ACME, a metal band from Japan, came to A-Kon for their second U.S. show. The band also led a Q&A panel and talked about their second album, their biggest challenges, and why they film so many music videos.
A-Kon is the longest running American anime convention. Since 1990, A-Kon has been one of the largest conventions in the South and has drawn attention from international guests. A-Kon took place for its 30th year at Fair Park near downtown Dallas from June 27-30.
Article by Emily Gogle
Photos by Emily Gogle and Emily Olkkola
Who is ACME?
ACME is a visual kei metal band from Tokyo, Japan. The band is made up of vocalist Chisa and guitarist Shogi from the band DIV. ACME also includes drummer Hal from the band ARTEMA and bassist Rikito. The band released their first mini-album in 2017 and their first full-length album in 2018. Since then, the band has released a handful of singles.
Why hasn’t ACME released a second album?
Chisa and Hal, who write the songs for the band, said in their A-Kon panel that the band loves filming music videos. They told fans that giving the fans a visual aid to accompany their songs is one of their favorite parts of visual kei music.
Chisa went on to say that in the j-music industry, albums usually only get one music video. He jokingly admitted this is why the band releases so many singles rather than putting together a full album. The band has a very stunning and colorful visual style which they show off in their music videos.
What was the best and the worst videos to film?
One question from the fans at the panel was ‘what videos were the most difficult and the most fun?’ The band decided ROTTEN ORANGE was the hardest video to film because bassist Rikito was unable to film. The band tapped Haku from the band UNiTE! to fill in for their missing bassist in the video.
On the other side, the band said their favorite music video to shoot was SENKOU, one of their first. The music video showed the band in locations all over Tokyo, including a graffitied wall that singer Chisa posed in front of. The band recounted how during filming, they were stopped by an older man who yelled at them for filming where they weren’t allowed.
What was their biggest challenge in forming a band?
When the band heard this question, Hal was quick to answer. He made a joke about how before the band he was homeless, and his biggest worry was “if I smelled.” The rest of the band nodded seriously before breaking into laughter.
Rikito answered that his biggest challenge was lack of experience. The bassist had never played in a band before, much less a visual kei band. He admitted he was worried about whether or not he could keep up. Chisa jumped in to say that Rikito could “do anything.”
Are you planning to write another song in English?
The band re-recorded the song SENKOU in English. The band talked about how recording the song took three times as long to record as their usual music. Chisa said he spent more than six hours in the recording booth with an English teacher sitting next to him.
Hal and Chisa said they didn’t have any specific plans to record another song in English, but they were open to the idea. Chisa jokingly admitted that the rest of the band would need to be patient with him if they went to record more songs in English.
Who’s your biggest supporter?
Shogi grabbed the mic at this point to say “my mom.”
Chisa answered that their biggest supporters were the fans. As a visual kei band in Tokyo, they had to stand out in a crowded field. Chisa said the fans were why they were able to come to America twice and release so many singles.
The band ACME hopes to release a lot more music in the future. They said they wanted to perform in America again, and joked that their schedules were “wide open.” ACME will release a new single “Mononoke Requiem” on July 10.
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