Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:25:53
Vamps wield some of the sharpest fangs in rock 'n' roll. The Japanese duo has rightfully risen through the ranks to become one of the country's fieriest exports. This week, they will take a bit out of the House of Blues Los Angeles December 4 and the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York December 8. It's the kind of immortal rock music that transcends generations and is meant to light up arenas. Don't miss it!
In this exclusive interview with VAMPS, the band talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about their music, influences, Sex, Blood, Rock 'n' Roll, and so much more.
Was it important for you to tap into an old school rock 'n' roll attitude with the music?
It's hard to say since there are so many aspects to consider, but I think old rock 'n' roll music from a couple of decades ago had something devilish about it. I hope that we give off the same air too.
Is storytelling a crucial part of songwriting?
I think there’s a story in everything. I try to form a shape out of the thoughts I may be having, or deliver an idea that has a particular appeal to me when I listen to the particular song. There are no set rules– it can be everything and anything, big or small.
What artists shaped you? How do you come back to now that you even listened to as a kid?
I listened to a lot of American hard rock and British new wave music. These genres influenced me the most.
What's the story behind "Sex Blood Rock 'N' Roll"? How did it come together? What does it mean to you?
We chose the 13 best songs from our previous albums, re-recorded the vocals and compiled them for our first global release. It shows off VAMPS at our current best, and we did everything we could to achieve this optimum album. If this album’s not to your taste, we’re obviously not to your taste! We feel very confident about this album so I hope lots of people will listen to it.
Where did "Vampire Depression" come from?
I've always found human folly intriguing, and I wanted to point it out from a vampire's perspective. I thought it would convey better from a vampire's point of view, so I tried to express humans through the eyes of a vampire.
Who's your favorite movie vampire?
I like the works of Anne Rice, such as Interview With the Vampire. I think it's fascinating.
What else are you into outside of music? Are you movie and video game fans?
Nothing in particular – maybe drinking alcohol? I'm actually rather hungover at the moment…sorry!
What's the VAMPS live experience like?
Although VAMPS' music style is rock, there's great variation in the different genres of music we like to incorporate. I hope the audience can enjoy this and dance along freely to their heart's desire. There's no need to be nervous, because we'll lead you all the way.
What's on your playlist now?
I was given Lady Gaga's CD, which I'm listening to at the moment… and my manager's recommended me to listen to Korn.
What do you dig about America? What can't you wait to see?
I think the best thing about the Americans is the way they pursue entertainment so passionately. It's amazing. I'm very fond of that, and it's sort of my ideal dream. If I could, I'd like to go and visit Chicago. Isn't there a very tall building made of glass? My friend took some photos there so I'd love to take photos there too.
What's next for you?
We’ll be working on some songs for our next album, and hopefully then set off on an even bigger tour.
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