How can’t you love him?
And he’s an amazing actor. You had to have loved him as Rodrick.
Seriously? How don’t you love Devon Bostick?
And “Departure” full version music video is also out on SCANDAL Official VEVO / YouTube channel!
*This video is not viewable in Japan territory.
*In some areas might not be viewable yet.
They’re all kawaii~ :3
It’s a little daunting drawing cats for the internet, but I had a lot of requests so I couldn’t refuse. Let me know what you think!
SCANDAL; Excite Music「Departure」Interview Part 2
It might be a given but compared to the scenery drawn for「SAKURA Goodbye」5 years ago, this feel different.
TOMOMI: Most certainly, it’s different from sakura flowers that bloom in the schoolyard.
RINA: On the topic of becoming adults, it’s probably the first time I’ve thought of myself like that. It’s not like I’ll think of「Oh I’d changed」when I see my clothing or hair style or make-up, but the real meaning of feeling「I’d changed」. I feel like I’ve became calm. This, I think couldn’t be presented 1 year back. I’m extremely happy that since 5 years ago then, this could come out. Also, since we’re a band from Japan, the four seasons are important and I think it’s a must to continue singing Spring songs. As a Japanese you see.
You’ve had activities overseas since early before, so you’ll have some new thoughts about this right.
- RINA: Regarding about SCANDAL, I’ve always thought we had a Japanese style to us. Starting from uniforms, we grew up viewing the important of having black hair. We’ll go overseas each year, and each year we’ll make sure to give off the good, actual feelings of Japan. That’s why I think I really love Japan, and that it’s a great country. Every member is a delicate, unique and expressive individual. Although I look up and follow the New York style, I think Japan is cool.
Just now the words “Japanese melody” came out but it’s also a point that Kameda Seiji-san, who was the sound producer this time round, that’d brought out this sort of SCANDAL whom holds the Japanese feel right.
HARUNA: It’s a first for us to work with Kameda Seiji-san this time.
TOMOMI: Kameda-san, to say so, has such a split personality. When he plays the bass himself he’s like on an invasive mode, but when he’s being the producer, he’ll be writing songs of all sorts of genres. I think he’s the sort that goes with whatever good stuff gives his ears a good sort of familiarity, and personally, I’ll also become interested.
MAMI: Firstly, for this time’s recording, we recorded with the feel of us 4 being at a live, and from there we corrected the bass and added things. We’re people that view the band feel as something of great important.
TOMOMI: The first things we talked about were our sound and how we wished for it to be presented during lives. However, we had some of Kameda-san’s style inside our CD and we also had the strings thrown in. I was really touched hearing the sound of the strings at close. I think the orgel at the start too was something new that we haven’t had up till now.
SCANDAL; Excite Music「Departure」Interview
In this time’s new song「Departure」, it’s a tune whose studio live footage was shown on 3rd March.
HARUNA: Yes. Starting this year, I also had the theatre play (※ “Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu The Fourth Chapter Latter Chapter ‘Clash’”), and the activity between the 4 of us couldn’t quite wait. In that time, the other members created a lot of songs for us but this was just 1 song out of that bunch. In midst of presenting this song, I can say that our activities are once again starting. Since I think this song will be good for our fresh start, we released the studio live footage on 3rd March, which is an really important day for us.
RINA: HARUNA had her theatre play till 2nd March but to us, 3rd March had really became an increasingly important day for us. 3rd March was our indies debut, and the first time we (played) at the Osaka-Jo Hall. It’s also the Hina Matsuri / Girl’s Day right. Somehow, in our band story, it’s a day which we feel we’re fated with.
It seems that much of the fan’s voices patched things up.
- MAMI: There were really a lot of voices awaiting (for this). Up till now, including the coupling (songs), the members haven’t got to personally create and release singles. Since we voiced out saying we want to create this ourselves, many of the fans were elated. The fans were thinking highly of this, knowing how very important it was to us, and to announce this on 3rd March made me / us extremely happy.
The title「Departure」was also really good.
TOMOMI: We were really troubled over it at the start, all of us.
MAMI: The word “sakura” also popped up in the lyrics of this song, leaving us with the impression of a scenery where sakura flowers bloom so we thought about incorporating the word inside. However, we already had the song「SAKURA Goodbye」(※ Released in year 2009, 2nd single.) Somehow in 1 word, plus the feel of the Japanese melody in this song, an English title would be something new. That’s why we decided to go with this word.
HARUNA: Our imagination really puffed up right? The meaning and scene is distinctly presented in our lyrics so when you sing it, you can also feel,「Eh? Don’t I have such experience myself too?」It’s also true that even though Sakura flowers bloom for a short period, it can also be seen as something painful.
MAMI: This, it’s really Sakura flowers that you often see along the shopping streets. Coming out from the convenience store, till you lose the florist and the sight around you changes slowly, the Sakura trees are the only thing that always stays there, blooming all at the same time. Yet during the times where the flowers don’t bloom, isn’t it true that it’s so plain that everyone including myself won’t stop for it? With these thoughts and scenes, I think I wrote this with mixed (feelings).
Interview at Excite Music HERE. There’s still 2 more parts (on SCANDAL becoming adults and “It’s not about being in a band, it’s about being in SCANDAL”), which I’ll also do. Will get to it real soon, kindly give me some time~ ♪♫ Enjoy this one.
Edit: Part 2 is over HERE. Part 3 coming right up.
SCANDAL; “Thanks to everyone who listened to FM Yokohamaー! It was funー! As its a weekend for the Yokohama Arena 2 days in June, please do come. Because somehow or rather, we really prepared a lot.” - RINA
Regarding radio broadcasts, SCANDAL were also on TOKYO FM’s「Skyrocket Company」yesterday. Click HERE to check out for more!