Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Bo Ningen

Bo Ningen
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It’s going to be a busy fall for Japanese punk four-piece Bo Ningen. In support of their new album III, the band will soon embark on a US Tour supporting Kasabian on September 26th-October 9th and then have a UK Tour alongside Band of Skulls on November 1st-14th. View all tour dates here. Before supporting Kasabian at Toronto’s Sound Academy on September 30th, we spoke with the band to discuss studio-magic, dream collaborations, and how they don’t share musical interests — enjoy!

AMBY: Hey Bo Ningen, welcome to our site. What have you been up to lately?

Bo Ningen: Hi. We’ve been touring/writing etc, such a typical answer!

AMBY: You released your new album III earlier this year. What was one of the highlights you had while recording it?

Bo Ningen: The engineer guy made a hilarious joke, but I can’t describe it here. It’s far too good to be public. Apart from that, we experienced several studio-magic. Magic actually happens in that specific situation. And the drummer Mon-chan cooked us amazing dinner. He knows how to cook well.

AMBY: When it comes to the record’s title, what’s the significance behind calling it III?

Bo Ningen: The look of it is already monumental, or it’s third one. The music in that disc will tell.

AMBY: This album also featured guest vocalists Jehnny Beth (Savages) and Roger Robinson (King Midas Sound). Who would your dream collaboration be with?

Bo Ningen: That’s a fun question. Each one of us has different choices I guess. I would love to have Fred Frith on board.

AMBY: In support of IIIs release, you’ll embark on a support tour with Kasabian. What do you look forward to most?

Bo Ningen: To play in big venues of course. And different crowd. I’m curious how they’ll react. We’d never get massive booing so I’m not afraid too much, we sometimes get serious Twitter response though. We don’t care about all these little pigeons so that’s ok.

AMBY: Where would your dream concert take place and who would be in the line-up?

Bo Ningen: Fun question 2. This sort of Qs can make me spend a week to answer, but I don’t have a week to answer now. Sure it will be one of the nicest dream to curate a festival ourselves.

AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?

Bo Ningen: On the facade of Stephen O’Mally’s amp. The body will be shaken to death. I’m sure that will be a real ecstatic experience.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Bo Ningen that nobody knows yet?

Bo Ningen: We don’t share many musical interest in common. That keeps us from playing one specific/static form of music e.g. metal, psych.


Thank you Bo Ningen, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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