You may or may not be familiar with DALLE, a unit formed by Közi (ZIZ, ex. Malice Mizer) back in 2008. Their activities were scant and consisted of punk and rock covers until they stopped playing altogether. While they may not exactly be considered visual kei, we at S-T aim to throw in a little something extra to keep our content interesting once in a while.
This May, DALLE made their comeback. Their second assault took place on July 31st at Shibuya vuenos—a venue normally used for club events—alongside bands A Disorderly School, SCREW, and THE TWISTED HARBOR TOWN in an event called “Closed if, I violent #3.”
After witnessing three very different acts, the audience was ready for the headliner: DALLE. They took the stage around 9pm. Toshi (ZIZ [Yugami]) opened the set with discordant synth sounds, commandeering the back of the stage. The opening song was EXIT. Vocalist SATOSHI (ex. GOATBED) sported all black clothing, short black hair, and fishnet wrapped around the upper half of his face. Bassist Hatta Atsushi (ex. DEEP, HATE HONEY) donned a stylish hat with a black-and-white striped top. Közi on guitar went characteristically heavy on the eyeliner, wearing an oversized tee with a pentagram design and a heavy collar around his neck.
As far as visual shows go, this one was a bit out of the ordinary. There were virtually no MCs and very minimal lighting. Even so, the crowd was digging the dark, nostalgic vibes of Warsaw and C16th±. Toshi kept busy hopping between his synth set and a single snare drum to accompany Mizuno Masaaki’s full drum set.
A shower of red and green spotlights revealed the crowd’s groove to Christian Says, a cover of the 1984 Tones on Tail song. SATOSHI joined Közi on guitar with his own, adding color and depth to Atsushi’s prominent bass lines.
The stage was bathed in blue for the next track, Shadowplay. SATOSHI’s “Ooo, ooo, ooo”ing had the crowd dancing immediately and left Közi as the sole guitarist for the remainder of the night. Caged, one of the most rock-sounding tracks of the night, gave him the chance to show off his veteran shredding skills.
After another faster track, DALLE surprised the crowd with a pop rock song I’m not in love. It had everyone clapping while Toshi provided backup vocals. They ended their set with a cover of Bauhaus’ Dark Entries, a perfect and heavy way to wrap the night up. The room was dyed with red light. Toshi synchronized with Mizuno’s drumming while SATOSHI and Közi got a little close at the end. Though they left the stage without much ceremony, it was clear that both the audience and band had a rocking and nostalgic night.
DALLE’s next performance will be on November 8th, 2015 (Sun) at Shinjuku ReNY for HOPE AND LIVE 2015. In the mean time, you can check out both ZIZ and Közi’s upcoming activities by visiting his OHP or following him on Twitter.
4. Christian Says
6. I Feel You
8. Romeo’s Distress
9. I’m not in love
10. Dark Entries