Painfulness and beauty that remai
n in vogue ~the music Luby Sparks
aim to leave~ : Newave Japan

Timeless shock

ーLuby Sparks’s music has a strong taste of the 80s and the 90s. When did you encounter that kind of music?

Natsuki:
My parents would play foreign music at home all the time. My dad loved
and my mom loved
, means they both liked soul or R&B. When I first got my own CDs, I was in Junior-high, I was really into
. Until I entered high-school, I was listening to the rock music trending at that time like
or
. Then I started working part-time at Tower Record after entering high-school, where I gradually got deep into the 90s’ Alternative rock, Shoegazing and guitar pop.

ーWhat made you want to listen to the 90s?

Natsuki:
I saw a video of
, a band that our producer
belongs to, being on TV on YouTube and that was a total shock to me. The sound I heard was completely different from any music I knew. The volume of the guitar was so loud, the sound of it was insanely distorted, the riff was stuck in my head and the vocal sang languorously, and I got like “What the heck is that!?” From that experience, I started to listen to bands influenced them, such as
,
,
.
ーAlthough it was music in the past, you found it fresh and new.

Natsuki:
Exactly. Though I always liked foreign music, I was only listening to melodic music like Arctic Monkeys, so it was interesting for me to know there were different types of rock exist.
ーWhat about you, Erika?

Erika:
I was brought up in an environment where foreign music was always played at home as well. My mom used to play in a punk band and she dragged me into it. She played
or
or
a lot, and my dad would play hard and manly kind, like
.
ーWhat was the music you first listened to voluntarily?

Erika:
I loved
and listened to her first album “Let Go” the most. It was simply so cool. I also liked
so much that I would copy
’s outfit.
ーSo you used to listen to foreign music all the time. What about Japanese ones?

Natsuki:
Well, I used to only listen to foreign music, but my co-worker at Tower Record told me about
and I got shocked such band existed in the 90s in Japan. Now it’s my favorite Japanese band.
Since then I’ve listened to other Japanese bands but I always find myself liking the 90s’ bands like
. We formed the band Luby Sparks hoping to play music to be listened to for long like 90s’.
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