Interview conducted by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Here at Rock Music Star, we are always looking for new and exciting bands to tell our readers about. This month, with the help of our friend, Robby Takac, we found a great new female-fronted, alternative/punk band from Japan, called Pinky Doodle Poodle. This band consists of two talented musicians, George on guitar, and Yuria on bass and vocals. Pinky Doodle Poodle will be touring the USA for the first time starting in 2015. Their new release is now available through Good Charamel Records. (Click here to purchase)
What follows is an exclusive interview with Yuria and George of Pinky Doodle Poodle. This was one of the first interviews that the band has done with an American press outlet. So, here they are, America- Pinky Doodle Poodle!
Thank you for talking to us here at Rock Music Star. I guess we should start this interview by asking the origin of the name, "Pinky Doodle Poode." How did you come up with that unique name?
Pinky Doodle Poodle comes from the name of clothes which is worn on an American doll called “Blythe." “Blythe” has many clothes, and every clothes have their own name. Sometimes, Yuria is told that she looks like Blythe. So, that's how we came up with it.
Pinky Doodle Poodle will be touring the USA for the very first time starting on June 28th in Niagara Falls, NY. How excited and/or nervous are you in regards to this potentially groundbreaking tour?
We are just excited about this tour, not nervous at all.
Who will be playing drums on the upcoming USA tour?
Josh English will join us. He lives in Buffalo and takes part in many bands.
Besides the gigs, what else are you planning on doing while on tour in the USA?
We will record our songs for 2nd album at GCR Audio in Buffalo, and join some filming for an independent film.
What is the music scene like in Japan? Is Alternative rock popular there at the moment?
We think now, pop music is very popular in Japan. Alternative rock is not popular.
Who are some of the most popular music artists in Japan now?
AKB48, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Who were some of your musical influences?
We like to listen to 60’s and 70’s Rock, Punk, Blues and Jazz music. Our favorite artist is AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Motorhead, Freddie king, Glenn Miller, Count Basie…
What is the biggest show, attendance-wise, that the band has ever played?
It was definitely the show in Myanmar, which we went to last April.
In 2010, Yuria you switched from guitar to bass; how difficult was this transition for you?
The bass phrase of PDP songs are not simple. So, it is difficult for me to sing while playing the bass.
Will you be writing or re-recording any of your songs with the lyrics in English?
It depends on our progress of English skill… someday, we will try.
What are the some of the lyrical themes on the album?
Nothing special. We don’t have love songs, but every lyrics have positive message.
What led to your signing with an American record label -Good Charamel Records?
It is very simple- We got a mail from Robby. That started it all.
What kind of music or business advice, or guidance did you receive from the owner of Good Charamel Records, Robby Takac?
When we did recording, he gave us the just right suggestions about some phrases of our songs, and he always set a nice mood.
You recorded some of your recent record in Buffalo, NY. Did you get a chance to see the city and surrounding area? What did you think of Buffalo, NY? Was this your first visit to the USA?
Niagara Falls!! Robby took us there. We think Buffalo has lush greenery and water course. This was not first visit to the US, we have been to San Francisco and Hawaii.
Would you ever consider moving to the USA to further your career?
Yes. Because in USA, there is a rock music scene we really want to play.
In the future, would you like to play festivals in the USA like the “Van’s Wrap Tour,” or are you happier playing in clubs?
Yeah, we would like to play in big festivals. But, we like to play in both festivals and clubs. When we play in clubs, we can feel the response of audience directly.
Recently, Avril Lavigne released a video for her song, “Hello Kitty.” Many viewers felt that it was disrespectful to the Japanese culture. Did you see the video, and if so, did you find it offensive at all?
No, we didn’t. We will check it out later.
What are your plans after the USA summer tour?
Nothing special, please call us anytime!!
Special thanks to Robby Takac for setting this interview up and also to Dana Kaiser.