Cö shu Nie recently released their single give it back, an emotional ballad selected as the ending theme to the popular anime TV show Jujutsu Kaisen. Since its digital release on January 22, give it back has already surpassed four million streams on Spotify. The physical version of give it back comes accompanied by the B-side track Miracle, which features in the TV drama Influence.
In 2018, we saw the band ascend in the music charts thanks to their hit single Asphyxia picked by Tokyo Ghoul author Sui Ishida as the opening theme for the second season of the series. While this tie-in helped the band to make their appearance in the major scene, Cö shu Nie is already celebrating their 10th anniversary!
We had the opportunity to ask the trio about their future goals, views on current live shows, and their approach to composing songs suitable for anime shows. In this interview, the band will be answering as a team.
What is the concept of the give it back single, and what does it offer compared to your recent releases?
Cö shu Nie: We usually write lyrics expressing inner thoughts, but recently we also write more about people and it was fun to write a song about love without a bad ending. We don’t think we have many chances to write this kind of song, so it was a good experience.
An anime song itself doesn’t necessarily mean instant success, but your music has resonated deeply with the viewers. Why do you think Cö shu Nie’s music is so appealing to anime fans?
Cö shu Nie: It’s love.
Since this is not the first time we have seen your music appear in anime shows, what do you think is the factor that makes your sound attractive to animators?
Cö shu Nie: We think it’s the dark, catchy, and interesting sound we make that attracts the animators.
How do you usually implement the characteristics of an anime work into the song? How much of your personal influences are added to it?
Cö shu Nie: The anime we’ve worked with are all our favorites, so the anime works were already part of us in the first place. Therefore, we do whatever we want while working on the songs and they naturally include both the characteristics of the anime and our own thoughts.
When you first started the band, was composing music for anime or any other type of show something that the band aimed for? Can you tell us a little how the opportunities came about?
Cö shu Nie: When we started the band, we were concentrating only on expressing small thoughts from our minds, like spreading spores from our own world that we created in our hearts. The first opportunity to make an anime tie-in song was when Sui Ishida, the creator of Tokyo Ghoul, reached to us when we were still an indie band and gave us the opportunity to make the theme song for Tokyo Ghoul.
Cö shu Nie is reaching their 10th anniversary this year. Looking back at your career, how do you feel about the evolution of the band to this day?
Cö shu Nie: We always put all our efforts, anywhere, anytime. We want to continue doing that, and as musicians in these times, we want to create more and more works while learning and progressing.
Cö shu Nie has been around for about a decade, but during recent years, you’ve received a lot more recognition. How has this affected you personally (and mentally), as now there are more eyes on you?
Cö shu Nie: Being able to concentrate on music.
As a musician, has it somehow changed the way you compose, arrange, or perform music live?
Cö shu Nie: There is. Thanks to everyone involved, we have the time and opportunity to be particular about various things related to Cö shu Nie, such as costumes and stage performances. There are many more things we would like to take into our works and performances in the future.
With the current pandemic, a lot of concerts have been affected. Even your upcoming tour has implemented measures to prevent the spread of the virus. However, are there any opportunities or positive outcomes that you’ve noticed from all of this?
Cö shu Nie: It’s because of the restrictions so we may have more opportunities to think about how to deliver our works straight to the audience’s hearts. However, after all that has happened, we think that live performance in front of the audience is still the best.
Lastly, please leave a message for your fans overseas. We are looking forward to your single.
Cö shu Nie: Thank you for loving Cö shu Nie. We’re all friends who love music. Please come to our concerts and enjoy our live performances someday!
We would like to thank Cö shu Nie for sharing their precious time with us for this interview.
You can listen to give it back on Spotify as well as their previous discography. Physical limited editions of their newest single are still available for purchase, illustrated with artwork inspired by the anime Jujutsu Kaisen.