By Nicole-Ann Lobo
Boys Age is a Saitama, Japan-based duo specializing in “uncommon pop.” The band consists of Kaznari Muto (guitar, vocals, and composer) and Takamasa Kobayashi (drums and back-up vocals.) Here, frontman Kaz Muto discusses his storywriting, aspirations, and real vs. fake gold. This interview took place via email, with the help of Google Translate. Check out Romance Planet, Boys Age’s latest album, here.
Rare Candy: Your prelude on Romance Planet sets the tone for the other four songs on the release. How do you think the presence of a "prelude" message impacts your fans' listening experience?
Kaznari Muto: Romance Planet is a story of a cosmic journey. At first, I was thinking that I wanted to build a fictional soundtrack for a love tragedy, an Interstellar Romance, like a "Romeo and Juliet" that takes place in the universe. I always write a rough story before I start to make an album. However, the stories collapse immediately every time because I'm not too good at summarizing stories. This track is a relic, but I'm not willing to tell the story line to fans. Please build your own world for it. Anyway, this album got a great start by R.STEVIE MOORE’s voice and track. He is a truly great musician.
RC: You've written on your Tumblr that you "must create the more strong pop music." What do you mean, and how does it impact your creative process?
KM: We always must overcome our own past, the historical greats, future rivals and so many other things. I want to reach the pith of the music universe before anyone else. If look is a temperament, my brain is low quality, but I'm similar to a scientist.
RC: How does your environment influence your sound? Do you draw inspiration from any non-musical elements of your lives?
KM: All of the universe is altogether music for me.
RC: How does the rapport you build with your audience impact your energy on stage?
KM: I am selfish, and a moody man. Can I give something to the audience?
RC: You have a lot of fans in Los Angeles and New York - could a US tour be anytime in your future?
KM: I can’t speak English, but I want to go on tour in the near the future. Especially a lot of my friends’ bands are around Los Angeles. I want to see their shows, and I want to hear their music directly and play with them on the same stage.
RC: What are some of those bands?
RC: You've also written that you've seen the "fake gold" everywhere, but are still looking for that "real gold." What is the fake gold to you, and when do you think you'll know if you've found the real stuff?
KM: It's nostalgic, and refers to one of our albums, ‘Fake Gold.’ It was the time that I was a spiky boy. GOLD means "things that deserve to be believed in.” I hate people that just follow blindly without doubt. This album is my disgust for blind worship. By the way, in Japan there is an energy drink called ‘Real Gold.’ Drink it, and your pee will be GOLD. Anyway, I am on my way, still looking for my true gold. All is in music, that's all.
RC: What's next for you guys?
KM: I played guitar on Sonny and the Sunsets’ new album. We are making a new album and recording some other songs. Recently, I’ve been listening to Sun Araw, and Orange Crate Art by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Oh, and I play the video game "Blood Borne" now. I hope to meet you somewhere on the Earth in the future!
Listen to more Boys Age on their Bandcamp.