Karyo/Zero - D'espairsRay
Their albums and singles always tops the Japanese indie-charts, they have played at both Wacken and Tuska Open Air. But now they make a quick stop at Klubben in Stockholm for their first Swedish gig ever. Metal Covenant sat down with the guitarist/songwriter Karyu and the bassist Zero a few hours before the concert.
Niklas: You've been touring in Europe more than most Japanese bands have. Why is that?
Niklas: To me, D'espairsRay sound like both metal, pop, industrial, punk and goth music How would you like to describe your sound?
Niklas: You just released your second album
Mirror here in Europe. What can you tell us about that one?
Niklas: I noticed that there is a big difference between the song Garnet from your first album Coll:set, which had scary videos and distorted vocals, and the new song Squall, which has a more pop/rock-like feeling. Was this intentional?
Niklas: Would you consider D'espairsRay to be part of the Visual Kei-culture?
Niklas: The name D'espairsRay sounds kind of mysterious What does it mean?
Niklas: If somebody were curious about D'espairsRay,
which song would you recommend they would start with listening to?
Niklas: Any last words to your fans?
The interview is over, but I offer D'espairsRay the chance to ask me some questions. This seems to have been something that Karyu and Zero have looked forward to, because there are lots of questions to be had. How old are you? Are you Swedish? What are Swedish girls like? What are Swedish meatballs ("they are, like, balls of meat that you can eat")? Then it's time to say goodbye. Later the same evening, D'espairsRay put on a striking performance in the same venue. Follw the link below and read all about it:
See also: review of the gig the same night