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Act 2: Rubik
(Vocals: Kei, Guitar: Shion, Guitar: Takebou, Bass: Kou, Drums: Yuri)
Rubik introduces itself with the idea “On a foundation of the sounds of heartrending melodies and rock, Rubik performs music to sell a sense of identity at lives” (from ViSULOG’s event page). Having begun activities in 2006 marked them as the oldest band at the event.
Entering to heavy-bass electronica, the second band up gave off a different aura than the first act in appearance alone; an undeniably harder image presented itself in the form of leather and studs. Shion seemed to garner just as much excitement from their fans as Kei upon entering, an unusual occurrence for most small bands. It was clear from the start, however, that even though Rubik is a bit of an underdog they have a solid following.
The four-song set began with two songs off of the band’s only two released singles, “under the mind” from “Red Impulse”, and “I think” from “Pulse of Black”. The former began with a killer drum line and came sprinkled with guttural supporting screams from Kou which might have even trumped Kei’s own, whereas the band got a bit heavier and more physically active on stage with “I think”.
Despite how much popularity seemed to all but radiate from Shion and Kei, from our humble perspective, Kou stole the show. He was active in interacting with fans, moved around the stage, screamed and head banged and generally rocked his way through the set list. Regardless, the band as a whole was a nice addition to the lineup of heavy acts, and there was much more to come.
1. I think
2. under the mind
4. 喰ラエバ儚ク… (Kuraeba Hakanaku…)
Rubik OHP: http://www.rubik-web.com/
Act 3: DOPES.
(Vocals: Narumi, Guitar: Kai, Bass: Masato, Drums: Ryo)
From the Hysteric Circus page: “For those meeting us for the first time, it’s nice to meet you. And, for those who know us, please give us your best. We are DOPES., giving richness to life. From harsh songs to heartrending songs, we are an expansive band, so please come see us live!” DOPES. began in early 2011, and you may know Kai as an ex-member of LiZ.
The first of two four-person bands in the lineup, they brought something different to the stage in terms of looks that set them apart from any other band that evening: they were the least-visual band at the event. This certainly wasn’t a strike against them, as their casual black-and-white duds suited their equally casual performance style and was still more dressed-up than the jeans-and-t-shirt rock standard of the West.
Musically, they were fast-paced and chock full of backup vocals, which can be a refreshing change from bands which opt for backtracks instead of live backup. The set began with “NAKED”, the title track of their fourth single, and the set list was sprinkled with songs from different eras of their somewhat robust discography. Each song played had already been released aside from “EXPLOSION”, which only recently came out on the band’s first full album, “DOPE.-ism”, on August 1st. That said, the band seemed excited to play the song and even evoked a tame dog-pile in the front of the crowd.
It’s safe to say that by the time DOPES. played the precedent had been set for the style of music we would continue to witness at the show, and it would also be safe to say that the bands were only getting stronger as we moved through the lineup.
2. LILY OF THE VALLEY
5. PRICE OF SCAR
DOPES. OHP: http://dopes-dhm.com
Part 3 will drop tomorrow with GALEYD and SCAPEGOAT!