LAZYgunsBRISKY is an all-girl hard rock quartet from Tokyo, Japan. Comprising of members Lucy (vocals), Izumi (guitar), Azu (bass, vocals), and Moe (drums). The band draws influence from 60s and 80s rock and roll, replete with fat guitars and sludgy bass.
In July 2010, LAZYgunsBRISKY signed to Buffalo, N.Y. – based label Good Charamel (GCR) – founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac. On September 29, 2010, the band’s 2nd major mini album 26times became available digitally in North America through GCR. At the same time, GCR released the compilation I Love J-Rock physically and digitally — Two songs from 26times are included on the album.
I recently talked with LAZYgunsBRISKY’s guitarist Izumi about the band’s associations with producer Kenichi Asai and their album 26times.
Please introduce yourself. What instruments and brands of instruments do you play?
Izumi – I’m the guitarist of LAZYgunsBRISKY. I play a Gibson’s Gold Top Les Paul guitar.
What is the musical background of the members of LAZYgunsBRISKY?
Izumi: We were all influenced by the rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1960s and ’70s — Like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
Remembering back to your first time in front of a live audience, what comes to mind?
Izumi: The first time, it was a great feeling to play in front of the audience. To do a live show, and to play music was just so making me feel good, and that feeling doesn’t change even now.
LAZYgunsBRISKY recently signed to Buffalo, N.Y. based label Good Charamel – founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac – how did that come about and are we going to see a US tour and release in the near future?
Izumi: I got a message on Myspace from Robby, and he said he wanted to release our CD. And, we said of yes, of course! I’m hoping to go around the US for tour in the near future.
Tell me a little bit about the songwriting process — Who is the songwriter and what inspires you to write music?
Izumi: Mostly our bassist Azu comes up with the songs. We go to the studio, play the song, and then arrange it together. Lucy puts the melodies on it with her lyrics.
How does the writing and recording of your 2nd major album 26times compare to your earlier group projects?
Izumi: We tried on new things, that we didn’t do before when writing songs. So I think it ended up like each song has it’s different color and style. And the booklet we designed all the pages, so I think it’ll be fun to see it.
How did Kenichi Asai come to produce your last two albums? And how did his co-writing of the song “pretending” from the album Catching come about?
Izumi: Our manager at that time, was a friend of Kenichi Asai’s manager. He listened to our first album Quixotic and said he wanted to produce our new CDs. “Pretending” became a really unique song on the album, the kind of song we’ve never tried before. It was a great experience for us all.
What has been your biggest triumph as a band? The band’s greatest challenge?
Izumi: I think the biggest triumph is that we did a guerilla live in Fuji Rock 2009.
The European tour we did from May to June this year was a big challenge for us, and we want to keep on doing big challenges like that.
Let’s hear a little about your tastes not related to music — Could you name some of your favorite books or movies?
Izumi: My favorite movie is GREASE, the musical movie which John Travolta and Olivia Newton John acts in.
What is your favorite LAZYgunsBRISKY song to perform live? Why?
Izumi: I like all our songs of course, but especially new songs are really challenging and fun to perform. But my most favorite might be “Pretty Lights” from the album Catching, because it makes me so happy when I see the audience sing the chorus part with us when we play it in shows.
This is your chance to promote your CDs, bands, tours, websites & gear?
Izumi: Our Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/lazygunsbrisky Please check it out.
Is there anything you’d like to say to LAZYgunsBRISKY fans all over the world?
Izumi: Thanks so much for reading this! We really want to perform all over the world, and of course we will! So, when we come to your country, please come and see us.
We can definitely show you rock ‘n’ roll!!!
I would like to thank Izumi and LAZYgunsBRISKY for their participation in this interview.
~Denise Smith (interview 2010.10.15)