BABYMETAL's singer Su-Metal was interviewed by Boston Globe to talk about BABYMETAL's concept and their performance at The Late Show with Stephen Cobert. Boston Globe's article also makes mention to Sakura Gakuin and Kami Band. Read the interview below.
Boston Globe: BABYMETAL on five fiery inspirations
What do Hello Kitty and Slayer have in common? Absolutely nothing, but they work together better than you would think. At the crossroads of cuteness and carnage is Babymetal, the self-styled Japanese “kawaii metal” trio that combines J-pop girl power with bone-breaking metal mayhem. Again, it’s not as odd as it sounds.
“The name means ‘the birth of new metal,’” explained lead singer Suzuka Nakamoto, otherwise known as Su-metal, in an e-mail interview translated from Japanese. “We are aiming to become the only, one-of-a-kind, which no other traditional metal band has been like in the past.”
At 18 years old, Su-metal is the oldest of the group. Her cohorts, Yuimetal (Yui Mizuno) and Moametal (Moa Kikuchi), are both 16. (All three sing and dance, with the backing Kami Band providing the shrill guitars and blast beats.) Formed in 2010 — do the math — as a spinoff of the Japanese pop group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal soon became a force unto itself, sharing festival bills with Metallica and Megadeth.
The appeal stretches beyond metalheads, though. In 2014, the girls followed Lady Gaga on a stretch of her “Artpop” tour. Earlier in April, a few days after dropping their second album, “Metal Resistance,” they made their first American TV appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
“We heard that it’s a very famous TV program in the US,” Su-metal said. “After performing, the audience called out for one more song, which shocked us but also made us very happy.”
Article and Interview by: Boston Globe