RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR
france’s Japan-obsessed rap metallers bring the ruckus
fOR THOSE wHO HAvEN’T HEARD YOU YET, HOw wOUlD YOU DESCRIBE RISE Of THE NORTHSTAR? vithia (vocals):
“The meeting of two worlds, the fiction of our references embracing the reality of our lives. We live this band in four dimensions and define our tracks as ‘crossover metal’ – a meeting point of metal, rap, hardcore and manga.”
wHAT HAvE YOU BEEN UP TO SO fAR THIS YEAR?
“We finished recording and producing our second album, The
Legacy Of Shi. It’s recorded and mixed at Joe duplantier’s Silver Cord Studio in Brooklyn and mastered at Sterling Sound Studio by Ted Jensen. I created all the visual aspects of the album, plus artworks, new stage outfits and masks. We also played some shows, prepared our new drummer, and tried out two new tracks. Today we have our best line-up and best album.”
wHAT HAvE YOU BEEN wRITING ABOUT?
“The album tells a Yo¯kai (spirit) story that will possess and fight the band through 11 tracks. Through this fight, you’ll learn more about him, the band… and maybe yourself. This album is a fight. ‘Shi’ means ‘4’ in Japanese, and the number is omnipresent in this album. We recorded The Legacy… as a four because Phantom (our new drummer) was not among us in new York yet. Four symbolises the elements of our musical genre, and four of the album’s tracks talk directly about the Yo¯kai. So I wrote about this demon, but also about our lives.”
ARE YOU ExCITED ABOUT THE UK DATES COMING UP?
“We can’t wait! Coming back with a rap band is a great opportunity, and we like being where we’re not expected. not long ago, I visited Westminster Abbey. It was magnificent. It’s crazy to see the fantastic edifices man built before regressing in terms of architectural aesthetic in the name of profit. now, nicer neighbourhoods look more and more like giant Macintoshes: people live in cases, there is no soul anymore.”
wHAT CAN fANS ExPECT fROM THE lIvE SHOw?
“We will bring Shi on stage, and take you with us into this fight that will then become yours.”
rise of the Northstar: ready for some UK dates… and a ruck!