From Kanemitsu Hirofumi's article in the latest issue of Ongaku to Hito (released today!) we have learned the following:
The de-facto theme of the new single is Buck-Tick's 25th anniversary, much as the de-facto theme of Rendezvous was their 20th annivesary.
The lyrics and music to "Eriize no tame ni" were written by Imai, and "Yumemiru Uchuu" has music by Imai and lyrics by Sakurai, so I was right on three out of four predictions for the writing credits this time around.
Mr. Kanemitsu (who has know Buck-Tick a long time) describes "Eriize" as "nineties electronic rock with a simple band sound." He goes on to say that the simplicity and straightforwardness of the arrangement could have so easily devolved into something trite and overdone in the hands of another artist, but Imai proves the flawlessness of his artistic sense once more by stopping just one step short of going too far, resulting in a perfect balance. In the lyrics, the line "We loved, we were lonely too/But that's not what you and I were after" hint at something much deeper than the saccharine platitudes delivered by most popular Japanese musicians these days.
"Yumemiru Uchuu" is also described as a simple song, with simple words: "For an instant, or for forever/Will we go back? Never/Dance with me." It could be a love song for Buck-Tick's fanbase, many of whom have loved the band for 25 whole years now.
The third track is a self-cover of "SANE," which reportedly comes across a lot darker than the original version. I get a feeling we got a taste of this new version on the Razzle Dazzle tour, but this looks exciting.
And which bands will be appearing on Buck-Tick's new tribute album and at the next Parade festival? Mr. Kanemitsu can't tell us yet but he claims that he wishes he could...it's that good! Suffice to say they're bands from diverse genres, but they all love Buck-Tick.
Is Soil & "Pimp" Sessions one of them? That remains to be seen. But it appears that Mr. Soil and Mr. Pimp brought their jazzy horns into Imai's studio yesterday. To what effect, we can only speculate, but Imai says it's a "killer tune." I've gotta say, I love me a good horn section. Bead and feather 'em, baby.
Will the Dead Weather also be on Buck-Tick's tribute album? I suppose not, but in the meantime I'm going to have a glass of Jack Daniels while imagining what Allison Mosshart would sound like singing "Motel 13." As Tower Records and Suntory Whiskey so astutely pointed out in their joint ad campaign, "No Music, No Whiskey."
Which artists would you guys like to hear cover which Buck-Tick songs? I'll award cookie points to creative ideas.