Nisennenmondai Interview (Kirin Big in Japan, Melbourne, 19/11/2010)


Nisennenmondai were touring Australia recently as part of the Ksubi curated Kirin Big In Japan event, playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne. We were lucky enough to catch up with guitarist Masako Takada, bassist Yuri Zaikawa, and drummer Sayaka Himeno before they played their Melbourne show at £1000 Bend, a venue with a capacity of 500 but which 700 people were expected to be attending that evening...

Please note the interview was carried out with the help of a translator.

macron1: Hi, welcome to Melbourne! We are pleased to have you here!
Nisennenmondai: Thank you!
macron1: How was the show on Tuesday in Sydney?
Nisennenmondai: Good!
macron1: I saw you perform in Sydney in July, and you opened the show performing in these pink masks. Where did they come from? Do you make your own costumes?
Nisennenmondai: No they are made by a designer in Japan.
macron1: Will you be wearing them tonight?
Nisennenmondai: No.
macron1: You have been doing a lot of touring recently. Where have been some of your favourite places to perform?
Nisennenmondai: We just finished a tour of Europe. We like to play anywhere and everywhere!
macron1: Do you prefer to play these type of gallery / exhibition type events, or festival-type events?
Nisennenmondai: Everytime we play we have a new and different experience and are happy to play anywhere.
macron1: Who are some of your favourite artists to perform with?
Sayaka Himeno: Chrome Hoof!
macron1: What albums or artists would you recommend for fans of Nisennenmondai?
Nisennenmondai: After some discussion, the translator told me they could not remember their favourite album.
macron1: Any plans for recording in the near future? When can we expect another Nisennenmondai album?
Nisennenmondai: We want to record soon, but not an album.

Later that evening Nisennenmondai performed three songs. The first one was a newer track (at least as far as this writer was aware) that featured Masako Takada foregoing the traditional looped guitars for a tiny keyboard. The other tracks performed were what sounded like a sped up rendition of the usually lengthy "Ijen Urusuozuos/Souzouzuru Neji", or maybe it was a short version of "Fan", finishing up with the excellent "Itkyokume" replete with a marvellous drum solo, before descending into a chaotic finale. It was magical and brought tears to the eye of all in attendance. Well, that is how I will remember it.

Head over to the sardless facebook page to check out pictures of the Nisennenmondai gig, as well as some of the other artists performances at the Big in Japan event. Big thanks to Gina at Ksubi for setting up the interview.