Today we have an exclusive interview with vkei band JIRUDORE (ジルドレ).
JIRUDORE (ジルドレ) is a young band that formed at the beginning of 2019. Their concept revolves around vocalist MIROKU (ミロク) being at odds with the other two members: initially as “prisoner vs jailers,” and now as “demon vs angels.”
The band recently released their 4th single, Boku TO 「Boku」 (ぼくト「ぼく」), and gave us a playful interview about their worldview.
JIRUDORE (ジルドレ), thank you very much for agreeing to this interview.
[Lily, Natsuki, MIROKU] Thank you for having us.
Please introduce yourselves.
[B. Lily] I’m bassist Lily.
[G. Natsuki (那月)] I’m guitarist Natsuki.
[V. MIROKU (ミロク)] I’m vocalist MIROKU.
What’s one word each of you would use to describe the other members?
[Lily] For Natsuki, “summer boy”; for MIROKU, “hazardous.”
[MIROKU] For Lily, “cosplayer.”
[Lily] Rude (laughs)
What is a cheap daily item that you can’t live without?
[Lily] Energy drink.
Please tell us how JIRUDORE formed.
[Lily] Myself and Natsuki originally worked in different genres, but we had the opportunity to support a vkei band and we got to know each other. We were introduced to MIROKU and became 3 people!
What is the origin and meaning of your name?
[Lily] The band name was decided in 5 seconds after I said “JIRUDORE?” and everyone else immediately said OK (laughs).
What is the band’s concept?
[Lily] “Human psychology, truth, loneliness.”
The band has only 3 members. Is there any advantage to that kind of lineup?
[Lily] Nothing in particular. We can do everything, but we’re still looking for a drummer (laughs).
What makes JIRUDORE unique? What are the band’s strong points?
[Lily] It’s definitely MIROKU’s character and Natsuki’s guitar, right?
[Natsuki] My guitar can’t be defeated.
[MIROKU] What’s inside Lily’s skirt is unique.
[Lily] What's that? (laughs)
How did you become interested in VK?
[Natsuki] I was fascinated by how different it is from reggae, the coolness, the pureness of its colors.
In VK, there are many different aesthetics. How would you describe your aesthetic, and why did you choose it?
[Lily] My aesthetic is the style of a woman.
[MIROKU] I think only people with the illness of thinking like a teenager would choose VK.
[Natsuki] Pureness of color.
There is often a “performance” component to your concerts (such as “arresting” the vocalist). How do you come up with those ideas?
[Lily] We just spend eternity thinking of how to capture MIROKU.
How do you choose the setlist for a live?
[Lily] When we enter rehearsal, we just decide by feeling; but at the end, MIROKU chooses the songs.
How do you prepare for a live?
[Lily] Reading and calming down.
[Natsuki] Carefully washing important places.
[MIROKU] By going to McDonalds the day before.
Please tell us about your most difficult live so far, and your favorite live so far.
[MIROKU] There’s no live that’s been difficult, but as far as strengths I would say MC, because we’re a communicable bunch (laughs)
[Lily] My favorite live was my birthday live. I was very happy to be celebrated by the visitors.
Which song is your favorite to perform, and why?
[Lily] “Believer,” and recently “Boku TO [Boku].” I like Believer because it’s a song that’s closer to metal, but also because the lyrics refer to a certain incident that I have thoughts about. “Boku TO [Boku]” is the fastest song in JIRUDORE’s history, so it’s fun to play.
What’s your favorite venue to play at and why?
[Lily, Natsuki, MIROKU] Ikebukuro BlackHole! MIYAUTHI!
What’s your process for making new songs?
[MIROKU] Lily gives the title of an “incident” (new song) and we go from there.
Please tell us about the process of making an MV. How do you decide on the concept, locations, etc?
[Lily] We leave the concept and scenario to MIROKU. The location is easy to decide because each song is based around an incident (crime).
[MIROKU] Our song next summer will be Lily in a bikini.
[Lily] I won’t wear it (laughs).
Please tell us about your 4th single, Boku TO 「Boku」. Could you tell us a little bit about the songs included in it? Were there any challenges or triumphs with it?
[MIROKU] It was a very difficult challenge because the theme for the 4th single, as decided by Lily, was just... “chimpanzee.” So I forcibly smashed “chimpanzee” into JIRUDORE’s concept, and I think the result was good (laughs)
The theme is actually about a chimpanzee which was raised by a human family from a young age, which eventually attacked one of those people. From the idea of “not being recognized as a person,” I drew my feelings about racism and homosexuality.
The coupling track is also tied to animals, so I interpreted that as being about a pet that I love.
JIRODORE is active for 1 year now. What are some milestones from that time?
[Lily] Probably JOKER, because it’s when the idea of “angels and demons” came to the foreground as a band, replacing our previous concept of “prisoners and jailers.”
Please tell us your goals as a band for 2020.
[Lily] More beautiful!
[Natsuki] More white!
[MIROKU] More black!
Lastly, please give a message to everyone.
[Lily] MIROKU is punished without trial!
[MIROKU] I didn’t do it!
[Natsuki] I did it!
The band's 4th single, Boku TO 「Boku」 (ぼくト「ぼく」), was released on March 5th. Early purchasers receive a ticket for a twoshot picture with the band.
[Upcoming live schedule]
- 3/31 Shinjuku club SCIENCE
- 4/3 Ikebukuro EDGE
- 4/13 Toshima Shishio (獅子王)
- 5/8 Shinjuku club SCIENCE
- 5/11 Toshima Shishio (獅子王)
- 5/20 Shinjuku club SCIENCE
- 5/27 Ikebukuro EDGE
To JIRUDORE (ジルドレ), thank you so much for allowing us to do this interview! We wish you luck.
Thanks to Ryu for coordination.
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