Nick Harrison, vocalist and bassist of the band SIGHTS, was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Corner Type. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a melodic punk rock band based in Osaka, Japan.
Nick said, “We all met in Osaka where we’re based. Masunori (drums) and Takaki (guitar) joined the band recently.” He continued, “They both play in other bands (Sunset Bust and Front Neck Lock) in Osaka, so we got to know each other through going to shows.” Nick has lived in Osaka for five years and Mark (guitar) has lived there for about three years. Nick said, “Mark and I used to work together.” He continued, “We went to a beer festival after his first day at work, got drunk and decided we were gonna start a band.”
So how did they come up with the name SIGHTS? Nick told us that “it really doesn’t have any meaning.” He said, “We kinda realized most of the other band names we thought up were too difficult for Japanese people to pronounce, so we settled on SIGHTS. :)”
If it wasn’t for skateboarding, Nick might not be so involved in the music industry as he is today. He said, “I started getting in to skateboarding when I was around fourteen and my friend gave me a mixtape with a load of skate punk bands on it.” He continued, “Stuff like Lagwagon, Millencolin, and NOFX. That opened the door to a new world of music for me, and spurred my interest in learning an instrument.” Nick told us that he “studied music at University and played in a melodic hardcore band called From Plan To Progress for five years before moving to Japan.”
As for bands that inspires his music, he said, “I would say that Against Me!, The Flatliners, and The Menzingers are probably the bands I’ve listented to over the last five years.” He continued, “Listening to those bands made me realize how much I had missed playing music since moving to Japan, and motivated me to start writing again and start SIGHTS.”
While it would be the ideal life for music to be their full-time career, they all have jobs. Nick said, “I’m an English teacher, Mark is a Music teacher, Masunori works at one of our favorite music venues in Osaka and teaches drums, and Takaki works for a construction company.”
Even though they have full-time jobs, they still have time to perform live. We asked Nick to tell us about their most memorable experience when playing live. Nick said, “I had pneumonia in January this year, but didn’t want to cancel our show with Speak Low If You Speak Love.” He continued, “I dosed myself up with antibiotics and we just about got through our set, but I was on the verge of passing out for most of the show. I thought I’d cracked a rib from coughing at one point.” Although this might sound like a painful situation Nick said, “Glad we played, though. Speak Low were awesome.”
After listening to SIGHTS’ music, we know that you will be a fan for life. Be sure to follow them on Twitter @sightsosaka. Nick told us that they are going to start recording in May. He said, “We’re not yet sure how many songs we’re going to record, but we’ll aim to put a record out as soon as possible.”
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