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Art Box~狂気と血と快楽の宴~


As you can see in the picture above, Art Cube will be releasing a new single June 17th. If I'm reading the kanji correctly, it's called Ruriame/Kougekyou. It'll have 2 new songs + 2 SE tracks (guessing intro & outro).

They played 7 (I think) songs: Suna no hana, Blue Heaven, Pain Wing, A got confinement, Shitsurakucho and a couple of unreleased songs. We were given a DVD from their December oneman as promised when we entered Rock May Kan. And I managed to not forget about the presale of tickets for the next oneman. I only noticed now that according to both the OHP and Nobu's blog, the sale would start after the live. That's what I assumed, but thought it couldn't hurt asking about them before the live started anyway. Which is probably why I ended up with ticket number 1 (・_・;) Déjà vu Kaya oneman ticket episode.

Zeta had some snake trouble today. Rem was not in the mood to cooperate, so Zeta had to give up getting her to stay on the microphone stand. She then started curling up around his neck instead. We didn't get to the point where Zeta would be crawling around on the ground gasping for his breath, but it did look uncomfortable when you're supposed to be singing, and he kept trying to pull her away. Related to the recent warm temperatures? Last summer she was all over Zeta, moving really fast. At lives during the winter, she'd often be curled up into an unmoving ball during an entire performance. So does this mean she's on her way back to being difficult to control? That'll be interesting now that's she's bigger. They should at least get a new mic stand or something where it's easier to make her stay. (Yes, I keep talking about the snake in my entries on this band. She's cool)


Juka's session band (Initial D) was also there. These were the guys participating this time around:


Juka was... not wearing leopard print x) He was dressed in his old solo project outfit. I used to be so tired of this costume, wanting him to get something new to wear. But now that he's been using the "session outfit" all the time, everywhere (not only on stage), it was nice seeing him looking somewhat like his old self again.

Setlist:
1. Night-ship "D"
2. new song
3. new song
4. 太陽を葬る日
5. Dearest you

Comments

( 15 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
elisa09elisa
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
thankyou very much
a big snake is a big trouble XD thankyou
chounohana
Apr. 4th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: thankyou very much
You're welcome :)
zeldana
Apr. 3rd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, he still has his old costume... that's cool. Nostalgic, even. ;o; Looks like he's still wearing that necklace, though. (Unless I'm mistaken - the picture is a little blurry). But he's looking as good as ever otherwise. ^-^

Thanks for the update! inertia mentioned that people brought D flags to the live. O_o That struck me as kind of weird, but I guess I'd take advantage of another opportunity to wave them around, too. XD; Andandand... they performed some new material? New songs? Something to maybe get excited about? :D

Anyway, I'm looking forward to Art Cube's new release, definitely. Their music is haunting and very reflective of Mana, so I took a liking to it right away~
Poor Rem, lol, but poor Zeta! He seems to be doing a pretty good job of dealing with Rem's whims, but I guess you can't anticipate everything, and when you've got yourself a growing snake in warm weather, there's only so much you can do to keep them under control. ^^; I still think it's cool how she's present at all of their lives.
chounohana
Apr. 4th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
He is using that necklace (But it was part of this outfit to begin with). And he kept the red nail polish.

They did play a couple of original songs, but I don't have any news about future stuff yet. (Might be something coming up next week though. Not sure.) But it's good news that he's slowly moving away from just singing covers, right? :)

I'm hoping at least one of the two tracks will be one of their heavier songs. They have some quite heavy stuff, but haven't realeased it yet.
chounohana
Apr. 4th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
OK, update. Something IS coming up next week; Juka's having another live on Thursday.
zeldana
Apr. 4th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Cooooooooool, another live! And relatively soon, too.

As much as I look forward to hearing new stuff by him, I would still like to hear him sing some D songs live. Yami yori especially. O_o But you know this already so I shan't mention it again, lol.

Lastly, that's true. I didn't think much about it before but none of the Art Cube songs I've listened to were particularly fast or heavy. Something else to look forward to, perhaps? I hope so!
shalotts_asylum
Apr. 4th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Haha nice! Congratulations for ticket number one.

New single sounds good~ It's some time ago that they released something.

Aww, poor Rem! And poor Zeta. But when he knows that his snake isn't feeling well and behaving in ways in which it shouldn't, can't he...let Rem stay at home?
I know she's part of their show, but... =(

Juka is gorgeous ♥
Personally I liked the leoprint...He should get a new costume overall, and if it's "just" normal clothes. He could go ahead and buy something fancy in a normal shop. That'd be a change already as well.
chounohana
Apr. 4th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
It also says on the website that tickets would be shuffled. Guess the woman selling it to me didn't know that either ^^;

I wish they'd release a mini album though. They have enough songs for one. But I'm happy about this nevertheless.

She acted calmly when they started playing. It wasn't until Zeta tried to leave her on the mic stand that he started having trouble with her. She's not only part of the show, but an actual member of the band (You can sometimes hear the voice of a woman in the background which is supposed to be Rem), so not bringing her would make the band incomplete ^^;

Juka is looking good these days. I think it might be a bit too expensive to get a proper new visual outfit at the moment, but some nice casual clothes would be good too.
terumihoshi
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
poor Rem...she must feel terrible with this kind of heat. i know Zeta knows much about his pet... but snakes can be unpredictable too. the gasping for breath thing scared me.
X_x

~i'm curious...does Zeta bring Ryuk to lives too? or just Rem?

chounohana
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Well, we didn't get to the point where he'd be gasping for breath ^^; (Rem curling around his neck happened during the last couple of songs, so he could go off stage and remove her soon enough). But she's heavy, and he was trying to pull her down (towards his chest, away from his neck) so it can't have been super comfy having her there. I'm sure he can handle her well enough, it's just a bit difficult doing so while you're singing and moving about on a small stage wearing a dress, and only have one hand free because of holding either a whip or a staff in the other.
As far as I know, boas like heat. Their cages should have a temperature of about 28~32C, so she probably feels worse when the live house is freezing (That's when she's curled up and not moving)

Ryuk has so far only appeared in the photoshoot from when they got new costumes. Rem is used to being on stage, Ryuk is not. Rem is a member of the band (credited as vocals together with Zeta), Ryuk is a bit bigger and heavier, and he's had her for only 9 months. So it would make sense sticking with Rem I think.
terumihoshi
Apr. 4th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
so being in his heat Rem is just being her old boa self and not a frozen snake ball. ^^;

Art Cube is really interesting...want to listen to them more and i'm intrigued by Rem's voice.

chounohana
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
...and i'm intrigued by Rem's voice.
lol x) There IS a female voice in some of the songs though. She's quite good for a creature without vocal cords...
yami_no_geisha
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Lol, more snake trouble! I really need to see Art Cube...

About the not moving when it's cold, could it be that she can't? I understand that snakes are cold-blooded, so they are dependent on sun/heat to control their body temperature.
chounohana
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Even if the band bores you, there's a huge snake there to keep you entertained :D

Yeah, she'll seem to be a little more awake towards the end of their set (both on cold an warm nights) when the lights have had a chance to make everyone on stage warmer.
otterley2
Apr. 10th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
The pic of Art Cube flyer are amazing, I just cant wait to hear the new songs *-*
haha, Rem is growing up so fast hu? hope Zeta dont stop to use Rem on the future performances xD

thanks a lot for the review and the flyer pic!
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