Motorpsycho-fan ved en tilfeldighet
Interview with Akane Nakamura (Japan / g35)
taken from the Norwegian e-zine
The original answer in English.
PULS har snakket med noen av Motorpsychos hardcorefans som følger bandet rundt på på konserter
og ofte opparbeider seg et avhengighetsforhold til musikken deres. 12. september starter
Motorpsycho Europa-turnéen for å promotere neste ukes utgivelse Phanerothyme. I går
presenterte vi Leslie fra USA og Nederland. I dag er vi kommet til Akane Nakamura fra Japan.
MOTORPSYCHONAUTS: #3: hardcore heads
name: Akane Nakamura
residence: Fukuyama-Shi, Hiroshima-Ken, Japan
occupation: fishmonger at the market, blant annet av norsk laks
When did you discover MP, what was it that made you turn onto it, did
it happen at once or was it something that took some time to develop. Was it
one song, if yes, then what song?
I bought MP's first album throught mailorder of an import record store in
Tokyo around '93 or so. I thought that was American Motorpsycho at that
time, but the LP I got was Norwegian Motorpsycho. I was very surprised,
really. That first album was a bit strange to me, because they played many
different kind of music, some were my faves and some were so-so to me.
But anyway Motorpsycho was listed up on my interesting bands list, then I found
their next one "Soothe" on the same mailorder catalog. I decided to buy one
again and that made me crazy about Motorpsycho. All of the songs on that album
beat me up. Really wonderful, fit to my taste, god, I thought at last I
could find real best favorite band of this world... yes, they're still NO.1
Have you discovered any other artists / bands because of MP's music or
by things the band have said in interviews etc.?
Well, some... like TSOOL, but also I know Snah had interested in some
Japanese noise artists, Keiji Haino, Melt Banana and so on, yeah, they are
very interesting, too. Also good ol' 60s and 70s bands...
MP have done mostly anything within the loose boundaries of the
concept rock and have also been outside of the fences a time or two, in what
direction do you hope to see the band go?
The good part of MP is they just try to do their own soul wanna do. I mean
I never see such a band before, they aren't packed into shitty music
categories, they play many different music and it always amuse me. Pop,
noise, heavy rock, jazz, even country music, tons of others, and it sounds
they enjoy playing those songs they made. At the first place I loved their
heavy tunes like in "Demon Box" but I guess I've also grown up a bit, too.
Also they still play heavy tunes sometimes, right? So I love them still.
And they show me more interesting music world, too.
Name your three favorite MP-releases (including EP's)!
Demon Box, Timothy's Monster, Another Ugly EP
(but this list changed by my own mood)
What is your opinion on bootlegging?
Actually I'm not interested in bootlegs. I always think that those
never give anything (especially money) to the band themselves. And MP is
really unknown here, their bootlegs are hard to get in Japan. Old person's
opinion, maybe. But if it's fan base, I mean exchange or something, without
making filthy money, it's alright, I think. I joined CD TREE on g35 and it
let me know how great their live performances are!!! God, it was really great to me,
because except official Roadwork releases and a video, I never ever know
how they are on the stage.
How many times (approximately will do, but if you have the correct
number...) have you seen MP live, and how many concerts are you planning to
see this tour? Name the show you remember with most pleasure, maybe you
have any bad experiences as well?
Nar... I will go visit the Stickman Fest and the following two shows in October, it
will be the first MP experience for me!!! Maybe I'm crazy, but this is a
good chance for me to see MP... living in far east and keep being a big fan
of MP is totally different situation from other fans in Europe, I guess...
and it seems they won't come to Japan in the near future...
What do you think of the other bands that are playing at the Stickman
Festival 13th October in Hamburg? The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Fireside,
Isolation Years and 35007.
I love TSOOL! So I'm happy they also play there. I'm also
interested in the other bands and also a new Swedish band is MP's fave one,
so I really can't wait to see that festival.
Are there any other bands/artist that you have the same relation to as
No, I love many music and bands, but MP is always a special one for me.
Some bands that really moved me or had some strong feeling are
Fugazi, Mega City Four, Something For Kate, Nicolai Dunger...
Have MP influenced you to do something that has changed your life in
some way or another?
I started to play in a band. The band broke up, but it was fun. Then I
started to play Theremin. It's a big thing for me and well, I've been having
interests in Theremin before I knew MP, but MP, well Deathprod. used
Theremin in some songs and it kept me having interests in. And at last now
I have a theremin class twice in a month (there's a real Theremin player in
Japan and he has some classes now! To play theremin like other musical
instruments, not for making noises or sound effect!) and try to be a good
Theremin player. Seriously if MP never used Theremin in their songs, I
never think I try to play Theremin. I try to play some MP songs now, it's
fun and feeling good, yes.
MP is well known for putting out collectors items, limited editions etc.
Some say this is wrong because of the fans not being able to buy everything,
while others considers this to be one of the great things about MP. Your
To me it's very sad sometimes. But fortunatelly I started to listen to MP
from their first album, so not perfect of course, missed some, but I think
I have enough releases of MP anyway... but well yes, it's pain, while
European fans talk about those things... goooooddddd!
Coverart. Kim Hiorthøy does most of the work on MPs releases and he
does a great job most people would say. Whats your favorite, and are there any
covers you dont like at all?
I do LOVE his art works. It's much better than "Lobotomizer" I can say, it
was not so bad to my taste though. With Kim's artwork, MP was getting
attention I think. Thimothy's was the best I think, I also have LP Box, so
that was really a masterpiece. "Tussler" was fun, too... the first "Trust Us"
package was nice also. MP covers are another fun thing when I get new
releases. Dislike one? I can't find it, even if I can rank those covers.
Define your view of MP with five words.
Sorry, I can't do that!
At last (a bonus question): if you won a prize, and got to put
together a setlist for a concert with Motorpsycho, how would that look? Lets say 3
hrs at most.
mmmm...too hard to write up!
You've hust read what answers Akane from Japan had to offer for our questions.
Visit PULS tomorrow too, then you can have a look at what Torsten from Germany
had to tell.