The Sunday Times article & interview: "BABYMETAL: Iron Maidens"

The Sunday Times "Style" from United Kingdom released an article dedicated to BABYMETAL after their performance at Wembley Arena. The 2 pages article features an interview with Su-Metal. Check the article and interview below. 


Su-Metal interviewed on The Sunday Times from United Kingdom

How did three Japanese teenage girls, with slick dance routines and sugary lyrics, become monster of rock? 

Rob Nash meets BABYMETAL


After an introduction of BABYMETAL's concept, The Sunday Times Style introduce the interview with Su-Metal.

...In the BABYMETAL narrative, the three girls, Yui, Suzuka and Moa, or Yuimetal, Su-Metal and Moametal - were appointed by the FOX GOD to deliver his message to The One - that is, the world's metal fans. Personal information about the girls is sketchy, and questions about their real lives are answered with "Only the FOX GOD knows". Our interview is conducted through a translator, with three women in chaperone-type capacities keeping an eagle eye on things. The only occasion when Su-Metal, the 18-year-old "big sister" in the band, bypasses the interpreter is when I asked her to name her favourite band and she wishpers shyly: "Metallica-san". 


They are girlish and modest in person, but the trio's standing in the rock fraternity is huge. Instagram pictures show them posing with A-list metallers such as Judas Priest, Megadeth and DragonForce, whose set at the UK Download Festival last year they transformed by making a surprise appearance. Though they profess to be fully paid-up head-bangers, the girls are also fans of Lady Gaga, whom they supported on Tour. However, Su looks shocked when I ask whether she likes Ariana Grande, with whom they have been potographed on Twitter. "That's Yuimetal", she protests. But they cherrfully admit they knew nothing of metal when the band was formed. "When I first heard it, I said 'What the...?'" Su confesses. "It was heavy, fast, the drums were too loud. So it was not instant love. But now I understand why people love it." 


The girls do not play instruments, but their new passion for metal seems geniune, and I catch a forlorn note in Su's voice when she says she does "not yet" contritibute lyrics. "One day, I hop to put my personal feelings into them." They put hours of practice into their intercatelly choreographed, unusual routines. The video for the recent single, KARATE, shos them batting horror-film-ghoulies. "We sat down and watched karate fils for ages," Su says. "Then we copied the moves."


Their concert outfits are always red and black: "We have a red froufrou skirt, because red is the colour of cute, and then black is dark and heavy," Su explains. And they are open to offers from fashion designers. Koba points out that Lady Gaga costumes made by Japanese designers. "So it would be great if we had western desginers," she enthuses. "Any famous designers here, please get it touch."


Koba is transparent about having manufactured BABYMETAL, but there is no rabbit-in-headlights nerviness in these girls, who have shot from local talent shows to rock arenas in only 18 months. Zayn Malik's recent revelation that he was not allwed to have a beard in One Directiion is a reminder of how controlling pop Svengalis can be. But Koba, long-haired and wearing the soft of jumper and jeans that suggest he might have been a software developer if he hadn't had his eureka kawaii-metal moment, taps away unconcerned on his MacBook while Su talks. Her excited description of watching foreign fans signing along with her at gigs does not sound like a line she has been fed. "It struck me, that they must have been studying the Japanese language. I realised how cool it was." 




Interview and article by: The Sunday Times

Photo by: Colmetal


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