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The police have been patrolling the neighbourhood constantly for several days now. Last Sunday a five year old girl was found about 10 minutes from my apartment, left by the roadside, dying. (As far as I know, she was still alive when they found her, but unconscious and it was too late to save her). They still haven't found the person who killed her :/
On a less grim note, the kids playing outside my window are running around imitating Daigo Stardust. It's cute (^^)

I thought I would spend Friday night at home, relaxing, since I have to get up kinda early on Saturday (which is today, seeing as it's past midnight already). But a couple of days ago I randomly noticed THE VELVET and Sito Magus were having another live together at Takadanobaba AREA, so... why not?

電影グラマァ (video glamour) opened the show. I felt sorry for these guys. We were about 20 people there, and none of us had come to see this band. The vocalist was very clearly nervous during the MC, and not getting anything but silence from the crowd didn't make it better. The longer the guy talked, the more did his voice shake. He talked a bit about their newly released single, and said they were going to work in the studio recording the entire weekend. At least he didn't let the nervousness and low respons from the audience affect the rest of his performance, which was quite good.

After 25 minutes of Video glamour, the crowd doubled. Two people with video cameras also showed up to film the following band; 音影 (otokage). The visual style of this band was a mix between traditional Japanese/Chinese stuff and..... something. Slightly weird and not my style of band at all, but definitely the most popular act of the evening, with lots and lots of custom furi. There was also a group of male fans in the front for this band (or rather the bassist). That's kinda rare.

After Otokage was done, everyone left D: We were suddenly down to 10 people. Poor ネス (Neth) who'd travelled all the way from Osaka. There was a total of two girls standing in the front for them (one for each of the guitarists)... These guys would have been so much fun to headbang and dive to, but not knowing the choreography, I didn't really want to stand in the front with so few people there.

Fortunately some more people came for THE VELVET. This is what's left of Velvet Eden these days, but their music doesn't sound much like the stuff with Dada. Their visual style is still somewhat similar though. The intro and outro for their set was Edward Scissorhands music :D An instrumental from the movie was played, and then the curtain was drawn back revealing MiMi (the vocalist) standing in the dark holding a lit candle. Their set had a totally different atmosphere from the preceding bands. I was hoping they would have some new photosets for sale of MiMi's current look, which is amazing. Black curls and aristocrat outfit, complete with a miniature hat.

Sito Magus followed. I knew they'd be on ten past eight since they'd sent me an e-mail about it last night, so I didn't have to worry about them being last, which would have made me miss the train back home. They're so old fashioned :D There aren't that many visual goth bands left. And it hit me really how similar Sybila (vocals) is to Juka (especially the Moi dix Mois era). Not in voice and looks, but the way he performs. His whole body language. It would be fun to see them on stage together, just to see them mirroring each other :)


( 11 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
OMG I hope they find the person who did that to her!! D<


I don't recall ever hearing anything by Sito Magus but I checked the related topic on Scape and noticed an old post I made, so I -did- listen to them at some point, I just have no recollection whatsoever of doing so. My comment was that the vocalist sounds lot like Juka... but he has Seth's vibrato. Er...? I'll have to go back and hear what I was talking about (so to speak). XD

I find the way Juka moves on stage to be really silly. X) But there's somebody else out there who moves like him? D: How awesome would it be to see them on stage together? I totally agree with you there! XD
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Juka is a bit unique with his thatrical moves XD But yes, the similarity was really striking. They way he talked too. And they used this, um.. echoing effect (I suck at explaining x] ) over his voice during the MC, that M10M has used as well.

You should check out their music when they release more stuff, cause their news songs were very good. They've improved since their first release.

Edited at 2008-09-26 10:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh good! I'll have something to look forward to! Thanks for the heads up. X3
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Sito Magus!!!! <333 I adore them! And I've noticed that similarity as well. xD Sybila's voice is so awesome. Are they good live?
You don't happen to know if they will release anything in the near future do you? As much as I love them, I can't seem to find a lot of info. :-/
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
The other memebers completely disappeared in Sybila's presence. I hope this band will last for a while, they have the potential to become very good (they've improved a lot lately)

They didn't mention anything about a new release, and the only CD they were selling was the one that's already been out for a while. But they did a couple of new songs (which were much better than their earlier release) so they're probably working on something :)
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hope so too. It's really rare that I come over a band that I really fall hard in love with instantly. And even though I've had the release for ages now I'm still listening to it.
They have improved? *_* I really hope something new will pop up soon as well. Just out of curiosity: do they sell any merch and stuff?
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
No, they've only been selling that CD. I guess they'll start selling photosets eventually, but I don't see them getting any other stuff in the near future. They're still pretty small; I think we were about 5 people coming to see them yesterday.
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Woah, that small huh? A shame, considering how good they are. I would have figured that at least Moi dix Mois-fans would perhaps like them. But then again, I'm not even sure how long they've been around. :-p
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how many Moi dix Mois-fans know about them. It's not like the visual bands are promoted heavily on TV etc. For instance, I know several people among the Japanese fans who loves Seth, but didn't have a clue about Art Cube until I told them. I haven't seen much about Sito Magus in any music magazines either, so it might just be that people aren't aware of their existance.
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
No, of course not. But wow, that some didn't know about art cube! How could a Seth-fan NOT know? xDD

It's a shame though. They deserve the audience! So maybe the guys have more fans in other countries than Japan then? xD
Sep. 27th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you'd think they'd know x) But it's like that in the CD stores as well. The Brain Hacker, After Image and Amadeus releases are next to the Moi dix Mois CDs instead of being categorized in the "A" and "B" section (like New Sodmy's stuff is next to LAREINE instead of the other bands starting with an "N"). But Art Cube's single is all by itself in the "A" section. It's weird.

I guess the majority of people who go to lives of visual bands consider Sito Magus to be too old fashioned / too dark. It's just not what's popular anymore >_< But at least they weren't the band with the smallest turn out of the evening.

Edited at 2008-09-27 03:47 pm (UTC)
( 11 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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