Editors note: This interview was intended to be released before NECRONOMIDOL’s appearance in the UK earlier this month. However, due to their busy touring and recording schedule it was not possible for management to send the translated replies to us until now.
In the interest of complete coverage it has been decided that our interview with NECRONOMIDOL will be posted as is before releasing our concert report.
NECRONOMIDOL are a Japanese idol group consisting of five members ranging in age from their late teens to early twenty’s. Formed in 2014 by Pittsburgh-born manager Ricky Wilson, NECRONOMIDOL make the claim to be Japan’s first “occult-infused” idol group.
Their image is unlike the bubbly and cheery one that is associated with the genre. NECRONOMIDOL dabble in darkness; their associated imagery is heavier than that of their contemporaries. Their music is also not typically what one would think of when it comes to Japanese female idols. They are a metal group. Playing black metal, darkwave, NWOBHM and other eclectic genres of music, NECRONOMIDOL’s sound can be described as ultra-dimensional.
Selective Hearing had the opportunity to talk with NECRONOMIDOL before their upcoming UK concert about their music, their impression of their western fan base and what they are looking forward to in their travels.
K: Risaki Kakizaki
H: Hina Yotsuyu
R: Rei Imaizumi
T: Himari Tsukishiro
Thank you for joining us here at Selective Hearing! Please tell us a little about yourselves and NECRONOMIDOL.
ALL: We’re here to choke out your life! We’re the darkness-themed idols, NECRONOMIDOL.
K: I’m NECRONOMIDOL’s ace – Risaki Kakizaki.
S: My life is a show – I’m Sari.
H: I’m NECRONOMIDOL’s red-ribbon twintailed “Tsuyupi” – Hina Yotsuyu.
R: I’m the most carefree, easygoing member of NECRONOMIDOL – Rei Imaizumi.
T: I want to live in 2D… I’m NECRONOMIDOL’s resident anime otaku, Himari Tsukishiro.
This will be your second time performing in England, and a first to perform in both Manchester and Birmingham. Are you excited to meet new fans and experience new cities in the UK?
K: I’m really looking forward to it. Last year we were only in England for one day so we were only able to see the area around the venue in King’s Cross. I’d like to spend more time and really see what England is like.
S: We had a great time at our show in England last year and I think a lot of fans have been waiting for our return. I hope we meet new fans in the new cities as well! We’ve been practicing hard in Japan to show you all the best performance we can.
H: I’m really looking forward to it. I seem to be able to discover a new me in new cities. I’m also looking forward to meeting new fans and seeing their smiling faces!
R: I’ll never forget how the fans in England remembered all the Japanese calls to our songs last year… I wonder if they’ve been practicing for this year? I want to meet them soon and find out! Each country we visit has a different way of enjoying the performances but I think England is the closest to Japan. I’m always excited to go to new places and I love European architecture so I’d like to take a stroll through the new cities we will visit.
T: Of course I’m looking forward to it, but… I want to head into the tour with a strong heart and meet you all!
What are you most looking forward to during your travels? Do you want to try different food, look at various stores, or see the sights?
K: First of all I’d really like to get a feel for what the country is really like. If I have time I’d like to do some shopping – I want to pick up a Tangle Teezer (a kind of British comb).
S: I love going places for the first time so I’m really looking forward to it. I really enjoy experiencing different cultures on tour!
H: I like seeing the cities themselves the most. When we have a busy schedule there isn’t really time for sightseeing but I can still enjoy the buildings, roads and people – it’s all new and sparkly to me.
R: Personally I’m looking forward to English food… I was able to try a bit last year but I haven’t had a chance to try fish and chips or Scotch eggs yet…
It’s all so delicious and both the taste (and portion size!) are different from what we have in Japan.
T: I’m looking forward to the food and sights of the city, the smells… and being able to interact with the people there and their culture.
Do you have a favourite English word or expression?
K: “Awesome” – when I first learned what it meant in Japan it seemed to have negative connotations but it was really interesting to learn how its used in everyday conversation.
R: “Cheer up!” – it makes you smile just by saying it and you can really encourage someone by just saying it!
T: I want many people tell me “I love you”.
If you had the chance, would you like to star in your own Horror movie and sing the theme song for it? Who do you think would be the lead, and which member would be cast as the ghost?
K: I think I would be the “last girl” in a slasher movie. For a ghost movie I think a more low-key protagonist is needed. Maybe Hina could be the lead?
S: I don’t know who would be the hero, but I think I’d definitely be the ghost.
H: I don’t like scary movies! I think Risaki would be the heroine and the other four of us would be the ghosts. I’ll just be sleeping in my coffin…
R: To be honest, I don’t really like horror movies very much… but I’d still like to see one we were in! I also think Risaki would definitely be the heroine.
And Hina should be the ghost! Her skin is so white and she’s so beautiful I think she would be a perfect fit. So I guess I have the same opinion as the other members!
T: I haven’t seen many, but I would like to be in one. It was interesting to think about who might be the lead but I couldn’t come up with just one. If the ghost is supposed to be a Japanese style “Sadako” like role… I’ll take it on.
You have a lot of support from Western fans, and the number is growing by the day. Why do you think NECRONOMIDOL appeals to not only Japanese fans, but Westerners, too?
K: I think its because our producer, Ricky, has created the group from the perspective of a non-Japanese person.
S: I think its because our producer is an American and we are made up for 5 girls who have different personality types you only encounter in Japan.
R: Thank you for saying so! I think we represent Japanese culture well with Sari’s Shironuri and our outfits but I think we also have something really unique in that our image is based in the works of HP Lovecraft – I think a lot of people are attracted by that!
T: Lyrics, style of song, visuals… there are a lot of areas where I think you can strongly feel the appeal of Japanese culture. But our producer is an American so I think we are also put together to appeal internationally.
Your music style is varied, but which song is your personal favorite, and which track would you like to perform in England for your fans?
K: I really like the songs written by Kei Toriki, a member of the Necroma BAND as well as the band Asu no Jyoukei. The’re dark, strong and beautiful at the same time.
S: I also really like Kei Toriki’s songs. But NECRONOMIDOL’s strong point is that we have songs in so many different genres – I really want to show fans that breadth of field.
R: I like all of our songs but at the moment I think I like STRANGE AEONS the most. Its unlike all our previous songs but its a song where you can see our strength and also the uniqueness of each member. We haven’t played it yet in England so I’m really looking forward to that. And this is our first international tour with the Necroma BAND so I really want fans to experience ITHAQUA and MIDNIGHT DOMINATOR with the band backing us!
T: There are so many that I like its hard to choose just one, but if I had to pick I would say SARNATH – I have some special lines in that song and as such it holds a special place with me.
You each have a unique look, but is there another style you would like to try in music videos or performances?
K: I think I would dye all my hair, not just part, red.
S: I’d like to try a slightly more boyish and artistic style…
H: I think the members all have very distinct styles – its easy to draw us, for example. As for me, I dyed my hair for the first time in my life recently!
R: Hmmm… When I joined the group my hair was long and I often think I’d like to grow it out again (although I probably won’t, haha).
I’d also like to grow out my bangs!
T: I’ve thought I wanted to dye my hair for a few years. But even though its really hot in the summer at this point I have no desire to cut it!
Is there an aspect of your personality or style that you think will surprise your fans?
T: Many people tell me that when they first see me they assume I will be a bit “cool” in person, but after they talk to me they find I’m more affable than they had imagined and a bit of an otaku…
NECRONOMIDOL is a truly unique group. What do you think allows you to stand out among other alt-Idols, both as a group and individually?
S: Of course the originality of our music and performance. And even though we place a big emphasis on our unique image we’re actually pretty tough so we can tour around a bit. As for myself, my shironuri style, of course.
R: For Japanese idols its very unusual to see groups that base their uniforms on a single color (black) or take inspiration from “gakuran” (old-style male school uniforms). I also think our distinctive hair and makeup help us stand out. There also aren’t many groups that have black metal songs so I really do think we are the only “darkness themed” idol group in Japan. As for myself, I’m the most stereotypical “idol” in the group but I think my positivity and energy create a good synergy! Its important to keep smiling.
What are your individual charm points?
S: Shironuri, green hair, corset and the spider on my right cheek.
R: My smile! I’m trying to change my expression from song to song to match their individual themes, so please keep an eye out for that!
T: Long black hair with straight bangs cut in a “hime-cut”. I’m also pretty tall…
Personally, I like my long eyelashes.
Since joining NECRONOMIDOL, who do you think has changed the most out of all the members?
S: All the members, myself included, have grown a lot but I think at the end of the day Risaki has probably changed the most.
R: Risaki, Sari and Hina joined before me so I don’t really know what they were like when they joined the group. But I think both Himari and I have changed quite a bit!
When I meet my friends they often remark on how I’ve grown stronger or am better at communication than I was before. When Himari joined the group I felt that she was really playful but now she’s grown really strong – its like she has an aura of confidence around her.
For your new fans who will see you live for the first time this year, what would you like them to anticipate for your June performances?
K: All the members have their own individual traits. We all really project ourselves on stage so I’d like fans to be able to take that in.
Also, of course you can enjoy the show from far away but really I’d love you to check us out up-close at shows. I think it’s much more powerful!
S: I want fans to experience the unique atmosphere of our song and dance combined together.
R: I really want them to see the uniqueness of the members, how strong our sound is and hear the influences of Lovecraft in our lyrics. Our performance is really about all of those things joined together.
I think people who are fans of HPL or metal will really like our songs and people who are interested in Japanese idols will really enjoy the members’ expressions and voices. But overall I want the fans to enjoy the show as a whole. I’m really looking forward to meeting all our fans!
T: When I first saw NECRONOMIDOL play I thought “this is like a stage play…” – so for first time fans I’d like you to enjoy the show however you like. But please share your impressions with me afterwards!
And a final word for your fans! Please express your thoughts on the up-coming BLACK WINDS OVER ALBION tour, and your wishes for future overseas performances!
K: I’d like people outside Japan to find out about us and really enjoy our shows!
S: I think in the future NECRONOMIDOL will be touring more and more. So I really believe fans overseas will have more and more opportunities to see us – please look forward to it! Our bodies, hearts and minds still aren’t strong enough to stand up to that much touring but I know we will grow into it. I won’t let you off the hook if you forget about us…
H: I’m looking forward to vising new places and meeting new people but also for the fans who have seen us before to see the “new”, upgraded NECRONOMIDOL.
R: After our European tour in June we have some shows scheduled in August in the US as well. There aren’t any definite plans for performances outside Japan after that, but I really want to keep touring around the world. I want the fans who support us around the world to know that even when we’re in Japan we are working around the clock to prepare for more tours – please wait for us! I want to work hard so we can travel to even more countries and meet new fans there, too.
T: I’m only able to continue thanks to all the encouragement I receive from fans saying “I’m waiting for you to come”. And for the fans we are going to meet for the first time, I hope you will join us in making each day of this tour amazing. Sweet dreams…
Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing you perform this coming June in Manchester, Birmingham and London!
NECRONOMIDOL YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5DvPji8PO4z8lOoHto3jcQ
NECROMOMIDOL Twitter – https://twitter.com/NECRONOMIDOL
NECRONOMIDOL Instagram – http://instagram.com/necronomidol
NECRONOMIDOL Official Site – http://necronomidol.com
We would like to thank NECRONOMIDOL’s producer Ricky Wilson for the interview opportunity.