Of Pokemon GO, eggs and music: flumpool

The Japanese band was in town for the last stop of their ‘WHAT ABOUT EGGS?’ tour

L-R: Seiji Ogura, Ryuta Yamamura, Genki Amakawa and Kazuki Sakai
L-R: Seiji Ogura, Ryuta Yamamura, Genki Amakawa and Kazuki Sakai
25 Jul 2016

L-R: Seiji Ogura, Ryuta Yamamura, Genki Amakawa and Kazuki Sakai

Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Amuse Entertainment
Video: Tay Yixuan, Sarah Tay

Japanese rock band flumpool might have just touched down in Singapore less than a day before our interview session with the band last Friday, but the quartet did not show any signs of fatigue at all.

Guitarist and backing vocals Kazuki Sakai, 31, and bassist Genki Amakawa, 31, were the first two to enter the room, with Kazuki fiddling with his phone as he sat down.

Whilst they waited for guitarist and lead vocals Ryuta Yamamura, 31 and drummer Seiji Ogura, 32, to enter the room, Kazuki took the opportunity to ask our opinion regarding the special surprise he had planned for the fans tomorrow.

With a simple tap on his phone, the dulcet tones of local singer JJ Lin crooning last year’s National Day song, ‘Our Singapore’ filled the room.

“Do you know this song? They said that this song is something easily recognisable by Singaporeans,” he asked through the translator.

Other than making sure to prepare special surprises for their fans at every stop of their tour, it was clear that the members put in a lot of thought and care regarding everything else they did – from deliberating thoughtfully before answering every question during the interview, to preparing a special acoustic version of ‘Yoru wa Nemurerukai?’ for the fans at their press conference later that day.

Click on as we unveil more hidden sides of flumpool – from the different genres they wish to try out, to their favourite Pokemons and how they’d like their eggs cooked.

The hidden meanings behind the word ‘egg’
The hidden meanings behind the word ‘egg’
25 Jul 2016

The hidden meanings behind the word ‘egg’

Now, this question is something that must have been on the minds of many fans when the band’s first album of original songs in nearly four years, EGG, was released earlier this year. Why was it named egg?

Ryuta sought to unravel the mystery behind the name for everyone. “[We] wanted to have a simple title, so that whoever listened to the music can have their own perspectives and interpretations of it. Egg is an interesting word or symbol, as it can symbolise life. However, if you look at it from another perspective, it can also mean closed off.”

So, how do they like their eggs?
So, how do they like their eggs?
25 Jul 2016

So, how do they like their eggs?

Speaking of the ever-versatile egg, how do the members like their eggs cooked?

Kazuki’s answer created a huge uproar amongst the members. The 31-year-old initially answered that he likes eggs benedict as he “wants to be fashionable”.

However, the members immediately laughed and spilled the beans on his seemingly truthful answer – the band was offered a choice of eggs benedict or a Japanese breakfast on the plane earlier and Kazuki had chosen the Japanese breakfast instead of the eggs benedict.

Meanwhile, Genki chose the Japanese dashimaki tamago, an egg dish that has dashi (soup) stock mixed into it before it is cooked and subsequently rolled.

Seiji and Ryuta both chose the omelet, as they had eaten it this morning.

Collaborations, inspirations and music
Collaborations, inspirations and music
25 Jul 2016

Collaborations, inspirations and music

Don’t be surprised to see a country number on the band’s next album! Member Kazuki revealed that he has recently started listening to different genres of music, and wishes to try out country music in the future.

Additionally, the members of flumpool showed that they had indeed done their research on Singapore’s music scene when asked who they’d like to collaborate with in the future. The quartet quickly shot out a number of names in answer, from local band The Sam Willows to Mandopop singers Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin and Kit Chan.

Pokemon frenzy
Pokemon frenzy
25 Jul 2016

Pokemon frenzy

The resident gamer of the band, Genki, named Pokemon GO almost immediately when asked to share something that he has been obsessed with recently, citing how “it’s become a fad all around the world, thus he thinks it might become something that he’s obsessed with.”

Ryuta then named Pikachu as the Pokemon that he’ll want to have as a starter Pokemon, with the other members naming their own favourites like Polygon, Charmander and Charmeleon.

Click on for more pictures of the band at their press conference and concert

Seiji showed his love for felines when he expressed his desire to visit a Cat Island for a holiday
Seiji showed his love for felines when he expressed his desire to visit a Cat Island for a holiday
25 Jul 2016

Seiji showed his love for felines when he expressed his desire to visit a Cat Island for a holiday

The members had a short Q&A session at their press conference
The members had a short Q&A session at their press conference
25 Jul 2016

The members had a short Q&A session at their press conference

Ryuta rocks out with Kazuki at their concert
Ryuta rocks out with Kazuki at their concert
25 Jul 2016

Ryuta rocks out with Kazuki at their concert

The band's last performance in Singapore was in 2014
The band's last performance in Singapore was in 2014
25 Jul 2016

The band's last performance in Singapore was in 2014

Ryuta working the crowd during their acoustic performance of ‘Yoru wa Nemurerukai?’
Ryuta working the crowd during their acoustic performance of ‘Yoru wa Nemurerukai?’
25 Jul 2016

Ryuta working the crowd during their acoustic performance of ‘Yoru wa Nemurerukai?’

The band wowed the crowd during their concert last Saturday
The band wowed the crowd during their concert last Saturday
25 Jul 2016

The band wowed the crowd during their concert last Saturday

Kazuki puts on a special peformance for the fans
Kazuki puts on a special peformance for the fans
25 Jul 2016

Kazuki puts on a special peformance for the fans

Drummer Seiji hard at work
Drummer Seiji hard at work
25 Jul 2016

Drummer Seiji hard at work

Guitarist and lead vocal Ryuta (who recently announced that he was getting hitched)
Guitarist and lead vocal Ryuta (who recently announced that he was getting hitched)
25 Jul 2016

Guitarist and lead vocal Ryuta (who recently announced that he was getting hitched)

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