Kenji Razors - Vocals
Birthday: August 23, 1973
Blood type: A
Taku Beef - Guitar
Birthday: December 27, 1975
Blood type: B
Missile - Bass
Birthday: January 28, 1980
Blood type: O
Krash - Drums
Birthday: March 22, 1977
Blood type: B
RADIO PUNK song sample
2008 Tour Montage 1
2008 Tour Montage 2
2 SPELL TROUBLE
3 BLACK & GREEN
4 DREAM TEAM
5 MERRY GO ROUND
6 SKIDDING EAGLE
7 FUCK 'EM ALL!!
8 JUMPIN' JACK FLASH
9 I LOVE VANS
10 HIGH ON CLEAR SOUL
11 TROPICAL RADIO
12 CIRCUS CHARLIE
13 GO! GO! SCENARIO BUS!!
14 LIGHTNING VOLTAGE
15 I CAN SEE THE MUSIC
16 CITY CONNECTION
17 SUNSET BEATS
18 THRASH THE PRESSURE!!
19 TAKA & MISA
SWEET 10 THRASHERS (2006)
1 UGLY KID
3 DRESSED FOODS
4 RAZORS WIND
5 TOXIC TOYS
6 KICK START
7 GREEDY FOR ME
8 LOOSE LOOPS
9 THE SUN DISAPPEARED
10 WE DON'T CARE
MAGICAL JET LIGHT (2005)
1 THE CLOSE GAME
2 STR8 TO SPACE
3 JET STREAM
5 SAVE OUR RIGHTS
6.shot # sick
9 STAND UP OR FALL
10 MOUNTAIN MOUNTAIN
11 PARTY IS ROUND
12 DANCE MY DANCE
14 STUPID LINES
15 WASH OFF
16 NO PAIN, NO GAIN
17 KILL YOUR TELEVISION
RAZORS RISING!!!! (2003)
1 DO THE SPIN SOUL
2 GET UP JERKS
3 SENSE OF SMELL
4 JUSO CRAZY NIGHT
5 FLYING THE FLAG
6 NEW RISING
7 EAT THE PASSION
8 EVERYBODY NEEDS! NEEDS! NEEDS!
10 SONIC DAYS
11 ROCK 'EM ALL!!
12 SPY SEE SPIDER
14.RAZORS EDGE IS MOST THRASH!!
15 I FEEL ALRIGHT
THRASH MARCH (2000)
1 FUTURE PRESIDENT
2 BORN AGAIN
3 NOT THE SAME
4 NO MARK
6 THRASH MARCH
7 RAZORS EDGE IS MOST THRASH !!
10 SUGAR ROOM IS BURNING
11.MORE SOUL FOR BEAT
THRASH 'EM ALL !! (2000)
1 GLOW IN THE DARK
3 MORE SOUL FOR BEAT
4 THRASH 'EM ALL !!
5 SUCK UP TO IT
6 NINJAH TUNER
7 YOU CAN JUST LIKE...
8 BORN AGAIN
10 DOWNER BRAINS
11 WORLD IS ONE
13 BRITZKRIEG THRASH !!!!
14 MY EAR IS DUMB
THRASH MARCH 1st 7" (1998)
1 FUTURE PRESIDENT
2 BORN AGAIN
3 NOT THE SAME
1 NO MARK
3 THRASH MARCH
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With Taku now on guitar, Missile on bass and the well-named Krash on drums, they have set the standard for a genre of music that gets the Mosh Pit fired up and the band members soaring into the air and over their audiences--literally!
On January 28, 2009 the members of Razors Edge were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Razors Edge with credits to MGP and AKASE.
In 2006 Razors Edge released its first album with the current members, Sweet 10 Thrashers, named to commemorate the band's ten year run. How far has the music come since those early years?
Kenji: More fast! More enjoyable! More melodic!
2007 and 2008 were busy years for the group touring in Japan. How do you all get along on the road together?
Kenji: We always joke around a lot, and drink lots of booze when we have many shows. Well, actually we are all taking better care of our bodies now, cause the important thing is to play a good show. Yeah, maybe we're kinda stoic now!!
So you don't drink as much as you use to?
Kenji: My personal thing, I had too much drinking over the past few years and my body went down, so I didn't drink at all the past 3 years.
Do you enjoy music other than Thrash?
Kenji: I do! I listen to many kinds of music cause I'm a big fan of MUSIC!! I'm trying to listen to as many kinds of music as possible.
What about touring do you enjoy the most?
Kenji: Touring is fun. We all like to eat sushi, so it is fun to look for cheap sushi places!
Anyone married? Any kids?
Kenji: I'm the only married guy. And I'm having my first baby really soon.
Congratulations! Aside from fatherhood, what are your plans for the rest of 2009?
Kenji: We're planning to record for the upcoming new album. Also we are trying to organize our own shows to have more fun, which we are gonna ask many bands to join in.
Let's learn the story of how you all got together. In 2002 Missile and Krash both joined the band. How did each get asked to join?
Kenji: Missile was playing in the band Jellyroll Rockheads with me, which I was playing at the same time that Razors Edge was going on. The band broke up and Razors Edge also lost their bass player, so missile joined RE.
Krash was playing in the band called ''creep'' and we kinda knew each other at that time. One day, accidently, I met him at the practice studio and told him that RE was going to release an album from Pizza of Death, and I asked him to join my band
What other bands had you been in before joining?
Missile: I was just playing bass in some junk band.
Missile and Krash, tell us a little about your backgrounds. What were your hometowns like? What kind of kids were you?
Missile: The place never used to change, but ironically now it is changing really badly. When I was a child, I guess I was kinda an active and bold kid, but I was also pretty clever and innocent.
Krash: My hometown is really kinda countryside and there are lots of cultural heritage locations around my house. I was running around in those places when the Nintendo boom came. I was also into that and loved to daydream a lot...
How did you both first get into music and how did you pick the bass and drums to play?
Missile: Ever since I can remember I was listening to old Japanese pop music. I met a punk rocker when I was in high school. I started thinking about playing an instrument cause I had a few friends who could play the guitar very well, so I thought 'ALRIGHT!! Then I'm gonna play the bass guitar!!' Oh! and Sid Vicious is also a good reason!! Ha ha!
Krash: My older brother was a drummer so drumming was close to my daily life for me.
When I was in elementary school, my teacher brought the soundtrack CD of Dragon Quest (which was one of most famous Nintendo games at that time) and it was my first bump into the music. I didn't think it was going out everywhere in Japan, cause I was thinking it was just "game music."
In 2003 you came out with Razors Rising!!! With now three of your current members onboard how had your music changed?
Kenji: We kinda did everything in our 1st album, so we needed to push forward more than before. To highlight the tightness of the drums and bass, we tried to make more Rock and Alternative, but still sound like hardcore Thrash.
What songs are you most proud of from the album?
Kenji: DO THE SPIN SOUL, EAT THE PASSION and RAZORS EDGE IS MOST THRASH. These songs are still important songs in our set lists today.
The song DO THE SPIN SOUL has most of the RE elements.
EAT THE PASSION is one of the songs which really builds intensity in our live show, which is the anthem for the circle mosh. This song represents ourselves!
RAZORS EDGE IS MOST THRASH is a party song, which we made to sound happy! And this is one of the most important songs to show the HAPPY SIDE of RE.
In 2005 Taka became a member of the band. Taka, can you tell us the story of how you joined up?
Taka: I used to go to their show, cause I liked it, and I found out that RE was looking for a guitar player. So I went to their website and got in contact with Kenji. At first I was a supporting member, and then I become a full time guitar player in RE.
What groups had you been in before?
Taka: I also played in the band called BURL, which is a 3 peace punk band.
Can you tell us a little about your background? What kind of kid were you?
Taka: Baseball kid!!!!
How did you get into playing the guitar?
Taka: My brother played a guitar, and I watched the RAMONES!!
What did your family and friends think of you playing in a rock band?
Taka: I guess no one around me thought I was gonna be this serious at that time. But now, my family and friends understand me and they are all supporting me.
Let's go over the band's origins. Kenji, back in Osaka in 1996 you started a four man band with Junya Sugar, Aniki and Yosuke Skins. How would you describe the original band's sound back then?
Kenji: Mixture of 80's Japanese hardcore and US HC, and also some essence of a more modern, fast, hardcore style. I aimed to make a speedy, light sound.
In 1998 Razors Edge released its first album, THRASH MARCH. How exciting was that for you?
Kenji: In fact "THRASH MARCH" is our 1st 7 inch, not 1st album. The THRASH MARCH CD, which you can buy in the store now, is the re-issue version of that vinyl. We added some songs from the compilation album and re-made it.
When I got the vinyl in my hand, it was the most precious moment! I also had a beer in my hand, and it made me feel like ''my dream came true.''
Tell us about the music. What songs do you still perform from the album?
Kenji: Alright, we aren't playing many songs from this album, but if we have a long set list, some of the songs like FUTURE PRESIDENT, BORN AGAIN and THRASH MARCH are always in the set list!!
What was it like in those early days?
Kenji: At that time, I was really into the CLUB scene, and listening to Techno and Drum 'n bass. So... I was drunk all night and getting wasted!! Also I was at my friend's gig almost every time, and I was getting drunk there too. Ha ha.
In 2000 you came out with Thrash 'em All! How did the music compare to your earlier works?
Kenji: It's kinda Razors Edge's early discography. I mean, it was our everything at that time--the energy of the recordings, the type of songs we wrote, artworks--every element was there. At that time, I was really satisfied and happy with what we had made.
Tell us about your background. Did you come from a musical family?
Kenji: I didn't grow up in a musical family. My parents didn't care about the music a bit. Maybe they listened to some Japanese Enka. I don't know why I became such a big music fan, cause I was raised in such a family situation.
I liked to sing from my childhood though, and I had a huge singing voice.
What were some of the first songs you got into?
Kenji: A Japanese children song called "dragonfly's glass" was the first record that I had. And it was during kindergartener age.
How do you write songs? Do you have a process you go through?
Kenji: Most are made starting with guitar riffs, and adding a few drum patterns and making a brief idea of the song. Melody, lyrics and back up vocals are worked in later.
Recently I started to make the songs by humming.
Other than music what type of things do you enjoy doing?
Kenji: Mountaineering and bikes are my recent hobbies.
Anything else anyone wants to bring up or comment on?
Kenji: I just want people to try our songs. You can listen at our MySpace page and also watch some show videos too.
Do you have a final message to all your fans?
Kenji: All the PUNK ROCKERS, feel the RAZORS EDGE!!!!
RAZORS EDGE, dedicated to all the PUNK ROCKERS!!!!
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