Robotic lead shouter/guitarist with joyously jerky Japanese punkoid posse Polysics, whose energetic jams from their new CD, We Ate The Machine (MySpace Records), may bring back the pogo and who hit the Horseshoe (370 Queen West) Wednesday (November 5).
Any regrets about leaving your job at the Tokyo donut shop to form Polysics?
No, the only reason I took that job was to allow me to start a band and make a career in music. I don't even like donuts.
How was the New York no wave scene of the early 80s an inspiration?
The no wave scene, especially all the groups on the No New York compilation, was definitely a big influence for my concept of Polysics.
Hearing those groups made me feel like it is possible to play any instrument however you choose, without concern for theory or technique; all you need to create and perform music is inspiration.
You've covered songs by Styx, the Knack, Thin Lizzy and Frank Sinatra - what makes a song right for a Polysics revision?
If a song comes from a different genre or sounds nothing like what we do, it doesn't matter to us. We just cover songs we like, and we wouldn't do them if we didn't enjoy the original song and have great respect for the artists who recorded them. Mr. Roboto is one of my favourite songs, and through our interpretation of it we can learn more about who we are as a group and allow others to better see our originality.
Do you wear the matching orange jumpsuits around the house or when you go shopping or to a movie?
Heh, heh. I'll leave that to your imagination.