RISE OF THE NORTHS­TAR

france’s Ja­pan-ob­sessed rap met­allers bring the ruckus

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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!

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