Bridear's Kimi and Miki Talks of Live Album, Anime, and the Fans!

Photograph by Karaome

JRock band BRIDEAR went out on tour back in 2022, during which they would record one of their performances, creating what would become their upcoming live album titled "Aegis Of London... Live!". This idea coming from their record company, they thought the time was right, hence forth also being actively for the last 10 years didn't hurt either and showed a document of growth. A couple of the band members talked of this album, fans, shows, and even anime straight out of Japan!

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

KIMI: When I formed the band with HARU, we liked the phrase “Dear Bride”. We turned the words around so they flowed into each other. 

2. Why did you want to play the genre that you do?

KIMI: I love many genres of music but hard rock and heavy metal really resonated with me. I loved Helloween, In Flames, and many others. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

KIMI: Not really. I met HARU at a party in Fukuoka (our hometown) and we were in other bands. We had similar ideas so we decided to form an all-female band. Then we found the others. 

4. What has influenced your sound and style?

KIMI: Hard rock and heavy metal of course, but also a lot of the J-rock and and J-pop we listen to. Anime and game music has some influence. 

5. Back in 2022 as a part of the "Decide to Survive Tour" you went and recorded a live album out in London's Boston Music Room, this album titled "Aegis Of London… Live!". So why was this tour the time to record this live album?

KIMI: It was an idea from Setsuzoku Records to capture the energy of our live shows. Also, Bridear has been active for 10 years so it’s a document of growth. The time is also right with the passion of our fans growing every tour and we had such good songs on this album to showcase. 

6. How does this live album "Aegis Of London… Live!" differ from the 2018 DVD release “2018 MARCASITE”?

KIMI: We have grown a lot since then. We have new members and are on a new path internationally. So it differs a lot in showing how our fans overseas are supporting Bridear and how we have grown.

7. Has BRIDEAR had their music featured in any Japanese programming anime, TV, film etc. IF not would you?

KIMI: Our song ‘The Moment’ was on the soundtrack to the anime Kengan Ashura.

8. How would you say you differ from other bands and artists on the scene?

MIKI: We do not mimic the genre. I think we use elements of JPop in our melodies and chord progressions which gives us a different sound and mix with the hard rock and heavy metal. 

9. The band has had it's line-up changes over time, so how do you go about finding a new member that you know clicks with the band and meshes well with your music?

KIMI: We audition and seek the best players. We see how they play the songs in their own way but stay true to the song at the same time. Then of course we play together and feel the chemistry. 

10. Why do you think people should check out your new live album once released? 

KIMI: It’s an amazing capture of a Bridear show. The energy of the audience can’t be denied. They knew they were being recorded and really made it a memorable night. When you listen to the album you feel like you are actually there.

It was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. He’s such a famous producer and engineer and we’re honored he worked on the album. If you are a fan of his work (At the Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil) then you must hear it.

11. Has BRIDEAR toured across the pond as of the U.S. yet? Would you like too?

KIMI: We would love to one day. I’m sure it will happen. It’s difficult to time it right, schedule it, and of course there is the visa process. It’s difficult but we will finally do it one day. 

12. What do you think of your fans?

KIMI: We love them and appreciate them so much. Without them we would not still be doing this and growing so much all over the world. 

13. What does next year hold for BRIDEAR?

KIMI: We are writing new songs and preparing for a lot of shows in Japan. Of course we hope to see our overseas fans this year too!

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