if you have seen Digimon Ghost GameYou’ve got the high-energy, horror-rock opening theme “Faction” by . Is heard wieners, But while they are relatively new to Anisong, wieners Delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electronica fusion since 2009. as well as providing the ending theme for the new ninjala anime, they also recently released their latest full-length LP, Treasure, so they are in for a busy year. ANN was able to ask the band about their unique influences, their approach to creating themes for anime, and their history of rocking out.
wieners There is a very different sound to a rock group. How did the band develop such a mix of punk, rock and electronica elements? Do you have any other musicians or bands that inspire your approach?
TAMAYA2060% (Vo/Gt): before making wieners, I mainly listen to Japanese punk hardcore bands. I was particularly enamored with short-tuned bands that played hardcore but with pop elements, or that played a variety of music at high tempo, incorporating funk, soul, and other approaches. At the same time, I was also listening to techno-pop and electro-pop, which started gaining popularity in Japan in the early 2000s, and I was listening to Yasutaka Nakata:Capsule and Plus-Tech Squeeze Box with Punk.
I was searching the record store for a band or unit that combined these two musical elements, but I couldn’t find anything, so I decided to start my own band, and thus wieners began.
wieners‘ The music “is a combination of electro elements with synthesizers and other styles of music that are inserted into the band’s sound like a hip-hop sampling, and output with punk methodology and intensity.” it is the axis of wieners‘ music. origin of wieners’ Music has always been punk music, but lately EDM, dubstep, and hybrid world music such as Gqom and Singly, which are gaining momentum in the club music scene, are also hot music on my mind, so now I am on this track. Incorporating a variety of different musical things into the sound of our band.
recently wieners The songs have become themes for TV anime (“Faction” in Digimon Ghost Game And for “Shinobi Top Secret” ninjala), was there anything different in recording those tracks compared to the other songs?
Tamaya2060%: TV anime has a whole worldview, so it’s a lot of fun to think about how to expand it wieners‘ songs without destroying their worldview. The main difference between “Faction” and other songs is that the theme of the song (the anime worldview), which is not the main focus of the band, was already decided when we started composing, and we had to think that How to approach that topic. One of the keywords in “Faction” was “horror,” and trying to find the right balance between vivid and fascinating was so exciting. wieners‘ style and slight progression throughout the song.
“Shinobi Top Secret” is used in anime about ninjas, but with futuristic nuances that are slightly different from real traditional ninjas, so I extended the Japanese flavor to convey a more exciting, outlandish view of Japan. Gave. Also, since the theme of the song was a ninja, I secretly included the name of an anime character in B Melody to convey the chic ninja’s technique called “ninjutsu”.
ASAMISAE](that/key/sample): Both the songs are sung in a very special way; “Faction” is sung seductively, and “Shinobi Top Secret” is sung in several different ways throughout the song so that the audience can feel the difference in singing style compared to other songs.
560∵ (Ba/Cho): wieners‘ Songs are often based on our own ideas of fictional stories and settings, and each song has a different worldview. However, this was the first time we wrote a song based on a worldview we didn’t create ourselves. we tried to express what we can do because we are wieners and what can we do wieners Keeping close to the anime stories, and as a result, I think we’ve created a new song that we just couldn’t have made by ourselves.
Kozo (Dr): In terms of drumming, both songs were allowed to be featured. wieners‘ Like the unique taste, so no major changes from the past. However, there were parts that we prepared to bring out the world-views of these two songs, and certain changes have been made so that people can enjoy them more as theme songs to TV anime as opposed to live performances.
In “faction”, there are various rhythmic patterns from beginning to end to create a wanderlust-like atmosphere. In the second verse, I used a reference to the eerie but charming atmosphere created by an American band called The Mars Volta. In “Shinobi Top Secret”, I used the Japanese drum taiko as a theme in several places: in the A-melody of the first verse, I used a kick pattern and tone, and in the second verse, “Ninpo da Ninpo”. da Ninpo da Nippon no Sappou,” I used the entire drum set to create a Taiko-like sound and musical score. I would be glad if you can depict the scene together with the sound.
Are you interested in recording more music for TV anime or movies?
560∵: Of course! I love anime and am so honored to be involved in this. I would love to do more in the future.
you recently released Treasure, your latest full-length album. How would you describe it compared to the previous album?
Tamaya2060%: Simply put, this is our best album ever.
The best reason for this by far is that we had so much fun making the album, and we were able to pack all of our ideas without diluting them, which made us think it was a masterpiece. Until now, we’ve been somewhat obsessed with the musical form of a “band” and both the good and bad that come with it, but this time we were able to overcome that limitation and give ideas and humour its proper form. For us, that was a very important change for us. Looking back, I think of the “fusion of diverse musical and electronic elements with a punk approach” that I envisioned when I formed wieners has finally taken shape with this album, and I can see many more possibilities for wieners from this point on.
This year you also released a remix album, wamix, What inspired you to revisit and re-imagine some of your last tracks? Which was your favorite remix version?
Tamaya2060%: I a. wanted to make a remix version of wieners song, but since there was no one else to do it, I had no choice but to do it myself, haha. I love the band’s sounds, and at the same time, I like to create new things by collage and mixing different types of music like electro sounds and hip-hop samples. I wanted to express a wide range of music and freedom: wieners, to be honest, wamix deviates from the definition of “remix” and is more like a “rearrangement”, but in that sense, I hope it embodies the idea that “music is free and you can do whatever you want” by genre or form. without limiting.
I especially like “Koi Nahi Bangla Beet Spice Curry Ver”. and “See Astro Boy Black Hole.” As the title suggests, “Koi No Bangla Beat (Bangla Beat of Love)” was a song that combined the Indian “Bangla Beat (Bhangra Beat)” with the band’s sound, but the remix version was purely a Bhangra. Beat song. This is probably the world’s first bhangra beat song in Japanese. “Astro Boy” was originally an instrumental song, but I like it because it’s a remix that “distracts the most” by using the original song’s chord progression and sound material and adding a newly recorded track. Rap.
Assamese: I love “Astro Boy Black Hole Ver”. It was my first time rapping like this, and I really enjoyed coming up with the lyrics and rapping for this remix.
560∵: All the songs are great, but if I had to pick one, it would be “Animals Future Nature Were.” The edited guitar phrasing and development of this version is superb, and the feeling is ecstatic!
Cozo: I’d say “Far East Disco Divinest African Ver” is my favorite. A few years ago, I heard Tamaya one of my favorite songs, and when I heard “Far East Disco”, I thought it was my favorite song and immediately confirmed if we could remix it. I was very happy to hear him say yes. This remix has a more upbeat feel than the original “FAR EAST DISCO”. If the original version is our real world, the remix version is the world in the sky. I think we are reaching the “Far East Disco” which may be somewhere unknown to us. It’s exciting to hear.
Your single “God Save the Music” is all about enjoying the music and pursuing it no matter what. What kind of emotions do you hope to inspire in your fans with your music?
Tamaya2060%: When I reconsider the meaning of “being alive” in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, I realize that biologically “being alive,” such as heartbeat and breathing, is enough to actually feel Not that I’m alive. It is only when we shed tears or are driven by emotion that we can feel strongly that we are alive. So, when I go beyond joy, anger, sadness and happiness wieners‘ music and live performances, and when I see a scene I’ve never seen before, I think “Wow! I’m so alive!” I would be glad if I could give you that feeling and excitement in your daily life, even if it is just a little.
“God Save the Music” also had an animated music video by web animator Speedoru (@ speedoruHow did he end up working on the video?
Assamese: speedoru knew wieners And we made an animation for the song “GO ANTI GO” before we officially asked them to make a video. When we were discussing how to make a music video for “God Save the Music”, we got the idea to find someone. To make an animation, and we decided to ask Speedoru to make it. His video has reached people all over the world, and we all love it, so a super thank you to him.
Would you like to say something to foreign fans or people listening to your music for the first time?
Tamaya2060%: In an extreme way, I consider myself an instrumental band. That being said, we originally started the band not as a means of communicating a message, but for the music itself. We see the melody and lyrics in parallel with the guitar riffs and drum rhythms – nothing happens at first. We create melodies and rhythms because the tremendous emotional outbursts cannot be expressed in words. So even though words can’t express it, I believe we can go together “happiness, anger, sorrow and beyond happiness” as an answer to your previous question. And when we meet you “there” we shout together “How alive we are!”
Assamese: thanks for your cooperation! I am so happy and encouraged to see such great response from people overseas when I see comments on our music videos! It’s not often that I get a chance to go abroad, but when it comes time for me to perform at your place, let’s have fun together!
560∵: Greetings! wieners We are like a musical surprise box, and although we think we have a Japanese taste, we believe that our music can be enjoyed all over the world. If you like music with excitement and humour, you must check out our music. I hope one day you will be able to see the songs played live.
Cozo: thanks for meeting wieners In any form; Anime, YouTube or music streaming services.
wieners‘ Music picks up the sounds scattered around the world, TAMAYA2060% mixes them together, and wieners scatters them all over the world again. When you listen to it, you will be enthralled by the nostalgic, yet somehow new sound. There are many different songs in wieners‘ music, so please try to find your favorite. I hope you will be able to face one for yourself.