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MORE THAN OK ROCK

JA­PANESE ROCK SENSATIONS ONE OK ROCK ARE GEAR­ING UP FOR A FULL-ON AS­SAULT ON THE UK IN 2017. SINGER TAKAHIRO MORIUCHI EX­PLAINS EX­ACTLY WHAT’S COM­ING YOUR WAY…

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THE Ja­panese rock scene is thriv­ing like a well-wa­tered bon­sai tree right now, and the next band to break into the Uk from the land ofthe ris­ing sun, looks set to be one ok rock.al­ready an arena-sized out­fit in their home­land, last week thetokyo four-piece sent out an ex­cit­ing triplean­nounce­ment: they’d signed to U.s. la­bel fu­eled By ra­men, home of Paramore and twenty one pi­lots; they were drop­ping a brand-new sin­gle (Bed­room War­fare) and they’ve got a new al­bum – their eighth – on the way in Jan­uary, called am­bi­tions, col­lab­o­ra­tions on which in­clude 5 sec­onds of sum­mer,all Time low’s alex Gaskarth and avril lav­i­gne.we got front­man­taka (Takahiro Moriuchi) to tell us why every­one wants a piece of his band…

HEY, TAKA! TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW SIN­GLE, BED­ROOM WAR­FARE…

“it’s a very new sound for one ok rock – we’re try­ing to break into amer­i­can ra­dio and wanted to try a dif­fer­ent sound to do that.the lyrics are about a boy and a girl fight­ing each other. it’s about that weird in-be­tween stage when you’re not dat­ing some­one, but you still have that phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship. it’s odd, but the fun part about be­ing in the re­la­tion­ship is hav­ing that back-and-forth. so it’s kind of a bat­tle.we shot the video in Manch­ester – it was at a huge cas­tle where there were still peo­ple liv­ing there. Just one per­son, a grandma. she was very kind to us, and she brought tea and stuff out.”

AND WHAT WAS IT LIKE SIGN­ING TO FU­ELED BY RA­MEN?

“it was our dream.when i went to the states for the first time i wanted to sign a con­tract with them. one year later, it came true.we were in talks with other la­bels, but in the end we ended up where we wanted to be­long in the first place, so it’s kind of a dream come true.when we found out, i was like, ‘We DID it!’ (laughs). i felt so strongly about do­ing that, that it had to hap­pen.when i put my mind to some­thing it ends up hap­pen­ing.”

THE TI­TLE OF YOUR NEW AL­BUM, AM­BI­TIONS, MAKES SENSE NOW…

“on this al­bum we have three themes: one is hope, the sec­ond is am­bi­tion, and the third is singing to­gether.we’re at the point in our ca­reer where we’re try­ing to break a new mar­ket, and go world­wide, so it was the am­bi­tion that was in­side of us to do all this new stuff and to be suc­cess­ful and that be­came a re­ally pre­vail­ing theme.the al­bum art­work is yel­low – that was be­cause yel­low is the colour of hope. so we tried to put those themes to­gether:am­bi­tions is the ti­tle, yel­low is the hope and then the ac­tual songs, there’s so many that we had 50 peo­ple come in and sing the cho­rus on. There’s so many epic mo­ments.”

WE’VE GOTTA ASK… WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORK­ING WITH AVRIL LAV­I­GNE?

“i ac­tu­ally in­ter­viewed her in Ja­pan for ATV show a cou­ple of years ago. she’s friends with the guys in 5 sec­onds of sum­mer and she came out to one of the canada dates [when we sup­ported them], and we saw each other for the first time in a long time. she was like,‘let me hear some of the new songs off the al­bum.’ i sent her some stuff, and she asked if she could do a song. she’s amaz­ing!”

YOU MADE YOUR RE­CENT RECORDS IN ENGLISH AND JA­PANESE – HOW MUCH WORK IS THAT?!

“it’s very dif­fi­cult, but i’m get­ting used to it.the first time i did it, for the last al­bum, they told me af­ter i made the full al­bum, so that felt like dou­ble the work­load, but this time when i was writ­ing the songs i had it in my mind that i had to make a Ja­panese ver­sion as well, so i was think­ing of Ja­panese lyrics as i was writ­ing it. i’m get­ting more and more used to it, so it wasn’t as bad as last time, but it’s def­i­nitely not an easy thing.”

YOU’RE HUGE IN JA­PAN – WHAT’S THE BIG­GEST GIG YOU’VE PLAYED THERE?

“The most re­cent gig was the big­gest. it was over two days and it was 110,000 peo­ple. it was crazy! it wasn’t scary – i was pretty calm and com­posed when i was up there. next year we’re gonna tour the Uk. i’m so ex­cited be­cause in europe and the Uk mu­sic styles vary – we love Bring Methe Hori­zon and Don Broco!”

FI­NALLY, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR 2016?

“su­per-busy! lots of shows and tour­ing, and record­ing.time off? in Ja­pan christ­mas Day is not pop­u­lar – we’re not spend­ing time with fam­ily. i’ll maybe see some friends and go to din­ner and talk, it’s very nor­mal. Presents? not re­ally – if i have a girl­friend i’ll [give gifts], but i don’t have a girl­friend right now, so i’m not do­ing that.”

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