Japanese experimental metal/hard rock band Dir en Grey are currently gearing up for the release of a new album, Dum Spiro Spero, this week.
Perhaps due to the timing of the album’s release, the band released an official statement yesterday about the current situation in Japan. The earthquake/tsunami of March 11th has left the country in a difficult situation, and Dir en Grey wanted to share their thoughts on the country, the devastation, and the government. Here’s what they had to say:
“The earthquake this March took the lives of many people, including manyDIR EN GREY supporters. Now, in many places throughout the country, high radiation levels have been detected; everyone, including ourselves, has been exposed to the radiation and there are even some who say the contamination is so bad we are at risk to not be able to travel to the USA and other countries in the future.
“On March 11th, the band was in the studio in Tokyo working on the new album when the earthquake hit. Afterwards the power shortages and transportation chaos caused further complications, and our many thoughts crossed our mind: ‘Will this album really be completed?’; ‘Will we ourselves be able to continue working towards the completion?’; and ‘Is it right to continue making this album?’
“August 3rd 2011 is the release date of our new album, ‘Dum Spiro Spero’. This normally would have been a wonderful day where our work was to be released out into the world. However, there are still many people in Japan suffering from the disaster and so with the intention of self-restraint, we will to refrain from words of joy on this occasion. But we cannot stop moving forward due to this.
“We are currently in Japan; however, it is unclear to what extent the government’s statements are correct, and to be honest, no one really knows what is going on in Japan right now. The safety regulations for safe level of radiation exposure keep getting increased higher and higher, yet the only official announcement is that ‘there is no effect on health.’
“We can no longer tell whether we are a democratic nation. Unless you are careful with your words, you will be taken down with significant force. At this point, we do not have the ability to truly find out what is occurring in our own country. However, we want to know the truth. People are able to overcome huge obstacles and problems if they know the truth.
“In the album title ‘While I Breath I Hope’, and our music video ‘Different Sense’ that we released just prior to the album, our sense of wanting to take action that will lead to a breakthrough in the current situation is reflected.
“The beginnings of something as significant as the velvet revolution are said to have been in the ‘Prague Spring’ which was started by a rallying of people of culture.
“For all of you who have read this, we ask that you do what you can to support us in our search for the truth.”
Dum Spiro Spero will be released tomorrow, on August 3rd. Visit the band’s website for information about the album and tour dates.