On October 11, BABYMETAL will release their third full-length album METAL GALAXY.
As the follow-up to 2016’s METAL RESISTANCE, all eyes are on the Japanese superstars to see what they come up with next. There has been no confirmed tracklisting, although we do know new track PA PA YA!! will feature on the record. The band have also been playing an as-yet-unnamed new track in their recent shows in London and at Glastonbury festival.
“It’s always fun to play new material,” vocalist Moametal tells Kerrang!. “PA PA YA!! is a song where both us and the audience get to shout, dance, and wave our flags around – it’s just overall a very fun song.
“I’m looking forward to performing it a lot more, so please make sure to learn it before you come to see us again. On the recorded version on our next album, it is done in collaboration with a Thai rapper [F. Hero].
“The album is going to be a new evolution of kawaii metal – it involves a mixture of different types of music. We’re really looking forward to releasing it!”
BABYMETAL London’s Brixton Academy 2019
Speaking about BABYMETAL’s debut performance at Glastonbury festival, Moametal says she knew in advance just how big and “special” the festival is.
“Su-Metal (vocalist) and I were discussing in the past how cool it would be to perform there one day. When we were there, I could see how many people were at the festival, and I was just amazed at how magical the experience was. I am so honoured to have been invited to go and play at the festival.”
Following the release of METAL GALAXY on October 11, BABYMETAL’s will embark on their first-ever full UK tour. Get your tickets now.
BABYMETAL give an entire english interview to Rock Sound TV.
Rock Sound TV with Su-Metal and Moametal about BABYMETAL’S latest single ‘PA PA YA!!’ with F Hero, playing live Glastonbury Festival 2019, their upcoming new album ‘Metal Galaxy’ and why Metallica are their musical heroes.
Plus, what are the stories behind their songs ‘Elevator Girl’, ‘Distorted’ and ‘Starlight’? And how would they describe the first ever BABYMETAL show?
My manager called me in one afternoon that there is an email from a Japanese, the sender introduced himself as Key Kobayashi. He wanted to meet me for the collaboration.
The email also said he is the “Producer and Manager of Japanese Girls Band BABYMETAL”.
You don’t have to guess that I was keen about it, but I couldn’t be so keen for too long because I was afraid that it could be a scam.
I quickly told Belle (his wife) to searched Key Kobayashi in google, so I discovered that he really is the founder of BABYMETAL. In the photo he looks like a thug with mustache, long hair, looking intimidating.
We talked to him through my manager and agreed to meet him. On that day not only I met Koba, but also Mr. Takeshi, both are nice, so different from my thug imaginary of them.
We communicated through interpretors who were hire by both sides. The conclusion is Mr. KEY wanted me to featuring in the new song of BABYMETAL with summer theme, then he showed me the Demo. The lyric of the entire song only have the growl PAPAYA or มะละกอ in Thai, mixed with nice pop melody without any vocal.
In that moment, I understood, I asked him if he wanted to make a song about papaya salad, which the answer is yes. I told him it would be really cool to add the Thai folk song (หมอลำ) in it. So it had become the legit Thai-Japanese project.
I introduced Mr. Key and Mr. Takeshi to the legendary producer Mag, who is very skilled in live instrumentals.
Mag had become the representative of Thai producer who arranged Thai harp and Thai flute to be used in this rock song and recorded them himself at Studio28, which on that day Mr. KEY and Mr. Takeshi came from Japan to supervise the recording themselves.
Back then I was questioning myself why the world-class artist like BABYMETAL would want to make a song about papaya salad and also want a no name Thai rapper in their song. The international level band like them can just choose any famous rapper.
The answer wasn’t clear until not many days ago, the unexpected incident happened. The song was leaked when it was planned to be released in the same day it was performed for the first time at Yokohama Arena where they planned to introduced me there.
BABYMETAL is the band that never had any featuring guest in their songs before. As soon as the fans saw my name, they all questioned about who I am. Many said that I’m not worthy and the hate speech about me on twitter kept popping up.
In that moment I started to be convinced that maybe I’m really not worthy of the world-class band…
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzTnfiSl4C5/ (part 2)
Even in Thailand, there are many other rappers who are more worthy in the international level more than I am.
I was afraid that I would become an embarrassment of Thai rappers if I still insist.
Three days before Yokohama, I had a thought to pull myself out and tell them to cut my rap part off.
I texted my dear friend Stamp and told him about how I felt.
Stamp told me the important line that brought me back to my sense
“I think the most important person you have to care is the person who chose you”
“The band chose you.
The producer chose you.”
“BABYMETAL is on top of the world. They can choose any rapper in the world, they can even choose Kendrick… but they chose you.”
This is the reason I gracefully stood at Yokohama Arena. Stamp reminded me of the first email Mr. KEY sent to me. How he has been respectful to me from day one, accepted my idea of Thai instruments, accepted the rap in Thai, the language with zero universality in his important work.
The people who I should care about is Mr. KEY, the band and the team who respect me.
Before I got on stage on the first day, I was panicking. Mr. KEY patted my shoulder and said to me in English
“You are my pride”
This might be the answer of why it has to be me or papaya salad.
That word echoed in my mind until both shows were finished.
After both shows were done, almost all the hate speech were gone, like a magic, only the thank you and admiration and respect messages from BABYMETAL fans that were sent in English, Japanese, or even Arabic.
All of them were about the Thai rap, from the nobody rapper like me.
I will return to Thailand tomorrow
Thank you for one of the most important experience in my life.