I’m not translating but this is the gist.
The article is here.
It’s an interview with ryo and Kei on barks.
The interviewer asked why they became a 2 person band. They discussed Bansaku’s disappearance which is common knowledge.
Kei does say Bansaku says he wanted to leave the band (which is also common knowledge) but because of their schedule with Nightmare and also the 4th phenomenon at NHK hall + the contract with Warner they said they couldn’t say at the time that he withdrew from the band. Apparently. And ryo said “even if we wanted to say it.”
Kei says that when it became 3 members the work load on each person naturally increased. But Kei was dissatisfied with Akira(’s work). Kei’s like ~I use pro-tools and can form a song that way~ but Akira has an old method and it takes a lot of time. They had to give a demo to Warner.
So Akira’s way of composing wouldn’t get it in in time. Kei told Akira he has to change his method. Also with Akira’s method, it means that to check phrases Kei would have to go into the studio too so it took away from Kei’s time to compose music. So Kei got stressed and December 2012 at the year end party he and Akira had a huge fight—it turned into a fist fight. Since then Akira’s been gone.
Kei called the manager and sent a message to Akira saying sorry, he was bad. He didn’t think that Akira would leave.
There were in stores at the beginning of the year and Kei thought he would be able to talk to Akira then but Akira didn’t show up. And Kei was like well crap, this is just like with Bansaku. Even if he went to Akira’s place he wasn’t there. Kei even went to visit Akira’s parent’s house but he wasn’t there either. Kei wanted to apologize and went to Akira’s parent’s house many times but was never able to meet him.
Documents arrived (of Akira wanting to quit the band). At that time they had to record Nonfiction. At that time they realized they might have to become a 2 person band.
ryo reminds them that they said the band was supposed to be the 4 of them, they promised, etc etc. Anyway, when it became the 2 of them Kei called ryo saying that he thought they could continue and ryo was the one who said that they should quit because he thought baroque needed to be the 4 of them.
They had a lot to finish with nonfiction so Kei said that they needed to finish it and they’d think about it after nonfiction’s release. They also had the 0 and 5th phenomenon and the tour with vistlip planned.
Anyway after that they had activities stopped so they could have various discussions. Their office was conflicted too. Anyway, baroque continued obviously.
fuckyeahkannivalism is still on indefinite hiatus, but I thought this was important enough to post on here.