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VAMPS Vital Stats
HYDE
HYDE - Guitar & Vocal

K.A.Z.
K.A.Z. - Guitar

LOVE ADDICT song sample

LOVE ADDICT


SEX BLOOD ROCK N' ROLL


DISCOGRAPHY

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VAMPS (6-10-2009)
1. BITE
2. LOVE ADDICT
3. COSMOS
4. SECRET IN MY HEART
5. EVANESCENT
6. VAMPIRE DEPRESSION
7. REDRUM
8. DEEP RED
9. I GOTTA KICK START NOW
10. TIME GOES BY
11. SWEET DREAMS
12. HUNTING
13. SEX BLOOD ROCK N'ROLL

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VAMPS Interview

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And now a delicious riddle for all fans of Japanese rock music: What do you get when you combine the talents of L'Arc-en-Ciel's HYDE with Oblivion Dust’s K.A.Z.? A wonderfully gothic creation called VAMPS!

After years of collaboration the duo officially joined forces in 2008. After a massive tour of Japan, HYDE and K.A.Z. have released their first album "VAMPS" and are set to bring their chart-busting music overseas in July with a ten-show tour of the US. Grab your tickets while you can at vampsliveusa.com

So put on your best set of fangs and prepare to take the plunge into the wondrous world of "Sex Blood Rock n’ Roll".

On June 27, 2009 HYDE and K.A.Z. were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of VAMPS.


Let's begin with the origin of the group. What first brought the two of you together back in 2003?

HYDE: Since HYDE's second album "FAITH," I have worked together with K.A.Z.

K.A.Z.: I had been interested in HYDE's voice and his wonderful view of the world.

What made you decide to officially form the group VAMPS?

HYDE: When working together, I was thinking it would be fun to work with him, but let's see how it goes… but his existence became so important to me that I decided to share one name with him, rather than using my own name.

K.A.Z.: At first, I was a bit anxious, while being excited about the idea. I was wondering what other people would think when my songs are created with HYDE as VAMPS' songs. But I didn't need to worry—It has been just fun.

Your first full length album, VAMPS, was released in Japan on June 10th. How would you describe the album's musical style?

HYDE: We have more fun with sounds, say, sound effects. We created music especially for cool lives, so we have a lineup of good live songs.

K.A.Z.: The fun part of this album is that it's VAMPS' first one.

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LOVE ADDICT has been one of the group's early hits. Can you tell us the story behind writing and recording it?

HYDE: We thought this song would be the first one in the album, because it symbolized the entire album. We wanted to have something really hot.

K.A.Z.: What we were hoping was not too fast in tempo—so that the audience can dance to it—but something pop. For example, putting some edgy guitar in it.

LOVE ADDICT

Hey! Keep on rolling baby I want to explode
Oh yes, need you darling with the growling exhaust note

A love addict come light my fire
A love addict I'm already a love addict

Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now
Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now

Mom, I'm sorry am I playing some bad games
We starve like cherries, baby I want to explode

A love addict come light my fire
A love addict I'm already a love addict

Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now
Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now

Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go

I'm already a love addict, a love addict
I'm already a love addict, come light my fire

I'm already a love addict, a love addict
I'm already a love addict, come light my fire

Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now
Yeah! Just free your mind
Yeah! Let's get it on now

Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go
Ride on time let go

© Words & Music by HYDE

TIME GOES BY really rocks as well. Can you give us the story of its creation?

HYDE: This song had been around since I made the album "FAITH." But the refrain part was not catchy, so we didn't use it. We listened to it again for the first single, and still the refrain section wasn't catchy, but that time, we got an alternative idea. I was just singing it, then K.A.Z. said we would record it there. Well, he made it more dramatic for us.

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Can you tell us a little about where your music tastes came from?

K.A.Z.: We both went through the golden age of Rock n' Roll in the 80s and 90s, so we have absorbed various tastes. I think we created our own mixture by going through that era.

You did an amazing 46 show tour of Japan in 2008 and are in the midst of another heavy tour. What do you think of the avid responses from so many audiences?

HYDE: I think I am making the music that I used to dream of making in my teens. When I started the band, I liked hard-core bands with some horror taste. I feel like I am expressing the stuff I felt back then—maybe not really hard core.

Do you have one experience that stands out from the tours?

K.A.Z.: I had a surprise birthday on the stage.

On July 11 you will kick off the 10 show VAMPS LIVE 2009 U.S.A. TOUR. What are your expectations for the tour?

HYDE: First of all, I look forward to lives in front of the American audience. American audiences are good at expressing themselves, so it's fun to perform in front of them.

K.A.Z.: American audiences are wider than Japanese audience, so I can feel their cheers and excitements much more directly. I think American audiences are good at having fun.

What are you looking forward to most since your last 2006 visit to the US?

HYDE: I'm excited to visit cities for the first time and try new things.

K.A.Z.: I look forward to meeting many people.

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Do you change your show or song list when playing overseas versus in Japan?

HYDE: We created music especially for cool lives, so we have a lineup of good live songs.

Who all will be coming with you on the tour?

HYDE: Ju-ken (bass), Arimatsu (drums) and JIN (sound manipulator).

What do you see as the biggest challenges to Japanese groups who want to perform in the US?

HYDE: I see more Japanese-American musicians, so I guess the music scene has been changing, but we don't get the same treatment as American artists yet. Without living in America or lots of passion, it's difficult for Japanese to obtain English skills. I might want to live there...

K.A.Z.: Of course the language is important, but I don't think you can't make music without learning the local language. Because it's music that counts.

Who were the great musical inspirations of your lives?

HYDE: Probably, Mötley Crüe.

K.A.Z.: I used to watch and got inspired by King Crimson, Cheap Trick, and TOTO.

Btw, can you tell us what inspired you to pick the name VAMPS?

HYDE: It's from vampire. I like mysterious women, too [laugh]. I like horror.

What one thing do you want fans to know most about VAMPS?

HYDE: SEX BLOOD ROCK N' ROLL!

Do you have a final message to all your fans?

HYDE: Can't wait to see you. Wait for a little bit more; I will bite your neck!

K.A.Z.: Let's have a fun party!


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