Toru Horiuchi - Vocals, Bass
Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture
Blood type: O
Isamu Anboi - Guitar, Chorus
Birthplace: Kyoto Prefecture
Blood type: O
Wataru Fujie - Drums, Chorus
Birthplace: Kyoto Prefecture
Blood type: A
Jetter of Love
Amy Amy live
Live at Takutaku, Kyoto (2-17-2007)
1. Let's Go! Psycrons! (intro)
2. Hey! Mademoiselle
3. Sally (in The Wild Land)
4. (God, Please) Stop These Tears
5. Footprints in Winter
6. Crazy Love
7. Jetter of Love
8. Illusion of August
9. Street Corner of Love
10. Run Until Dawn
11. Sweet Sandy
12. The Night with Beautiful Stars
13. The Springtime of Life
14. Necklace of Seven Colours
15. Amy, Amy
16. Shades of The Melancholic Love
17. Nancy, I Love You!
Miracle! The Psycrons (3-11-2006)
1. Jetter of Love
2. Amy, Amy
3. Footprints in Winter
4. Hey! Mademoiselle
5. Crazy Love
6. Stormy Night in London
7. Illusion of August
8. Run Until Dawn
9. Sally (in The Wild Land)
10. A Caravan of Sorrow
11. The Night with Beautiful Stars
12. Shades of The Melancholic Love
13. The End of the Mercilessness
Let's Go! Psycrons! (12-18-2004)
1. Let's Go! Psycrons!
2. Necklace of Seven Colours
3. Tears of Isabella
4. (God, Please) Stop These Tears
5. Your Town Blues
6. Nancy, I Love You!
7. Madras of Dawn
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The Psycrons Interview
"Originally, our ex-guitarist and I bonded because we both liked the Rolling Stones, and we wanted to play "Japanese rock from the good ol' days" so we decided to start a band." - Toru Horiuchi
The musical world that the Beatles and Rolling Stones created had a major impact far beyond the shores of England and the West. Case in point: The Psycrons, a Japanese trio hailing from Kyoto and Nagano. They play the classic guitar-bass-drums rock music familiar to anyone who grew up in the era of tie-dye and flower power but with a distinctly Japanese flavor all their own.
So come say hello to Toru Horiuchi on vocals and bass, Isamu Anboi on guitar and Wataru Fujie on drums and take a trip into the nostalgic past for some first class homage to a form of music that never seems to go out of style.
On August 12, 2009 the members of The Psycrons were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of The Psycrons. Translation by Taku Aihara.
Let's start from the beginning. Can you describe the hometown where you grew up?
Isamu: Kyoto is one of the most famous cities in Japan, known for its many temples and shrines. It's a place with a lot of history and culture.
Toru: Nagano, as you may know, was where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held.
What memories stand out the most from your childhoods?
Toru: When we were kids, we didn't have all the video games like the kids today, so we'd have fun playing outside in the sun. When we were in our teens, that's when we picked up instruments.
How did you all first get into music?
Toru: Each of us started out playing different types of music, but around the time we were in junior high and high school, it was a popular thing to "be in a band" and we were all playing in various bands at that time.
Can you tell us what groups you played in before forming The Psycrons and what instruments you played?
Toru: I used to play bass in a band called Green Apple Chairs.
Isamu: I played guitar in a band called 88 (Eighty-eight).
Wataru: I played guitar in a band called Nekoguruma.
How did the three of you first meet?
Toru: Isamu and I are friends from college, and I met Wataru through work.
Tell us the story of how you formed the band.
Toru: Originally, our ex-guitarist (Toyooka) and I bonded because we both liked the Rolling Stones, and we wanted to play "Japanese rock from the good ol' days" so we decided to start a band. After a few lineup changes though, I'm now the only original member remaining (lol).
You obviously have a love of 60s era music. Were there 1 or 2 bands whose music and style most inspired you?
Toru: It's gotta be the Rolling Stones.
How would you describe the musical style of The Psycrons?
Toru: While we follow in the footsteps of non-mainstream bands of the old Japanese "Group Sounds" movement, we're taking it to the next level and making it our own.
What were those first few years playing together like? What were the biggest challenges?
Toru: Well, at the beginning, we couldn't get a lot of people to come out to see us, plus our live shows just didn't have the energy we have now.
What did your family and friends think of your music careers?
Toru: There were various opinions. Some of them were very supportive, while others were basically like "isn't it time you guys gave it a rest?"
Btw, is anyone in the group married? Any kids?
Toru: Nope. None of us are married.
Any thoughts on family life in the future?
Toru: I guess when the time is right. For the most part, none of us are in a big rush to get married at this point.
In 2004 you came out with your first CD, "Let's Go! Psycrons!" How big of a moment was that for you?
Toru: It was a big deal for us. We were happy to finally be able to get our music out there. The first time we saw our own CD on the racks at a record shop, we were totally excited.
How long had you been working on the music?
Toru: We already had the songs so we just went into the studio to record them. The recording itself took about six months.
What songs from the album were you most proud of?
Toru: It would have to be Nanairo no Kubikazari.
A couple of your tracks have appeared on the "Wild Sazanami Beat" compilation albums. How did you get hooked up with them?
Toru: The members of the band, Goggle-A, who started the compilation, dug our music and invited us to participate.
Btw, do you all know Thee 50's High Teens?
Toru: They're an awesome garage punk band. We've known them for a while, and in the past, we've toured with them a bunch of times too.
Your 2006 CD included the track Jetter of Love. Can you tell us the story behind the song?
Toru: Actually, the song had been around since the early days, but we rearranged it a bit for the record. When we finished it, we we're really satisfied with how it turned out and it was the perfect song to be the opening track.
Can you tell us about making the music video for the song?
Toru: We tried our best to try to get it to look like the vintage videos and film footage from back in the Group Sounds era.
In 2007 the band did its first tour of the US. Looking back now, what memories stand out the most?
Toru: At the time, we had just started with the new lineup so we had some worries going into it, but it turned out to be a blast and we learned a lot from the experience. We definitely want to go back!
Have you gone back since?
Toru: No, we haven't. Please invite us back! (lol)
Your latest CD, "Good-Buy Psycrons," was released in January of this year. How would you compare its music to your earlier works?
Toru: We tried to expand our horizons beyond just the Group Sounds style, so this record is a more modern sounding rock album and we tried to incorporate a broader range of styles.
Do you a favorite song from the album to play live?
Toru: Fun songs to play live are Groovin' Car, Jessy Diamond, and Karappo no Sekai.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
Toru: We're planning to put out a new record next year so we'd like our fans in America to look forward to that when it comes out.
Do you have a final message to all your fans?Thanks so much for listening to our music! We hope you keep supporting the Psycrons!
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