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Aki - Jiu

toiki morasu kuse  mujou ni
mawaru  mawaru  mawaru  modorenai

tokiori baramaku  saigishin
uso yo  uso yo  usoyo  oboresou

silent eyes and you
shuuchi  aibu  kuruizaku
mogaku youni

zankyou karamitsuku  shitasaki
midare  midare  midare  ochiteku

teguri yoseru mune  kuchizuke
fukaku  fukaku  fukaku  madoromu

silent eyes and you
kanju  honnou  ubawarete
yugamu yaiba

sokonashi no ai

silent eyes and you
sonzai  rinraku  kezureteku
bonnou  inga  meguriyuku
tokihanate

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Aki - Midnight/Kyousou/DARLING:

ochita taiyou  nirandeiru no sa
chijou no hoshi  kassaratte tobu

kage ga nokoru  sairen (( siren )) no yoru
kocchi he oide  biroodo (( veludo )) ga kirei

Midnight/Kyousou/DARLING: kuruisou sa
Midnight/Kyousou/DARLING: kowaresou sa
Midnight/Kyousou/DARLING: ai, sou uso sa
Midnight/Kyousou/DARLING: kiss de sousai



Midnight/Pandemonium/DARLING:

The fallen sun  Is glaring
Make off with the stars on earth  And fly

Shadows linger  On a siren's night  
Come over here  The velvet's beautiful

Midnight/Pandemonium/DARLING: We may lose our minds
Midnight/Pandemonium/DARLING: We may break down
Midnight/Pandemonium/DARLING: Love, yeah it's a lie
Midnight/Pandemonium/DARLING: Kiss to nullify1



1 Sousai means to cancel each other out, the kanji can be taken to literally mean killing each other.

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SID - Cafe de Bossa

I had the feeling  This would be a romance  Starting out of my league
As a light rain coloured  The window of a small cafe

Opening my closet  Late at night  It's a one-man show
The stole's overdoing it but  Leave it out and  I can at least look the part

On the fashionable streets  Where we're supposed to meet  I'm a fish out of water
Is there something off with me?  Their eyes won't meet mine

No matter what you wear  It's always  Stunning and very much like you
Walking beside you  Makes it obvious  I tried too hard with my outfit

Let's have some tea or something  At that cafe  That goes well with bossa nova music
During the  Short break when you've left your seat  The number of sighs
That spill from me  Shows just how much I want to get closer to you

Raised in this part of town  You wouldn't understand
How I can't even hide  The differences in my intonation well1

Scrimping and saving  I finally got my hands on  Trendy Louboutin
But in reality  I don't live up to it

Sometimes you'll give me  That look that lights up your whole face  And I want to see it so much
That I'll overcome  This atmosphere I'm not good with  Just to frequent these streets again

Sooner than later  It'll wear me down but  That's not your fault either
After letting go  Of your hand  The number of sighs
That spill from me  Shows just how much I want to get closer to you

It's all the fault of that rainy day  For leading me astray  To a small cafe2

I may not be as well-bred  Nor as well-read  As you are
But at the very least  My feelings won't lose out to yours

Tomorrow  I'll probably come to like you even more  But
Tomorrow  Will I dress up with  Yet another layer of  Timidity?3

No matter what you wear  It's always  Stunning and very much like you
Walking beside you  Makes it obvious  My passable outfit suits me too4

Let's have some tea or something  At that cafe  That goes well with bossa nova music
During the  Short break when you've left your seat  The number of smiles
That spill from me  Just might show how much I've gotten closer to you



Pretty straightforward. The narrator's a guy from some small town who moved to a big city, most likely Tokyo, where he fell in love with a girl who lives in one of its most stylish districts.

1 He prolly spoke in his hometown's dialect before moving here, so the way he speaks makes it easy to tell he's from Somewhere Less Cool.

2 Where he first met her. See verse #1.

3 Trying to fit in by dressing + behaving like somebody he's not when he should just have the courage to be himself.

4 It's obvious his outfit's nowhere near as fashionable as hers, but at least it suits him well now / he's being himself.

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Aki Special Interview 【Part One】

──Let's cut to the chase, please begin by telling us your motives behind this solo venture.

Having played with SID all this time, always trying out all sorts of things as we compose new songs, put albums together, and perform live... I think it's a process that will always continue unchanged from now on too. At the same time, it also made me start wanting to express "myself" in music all the more, or you could say my desire to pursue that became really strong over the last few years. So, considering the band had just passed its 10th anniversary milestone, after we created the album "OUTSIDER" and finished touring for it...... The timing seemed right to broach the subject with my bandmates and management like, "Would you mind if I started a solo project?" In response, everyone agreed readily. And my bandmates, they even told me I shouldn't restrain my desires as a musician. I'm still very grateful for that.


──They probably agreed so readily because the band's in a state of fulfilment. If the situation was unstable, I suppose they wouldn't be saying that.

Yeah. That's why there's one thing I absolutely don't want people to get the wrong idea about, and it's that I'm going solo because I'm unhappy with the band, because that's not the case at all. I'm giving this a go purely because I wanted to challenge myself. That's really all there is to it.


──This means you hadn't been thinking all along that you'd like to go solo someday, right?

That's right. Up until now, I'd never given thought to anything besides what we do together as SID members, and it had been the only thing I pictured when composing. At the same time, the desire to compose an even wider range of songs and challenge myself also took root in me. It's honestly as simple a motive as that, even though it might sound weird coming from me. But it's not like I'd been repressing this feeling the whole time. I just have this personal policy of "once you've thought of it, you should go for it". That's why I had to do it now. With that, I started working on the demos after the tour.


──Seems you aren't going after any specific genre either. Especially considering SID isn't a band that limits itself musically.

Yeah. I obviously love rock though, so I did intend for ARISE to be a rock album. On that point, the last thing I wanted was to end up with an album that's more like a collection of my current demo tapes. Thing is, I've got many songs whose moments have yet to come. Among those unreleased songs, it goes without saying that there's lots of stuff I want to try out, but it would be meaningless to release them under my own name. That's because I've never once thought about performing the songs I composed with Mao, Shinji, and Yuuya in mind alone. So the whole album was written from scratch on my own after the tour. Basically, I built up what I personally wanted to do starting from its foundations. That's why the way I drew ideas for it was completely different from the songs I've composed up till now, which had always accounted for my bandmates' presences.


──I see. I'd like to hear about the contents of ARISE in-depth again; but first, Aki-san, as somebody who's always been a fan of music, I suppose you had a good idea of what others might say when a band member goes solo.

I'd braced myself for it. But I was genuinely glad to hear so many people going "you have my support"on social media networks, and to have the encouragement of my bandmates and our staff. Speaking personally as a music lover, I'm somebody who's pretty interested in the solo activities of people from bands I'm into, and I've enjoyed listening to them while thinking, "even though the band itself doesn't deal with such concepts, it turns out like this when this person's working alone?" Then sometimes that person's visual performance or aura when they're with their bands will change too. You can feel a sense of energy through this. I've always thought that's a nice thing, so.


──Ultimately, you'll bring the many things you'll gain back to the band, so I assume it's safe to say we can anticipate an even higher degree of freedom (( to create )) within the band's atmosphere?

That's right. And to do that, I think I need to start with myself by becoming more open first, then bring the stimulus from my solo activities back to my mindset when I compose for SID, which I hope will be a chance to break free of the limits within myself. To be honest, ever since I started this, I've only come to love SID even more. This is something I wouldn't be able to manage without their cooperation. I hope to make that clear most of all.

SID - Soumatou (Revolving Lantern)

Dark  And cramped  Mine is a  Difficult world
And not you  Not even you  Could do anything to help

Ceaseless rain  Endless nights  Now that I'm used to it
I've chosen to run from it all  Today

The sunrise  Will scorch  And burn away  Every trace of me
Writing these  Words of apology was  The least  And last thing I could do

Frail  And delicate  Mine is an  Empty world
And not you  Not even you  Could do anything to help

"Are you okay?" Words I chafed  Into a permanent wound
Having long  Forgotten  The face that went with them

As the revolving lantern's  Set afloat in the air  I bite the life out of  The last fragments
Remembering  The days when I was young  And the day I threw  My smile away

How many times  Have I shouted  From here?
Don't forget  That tiny voice you heard
As for my footprints  On the path I've walked up till now
Bury them  With just a few  Tear-stained faces

The sunrise  Will scorch  And burn away  Every trace of me
Writing these  Words of apology was  The least  And last thing I could do

As the revolving lantern's  Set afloat in the air  I bite the life out of  The last fragments
Remembering  The days when I was young  And the day I threw  My smile away



This is a revolving lantern.

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SID - Shelter

I knew  I'd get cut off  I've always made the rational calls
It's not like  Flattery  Would've gotten me anywhere after all1

You said  I was out of line  And totally let me down  You've got to be high
Sure I may  Get to sing some days but  There are others  When I cry2

Sensing blood  Works of fiction come swarming  In a sign of weakness3

The freedom you gave me, can you perceive it?4
The pain you gave me, can you conceive it?

Keeping it inside  Doesn't help  My suffering might as well  Have vapourised like steam
And I could publicise it  But  There'd be no progress to be seen5

Under the cover of pressure-free education6  Their biting milk teeth are  Sending a signal about our times

This darkness I keep taking, can I ride it out?
The me who keeps taking it, should I wipe him out?

"Since it's impossible to eliminate  Let's just alleviate"  A circular debate7

The freedom you gave me, can you perceive it?
The pain you gave me, can you conceive it?

This darkness I keep taking, can I ride it out?
The me who keeps taking it, I wiped him out.



I played more loosely with this one to try and retain some of its original tongue-twistery fun, but all I really managed was to make it rhyme. I can promise it's still accurate, though. o9

This is a song about bullying in school. Going by the speech style, the narrator is a teenage boy who refused to go along with the bullies, only to have his friend turn on him and made the next victim.

1 Despite knowing it'd single him out, the narrator didn't want to praise / approve of the bullying because, as he put it, he's the rational type, plus no amount of boot-licking would save him if he ever got targetted anyway. He was consequently cut off by his schoolmates.

2 The situation worsened when a friend (probably somebody he was particularly close to or trusted) betrayed him by claiming his behaviour was cocky and stood out too much, even though they knew he had his bad days like everyone else too.

3 Works of fiction = rumours, ill-willed gossip. It's a sign of weakness because they're each protecting themselves from being targetted by ganging up on him.

4 He's been freed in the sense that he doesn't have to play along with the bullying anymore, or do anything he doesn't want to just to avoid standing out since... it's already too late for that... but it's probably not a concept his friend can grasp.

5 Mao's use of 'publicise' is deliberate—this is a long-running issue that's made the news time and again, but with no real results.

6 See: yutori education. [1] [2]

7 Just a line reflecting some adults' stance on bullying in school.

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SID - Danro (Fireplace)

Having wrapped up  A black  And twisted day  I'm adrift  Adrift
In the bathroom  The sound of morning dew  Trickles towards my nape  In surround1

I yearn for solitude because, I suppose  I deplored solitude, I suppose  
It's slipping  Out of reach  Help me  Already2

With nowhere left to run  He's brittle as he  Heads for a room of warm colours
How much easier would it be  If he could just shake off  All those helping hands extended only in name?

Vulnerable  And artless  He was, in other words  Pure in heart
And by the time  He welcomed the first quarter of a century3  The business parasites4 leeching off him were  All around

I overreact  To the sound of the calling bell so  Oh no  Did you end up taking the hint?
You're slipping  Out of reach  Call me  Already

Writing it off  As the sort of thing that just happens  I head for a garden of embellishment
And though I can see through others  With narrowed eyes  I'm tired of that too

With nowhere left to run  I'm brittle as I  Head for a room of warm colours
How much easier would it be  If I could just shake off  All these helping hands extended only in name?

I had a dream  Of you  And a big fireplace
Everyone was crowded around and laughing  While I  Cried from afar



"Leave me alone except NOT REALLY", the song.

It's about feeling lonely and isolated despite being surrounded by people, some of whom are even technically supposed to be on your side.

1 Surround sound, emphasises how quiet and deserted it is when the dripping of water can seem that loud. Later echoed by the use of "around" in the fourth verse, but note that the narrator is being hemmed in by things that don't actually make him feel less alone in both instances.

2 If he was going to feel lonely in a crowd anyway, the narrator would rather be truly alone (...e.g. sulking in his bathtub like in verse #1 8( ), but at the same time, it's a hard balance to attain when what he really wants is to genuinely feel connected to other people, so it's just been a downward slope from there.

3 Turning 25 years old.

4 Gyouchuu (蟯虫) means parasites; Mao subsituted the character for gyou with another character that can be pronounced the same way, but which stands for business instead.

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SID - darling

How about quitting  While we're ahead  Now's as good a time as any
Why don't we  Give it up already
Even if  You  Were to disappear
Who?  Who would?  Who would cry?

You, who spat  Such words  And hurled such caustic remarks at me
Your brand of good sense1
Was so awfully cold that  Unwilling to subject to it
I  Gradually  Distanced myself

There was no answer  Nor reason for obedience to be found  So I went against you2

Sometime around tonight  darling  I'd wanted you to bring me  All the way to that place
The moonlight  darling  Pained me so much, I went  Don't  Don't   And cried

Avoiding the issue  Getting torn apart3  I don't know any other way
To face it  But I can't run from it  Is there  An end to this?

Your jealousy  Left its mark on my cheek4
I hid it and smiled
Your messages  Piling up by the boxful
Only  Made me  Live in fear

You're normally  Sweet to me  So I let it go  And it just keeps happening again

Just as usual  darling  We keep relapsing  To when we first met
And before I know it  darling  You've changed so completely  It's like you're a different man

Avoiding the issue  Getting torn apart  I don't know any other way
To face it  But I can't run from it  Is there  An end to this?

Since it's the last time  You say we should end it smiling  As though  I could ever do that

Sometime around tonight  darling  I'd wanted you to bring me  All the way to that place
The moonlight  darling  Pained me so much, I went  Don't  Don't   And cried

Just as usual  darling  We keep relapsing  To when we first met
And before I know it  darling  You've changed so completely  It's like you're a different man

Avoiding the issue  Getting torn apart  I don't know any other way
To face it  But I can't run from it  Is there  An end to this?



From the POV of a woman who finds it hard to leave an abusive boyfriend.

1 He prolly didn't intend it to be, but what he said here was ironically sound advice—she should leave him for her own good. Unfortunately, he said it out of spite so it had the opposite effect. It hurt her so much that she couldn't deal with the notion and responded by distancing herself / putting out of mind.

2 ...Related to point 1, she went against his words in the first verse by... continuing to stay with him... which is the most useless show of defiance.

3 Just a note here that Mao chose words that are both pronounced "sakeru" for "avoiding the issue" and "getting torn apart".

4 He hit her, basically.

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PATi PATi 2013.02 - Question & Answer "10"

Q01 What's changed, and what hasn't changed about Mao in these 10 years.
M: Vocals. MC.
S: He's become stylish. His conviction.
A: He's gotten really stoic in his pursuit of his singing style. Still a good guy.
Y: I feel like he's gotten serious about tackling his singing head-on. The fact that he's a good guy hasn't changed.

Q02 What's changed, and what hasn't changed about Shinji in these 10 years.
M: Guitar. MC.
S: Amp. My conviction.
A: I think he's grown a lot as a performer. Still a good guy.
Y: I think his guitar playing's gotten really distinctive. The fact that he's my drinking buddy hasn't changed.

Q03 What's changed, and what hasn't changed about Aki in these 10 years.
M: Bass. MC.
S: He became gentler. His conviction.
A: For better or worse, no change (laughs). Still a good guy.
Y: Over the last few years, I think he's gotten a lot more flexible. Still has the temperament of a blood type B as usual.

Q04 What's changed, and what hasn't changed about Yuuya in these 10 years.
M: Drums. Hairstyle.
S: His wardrobe. His conviction.
A: I think he's making steady progress as an artiste. Still a good guy.
Y: I've changed in a lot of ways (laughs). Can't say the same for my hairstyle though...

Q05 In your 10 years of band activities, which scene filled you with the deepest emotion?
M: When we announced our major debut.
S: Our show at Tokyo Dome.
A: It's all been too dazzling.
Y: Gotta be our major debut, I guess.

Q06 Name something you never even imagined would happen 10 years ago?
M: That I'd be living with pets.
S: That we would last for 10 years.
A: That we've lasted for 10 years.
Y: Probably getting to play at Tokyo Dome.

Q07 Is there something you'd like to have, or something you'd like to have happened 10 years from now?
M: I want my home to have a Japanese style room.
S: I hope we will all be in good health.
A: The invention of a washing machine for washing humans.
Y: It'd be fun if we had flying cars.

Q08 If you were to measure these 10 years with the ruler in your heart, about how many cm long would they be?
M: 410cm.
S: 21cm.
A: Still within a measurable range. We're just getting started!
Y: 410cm? (laughs)

Q09 Name something you'd like to do with PATi PATi for your 10th anniversary.
M: Take a commemorative photo with all the editorial staff.
S: Get featured on the cover!
A: Please invite us to "PATi★Night" at Budokan! We'll definitely be there!!
Y: We've done all the stuff I wanted to do, so... I dunno.

Q10 Leave a message for your future self 10 years from now.
M: Please become the kind of presence somebody would try to catch up to.
S: Don't drink too much!
A: Health comes first.
Y: Are you doing well and is your hair still red~?

SID - Wife

Ever since  The last time  You kissed me in an alley
For 3 whole months  I've been drifting suspended  In a trance

Behind the bar counter  You stand with an impeccable pokerface
And the nihilistic sight of your back  Robbed me  Of my heart

Whenever it feels like we're just getting started  You'll catch me off-guard  By offering me chasers
It's obvious what you're up to  But I just can't help  Becoming a woman on nights like these

Oh please  Turn this way  And save your eyes only for me
I'm a changed woman  Compared to how I look during the day  Don't you think I'm pretty?
Since I  Can't get over  Our age gap
Please sweep me away   With a sweet trap

I'm tired of  These mundane days  Spent seeing him off at the door with a smile
There's never one  Word of gratitude  For those who get left behind

Aren't I the model wife?  The sun sets while I'm
Still just thinking about  What side dishes to make tonight
All I'm after  Are some cheap thrills
That's why  I don't have the courage  To wreck it all

Oh please  Turn this way  And save your eyes only for me
I'm a changed woman  Compared to how I look during the day  Don't you think I'm pretty?
Since I  Can't get over  Our age gap
Please sweep me away   With a sweet trap

Ever since  The first time  You kissed me in an alley