested by the fact that we have this look, they ask a lot of questions, like why the make-up, or why the costumes, or why Japanese influence. But our music speaks for itself, and even if at first people do doubt a bit when they see our make-up and costumes, when we begin to play, they judge us by our music. So please, do the same ^^
Q : Given these challenges, what advice would you give to other Visual bands in the same situation?
A : Keep going, no matter what one can say. If you love what you do, it will be ok.
Q : There is a good chance that a lot of people reading this interview will be hearing about you for the first time. What song do you think best represents Hybrids? What would you recommend to a new listener in order to give them an idea of what your band is about?
A : Our new album kinda has a new color too, compared to what we did until the release. Maybe ‘Kannibale’ or ‘Falling from Heaven’ would be worth being recommended as first songs?
Q : You guys are a French band with lyrics in both English and Japanese. As an American with barely one language, I’m impressed! This must pose some interesting challenges to Nao in particular. What made you decide to blend the three languages rather than just sticking to your native French?
A : Nao sings in both English and Japanese because we just don’t like how French sound when singing it.
Q : Okay, now for the ‘desert island’ question. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one album with you, what would you take?
Nao : Gazette — « NIL »
Yune : In Flames — « Reroute to Remain »
Sae : Gazette — « Stacked Rubbish »
Jay : Madonna — « Like a Virgin »
Tatsu : 12012 — « Deicida of Silence »
Q : What is the biggest thing you want to accomplish as a band? Is there any single event or goal to reach in order to feel like you’ve ‘made it’?
A : As we said earlier, it was to try to bring to light this new musical style where we live ^^
I’d like to thank Hybrids for taking the time to talk with us. Keep rockin’ and we hope to see you soon!
Re:CODE is a visual rock band from Bandung, Indonesia. The band was originally formed by Ryou (Guitar) and Irsan (Vocals) in early October of 2009. They invited Fadia (Bass) and Emon (Drums) to join and named the band Coitus Delusion (Co: De). Co: De was a band that performed cover songs of Japanese visual kei bands, namely DELUHI. But the formation changed when Irsan (vocals) decided to resign and replaced by Ikbal. However, it was not to be and Ikbal decided to resign in Nov. 2010. This forced them into looking for a replacement, and they recruited Aldy from RIOTS as the new vocalist and that is how the band stands today. They have also changed from that of a cover band, into producing their own original tracks.
Meet the members and read the interview after the break!
Birthday: May 13
Instrument brand of choice: Shure mic
Favorite color: black
Favorite clothing brand: sexpot revenge, Rock District
Favorite food: any spicy food
Most known for saying/catch phrase: Are you ready???
Birthday: September 23
Instrument brand of choice: Fender Jazz bass
Favorite color: White
Favorite clothing brand: I don’t have any
Favorite food: Sausage, meat.
Most known for saying/catch phrase: 3 words represent Life; it goes on.
Busy, busy, busy! If I had to choose one word to describe the guys from Re:CODE that would be it! However even with their crazy schedule, they managed to fit in some time to speak with us about their name change, growth and what’s coming up for Re:CODE. I found these guys randomly through the power of YouTube and fell in love with their track: “Deadman Wonderland”. Check out the band behind the music.
Q. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Would you please introduce yourselves to those reading about you for the first time and also tell me the first thing you like to do when you get up?
Aldy – Hi thanks for interviewing us. My name is Aldy, I’m a vocalist in this band. Mmmmmm, my first thing to do is checking my cellphone, haha!
YOYOI – First thing I do after getting up is have a shower.
Fadia – Hello guys, I’m Fadia. The first thing I like to do when I get up is checking my phone as well.
Emon – Hi I’m Emon. I play the drums in Coitus Delusion (now Re: CODE). I’d like some coffee, and some cigarettes in the morning.
Q. Your band name ‘Coitus Delusion’, is very unique. How did you decide on it? What does it mean to [each of] you as a representation of your band?
Aldy – About band name, if you want more specific, you can ask fadia hahaha. But for me, because we want our song make you feel enjoyment and pleasure like when you’re having sex. Ah this is first time we announce this, we no longer use Coitus Delusion but we change with new name or not much a new name hahaha. The name is Re:CODE
YOYOI – Hmm let others explain hahaha!
Fadia – We actually did not plan it. The name was just taken by us without considering the meaning and the philosophy behind the name. But as the band is going, we figured out that Coitus Delusion means “a delusion nation”, which express that we would try to unite all of the people who hear our songs and draw them to delusional reality.
Emon – In my own view, the name has certain meanings. We decided it at first because we want to be some addiction for people who listen to our music, who watched our performance. Just like some porn delusional, we want people to think about us.
Q. Coitus Delusion as a band has gone through a lot of growth since starting in 2009, experiencing member changes along the way. How did the current members meet and come to be a part of CoDe as it is today?
Aldy – Before joining this band, I was with “rocking in teenager soul” (R.I.O.T.S). CODE (Now Re: CODE) and riots, practiced in the same studio so we already knew each other. And then CODE had a show but their vocalist already left, and they asked me but not as permanent member. But when I did the show with them, I enjoyed my time with this band and I decided to stay with coitus delusion (Re:CODE).
YOYOI – I played with several bands before joining this band. Since at the beginning I’ve like this kind of genre very much. I took my chance to join the band in 2012 as other members asked me to replace their former guitarist.
Fadia – The first time I met Aldy and Yoga was at a Japanese event a long time ago. Back then we were in a different band.
Emon – We came from many kind of music genres, but we were united in Japanese music and decided to formed Coitus Delusion, till now, until the name changed to Re:CODE.
Q. In the band’s beginnings you focused on cover songs, performing favorites from many Japanese rock artists. As we look at CoDe now you’ve taken steps towards performing as an original artist. What initiated the change in your focus? What other changes has the band gone through since your inception? Do you see yourself continuing on your current path or are there other aspects you are still looking to explore?
Aldy – As I am bad in memorizing lyrics, when we have a show I always try hard to remember the lyrics, hahahaa. And I don’t want them to recognize us as a cover band. We are more excited to make music, have more fans, and even not much, but people in other countries have also started to notice us. Yeah, we are still exploring, and learning to create a better place for us.
YOYOI – Sure, as a band I think it is a must to creates songs, especially to show our true identity. I expect we continue moving in our own path but also we have to explore many different things to develop our style of music.
Fadia – Willing to have our own songs and introduce ourselves as a “real band” are what initiated us to change the focus. The concept of the band is becoming solid and clearer. I see ourselves continuing our current path but we are still exploring something that we consider necessary to gain our quality as a band as well.
Emon – We want to be successful like other Japanese rock artists. We started as band cover, made some efforts to create our own songs, and then our music video as well. We want to make something different, we always want to explore something new, but trying not to lose from our own path.
Q. You describe yourselves, the band as “Visual Rock”. Do you feel that this gives the audience a preconceived expectation of you and your music? How do you break through, beyond those barriers?
Aldy – Becoming a visual rock band is our will from the beginning. Whatever audiences think about our music, it does not a matter. We will keep walking with this kind of genre.
YOYOI – My opinion same with Aldy haha!
Fadia – I personally think this probably is not a barrier for us. We have decided to take “visual rock” as our way and always try to follow and adopt many things (such as customs, stage performance, and the songs) in relation to “visual rock” or “visual kei” in Japan.
Q. Recent months have brought a lot of firsts for you as a band. December saw the release of your first maxi-single “Deadman Wonderland”, a great way to end the year! This maxi single contains 3 tracks. If you had to pick only one, which would you pick, and why?
Aldy – Mmmmit’s hard to decide XD. But I choose “hall of illumination” because when me and yoyoi made this song, we worked hard and in the process we changed the composition of the songs few times. In other way, I love deadman wonderland lyrics haha!
YOYOI – I would like to pick Crimson Tears. I don’t know why but I love the song.
Fadia– I would pick “hall of illumination”. The reason is just because I enjoy it when we perform on the stage.
Emon – Deadman Wonderland, it’s because we experienced many things on making the song, and music video.
Q. You’ve also just released your first Promotional Video for ‘Deadman Wonderland’, congratulations! Take me through your creative process. How did you decide on the setting and visuals to tell the story within your lyrics? What challenges did you experience using this medium versus a live performance?
Aldy– Thank you ^^. I wrote the “deadman wonderland” lyrics, so I created the concept and I talked with the director “kojima” and he developed my concept. We were working hard on this PV, a lot of trouble in the making process but here it is, our first PV. Hope all of you enjoy our work, we have a great team (Ruiza,dimas,winda,kojima,kenzo,jasmin), big thanks to them .
YOYOI – It was certainly our precious experience, particularly for me. Hmmm the challenge could when I tried to act in front of the camera, I had some difficulties in expressing my emotions back then.
Fadia – I think the big challenge we faced back then was the equipment. We actually did not have a lot of equipment to make video, especially for Visual Kei standard. But we finally settled the problems down and finished the PV. We are proud of that.
Emon – The challenge for was when I played the drum. I sweat a lot that my make-up was fading faster. hahaha
Q. Speaking of live performances, what’s your favorite part about the stage, what draws you to it? Is there a song which draws the best crowd reactions from your fans? What has been your favorite live memory to date?
Aldy – My favorite part is when I bring my audiences to sing along with us. The atmosphere is really amazing. Hmm I think every live is my favorite. hahaha
YOYOI – Of course, the favorite part is when I play my guitar in front many people. Haha I like it, every second on the stage is amazing.
Fadia – I like it when I’m on the stage as I can see many people get along with the songs we cover and have fun with us. I suppose it is “Crimson Tears” because the song is used to play as the first song on the stage. I think any lives were my favorite.
Emon – The emotions of the crowd. I think when we played Deluhi’s song for a few years ago, the fans will be, “AAAAAAAA!!!!” and, “OMG!!!!!!” hahaha
Q. Looking to the future, where would you like to set foot next? Are international tours something you are hoping to pursue or do you plan to take over the ‘home field’ first?
Aldy – I don’t think a big thing like that hahha, I choose home field first. But international still our dreaming.
YOYOI – It will be very exciting to have a show in other country but I think we have to gain more audiences here so we need to focus to build our “own nation” here first.
Fadia – Both of them. If we get chance to go on an international tour we must be really glad but taking over the audience here at home, is also our main focus now.
Emon – We definitely want to take International tours, maybe Japan first. But now we try in our own country first.
Q. Thinking of home, if I were to come to Indonesia and you were my tour guide, where would we go? And what would we eat?
Aldy – come to our hometown Bandung because it is culinary town. Mmmm I’ll treat you spicy food hahaa!
YOYOI – Bandung, or Ciamis. Ciamis is the place I find my happiness and maybe you’ll get it as well. 😀
Fadia – My hometown of course, in Bandung, there are many things you can eat there.
Emon – We take a tour around Indonesia. And because Indonesia had a lot of different kind of food, every city we stay at, we should try the best food in there.
Q. And just for fun. You’ve found a genie and he’ll grant you 3 wishes, what will you wish for?
Aldy – Never grow old, have a show in big festival all country, I can fly.
YOYOI – Money, another guitar collection, and also cool motorcycle.
Fadia – Hmmm PS4, gain a little weight, unlimited money.
Emon – 1. A DRUM SET hahahahaha!!!!!
2. Some tour to the country that has Japanese events (Including Japan itself).
3. Last, I want that genie to grant my wishes till death hahaha. *kidding. I want Coitus Delusion (Now RE: CODE) dreams come true, and success
Comprised of Hiro (vocals), Cazqui (7-string), Daichi (guitar), Masa (bass/vocals) and Natsu (drums), Nocturnal Bloodlust is a deathcore/metalcore visual kei band formed in September 2009. Their first mini-album Ivy was released in January of 2012, and their singles catalogue features 8 entries with a ninth due out by the end of the month. The video for their current release ‘Desperate’ features some brutal imagery that suitably illustrates the tone and content of the track.
As the video opens, there’s an intro sequence before the track kicks into high gear – shots of the exterior of a church, bloodied hands, something microscopic. We hear some laboured breathing with ominous musical accompaniment and see a blonde woman looking lost and frantic in an interior church setting. Her eye makeup has run as though she’s been crying, and she seems to be desperately seeking a way out of the place, seen with superimposed shots from the petri dish as before. We’re shown shots of the band members in the church, separate from the shots of the woman at the front, as though they’re not fully part of her ‘story’ in the piece. Fragments from the church show detail on the stained glass portrayal of a knight, perhaps alluding to a hoped-for saviour for the woman.
When we see Hiro in full after partial shots amongst the band, his attire is bizarre when compared to the wardrobe of his fellow bandmates. He seems to be wearing black pants, but his torso and arms appear to be bare, though bloodied and slightly charred. Trails of crimson have streamed from his eyes, creating a horrific effect with his monstrous contact lenses. I’m not sure it’s meant in homage, but the ‘skinned’ appearance of his torso called to mind the colossal titan from Attack on Titan. He takes on a demonic aspect here, as though conducting an unholy ritual in this sacred place.
Near the 1 minute mark signalling the end of the intro, we see the song’s title on-screen accompanied by a swell of rapid drums, electro-noise and guitars wailing. We’re shown more shots of the band, primarily filtered through video-effects that approximate distressed film, but more frequently a bizarre fragmentation applies. There’s a split of discoloration on the members, with red/blue filtering applied to these shots. Hiro’s deathcry reaches its zenith and the lyrics proclaiming what death is proceed as the he starts this necrotic sermon.
As the lyrics detail destructive and murderous methods as a means of release – “Bulldoze, breaking shell of mind / Asphyxiate, struggling out of enormous pain and suffering” – we’re shown the woman clutching her head in the midst of cuts showing the band at play and Hiro screaming the words. She’s shown screaming and we hear this terrified cry. The lyrics “Die…it’s desperate…die…it’s desperate” appear to accompany the shots of her being strangled by Hiro; we can’t see it’s him in particular but as the arms are bloodied it’s a fair assumption to make.
We see a shot of Hiro in a darkened space, peering through a crack as he sings the lyric “Desire we shared is going down into my heart.” From this and more of the lyrics the woman seems to be a lover who’s spurned him, rather than a random victim of this deathly desire. There’s an insane drum roll and a spotlight of sorts featuring Natsu tearing it up, and the track slows considerably to a synth-string progression. The band is seen again in a wide shot for some group headbanging over the next verse, and some of the filtering applied renders the action trickier to make out. The woman is seen in cuts amidst the band shots, screaming once again.
Just before 4 minutes into the track, some serious shredding on the seven string is heard as Cazqui takes the spotlight for an impressive solo. The filmic effect flashes ‘picture start’ a few times here, as seen in old film leader counting into a movie presentation, bizarrely placed ⅔ into the piece. Cazqui keeps up the solo with some overhanded antics, and the track slows as this featured playing concludes.
We more clearly see the murder of the woman as Hiro strangles her and then looms over the body, as he sings “to be dead in the end, farewell…”. The lyrics and the imagery would appear to indicate that he kills her out of some ultimate love, as though he’s sparing her the pain of the world and preserving her memory in his demented mind. After he’s seen looming over the body, we see glass break and the lull in the track breaks back into screams of “Die…It’s desperate” in a repetition of the earlier verse.
Amidst fish-eyed and otherwise distorted shots of the band playing hard the repeated screams of “Die!” continue with the music reaching a fever-pitch. The song abruptly ends, and we hear gurgling or choking noises that sound distinctly male. As we hear these noises of struggle, we see the woman lying on the ground with bloodstains on her dress. She’s dragged off, the fate of her remains an uncertainty as we’re shown some random shots from around the church while the PV comes to a close.
Nocturnal Bloodlust’s deathcore sound is in full effect on the song, though veering wildly throughout. The video is a visceral enactment of sorts of the lyrics, and the setting lends an aspect of evil in defiling this holy ground with the act of violence depicted here. With its quick cuts and overlaid effects, the pace of the track is well met by the imagery presented, and leaves the viewer with a creepy sensation as one can’t help but wonder what Hiro did with the body…
DIAURA was formed in December of 2010, comprised of Yo-ka (ex-Valluna) on vocals, Kei (ex-Valluna) on guitar, joined in March 2011 by Shoya on bass and in April 2013, Tatsuya on drums. Since their formation they’ve released 12 singles and 2 full albums, conveying a theme of Their latest single as of this writing is Menace, released in March 2014. In attempting to analyse the video, I’ve consulted lyrics from HipHopVomit, and Google translate has done a number on them so bear this is mind as I refer to the words as I go.
As the clip begins there’s the low thrumming of Shoya’s bass, and from here we cut to what appears to be a sonogram transposed over busy crosswalk. The shape of the ‘frame’ and vague imagery, coupled with the informational overlay make me think it’s a sonogram, based on image search results for the term. As Tatsuya’s drums kick in, we see the band in solos with a Terminator-style overlay on the frame. They’re set in front of an elaborate brickwork. Kei’s guitar kicks into high gear amidst quick cuts – from Yo-ka to the busy street again, this time a woman seems to walk toward the camera, though we don’t see her in full. The crosswalk is seen again, sped up further this time.
We get a view of Kei, sporting goggles that look like they were fashioned from a human skull, eyes lit up fully. This villainous aspect and bizarre tech had me wondering if the RoboCop-ish overlays were his point of view, but the same effect is applied here quickly discounting the notion. More quick cuts of the band are followed by a shadowy shot of a woman. As the ‘Wake up wake up to my life (eyes)/Wake up Wake up the Menace’ lyrics play, we see Yo-ka seated in a well-appointed hall, with an empty striped chair next to him.
The verse continues, and we see shots of the band members playing through a haze of video effects, from black and white to a split in the middle as though the vertical hold is well off. The lyric ‘Dream that decayed in the era such as equality say to God’ might speak to this, as these effects are somewhat anachronistic by today’s standards. The band is seen playing as a unit, in front of an ornate doorway, and we’re shown a woman’s face in a darkly lit-shot.
The apparent sonogram is seen again, and around 1:30 a shot of Yo-ka in front of the doorway reveals the name ‘Lockheart’ under what appears to be a crest on the door. While this could be happenstance, the romantic sentiment underlying some of the lyrics certainly reflect the literal meaning of the name on some level. We’re shown the crosswalk again, this time filtered by a color-seperation effect, playing up the disillusionment with society held in the lyrics. There’s a shot of a junkyard rather briefly, and then black and white footage of a worm-like creature as though seen through a microscope.
The band and the woman we’ve been seeing are superimposed, and we see Yo-ka with a manic gleam in his eye as the ‘Wake up to my life’ refrain is heard again. There’s a guitar solo that starts as we see the dump once more in stark monochrome. It looks like the pile is being added to, and the footage has an array of fine lines across it. We see the crosswalk again, and the woman is shown in sunlight, as though she’s been walking the streets all night. Her surroundings seem lighter as well, as though she’s ‘woken up’ in the new setting.
Her feet are seen walking barefoot in a snowy area, and then she’s leaning against a wall around the 2:30 mark. The music drops out for a few seconds as we hear an omnious ticking; the band is seen in the brick-walled area and it appears to be a room rather than an outdoor scene. Amidst shots of the band members there’s another shot of a street, in black an white this time, and a noose hanging amidst tree branches is seen shortly after.
As we hear the ‘Wake up’ refrain again a shot of rolling clouds comes up, followed by more solo shots and Yo-ka looking more crazed than before. The woman is seen from the front and back-lit, as she reaches towards the camera. Interspersed are shots of the band in the hallway chairs as seen earlier. As she reaches, she starts to point and the shot focuses on her hand. Her hand closes, and we revisit the clouds, worm and crosswalk, followed by her drawing her hand away.
Her hand is clenched as she draws it towards her and the music tapers into a landscape of electro-distortion. She opens her hand to reveal a clump of black feathers, and we see Yo-ka one last time, the feathers in his hair clearly shown. As in the lyric – ‘If you are grabbing it from reaching out’ – she seems to be his life-line. She could be his prime hope in avoiding a fate as the titular menace of the track. Her hands are held in one another as the video draws to a close.
There’s a strange progression musically that’s suitably mirrored by the imagery, creating a standout clip that conveys the feeling well. The band is well represented throughout the narrative thread presented, slim though it may be. DIAURA has announced a single dropping this August, and will surely present a compelling portrait of that track, if this PV is any indication.
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01. Menace (MV)
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