Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Seiji on Guitar Wolf, Peelander-Z, and communicating with the universe

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

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  • Takayuki Mishima
Godfathers of Japanese rock and roll Guitar Wolf are legends. Their full-throttle sound is astounding, but it almost plays second fiddle to the sheer cool the trio projects. The band's appearance in the cult classic Wild Zero endeared it to not only rock fans but also to B-movie afficionados wolrdwide. Guitar Wolf's show at the Bottleneck this Friday, April 6, with the Transistors, Jabberjosh and the Sluts, looks to be the rock and roll event of the season. Guitarist and lead singer Seiji - aka the Guitar Wolf himself - was kind enough to answer a few questions for us via e-mail.

The Pitch: Guitar Wolf are the founding fathers of crazy Japanese rock. How do you feel about bands that have followed in your wake, like Electric Eel Shock, Peelander-Z and the like?

Seiji: Wait! Don't mix us with them. They are way too crazy!

I was having a nice dinner with them at a great five-star restaurant. One of Electric Eel Shock suddenly started pulling his hair out and sticking into my plate. Peelander-Z poked their noses and put snot into my champagne. I got so mad and stand up to turn up the table. Then I was awaken[ed]. Bad dream. They are great bands, but I would like to decline to dine with them. It might bring the dream back to reality.

What does it take to maintain your relentless pace of releases?

I'm always communicating with the universe. I'm writing songs by receiving the telepathy from alien. I often have a hard time receiving the telepathy when a new planet explodes and blocks the telepathy.

Did the dynamic of the band change after the passing of Bass Wolf? I imagine it couldn't have been easy to continue on.

Yes, I didn't know what to do when Billy passed away. One night, the ghost of Billy came to me standing at my pillow and he shouted, "Seiji, Rock 'n' Roll!" Well, I don't mind seeing his ghost once in a while, but it would be too much if he comes back every night. So I decided to continue the band. You'll see how the band has changed, or not. We are looking forward to seeing you at the show!

Will there ever be another film? Wild Zero is a cult favorite, and I imagine another rock and roll sci-fi blast would be well-received.

We have a plan. The sequel would be Wild Zero - an episode of Time Trip. We go back to the era of samurai worriers and fight against the ufo and samurai zombies. The director is looking for a producer.

What else does Guitar Wolf have planned for the future?

Scandal with Hollywood actresses.

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