Hello Asia editor Johnny Au speaks to Japanese band 5 man band Kyuso Nekokami on the eve of their performance at Singapore’s SPACE SHOWER RETSUDEN ASIA TOUR 2017.

Hi Kyuso Nekokami! To my Australian audience who may not have heard of you before can you introduce yourself and your music? Can you tell me what Kyuso Nekokami mean?

We are a 5-man band that was formed in a Japanese city called Nishinomiya that’s neither big nor small. The band’s name refers to the Japanese proverb “Kyuso neko wo kamu,” which means “A cornered rat will bite the cat.” It’s also the name of an accessory in the video game Final Fantasy X-2. Like the rat that defeats a strong cat, we’re the underdogs of society as well as the music industry but we’ll attack with our music. We’re normally very fearful beings.

Since forming in 2009 what has been some of your highlights as a band?

We travel to many places for concerts so every day is a highlight for us.

Your last full length album was released in 2015. Are you working on any new material? Will we see a brand new album in 2017?

We’ve actually written quite a lot of songs, but as much as we want to, we can’t say anything yet. If we do release a new album, it’ll be full of entertainment value, to the point of being very weird.

What’s your thoughts of performing at the SPACE SHOWER RETSUDEN ASIA TOUR 2017 in Singapore?

We’re really excited. The lyrics and themes of our songs are very specific to Japan, so we’re thinking about how to make our performance enjoyable for Singaporean fans.

What’s Kyuso Nekokami’s plans for 2017? Any plans for a national or international tour? When are we going to see you in Australia?

This year, we’ll be putting all our energy into our tours and music releases. We definitely want to tour overseas but because we still have a lot more to learn, neither our label nor agency will fund such an undertaking. Australia is on the top of our list of places to visit. Do you think you guys can help bring us over for a rock festival? We really want to cuddle a koala bear!

Kyushu Nekokami is performing at the SPACE SHOWER RETSUDEN ASIA TOUR 2017 on Thursday 16th March at MILLIAN SINGAPORE. For more information see HERE.