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Creature Creature
Creator
Morrie - Lead singer

Collaborators
Minoru - guitar
Tetsu - bass

Live support
Shinya - drums
Hiro - guitar
Fire - bass

Red song sample

Paradise


Kaze no Tou


DISCOGRAPHY

Light & Lust (2006) can be purchased at the following links: YesAsia and iTunes.


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Creature Creature Interview

Creature Creature - photo courtesy of Creature Creature Flowers are in bloom endlessly... Wind is blowing eternally... Water is flowing, flowing purely... Dripping flesh, learn fully...

The English translation may not do them justice, but that is a taste of the lyrics emanating from the dark conception called Creature Creature. The brainchild of Morrie, co-founder of the legendary Japanese group Dead End, Creature Creature has provided a vehicle for a whole new generation of fans to know the genius of one of Japan's true originals.

On November 23, 2008 Morrie was kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Creature Creature.


First off tell us the meaning behind the band's name?

Creature Creature - photo by Kazuya Aoki - click for full size The ultimate end of every creature is to return to inorganic matter.

How different do you see your music and look from what you've done in the past?

For me, being involved in something with time means becoming more transparent and evil.

From 1984 to 1990 you were a part of the group Dead End, which was an influence on the development of other groups such as LUNA SEA. What do you think of that stage in your musical development now?

I feel fortunate and honored to have played with musicians of such a top international level so early in my career. They may be potentially the most influential on me musically.

The 1990's saw the rise of the Visual Kei movement in Japanese musical groups, featuring over-the-top makeup, hairstyles and costumes. Many groups see Morrie as a major influence of the cultural phenomena during that time. Was this something you were aware of back then?

No, in the 90's I was not in Japan so I did not pay attention to what was going on there.

Can you tell us a little about how you first met Dead End producer Hijime Okano and how important he was to that group's music and direction?

Creature Creature - photo courtesy of Creature Creature - click for full size By the time we were ready to make the third release, Shambara, we felt the need for a producer as a catalyst who would integrate diverse vectors of four members. Hijime Okano became almost like a fifth member and is rare because he could communicate with diverse members at various levels, understand our music, make sure what direction should be taken, and show concrete solutions in accordance with that choice.

Dead End's first album cover was seen as a homage to Iron Maiden. Was that group an influence on your earlier music?

No, it had nothing to do with Iron Maiden. We gave the artist the liberty to express a cover in his own way. However, I do like the first two Iron Maiden releases when Paul Di'Anno was the singer.

For much of the late 90's you released several solo projects but kept a lower profile. What other things were going on in your life?

Seemingly nothing, I was loving the Goddesses daily.

Did you keep in touch with any of the former members of Dead End during that time?

No.

Creature Creature's Light & Lust album cover In August of 2006 the new incarnation "Creature Creature" released its first CD, Light & Lust. The album included some supporting performances from ex-Dead End musicians YOU, Masafumi Minato and Crazy-Cool-Joe. What was it like to work with the old gang again?

It was really moving and I was glad to work with ex-Dead End members again. I reconfirmed how bad-ass they are. It was Minato who came to the studio first. When he started playing Cosmos Blackness, various feelings mingled and I was affected.

Tell us about the song Haru no Kikai (Spring Machine).

One is born and one dies. As a creature, in the enormous cycle of impersonal serene activity, which kind of medium does one's own unexchangable life get personal with? Simultaneously, does that make the virtual-ness of impersonal shine? This idea lies as a source of inspiration for Haru no Kikai. The melodies that grow but do not land in the verses, the tones that ascend toward hell in the interlude, these are what I tried to express with that concept.

Also, September 11 occurred when I was making this song. I wanted to make a strong sound which could withstand the state of the world at that time, and this song was my solution. Here is a translation of the lyrics:

SPRING MACHINE

Flowers are in bloom endlessly
Wind is blowing eternally

Water is flowing, flowing purely
Dripping flesh, learn fully
High sky, clouds are shifting
Killing is the same as keeping it alive

Each time I forget you
With all the longing, I try my words
My heart belonging to hell, swinging
No matter what awaits

Blown by wind, to the bone, blown
Will I laugh a demented laughter?
Appearing and disappearing freely,
Delightful on a spree
Will I die with my hope?

Lust, Rise
Words, Sink
Spring after Spring
Revealing a riddle, Exposed
Killing over and over
Alive again and again
Losing a reason
Flower in full bloom

Birds becoming intoxicated
My echo also, intoxicated
The premonition already fading away
Confusing the season, lust surrounds us
Killing is the same as keeping it alive

(Gently inclining Violently whispering)

Blown by wind, to the bone, blown
I laugh by the numbers of dreams I killed
Rustling the flowers, allowing shadows to run
I shed countless ghosts

Lust, Rise
Words, Sink
Spring after Spring
Revealing a riddle, exposed
Let the flowers fall
Flowers fluttering down beyond

© 2006 Lyrics by Morrie


Creature Creature - photo courtesy of Creature Creature - click for full size As a veteran of the music industry, what are some of the main changes you've seen take place over the last decade?

Technology. Now it is so convenient to make a recording in a home studio with good quality and its so easy to exchange the data through the internet. Technology rules the music of an era as to how the music is created, performed, listened to, and sold.

Creature Creature is currently recording tracks for a new album. Can you give us a sneak peak of what's being created?

I want the fans to be surprised, we can't.

Can those fans expect to see a tour of North America sometime in 2009?

Yes, we really want to go out!

Where is Creature Creature headed in the future?

I hope we will become something that no one has seen or heard.

Do you have a final message to all your fans?

Dare to go under.


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