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Kayo to leave Polysics, band plans a party, break

7:00 PM on 12.23.2009 // Zac Bentz

Earlier today the Twitter-webs lit-up as word of the departure of one of the most iconic keyboard players in Japanese rock announced that she was leaving the band. The mono-named Kayo was one of the founding member of Polysics back in 1998. Along with Polysics mastermind Hiro, she was the only original member to stay with the band for their 12 years.

Kayo released her own solo album called Mitsuami Heroine in 2004 (with the help of Hiro,) and she had the chance to work along side Haruomi Hosono of the groundbreaking new-wave band Yellow Magic Orchestra. While she is often the lead in Polysics songs, this solo release shows a slightly softer side to her voice.

The only reason she gives for her leaving was hinted at in her official statement from the band's site:

"I have almost given my all to the Polysics during my 20s. From my 30s, returning to a normal woman, I feel like wanting to do normal things. I wanna try lots and lots of normal things. "

But this doesn't mean she's out yet. She will still be on the US tour through February. Her final show with the band will be on March 14th, 2010, at the legendary Budokan, which the band has dubbed "the greatest one-man in Polysics' history."

One more bit of interesting news is that the band itself is planning a break after Kayo leaves. Again, from their site:

Polysics themselves wish to take a rest/break after the upcoming event at the Budokan Park. Not only from Japan, but also worldwide musicians are shocked by the news and the busy schedules involving Polysics have started to fall apart. The next period will be a charging period for the return of Polysics. Although, because they are the Polysics, this period may be very short.

This is something that I myself have hoped the band would do. They record and tour non-stop and some have argued that the quality of their music has suffered as a result. If nothing else, the loss of a founding member is evidence enough that the band needs to take a break and recharge.

You can read our exclusive translation of the entire message below (huge sloppy kisses to Raz for the quick work!) For many fans, this US tour has gone from being just another tour to a pilgrimage.

(Translation by Raz)

Kayo, Notice regarding Polysics's "Graduation"

Regarding the "notice", in order to introduce it, Kayo is holding it in the park outside the Nippon Budokan Hall on 14th March 2010, where Polysics will "graduate".

Until then, there will be meeting after meeting.

Kayo is an irreplaceable member to the Polysics, the members and staff all share common recognition but, she developed a value/ a feeling in walking a path of life without the other band members.

'I may be graduating, but I am not going to leave the way things are halfway' was Kayo's basic course of action/principle/line. Even after her definite decision to "graduate", she gave it her all to make 2 more album recordings and include a big worldwide live tour. Because she loved the place she was in so much, she didn't want to leave so abruptly, but did realize that one day, when the time was right, she would 'graduate' and move on. I think those were her feelings.

10 whole years after Polysics's debut, the fact that Kayo is departing on a new path was not timed to be as coincidental as it suggests. We want to create a stage to show our utmost appreciation to Kayo, and that will be at the Nippon Budokan Hall in March next year.

I apologies to all the fans everywhere with the lateness of this report. The street that you all know, was wet and not suited to the live gig. The timing of this news wasn't decided during the tour as it wasn't Kayo's personal intentions, as well as the other members' intentions, to interrupt and ruin a bright, fun, and intense tour. Therefore this news was planned to be released after the tour.

Polysics themselves wish to take a rest/break after the upcoming event at the Budokan Park. Not only from Japan, but also worldwide musicians are shocked by the news and the busy schedules involving Polysics have started to fall apart. The next period will be a charging period for the return of Polysics. Although, because they are the Polysics, this period may be very short.

As well as Kayo's 'graduation' at Budokan Park in March on the one hand, on the other hand there will be also the greatest one-man in Polysics' history. Leader Hayashi has often said "Now the four of us are the strongest", by all means please enjoy/watch that live performance.  ...and about the upcoming live gig, we the staff, and the members of the band are very very excited. Therefore let's go to the 'graduation ceremony' with a sweet smile!!!! That is the favor the 4 members humbly ask you to give to Kayo.

Again there will be a pause until March next year but, Kayo wishes to thank and appreciates all the aid/assistance/support people have given her. Really, thank you. Also to the ever supportive fans of Polysics, I think that Polysics will strive to be just as radical and extreme as they always were. Here's to your non-wavering support.

Polysics Staff

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A Message from Kayo

I Kayo, will be performing my last live gig with the Polysics and graduate on the 14th of March 2010. I am really sorry for suddenly surprising you all with this news.

Becoming a new member in March '98, to think that it will be 12 years in March next year. Although it appears long, the time passed by densly in the blink of an eye.

Having never touched a synthesiser before, I was invited to be a member of Polysics by fellow classmate in high school, Hayashi. Apart from ignoring the outburst of the piano, I didn't know DEVO back then.
I really didn't think I would be an active musician for 10 years and counting.
Live gigs, recordings, festivals, moreover international tours, all were new and very overwhelming but, it was a fresh experience which I enjoyed.

If I wasn't a member of the Polysics, I wonder what kind of person I would have become.
If I didn't become a musician, I wonder what kind of person I would have become.
As an individual I, as the only girl, I developed a feeling of wanting to meet myself that increased day by day.

I talked a lot to the other members and the staff. A lot of trouble/distress/sadness/worry, after a lot of thought, this upcoming spring, I have made a definite decision to graduate. Of course, I understand the weight of this decision. It is because of that, that from here on I wish to follow a path with no regret.

The days I've spent with the Polysics are my treasure. I really had fun/enjoyed it. It is because of this that I continued doing this for such a long time I think. I personally experienced an extraordinary lifestyle.
I was able to meet people who I couldn't meet as a Polysics member.

I'm really glad I met Hayashi, Fumi and Yana. Sako, Sugai, and Ishimaru-kun also. Even now, and for ever more Polysics will be the most important thing to me.

I have almost given my all to the Polysics during my 20s. From my 30s, returning to a normal woman, I feel like wanting to do normal things. I wanna try lots and lots of normal things.

However even if I say I am graduating, I am still the Polysics's Kayo. As Kayo of the Polysics until Budokan, I aim to enjoy the time as much as possible!!

As a band, and individually, we are all really excited about the upcoming gig at Budokan.
By all means everyone, please come and see us.

Up until now, thank you, really thank you very much.
Fans, everyone who has supported the Polysics, everyone who has assisted/aided/supported Kayo of the Polysics, really thank you very much.
After the events of Budokan I hope to watch over the Polysics with all of you from the guest seating areas (in the future).
To watch the Polysics's stage from the guest seating areas, was also my dream.

From here on in, I leave the Polysics in your care/please take care of the Polysics for me.

I love Polysics!!

Kayo



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