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Hanami & visual binary

  
 

Today was a great day :D First of all, the weather was really nice, so it was a good day for hanami ^^ Met up with [info]lady_asphodel for a quick walk in the park in Shinjuku, and had some time to sit down under the sakura trees and eat among a billion other people (That was one crowded park @_@), before heading for Takadanobaba to see THE VELVET play at AREA. 
 

Bands playing:


The secret band was Virgil. Kamijo recently mentioned this band in his blog, as Haku from Izabel Varosa is a member and they'll be a part of the coming Versailles events. They haven't released anything yet (and their first official live isn't until next month), but I LOVED them *_* So much that I'd like to start going to their lives regularly. I'm just not sure if I'll have the time to do so :/ At least they'll be appearing at the live with MaitoreiA and Chemical Pictures I'm planning on going to in May. The vocalist was playing an electric violin for parts of the live (You can hear it in the preview of "broke stone awake sevendays" on their myspace) which I thought was a nice addition to the band.

I'd never heard of Vincent before. While we were waiting for them to come on stage, a couple of their fans came over to us and asked us to come to the front row. I told them I didn't know any of the furi, but one of the girls said "Oh, you'll be fine :D" And then goes ahead to demonstrate complicated custom stuff D: Good thing this was being video taped for all eternity x) But it was fun. The music isn't what I'd normally buy CDs of, but it was fast paced which means front row definitely = most fun place to be. So I was stuck there saku'ing for a guy I don't know who is.
(Berry, you were right. The vocalist posted the set list in his blog, and it IS just one song XD )

PIECElang was all sorts of ridiculous XD The vocalist is another Izabel Varosa member. He was a guest at the Sherow New Year party in January, revealing that he'd adopted some hip hop-ish style, eagerly trying to teach us to "Say YOOO!". Their music was nice though, but whatever is going on on stage is pretty far from his last band. There's a DJ among the members, who took it upon himself to show us what coreography we should be doing. Entertaining to watch at least, and they'll be playing at one of the Kakumei no Anthology events I'm going to next month as well.

THE VELVET was the last band playing tonight, and I'm happy for them cause this meant more time on stage + encore :) They don't get to be last very often as they usually don't play at sponsored events, and they're not that in-the-news now that Dada, Kalm etc. aren't there anymore. But we managed to fill up the front row today, and the band did a great job on stage :) Hadn't seen them for a couple of months, and was glad to hear they're still using music from Edward Scissorhands ^^ (It's a beautiful soundtrack). I was hoping we'd get an announcement about a future release, but no such luck. I'd love to have more of the band's songs with MiMi on vocals available on CD than the two tracks that currently exist.


 

 

 

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zeldana
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
(Ah, so that's what was up with the "YOOOOO" you and Berry kept referring to. XD)

I'm listening to Virgil's samples on MySpace right now and they sound pretty good. Their music is somewhat video-gamey, mixing in a variety of different elements and... flavors. It's not all heavy and it sounds somewhat pop-ish, too. (And whoo! Electric violin!)

I have yet to listen to anything by THE VELVET (and Em, too, for that matter) so I'ma get on that right quick~

Sounds like you had a blast! :D
chounohana
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
x)

Have you by any chance tried playing the electric violin? Is there much difference in playing on a "normal one"?

All of those three bands (Virgil, E'm, Velvet) are the kind of bands that needs to be seen live I think. Their music can sound great just listening to it of course, but the visuals on stage play a big part as well. (The latter's music is quite different from their image, so you sort of only get 50% without them both ^^;) But if you do end up listening to THE VELVET, you should go for the songs with MiMi on vocals. Their sound is more polished now.
zeldana
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I've never played an electric violin before, so I looked them up and - the cheaper ones aren't that expensive! I could buy one in place of purchasing one of the Versailles DVDs, and hopefully use my guitar amp with it. But... I never thought electric violins were as cool as electric guitars.

A buddy of mine had one and played it at school for us a few years ago. I thought it looked really cool, but I can't remember how it sounded. @__@

And I think I can understand what you mean about those bands. I managed to get Amaterase's Shibuya tour final DVD for a steal a while back, and I just watched it yesterday. They're a lot of fun to watch live! Since Versailles is the only "real" band I've actually seen live I don't have much to go on or compare, but based on your descriptions and all the live videos I've watched, it makes sense that a big portion of the music comes from the atmosphere and visuals.

I'll check out THE VELVET with MiMi on vocals, then. ^^
chounohana
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Don't know anything about electric violins other than that it sounded really nice at the live. I do like electric guitars, but when all the bands have one, the violin easily becomes "the cool" instrument :D (And I've always liked the sound of them. It would be interesting to know how much more you can do with an electric one in terms of tweaking sounds.)

And MiMi... is a very likable guy ^^ Another one of those I recommend seeing live/talking to if you get the chance (The list is getting long, isn't it? ^^;) He's kinda like Kaya (only, less...gay. I've seen him at Kaya's lives, so he's either a fan or a friend)


ext_92213
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
very nice sakura!!
we had ''Hanami'' in Oslo some days ago too, but it was too cold for yukata ^_^
chounohana
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Too cold for most flowers maybe? Hope you're enjoying your vacation.
shalotts_asylum
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, that place really is over-crowded. Is it even nice to go there when everything is so full?

Electric violin ♥
If you like the sound I'd recommend you to listen to Emilie Autumn. She's really awesome with violins.
Though her electric violin really sounds electric. In "broke stone away sevendays" it sounds more like synth I think.
chounohana
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I've never had much of a problem with really crowded places, and with being in Tokyo so often, you get used to it. It was just that I'd never seen a park being that crowded. There was quite a line to get through the gates.

I've heard a couple of her songs, but can't remember there being any violin. Do you have any songs to recommend?
As for Virgil's song, I agree that it sounds synth-like in the myspace preview. I think it has something to do with the mixing of the recording etc. It sounded different played live (+ then you could actually see the violin, which created a different atmosphere listening to it)
shalotts_asylum
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
That was more what I meant; crowded parks. Usually you'd go to a park to enjoy the scenery, the...well, green place with little amount of people.

Sure, it's a matter of taste though =) Sometimes it sounds a little "harsh" if you aren't used to it/don't like it.
"Unlaced", "Syringe", "Face the Wall", or in general, check her "Unlaced" album. It's instrumental only, nicely showing her skills. I pretty much like every song of it. Also you can see a contrast of for example "Manic Depression" which has rather low and "hard/wrong"notes and the other songs.
chounohana
Apr. 25th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
ah, yeah I guess ^^; There wasn't much green grass to be seen, but fortunately for us we were there to see the sakura, so it didn't matter that much :) I have a really nice park right outside my apartment that's empty most of the time, so I'll just go there if I ever feel like it (We had really beautiful sakura trees there as well, but still no people..)

Looked up the songs on youtube, listening to Syringe right now. I like it, though I feel like there's something... missing, I think. It might be because I prefer this kind of music to be heavier/more symphonic. But I think some of these songs still has a chance to grow on me. I'll check out some of the others too :)
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