About [Daybreak]'s lyrics.
— Did Tora-san leave any such request for [Daybreak] (’s lyrics)?
Tora: I said nothing this time.
Shou: Actually he (Tora) told me that this wasn’t a love song, but it should have the feeling of moving ahead. With that kind of sense, I wrote the lyrics.
— Personally, I was shocked with the “Because even your burden will become your wings” part.
Shou: There are lots of ways to explain it, but sometimes there are moments when the will to move and proceed straight ahead becomes a burden. On the contrary, there are also moments when the will to crawl away from the negative experiences of your past become your wings. This band, in its 8 years of activity, there were moments when we felt discouraged, but we received help from those around us, and that allowed us to keep moving forward. The feeling I had from this experience made the words came out naturally. I didn’t have the intention to say nice things, the words just unconsciously flowed out.
— I see. What’s Tora-san’s favorite part from [Daybreak]’s lyrics?
Tora: … That’s difficult. I think this song is easy to understand. It’s great. I wasn’t thinking much when I looked at the lyrics, but even when I listened to the song casually there was the urge to keep doing my best to move ahead. I think that was really awesome.
— I got the feeling that the final sentence, “Even without a form, this song will never fade, always be there”, concluded the entire lyrics.
Tora: For sure!
Tora: As expected, Shou-kun is such an expert in writing lyrics.
Shou: Yay! I did it!
Tora: I thought it was easy to straightly write it down. But the way he arranged the words is really amazing.
* Excerpts from: http://vif-music.com/pickup/alice-nine-2/
* This actually is not the interview I’m currently translating (I’m doing the other one from BARKS), so if anyone wishes to complete it, be my guest.
* I’m loving [Daybreak] even more… ♡
Vif - Special Feature - Ruki Interview
Ruki’s Interview for Vif:
1. Completely changing over from the last 2 songs which were hard numbers, the new song “PLEDGE” is a majestic ballad after “Guren”, so please tell us about the motive behind working out a ballad this time.
Ruki : That’s because I personally feel winters are for ballads. That is why I made it.
2. What is the theme of the single “PLEDGE”?
Ruki : I wanted to write about an expression more profound than love.
3. The title “PLEDGE” means a vow or a written vow, please tell us the motive behind such a title. Also, other than “a vow or a written vow”, does this word also carry some special significance?
Ruki : I added the sense of something being deeper than a promise.
4. Which are the lyrics or the phrase which symbolizes “PLEDGE” this time?
Ruki : The first and the last words.
5. With the GazettE going to Tokyo Dome, the expectations from the fans run high just thinking about how the contents would turn out to be, so do you have anything you want to try, or any objectives in mind for Dome?
Ruki : It’ll be good if we are able to create the biggest burst among the artists who have performed at Tokyo Dome.
6. What is the reason behind having decided upon Dome at this time?
Ruki : That is because the band needs a giant, triggering explosion right now.
7. What is the Dome Live, to the GazettE?
Ruki : We wanted to try out what we would be able to present on a Stage of our dreams, at this time. That is all.
8. What is the GazettE’s next objective, after Dome is over?
Ruki : We just want to take the band to the highest position.
9. This is always asked of everybody holding a Live at the highest rated structure in Japan. What is a “good Live” to the GazettE?
Ruki : A sense of unity. How much does it resonate with the audience?
10. During the long Tour, were there any difficult times for the 5 members while travelling?
Ruki : There weren’t.
11. Please tell us what has been your favourite item of convenience during the Tour.
Ruki : iPhone.
12. What is the one thing in the world that the GazettE is proud of?
Ruki : The relationship with the fans.
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Pianos: Katia & Marielle Labèque