Maybe you’ve heard of event lives. Maybe you’ve even been to one. Event lives, in Japan, are concert ‘events’ sponsored by a promoter, live house, or band, and typically have more bands playing than you can count on one hand. They are the starting point for bands too small for one mans, and the regular fare for bigger bands that only play occasional one mans. Saying that they are simply multi-band lives understates just what kind of strange beasts these shows are. They give us session bands, hours and hours of programming time, and an extraordinary amount of unwritten rules that seem pre-programmed into attendees.
They can be confusing or long and tiring, but there are some big pros to these shows. For less than the cost of a one man live ticket you can see all kinds of bands; there are event lives with several bands that have a similar sound, but there are also shows with a wide variety of visual artists. Because you don’t only get to hear a band’s music, but get to see their visuals, event lives could be the very best way to discover your next favorite visual kei band.
On July 20th, 2012, Shattered-Tranquility.net dared to venture out into the wilds of Tokyo in pursuit of an event live experience to share with our readers. Ikebukuro EDGE hosted our chosen live – ViSULOG’s “HYSTERIC CIRCUS Extra Volume”.
Let’s dive right in.
Act 1: 大日本黒鶏主義者連盟 (Dainihon Kokkei Shugisha Renmei)
(Vocals: Jojo, Guitar: Hikaru, Bass: Andy, Drums: Kaede, Support Guitar: Wajou)
Dainihon Kokkei Shugisha Renmei isn’t a regular band, but rather a unit of members of THE GALLO with a support guitarist to replace their recently-departed Lulu, playing under the guise of a session band. With no prior announcement about the support member or just why they chose to play under a pseudonym, there was no telling what to expect. Instead of their usual costumes, the band entered in the black suits which they typically wear for in-store events, and after the SE, began their first song immediately – 「黒鶏論-破壊編-」 (“Kokkeiron -hakaihen-”), the lead track off of their latest mini album.
Despite being the opening band, Dainihon brought the heat. Their heavy bass lines and skilled drumming stayed prevalent throughout the set, with the members giving their all and hardly looking like a session band. Jojo, with his crooked hold of the microphone, crooned and cried out his parts laced with his own utterly unique vibrato, while animated guitarist Hikaru made his usual wild faces at the crowd when he wasn’t head banging all over the stage.
The band brought a surprise in the middle of their set list with a cover of Chemical Pictures’s 「おぼれる魚」 (“Oboreru Sakana”) in tribute to the vocalist of the final band of the evening (more on that later).
With a set full of energy and band members clearly more than happy to be on stage for the first time in over a month, Dainihon Kokkei Shugisha Renmei set a good tone for the bands to come and did the first act’s job of getting the audience ready for more quite well.
1. 黒鶏論-破壊編- (Kokkeiron -hakaihen-)
2. 死神 (Shinigami)
3. おぼれる魚 (Oboreru Sakana) / Chemical Pictures
4. 曲芸師 (Kyokugeishi)
5. 大日本黒鶏主義者聯盟行進曲ホ短調 (Dainihon Kokkei Shugisha Renmei Koushinkyoku Ho Tanchou)
THE GALLO OHP: http://www.9allo.com
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, featuring Rubik and DOPES.!