Starwave Records bands are not having a good 2014. Despite celebrating the 4th anniversary of the label – and releasing a DVD to commemorate the event -, already, two bands on the roster have announced their sudden dissolutions. First was promising newcomer Capella‘s sudden decision to split this summer.
Now, unfortunately, veterans SUICIDE ALI are following suit.
SUICIDE ALI as a unit has been active for a decade and has amassed quite a cult following, especially among overseas fans. Sadly, despite routinely being involved in enormous, relevant events like the recent KANSAI ROCK SUMMIT EXPLOSION, they’ve never really “crossed over” into the dominant mainstream stages of visual kei. Founded upon themes of intellect, conflict, and romanticism – with a very thorough and well-imagined creation myth set in an imagined land, Faifilseea, on the border between myth and reality – , SUICIDE ALI long dedicated themselves to crafting their fantasy world, going so far as to create alternate personas for each member.
However, over the last few years, the band’s investment seemed to come to a gradual halt. They have not had a release since 2012’s Tainted Gallery album. Although they have continued to periodically perform and update blogs, the official homepage recently fell into a state of disrepair, with no updates since January’s announcement of some scattered performances.
According to a hasty and scantly detailed message by drummer HIY – uploaded on the go, from his mobile, following their performance at KANSAI ROCK SUMMIT on Saturday – , the band’s final live has now been scheduled for July 19th in Osaka. Details are forthcoming.
Our dissolution live has been decided.
We will have a farewell oneman live on July 19th (Sat) at [Shinsaibashi] CLUB Alive.
Ticket prices, purchasing details will be announced shortly.
Everybody, let’s embark on SUICIDE ALI’s last journey!
Please come see us through to the end*.
Please keep us in your favor!
Note: 見届けて (mitodokete). “Mitodoke” literally means following through on something, making sure it’s done to completion. However, it can also be used in a handful of phrases when referring to watching somebody die, and it’s curious if this word was chosen deliberately over something like 見送る (miokuru), to see somebody off.
As mentioned, no updates have been made to SUICIDE ALI’s website since this announcement, nor for the three months prior. It is, therefore, unclear whether fans will have any other opportunities to see SUICIDE ALI off before their final performance or if there will be any final releases to look forward to.
As well, the band members have not made official comments on their disbanding. Whether it is a case of a story running its course, creative differences, or even real-world obligations interfering with the musician lifestyle, it all remains to be seen.
We will keep you on top of this as details develop.
SUICIDE ALI Last Live
July 19 (SAT) @ Shinsaibashi Club ALIVE
OPEN TBD | START TBD
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