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[Interview] SCANDAL Completes “Sengoku BASARA4” Ending Theme, “Runners high” (Part One)

T.M.Revolution has created the opening theme for the PS3 game "Sengoku BASARA4," which will be released on January 23, the ending theme of which was created by SCANDAL. Because T.M.Revolution and SCANDAL are on the same label, they will release the tracks as a split single entitled "Count ZERO | Runners high ~Sengoku BASARA4 EP~" on February 12. The first song will be T.M.Revolution's "Count ZERO," and the second song will be SCANDAL's "Runners high." The first-press limited edition of the single will include a DVD with an original program created by T.M.Revolution and SCANDAL and an original "Sengoku BASARA4" video.


In 2013, SCANDAL produced their album "STANDARD" and went on their largest hall tour in their history, which stopped in twenty-one locations all over the country and was attended by a total of 40,000 people. The established four-member girl band used their strength to cut their way through their fifth year since their major debut by steadily performing and releasing music. The song "Runners high" expresses the reality of of SCANDAL. It is a solid and powerful song that conforms to the theme of "Sengoku BASARA."

This is also their first time in about three and a half years to create a song for CAPCOM, the maker of the "Sengoku BASARA" series. "Sengoku BASARA" is an action game series about the Warring States Period of Japan. It has gained great success since its release in 2005, beginning as a game that then spawned an anime, movie, and play. The members of SCANDAL talk about the message of their new song, their current activities, and "Sengoku BASARA4."

■There are bands out there that have reached their twentieth, thirtieth, and even fortieth anniversaries.
■It's only been five years for us, so I want us to be a band that can continue to perform for a long time.

──Firstly, I want to look back on the year 2013, which was the fifth anniversary of your major debut. What do you have to say about your hall tour, the biggest ever in SCANDAL's history?

HARUNA: It was a really substantial twenty-one performances. Before we started the tour, I worried that it might be physically difficult, but once we actually started, it was completely fine. I think that our fifth album "STANDARD" was an album that linked our foundations with what we're going to do next. And when we reached the anniversary day of our debut during the middle of the tour, it was memorable.

RINA: During the tour, the four of us were lined up next to each other on stage, which was a reference to the music video for "Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne." We went on the tour thinking that that was an important song for us. Until then, I'd played drums a step behind everyone else, but moving just a little bit forward completely changed my impressions of everything. While we were on the tour and I was playing drums in front of people, I realized once again how much I love drumming. It was really fun! I've always wanted to be an "enchanting drummer," but that feeling has become even stronger.

──During an MC, you shockingly confessed, "I can't think of even one strong point of drumming." (laughs)

RINA: Haha. When I think about it one more time, I still really can't think of anything, which is troubling. (smiles wryly) Even if you're interested in drumming, it's a difficult instrument to start right away. It's not the sort of thing where you can get a beginner set for 10,000 yen like with a guitar, but if you overcome that hurdle, it's a really fascinating instrument and it's something that will suck you in. I think the instrument is like a partner that will be with you for life……I can't easily put it into words, but I performed during the tour feeling that every day.

TOMOMI: We talked about doing something different with the set list during this tour. Until then, it was like, "We'll just go with the flow," and we created kind of a standard set list for ourselves. But we wanted to challenge ourselves to break that pattern. So we did things like change the arrangement if we were going to play the same songs. It was fun to think of new things like that, and the reaction from fans was bigger than we expected, so it was a tour that was even more enjoyable than I anticipated. We went to places we have never been before and places we haven't been in a long time, and that also made us happy.

MAMI: Yeah. There were more shows in places that we've never played, and it felt like there were more people than usual who were seeing us for the first time. We were able to see that even in places we'd never been before, there were a lot of people waiting for us. Both people who were seeing us for the first time and people who had seen us before told us that they were going to go to other shows or they'd decided to go to the tour final. It made me happy to think that we'd created the kind of performance that made people want to see us many times. Actually, my mom also loved this tour. (laughs) She always comes to our Nagoya show, but this time she came to see us in other places like Osaka and Mie. My family is like my most well known fans, so I was happy to be able to do shows that made them want to come multiple times. It gave me confidence.

──By the way, how did you spend the day of the fifth anniversary of your debut?

HARUNA: We celebrated with the fans at our performance in Kanazawa. I was glad that they were as happy as we were. But there are bands out there that have reached their twentieth, thirtieth, and even fortieth anniversaries. It's only been five years for us, so it made me think that I want us to be a band that can continue to perform for a long time.

RINA: The staff got us a cake, and all of us went out to eat after the show, but it wasn't really a big party. (laughs)

- [Interview] SCANDAL Completes “Sengoku BASARA4” Ending Theme, "Runners high" (Part Two)

Interview/text: Yuko Kitsukawa Photography: ytsuji

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