macdyne73 wrote:I wonder if the girls know who Rush are and in particular, does Tomomi know of Geddy Lee?
They probably know *of* Rush, but I haven't seen them ever mention them as an influence on them personally. Still, some people just coincidentally sound similar when playing the same instruments. It's kind of interesting, because a lot of the style a person develops is not really by choice; it's just how your muscles move. It's DNA, it's physical. Mami might be trying to sound like Takuya but to me she sounds a lot more like Alex Lifeson in the early days of Rush. Like, the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. She'd be about that same age and experience level now.
Same with Tomomi, although I don't hear as much of a distinctive style from her, just a lot of technique. The slapping she does definitely comes from Flea, though; she's said that. But if she sounds like Geddy Lee, it's probably mostly coincidence.
Speaking of Haru... I think she needs her own "thing" to really stand out,
I get the feeling she intentionally tries *not* to stand out too much instrumentally. Since she's the lead singer, most of the attention is naturally going to be on her anyway. Whenever she talks about her guitar playing, she always mentions that Mami is playing the lead. It seems like she has a really clear idea of what her job is and she wants the others to get their equal share of the limelight. But it seems like she can't resist getting a little creative lately. It was probably her idea to do spoken word English into a megaphone on "Standard" too (I'm assuming, since she's the one doing it and nobody helped them with that song).