It has been about 8 months since the restarting of activity in January.
Tohoshinki will be releasing the new album that everyone has been anticipating for two years!
Just like they said, “Wanted to show our maturity.”
Their evolutionary outcome can be found in the album ‘TONE’.
Their looks of continuation moving on higher….
The friendship between the two is widely-known.
The long road taken was never a mistaken route.
[The Album That Bounds The Tohoshinki Duo Tighter]
‘TONE’ is a homonym that could meant musically or in colour terms. If were to meticulously handle such details, could the status within the musicians be leveled up.
Within this, the album that comprises of the two’s passion was completed.
CM: This album was produced as a gift to our fans. Because this is the first album that was released after we became a duo, in order for others to see our maturity, each song was done with great effort.
YH: I think that harmonization is the weapon of Tohoshinki, therefore to harmonize singing with the two of us was a challenge for us. Either with Changmin as the lead vocal and I will harmonize or vice versa, I think we created our new way of harmonizing through these.
Have the bonding became tighter between the two of you?
YH: I think it was tighter during the preparation of the album. Just by looking at each other, we would be able to understand each other. Because Changmin and my style is like a difference of 108 degrees…
CM: It’s 180 degrees! (CM who teased right away)
YH: Ah~! 180 degrees. (shys) I think it’s because of our difference in style and contrarily created a new tone successfully.
(T/N: Difference of 108 and 180 in Japanese language. 108 – Hyaku Hachi. 180 – Hyaku Hachi Jyuu.)
Found a new side of oneself?
CM: Honestly, in this 8 years of continuous working together, it seems that Yunho has became part of my life. To think of “discovering a new side” is a difficult thing…
YH: (claps and laughing out loud)
CM: But I think ‘Shiawase Iro no Hana’ is a song that show off the matured Mr. Yunho’s charisma.
YH: I think it’s Changmin’s rap. Though the usual thought of Changmin is his singing, I think Changmin’s rap has became an adult style. I think this could just be Changmin’s new weapon.
The tour that is starting next January, what kind of performance would you like it to be?
CM: I wish to present a matured Tohoshinki with ‘level up’ performances and songs. And then to relay our thanks to the fans who have been waiting for us through these long awaited days.
YH: To me, the stage is really an important and huge presence. Not only the handsome performances, I still want to relay the message that “Tohoshinki has walked through this long road.” As expected, the stage is a space where we are able to feel the bliss. Recently I felt, “Very blissful~” too. The most blissful private moment is the minute I lied down in my house. (smiles)
CM: I do feel blessed standing on stage too. In private, the blissful moment is to drink beer leisurely after the live performance has ended, enjoying the relaxed moment.
Any anticipation for each other in future?
CM: I don’t have thoughts like “Hopefully someone would do it this way”. And it does not mean that there’s no anticipation…
YH: Gave me a scare!
CM: Because I don’t over-anticipate. If things are able to maintain like this, I’m very happy.
YH: I am the same as Changmin. Our friendship is widely known and therefore wish to maintain as now and to work hard for the bigger future.
Wish to challenge the extremity of Tohoshinki,
Wish to exceed the extremity
Wish to become the musician that continues to evolve no matter how many years later
[ Wish To Sing With Everyone in Tohoshinki’s Concert! ]
What are your thoughts after singing ‘introduction ~magenta~’?
CM: I feel that it is a song of nursery rhyme genre. It was a type we have never sang before and thus was worried that by mistake we would have sang it into a nursery rhyme. (laughs) I think it is due to this song that the other songs’ charm were able to outshine. Thus it was sung with a pure innocence feel.
YH: I think an overture represents the concept of the rest of the songs. Therefore this song represents both Changmin’s and my outlook while painstakingly preparing this album.
How about ‘B.U.T.’ that followed?
CM: Speaking about the current dance songs of Tohoshinki, they are very intense. In fact, there are a lot of songs that made us, who were dancing, breathless. (Yunho starts to laugh out loud.) Of course this song is as such, but the lyrics were different from the dance songs that were sang before. It is about directly seducing a girl.
YH: It is my first time filming action scene in MV. Although at the beginning I cannot understand why do I need to do a flying kick action. (laughs) But in order to show everyone our maturation, I took up the challenge. And it was my first time wearing a pair of grey contact lens. Although it turned out to be less obvious that I thought it to be. (laughs) The scene of my acting and the filming set that everyone have worked hard to create was well compatible. It was very satisfying.
How about ‘Duet’?
CM: The lyrics is such as “No matter what happened, have to protect the loved ones!”. A very manly act of love potraying.
YH: From the song title of ‘Duet’, it makes me feel that it is similar to us. It has the style alike to Tohoshinki’s previously and includes new charisma. So is the lyrics’ content… Does Changmin has such experience? I did. (laughs) Thus I did my recording, thinking of the past.
[ Ballads That Were Done Wholeheartedly, A New Grand Piece Is Born! ]
‘Shiawase Iro no Hana’ was sang in what kind of mood?
(T/N: Shiawase Iro no Hana is loosely translated as The Flower of Happiness Colours)
CM: When we heard the demo, we feel that this would be one ballad that would ‘level up’ Tohoshinki and so it was recorded with our sincerity. Especially Yunho who finished his recording and said that “he wished to re-record everything,” and he re-recorded twice. This is a song that was re-recorded many times and done with great effort.
YH: Although the producer said it was okay but I asked myself what is the extremity of Tohoshinki and how well we can do it better… And had feelings of, “I have to work even harder! I still can do it better!”. This song was a lengthy 6min 40sec. As there was a previous grand ballad such as ‘Bolero’, but this song of similar genre has to be done with the two voices of us to present this 6min 40secs. Because of this, I wish to challenge the extremity.
How about ‘Easy Mind’?
CM: The lyrics’ content is very happy and it is a song that would allow people to forget the stress and be happy immediately. Thinking of the ability to liven up the atmosphere during the live performance, it was happily sang and recorded.
What kind of sing is ‘Weep’?
YH: It was done recording with thankfulness. To me, I think it would be good if this is the ending song in Tohoshinki’s concert. If everyone can listen to this song and sing along with us, I would be very happy.
Are ‘Easy Mind’ and ‘Weep’ for fans?
YH: Yes. It includes our thankful feelings for fans who waited for us. If you listened to ‘Easy Mind’, there is a not-so-good weird whistling at the ending (laughs) I did that. I was cheated by Changmin. (laughs) Changmin told the producer, “Yunho is good at whistling!” Actually I am not good at it… But it became an unique style with that feeling and it probably contributes to be an interesting episode. In ‘Weep’, there is a lalala~ portion in the end and it was blended with our thankful feelings.
Please tell us your favourite song from the album.
YH: Mine is ‘Shiawase Iro No Hana’. It is a grand piece and also the the kind of ballad we’ve been presenting. It is really a song we did with great effort, please do listen to it.
CM: Mine is ‘Why’. I think this is a song that includes the significance of acknowledging Tohoshinki’s restart. Then, I think it would be good to present Tohoshinki’s maturity with this album.
The album will be released in Autumn! Therefore, please talk about the feel of Autumn and what will you think of.
[CM] After he said “I wish to eat hot piping oden”, Yunho said, “I want to eat it~”
[YH] “Chestnuts. When I was in middle school, I did part-timing job related to chestnuts. (laughs) The place with chestnuts should have beautiful scenery!”
Trans by: rachui@sharingyoochun