Saturday, February 14, 2015

2010 Live: 5 Year Anniversary of Yuki Yuki Yasumi

Yuki Yuki Yasumi was never meant to be a live/touring band. It was first envisioned as a solo project, and then I brought one other person into the fold. So Yuki is technically a duo. We usually perform as duo with a music video backing track.

However in 2010, we ended up booking a string of shows for our band Wheeling Bitch Circus and we kind of ended up not having all of our members. Steve, Jack and I were hanging out a lot and playing the “Yuki” songs in addition to the WBC songs and we decided that we wanted to play these shows billed as “Yuki Yuki Yasumi,” playing a mix of both band's material. Andy came aboard on bass so we basically played most of the shows that summer as a four-piece.

The 11 songs included on 2010 Live are distributed as follows:

S.O.S (Natsu Yasumi)
Yuki Yuki Yasumi
Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls (2010)
Yuki Yuki Yasumi
Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls (2010)
Every Tear That You Wipe Away
Yuki Yuki Yasumi
Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls (2010)
Kitsune Udon
Yuki Yuki Yasumi
Tsundere (2014)
Runaway Drama
Wheeling Bitch Circus/Jack Tradesman
Unreleased (Intended for the album Temptation)
The Jazzatrooper
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Unreleased (Intended for the album Temptation)
Agony In Grey
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Unreleased (Intended for the album Temptation)
Wrapped In Graceless Disbelief
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Era (2002)
The Passive Oblivion
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Osaka Woman
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Unreleased (Intended for the album Temptation)
Life Without You
Wheeling Bitch Circus
Unreleased (Intended for the album Temptation)

As you can see, this is very special set for fans of Wheeling Bitch Circus as it features songs off our forth unreleased album, Temptation. These songs have never been released in any format, until now, with the exception of "Agony In Grey", which has been floating around the Internet in anime music video format and is on the Wheeling BitchCircus Myspace. (A different live version of "Life Without You" is also there as is one other Temptation song,"Burning Midnight").

"The Jazzatrooper" is a parody version of an Iron-Maidenesque song Steve wrote called "The Paratrooper." I believe it is the only recording of us doing the "jazzed up version."

"Osaka Woman" oddly seems like it should have been a Yuki Yuki Yasumi song, with its lyrical content and intermittent Japanese lyrics. Steve wrote the music and I came up with the lyrics. It was intended to be a Japanese lyric one-timer for WBC.

February 14th 2015: One Year Anniversary update. FREE ALBUMS


Miyuki here.

Last year on Febuary 14th 2014 we decided to upload our second full length album to bandcamp: Yuki Yuki Yasumi Tsundere.

We decided that we would release “something” for the one year anniversary, so we've uploaded the following:

An 11 song live album recorded in 2010 (never released until now).

A 5 song EP of remixes of songs from our first two studio albums: Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls and Tsundere.

All 16 of these songs are currently on Bandcamp and can be downloaded FOR FREE.

Anyway, I wanted to provide some kind of write up/ album notes for both the live show and the remixes. I'll do the live show in another blog.

Here are Miyuki's album notes for the 5 remixes/re-recordings on Free EP:

History of The Eyes of Innocence (Nutty Menthol Mix):

In 2008, the first three songs Jack and I worked on were Eyes Of Innocence, Stop My Heart, and Persona. These were the first “experimental” tracks for the project that would become Zeta Potential and later Yuki Yuki Yasumi. We easily spent three weeks making every mistake we could in an attempt to destroy these songs. Stop My Heart had at least 30+ violin/viola tracks that caused our recording software to skip on playback. Eyes Of Innocence was bogged down by failed drum takes, and I forget what was wrong with Persona, we just forgot about it, I guess.

Before finishing the Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls album, I finished two extremely simplified/dumbed down versions of Stop My Heart and Eyes of Innocence to put on the album last minute. The album version of Eyes doesn't even have guitar (which I didn't really care about, since I felt it stood on it's own as an electronic song).

This version of the song is not the original Eyes, which remains unfinished, it is however a “heavier” interpretation of the song with focus on guitars and screamed vocals (as opposed to spoken work on the original version). It is also slower than any other version recorded which seems to add to it's anger and brutality. If you are a fan of my “old material” with the band Wheeling Bitch Circus, you should give it a listen. It reminds me a little bit of the industrial music they were doing before I joined the band.

History of Anata No Ichiban (Wake Up Bake Out Mix):

About a month after releasing the Tsundere album, I started experimenting with sings the parts of the song which I rapped on the album. I figured it would be kind of chill to change those parts on a remix, assuming I slowed the song down. The vocals are deliberately “airy and anemic,” giving it a more laid- back vibe.

The original song itself has an odd history. My youngest brother used to call the Tonberry enemy from Final Fantasy a “Gumpa.” He ended up creating a universe surrounding the Gumpa/Tonberry creatures, and I ended up wring a theme song for them.

I always felt that Gumpa music would involve a lot of pizzicato strings, so I used this as a guideline when wring the song Gumpaz of Egypt, for the third WBC album: Fallen Angel.

I actually really hate that song, but I decided to re-purpose the pizzicato strings part for a “hip-hop song” for a project called Vitamin Dick Bag, which never got made.

The end result was the music for Anata no Ichiban.

History of Sexy Japanese Maid (Mild Seven mix):

This song is meant to be an anthem for weeaboo. It was one of my favorite songs on Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls and it also features song of Jack's favorite guitar solos. With that said, I always thought the song could be tighter. This version of the song isn't too different from the original. Some of the synthesizers are played with legato at parts which give the song a slightly different feel and there are some chiptune arpeggios to give the song an added geekiness.

History of Kitsune Udon (NES RY4 Mix):

I came up with this song's chorus while making coffee before work. I thought it was ridiculous, so I discarded it. Three days later, I found myself still singing it, so I figured it was catchy enough that I might as well finish/record it.

It is “technically” the first song written for the second Yuki Yuki Yasumi album Tsundere. A like recording of it exists from summer 2010, which means that we were playing it live four years before it ended up with an official release.

The song has theme of personification of food as a girl. Kitsune Udon is a noddle dish (one of my old Japanese teachers told me that it isn't actually made with fox meat). In this case Kitsune is a girl and I go on to discuss all the torrid things I do to her with condiments. I think I got the idea from the anime Love Hina where one of the girls is nicknamed Kitsune (I always liked her short hair and her big ass tits that would protrude from her poorly-fitting button down shirt).

The remix was originally going to be called “Vore Mix”, but since we already had this smoking/vaping theme we decided on the “RY4 Mix.” I might revisit the vorefication idea since I already have an idea for a song about a Korean waifu made of Kimchi.

History of S.O.S. (Anytime Vaping Cigarette Mix):

S.O.S. is a song I wrote after watching episodes 1-6 of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It ended up being the 2nd track on Devoured By Japanese Schoolgirls.

I did something special with the mix. I played every 4 bars in reverse order and then used a reverse effect to set the song back into the correct chord progression. I had a lot of fun making this remix and will someday use the same technique for another song.

After wring S.O.S., I wrote an alternate song called Tsundere Girl for the second album, which borrows some of the lyrics for use in an alternate theme. When performing S.O.S. Live I often times insert lyrics from Tsundere Girl, which I also do on this remix.

Anyway, that's all for the remix EP. If you like the songs and want to have the originals the first two Yuki albums are available for purchase from a number of vendors including the Yuki Yuki Yasumi Bandcamp page.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Eyes Of Innocence: Endgame Mix

Eyes of Innocence:

I envisioned this song to be some sort of a progressive rock epic, but the "drums" were taking too long. So, I did a electro-dance mix at zero hour, to get a version on Devoured By Japanese School Girls. That original "prog-metal version" is still sitting on the hard-drive in moratorium to this day.

I've had to make a lot of sacrifices being an independent artist with finite resources. You can compare this mix: the original:

to the "new mix I posted above.

The version I've recorded with vocals, if actually slowed down, has guitars, is HEAVY AS FUARK, and features "screamed" vocals. It will be part of a "free" release, as a "thank you" to those of you who bought my first album. More details will follow. The "free" release is will be an "EP," so I am working on a few new songs and remixes for it.

Oh and the lyrics:

Eyes of Innocence
I thought I could live without you. Despite you.
A testament to this lie I learned to despise. I ask why.
How could I remain the same, when delusions drive me insane, it rains,
Corrosive from the sky, I die.
In your arms, photos scattered on the bedroom floor, ignore,
The captured essence, a sulfuric incense, so intense,
Each last drop, awakens a pain so deep, hidden underneath,
if only you knew.
Walking tall, until I fall, off this flat earth.
(Not to be beguiled by images created for show)
Holding hands, till we understand, what it's all worth.
(Only to be defiled one last time)
Once with your arms to guild me, the wind, it wraps around me.
Now daring to break free, the eyes of innocence shatter me.
A pain I'm living, for you I'm giving. I know my love was true.
Echoing shame, each new flame resurrecting the pain, clenching to my brain.
Why escape? The mind rape. You perpetrate, when in fact, we can never go
back, The seasons turn, love drips,
from the tips of our lying tongues.
Each a roller coaster or a wreaking ball. Prior to feeling ten feet tall.
Should have known to listen to those butterflies, cause they're always
inside, when fixated on eyes, eliminating tries to pay head to an
internal clock,
Head rocks, Block selective memories. Protective energies. Circle cast to
thwart enemies, Eliminate tenancies to fall deeper into the darkest love.
Waves of approval sweep this death from above.
Walking tall, until I fall, off this flat earth.
(Not to be beguiled by images created for show)
Holding hands, till we understand, what it's all worth.
(Only to be defiled one last time)
Composed and Written by Allan Eustace
Allan Eustace: Vocals/Synthesizers/Drum Programing

Future Posts

I really should post a blog week, even if it is about nothing. I always get these ideas about how to piss-off the world, and then I just get drunk or do some squats or something that.

I made this blog to talk about my music, my band, "Yuki Yuki Yasumi," but talking about music is one of the most boring things in the world. No one, even the wonderful individuals who have spent money on my music really want to know what goes on behind the scenes. Do you really want to hear me record god-awful demos on my zoom recorder? Do you want to agonize over me debating word choices and fumbling over pacing out the lyrics to a song? Of course not.

With that said, my music is taking a bizarre direction, I don't know or understand where anything I do fits into the grand scheme of things. I'm in the mood to do angrier songs, more akin to my metal roots, more screaming and more lyrics about social/philosophical topics of relevance to my life.

I'm 32 years old. I'm a failure. If I never write, record or release a song ever again no one will ever care.

I'm not coming to a nihilistic epiphany all of a sudden. I've felt this way the last decade of my life, but I've toiled on. I cannot imagine a life where I don't wake up on the weekend, drink a pot of coffee, do a niacin flush, and full around on my computer programming tracks. Or grabbing one of my many instruments off the wall and just fulling around. This life, this passion, has stood between me and any possibility of being "normal." Or of having a "social life."

But for now on, I will make it a point to share "something" on this blog every week. Some kind of "progress" even if it is garbage, or just something I posted somewhere else, that I never got around to promote.

My arsenal of weapons. Some of them, at least.