Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times

For this week’s Japan Times’ cover story, I talked to the band Radwimps, who wrote the soundtrack to the movie “Your Name” which has been a massive hit in the last year (to say the least):

Yokohama Arena feels special on this chilly Tuesday night in early March. It’s here that Radwimps — a rock outfit from Kanagawa Prefecture whose members could bike to this very venue when they were teens — are playing the first of two sold-out shows.

The group — featuring vocalist-guitarist Yojiro Noda, guitarist Akira Kuwahara, bassist Yusuke Takeda and drummer Satoshi Yamaguchi (though he has been on hiatus since 2015 due to a neurological disorder) — reminisces frequently during the show on their youth and watching gigs at this venue in the early 2000s. They play songs from across their career, touching on everything from pop-punk to experiments in electronica.

Yet the arena responds loudest to songs from “Your Name.,” the animated film about body-swapping teenagers for which Radwimps provided the soundtrack. When it comes time for “Zenzenzense,” the track most associated with the anime, excitement boils over.

Read the whole story here.

By | 2017-03-17T14:53:07+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies, Music|Comments Off on Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times