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Aug 19 2011
Interview with MIWA
Featuring Chris Slade of AC/DC fame, MIWA unleashes their debut album, My Wish is Your Command. The screams of vocalist Miwa, combined with the energy of the instrumental section, provides listeners with 40 minutes of good heavy metal music to headbang to. We talk to the band to find out more.
HMT: Hi Sean, thank you for giving us this opportunity to talk to you! The band recently released the debut album, My Wish Is Your Command earlier this year. How has reception for the album been, and how does the band feel?
Reception for the album has been great! Sony Creative Software also did great article in their July news letter about me and the release of “My Wish Is Your Command”. People are finding out exactly how much MIWA ROCKS!
Before we move on, would it be possible to give our readers a history of the band? How did the band and the current lineup come about?
MIWA and I have been working on this for a long time. We have had many members in the band but our current lineup is best ever! We met Chris Slade (formerly of AC/DC) while he was playing a gig down the street. We were big fans, so we hung out and invited him to jam with us. He came the following Sunday and we jammed. Chris liked our music and Miwa’s vocals so much, that he joined us right then and there. Bjorn Englen and I have been friends for years. We are both music teachers in and around Hollywood, so he is a perfect fit to complete the lineup. Bjorn also currently plays with Yngwie Malmsteen.
The band is named after frontwoman, Miwa. Was there any particular reason behind the naming of the band, instead of coming up with another band name?
We were trying to come up with a cool name, and I thought; Miwa’s name is cool! So I can take credit for that. Miwa’s dedication and passion for her art has earned her this credit. Miwa is a MONSTER SINGER!
Chris Slade was also involved in the recording of both the music and the music videos of the album. How did the collaboration come about, and what was it like working with him? Will his involvement be a permanent thing and can fans get to see his continued involvement in the band in the future?
Chris Slade is the best! He is easy to get along with, and is always game for any crazy thing that we come up with. Chris really added to the songs because he really played to the music. We can’t wait ‘till we start on the next album together.
Let’s now talk about the new album, My Wish Is Your Command. The first thing that strikes the listener is the cartoon/manga-influenced album artwork. How did the artwork come about?
One of my students named Yuji was a producer of a lot of Japanese animation like Trigun, Tenchi Muyo and many others, introduced to me to an amazing artist named Tom Watanabe that did Yuji’s album cover. I was kind of new at the whole Japanese Animation thing, but I thought Tom’s work was really cool! He took the ball and ran with it… We couldn’t be happier with what Tom has done for us! Our album cover turned out great!!!
Miwa, on the album, alternates between singing in Japanese and English. What was the reason behind this, instead of choosing to do the album entirely in just one language? How have fans received this lyrical approach of the band?
Miwa’s first language is Japanese, so those were the first songs that she wrote. We talked about doing other versions as well but Miwa is very adamant about keeping the proper message intact so we decided to go with it! This decision has been well received with our fans, we are all very proud of her for sticking to her guns!
Miwa’s vocals also range from gruff, thrash-influenced vocals to clean and soulful singing, evident on the different styles of music available on the album. Does she have any formal vocal training, and who are some of her influences and inspirations in terms of vocals?
Well, as a matter of fact, I taught her. I’ve been known for years in Hollywood as “The Voice Mechanic” and out of my 2 000 + private students, I got the greatest results from Miwa! And she was totally into METAL!!! So I decided to make a band with her. All the classic 80’s Hard Rock bands were a big influence, especially Judas Priest, Halford, Dio, etc. She even warms up with Alice Cooper!!!
The guitars on the album also bring to mind old school heavy metal legends such as Loudness and at times reek of blues influences. What are some of your influences when laying down the guitar solos on the album?
I too am a fan of all the classic HEAVY METAL! We recently partied with Loudness in LA, and Akira is an AMAZING guitarist. My influences have been Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Halford, Slayer, Iron Maiden, The Scorpions, Queensryche, Metallica, Accept, U.D.O. and many other great Heavy Metal bands…
On to the lyrical themes on the album. Are there any main running theme and concepts behind the lyrics of the album? Where does the band draw lyrical influences from?
Each song is unique. Miwa draws from her experiences and dreams etc. Miwa writes all her own lyrics and melodies. A concept album would be cool though, maybe a good idea for a future album…
The band has also filmed a music video for Finally Found You and the title track. What were the experiences like, and were there any memorable incidents while filming the video?
Well, trying to play guitar and direct a music video can get hectic. Especially when the sun is going down and minutes later you won’t be able to see a f***ing thing! Or even find your way out of there! We were in the Mojave Desert outside of Los Angeles. The coolest part was when I was on top of a mountain playing the solo! Thankfully, my camera crew put up with my antics and we had a great time!
In addition, songs from the album have been selected for various short films and video campaigns. How did these deals come about, and how does the band feel about this?
Yes, the title track for the album was selected to be the main theme in a short film by Director Jonathan Heap entitled “Bed Ridden”. The very first thing that you hear in the movie is our song and again as it smashes to the credits. “Playing with Fire” and “.7” also appeared in some commercials for Always Hope in Malibu. We have also been asked for a song to be used in an upcoming feature film. It’s a lot of fun to go see a movie and hear your song in it as well!
With the album finally released, what are the near future plans of the band?
We have a few more videos to shoot, and then we’ll start touring a bit, before working on the next album.
We have come to the final segment of the interview: the last words are yours!
Thank you to all of our fans around the world and thank you to Heavy Metal Tribune for this interview. Watch for MIWA coming to your city and Keep it METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Album Review: MIWA – My Wish Is Your Command
©2011 Heavy Metal Tribune | Hong Rui
Interview from: http://www.heavymetaltribune.com/interview-with-miwa/
Jun 27 2011
Album Review: MIWA – My Wish is Your Command
My Wish is Your Command
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Featuring a number of notable members in the band such as Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC)and Bjorn Englen, who also plays with Yngwie Malmsteen, MIWA is a band playing music in the veins of old school hard rock/heavy metal music, with My Wish is Your Command being their first full length release.
The album opens with Finally Found You, with an opening drum fill which brings to mind songs such as Judas Priest‘s Painkiller opening drumming. Japanese vocalists all seem to have a certain style of singing and vocal pattern, and vocalist Miwa is no different. Right from the moment she begins singing on Finally Found You, there is no mistaking that this is a Japanese vocalist. Her gruff vocals sound extremely old-school thrash influenced, and at times she goes all the way to a pseudo-shriek/scream, easily putting male counterparts at shame with the amount of balls and aggressiveness in her vocals. However, this does not mean that she is not capable of “normal” singing as she proves on Crazy and Point Seven, where she does clean singing, displaying the versatility in her vocals. While listening to her vocals certainly took me by surprise on the first listen, subsequent listens become enjoyable and soon realise that there are no other way the vocals on this album can be done.
Guitarist Sean Lee also helps in keeping up the seemingly Japanese image of the music by pulling out guitar riffs that bring to mind old-school Japanese heavy metal bands such as Loudness. And unlike the neo-classical, sweep-picking shredding that similar bands like to utiliise, most of the guitar solos are well thought out and melodious, with small speedy sections littered around, such as on Crazy. The prominent bass lines also give songs a fuller sound, and this presence is even more prominent on the ballad Point Seven.
The songwriting department also does not disappoint, with the songs written by the band being all extremely catchy, with songs such as Gimme sounding almost like a soundtrack to play while riding on a bike, with wind flowing through the hair (with the opening riffs almost reminding me of Metalucifer‘s Heavy Metal Midnight Rider). Top that up with a bluesy Slash-influenced guitar solo and you have the perfect hard rock/heavy metal song. The song even ends like how a Slash song would, with an extra guitar section included at the end of the track. Point Seven is the standard sappy ballad that most such records have, and what makes it special is Miwa choosing to sing in her native language, Japanese, which somehow gives it an even more emotional feel than the usual ballad.
The album provides listeners with 40 minutes of fun and enjoyable music with this debut album. As evident from the music written, the band is capable of much more if they so choose to, and is certainly one of the bands to look out for. Recommended for fans of Japanese-styled heavy metal bands.
©2011 Heavy Metal Tribune | Hong Rui
June 16, 2011
Review: MIWA – My Wish is Your Command
I’ll admit, I’ve been letting the band submissions pile up lately – there’s just been too much work on my desk (and I prefer to write most of my client work in silence. Surprised?), and I’ve been feeling a sense of impending doom at the long list of PR emails with the word “core” in them and promo pics of skinny kids with complicated haircuts.
However, when someone emails you and says “Do you want to check out my band? We’ve got Chris Slade of ACDC on drums,” you sit up and pay attention.
MIWA – Your Wish is My Command
MIWA are a Los Angeles heavy metal outfit featuring Chris Slade alongside Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen) on bass, a friendly dude named Sean Lee on guitar, and Miwa – a Japanese songstress with a voice all of her own. Their debut album is My Wish is Your Command and if you want to hear female vocals that aren’t competing for a role on phantom of the Opera or mimicing Angela Gossow’s gutteral snarl, you’ve got to hear this girl sing … or screech, or shout, or gurgle, or whatever the hell it is she’s doing.
“Chris Slade could be in any band, but he joined MIWA because he likes Sean’s guitar playing and Miwa’s powerful vocals.” MIWA’s bio proudly states. Smart move, Chris.
The first time I listened to this album, I was impressed. The second time, I fucking loved it.
This style of heavy metal requires a strong lead vocal to pull it off – especially when you’ve got excellent riffage like this release – and, while Miwa lacks the range of other hard rock/heavy metal vocalists, she’s definitely not short of power or charisma. Miwa’s distinct style often reminds me of the punk rock group Civet, especially on “Playing with Fire”.
You already know that if Chris Slade is hanging around, the drums are going to be awesome. The man knows how to augment a song in just the right places to propel it forward or bring it back. But it’s the riffs and solos lift this album from amongst its peers – I am a guitar girl, first and foremost, and My Wish is Your Command will restore your faith in classic, guitar driven hard rock. The songs work – they flow with a natural ease that can only come from four talented musicians who just click. This is the kind of music that compels you to jump around, pump your arms, and make a jackass of yourself.
If I could pick one fault, it would be that the slower ballads don’t work quite as well with Miwa’s voice as the standout anthems like “My Wish is Your Command” and “Gimme What You Got”. I do enjoy hearing Miwa sing in Japanese, though.
If you’re having a shit week and you need some classic metal to cheer you up, get your hands on My Wish is Your Command. I am listening to “Playing with Fire” right now and, during my headbanging, I bonked my nose on the computer screen. Does it hurt? Yes. Do I care? No – that’s how good this album is. Check out the official MIWA website or the MIWA Myspace page to hear some seriously fucking kick-ass 80s style metal.
Review by Steff Metal: https://www.steffmetal.com/review-miwa-command/
Posted on June 12, 2011 by Skid
Former AC/DC Drummer Chris Slade Resurfaces In MIWA
June 12, 2011
Drummer Chris Slade, best know for his work on AC/DC’s ‘Razors Edge’ album, has resurfaced in the band MIWA. Joined by Miwa on vocals and Sean Lee on guitars, MIWA released their debut album ‘My Wish Is Your Command’ on January 1st. Also featured on the album is Bjorn Englen (current bass player for Yngwie Malmsteen). Bjorn played on the title track while myself Sean Lee and Dave Forman played bass on the rest of the songs. The 10 song album can be purchased at www.miwarocks.com, and for a limited time is only $7.99.
The band has also released a video for the first single from the album. The video for “Finally Found You” was recorded in the Mojave Desert and can be viewed below.
‘My Wish Is Your Command’ track list:
01. Finally Found You
02. Playing With Fire
03. My Wish Is Your Command
05. Gimme What You Got
06. Point Seven
10. Without You
Article from Sleazeroxx: http://sleazeroxx.com/former-acdc-drummer-chris-slade-resurfaces-in-miwa/
|01. Finally Found You|
02. Playing With Fire
03. My Wish Is Your Command
05. Gimme What You Got
06. Point Seven
10. Without You
Yep, that’s the official album art for MIWA‘s My Wish is Your Command…
I’d be willing to wager that the person behind it is either a twelve year old or an avid Pokemon card collector. Currently leaning toward the latter, although both are probably true.
If you look past the abominable album cover and give the music a chance, though, there’s a lot of respectable hard rock and heavy metal to be heard. The musicianship is solid, the songs are fun, the riffs are consistently good, blah, blah. I like it.
Despite featuring some biggish names like Bjorn Englen, who plays bass for Yngwie Malmsteen, and Chris Slade, formerly of AC/DC, the star of MIWA is undoubtedly Miwa, the Japanese femme fatale. The vocalist. Sure, her singing isn’t wonderful, but her yelling is excellent, and she screams like a pro.
Miwa’s versatile performance works well most of the time–she even belts her stuff out in Japanese for a few of the songs. That said, when she goes into ballad mode, she does stumble a bit. The slower, more singing-heavy songs are cloying enough to justify turning the album off prematurely. So that’s a problem.
When Miwa blunders, however, she’s supported by riffing and soloing that’s, most of the time, nothing short of terrific. The guitarist gives the impression that he can simply feel good riffs–the impression that he doesn’t need to spend much time reworking and honing his stuff. Their work seems to flow naturally. Only on a few occasions are toes stubbed and/or elbows poked out. But even the album’s imperfections have a charming quality to them. I like metal that’s rough around the edges.
But back to the questionable Pokemon reference: My Wish isn’t quite a Charizard of an album. Not quite. But it’s definitely a mid-level Charmelon. It’ll melt a few faces and it certainly has no trouble clawing down many of the newer hard rock and heavy metal bands. Some of MIWA‘s songs make Airbourne look like a sickly, malnourished Bellsprout. They’re more evolved and have more firepower than many of the throwback heavy metal/hard rock outfits around and they deserve attention.
Highlights: “My Wish is Your Command”, “Kizu”, and “Gimme What You Got”.