You may or may not have heard of ZIZ. They formed in 2012 after ex-Malice Mizer’s Közi decided he wanted to continue on with a band and not just his solo project. The same year, they started hosting an event live called “Salon du Détester.” On December 21st, ZIZ performed at “Salon du Détester #9″ after bands VANIRU, RIS, and highfashionparalyze played.
The floor was filled at cozy Shinjuku LOFT by the time ZIZ took the stage. Though their lives usually start off on a high note, this time they chose to begin with the mystical Neighboring, the last track off of their latest album “Neighboring Chaosmos.”
Stage lights beamed on the crowd from behind, shrouding the members in silhouettes. The lights brightened and each of the members was revealed: vocalist Közi with his signature white makeup, heavy and dark eye makeup, and black coat; on guitar, JIRO was dressed in loose white clothing, giving him a ghostly image; bassist Sugiya also sported heavy black eye makeup but a simple black shirt; Yugami on guitar and synthesizer was the only one without eye makeup; and drummer Chargeeeeee wore a white dress shirt and black vest, and of course, his signature sprayed-up hair that made it look like he had been shocked.
Blue lights dyed the room as the band moved into the equally mellow but captivating Decline. JIRO and Közi alternated vocals for this, blending their strong voices together. Közi thanked the crowd for coming out tonight and for sticking around to see the last of 4 awesome bands playing that night.
The short set closed out with Echofalls and L’ami L’amie. Echofalls featured Yugami on backing vocals, and in one corner of Shinjuku LOFT, a disco ball cast spinning spots of light on the audience. The only thing that broke the mellow atmosphere was the signature animated faces that drummer Chargeeeeee made as he pounded away at his drum set. L’ami L’amie ended up sounding a lot more different live than recorded. It was like it had been adapted to play live, more percussion and guitar added to make the crowd dance. “This was ZIZ. Thank you for 2015!” the frontman said before exiting the stage.
The band came back soon for an encore, though, Közi brandishing his Neighboring Chaosmos towel and telling the crowd to get ready for the high-energy RAYD5 (pronounced “ready go”). Despite the low-key set from before, fans instantly jumped into action, jumping up and down and all around the room. Sugiya and Jiro switched places on stage while Chargeeeeee shredded on drums.
Közi revealed in his next MC that it was actually JIRO’s birthday. The audience sang a round of Happy Birthday to the beloved guitarist and he blew out two candles on an extremely tiny cake. Közi also said that since JIRO had made him sing a song on his own birthday, it was JIRO’s turn to sing a song. He did sing – and pretty well, too. It was a cover of Nirvana’s BREED.
“This is REALLY the last song,” Közi said before they went into the last song, BE POP HIGHSTYLE. It was the perfect way to end the upward slope of energy that the setlist had been following. “Look forward to what we have to offer in 2016!” Közi said before ending the band’s last show of 2015.
4. L’ami L’amie
EN-2. BREED (Nirvana cover)
EN-3. BE POP HIGHSTYLE
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Photos by Takeshi Asai