Visual kei fans are surely familiar with MUCC. Their roots stretch as far back as 1997 when they released their first demo tape “NO!?”. They’ve continued since then under both indies and major labels without pause. They joined the likes of D’espairsRay on the Taste of Chaos Tour 2008 across the U.S. and Europe and just pulled off another successful overseas tour in Europe. Their latest mini-album harkens back to their beginnings with its title “T.R.E.N.D.Y. -Paradise from 1997-”. You could say it was perfect timing for the band to make an appearance at LUNATIC FEST., a culmination of visual kei history.
As blue light flooded the MOON stage, a backdrop depicting a skeleton posed in an arachnoid way creeped up from the floor. The set opened with 「睡蓮」(Suiren). MUCC’s average crowd has been known to have some energetic fans, and if you multiply that times 5, you’ll have the crowd at LUNATIC FEST.
The heaviness of ENDER ENDER and D・f・D(Dreamer from Darkness) encouraged the crowd to go crazier, Yukke and Miya delivering both solos and backing vocals. The crowd went as far as moshing for some of the heavier parts. G.G came next, and with it the crowd’s overwhelming participation, singing “Whoa!” upon Miya’s direction.
Tatsuro moved into their only MC for the night. “I’ll remember every one of your faces and return home!” he said to the crowd that easily numbered in the 10,000s. “That’s the second time I’ve said that at a show,” he admitted to the laughing crowd. The first time was during their first live in a studio that could barely hold 100 people, all of whom he knew. He ended his humorous MC by telling everyone to have fun and let loose.
On Satochi’s count, everyone in the venue jumped as one in the fan favorite 「蘭鋳」 (Ranchuu). MUCC ended their set with TONIGHT off of “T.R.E.N.D.Y.” Lights strobed red and white. Yukke and Miya took center stage once more while Satochi pounded away at his drum set that read “F#CK THE PAST F#CK THE FUTURE.” All members let loose, Miya and Yukke moving across the whole stage. The show ended with sweat, shouts from the crowd, and a bow from each member.
This live report was written in cooperation with artistsounds.asia.