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Another COLD day at the livehouse

My back seems to be slowly, slowly making a recovery. I've been giving it some (boring) days of rest, and it's still giving me trouble sleeping at night and standing without moving for more than 30 minutes at a time. I'm just hoping it'll be alright before the 22nd @_@ It's probably a good thing I won't be part of Rose Jail again until mid April, and it's at a place with chairs.
It wouldn't have been so bad had it just been a twisted muscle or something like that, but it was the spine that got the blow <__<;

We had a day of sunshine today among all the rain of late, so it was pretty nice going to Takadanobaba. I'd someday like to have more time to explore this part of Tokyo. It seems interesting (and I've located a Starbucks, so it's not a complete waste of space at least).

The sun did however make it impossible to take a decent picture of the setlist


I mentioned seeing Dark Schneider not too long ago, right? Laer's deep voice impressed me at the event with Art Cube last month, and after considering it for a while, I decided to go see them again. ("Considering" as in deciding whether or not I should spend all the money on ticket and travel. There wasn't any doubt about wanting to see them again).

I had completely forgotten that one of the other bands playing tonight would be ミサルカ (Misaruka), until they were suddenly standing on stage. "oh.....・__・"  They did not leave a good impression on me when I saw them in December. More along the lines of "oh dear god make it stop D: " But I'd been wanting to give them a second chance, and thought I'd do so at the E'm live coming up in a couple of weeks, before being reminded that they were performing at this live as well. And fortunately they did improve. I think my main problem lies with the voice of the vocalist, cause I enjoyed the music the rest of the members were playing a lot (symphonic orchestra stuff; I'd be very interested in buying their releases if they include instrumentals). They've become some sort of mini-Versailles! But how on earth can they afford costumes from Baby/AatP?? They're a very small indie band who's been active for 9 months.... Does one of them have really rich parents? o_O
So I made an effort to half-way ignore the vocals and listen to the rest of the music. And I love the bassist! So often the bass is drowned out by everything else, but I could hear every single note this guy was playing, and he was good :) (And he isn't scary and freaky-looking anymore)
They have this whole "We are mini-Versailles!" thing going on, which is cool. But I couldn't help laughing at them as their set started. Serious/majestic/etc. background music started playing, the members entered the stage, and the vocalist struck a dramatic pose with the mic, ready to start singing. But the song's backing music never started playing ^^; The other members were looking at the staff who were obviously having technical problems, while the vocalist was oblivious to it all as it happened behind his back, and kept his pose for forever.... x) That lost some of its elegance.
But at least I'm looking forward to seeing them again now. Which is a good thing as I'll be seeing them several times in the near future (It looks like they'll become another one of "those bands that keep appearing at the same lives as the bands I follow").



( 27 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
i'm glad your feeling better now ^^

mini-Versailles o_o? now i'm curious about them. must have been awkward watching the vocalist do the pose for so long...

i remember something like that happened to juka on the urakizoku video. where the backing music suddenly stopped. XDD
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)

I think Misaruka needs to be seen live to get that feeling from them. At least for now. Their current release just reflects the vocalist -__- (I'm not hating on him, and I do believe he can get better. I'm just saying their current releases aren't a good example of how they perform live)
The costumes play their part in this as well, being designed by the same people who designed Versailles' ones (Vocalist is blonde, and has a white coat with gold embroidery. The guitarist has white short-shorts... There are several similarities)

But Juka reacted as soon as the music stopped playing XD This guy stood frozen in a weird pose, waiting for the music. And waiting, and waiting...
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
*hits self* i just saw the link to their site. LOL*

err...the vocalist is indeed doing a Kamijo-ish look. the costume really looks like Kamijo's coat without the feathers and ruffles...and OMG! the drummer o_O he's like a bad copy of Hizaki. ~_~
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear that you're recovering. ^^; I'm still not too comfortable hearing that the pain isn't completely gone, so if it's still bugging you a week or so from now, see if you get it checked out. *prod*

And oh lawl. :'D What would you do if your background music never started playing? XD (The first Juka-related thought that sprung into my mind after reading terumi's reply was the mic that wasn't on during the "making of monsho" clip. XD)

I've started paying a lot more attention to bassists and bass lines in songs lately, so now I'm curious about this guy. Of course I really have nothing to go on besides "oh, I can hear this guy... and he sounds pretty good" but at least I'm not completely ignoring them anymore, lol.
Mar. 5th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
But Japanese doctors are scary D: D:
I accompanied a friend to the doctors here once. She had chest pains, and all they did was give her seven different pills, telling her to take them all at once. We had no idea what kind of pills they were, what they contained etc.

lol, Juka is a special case. I love the look on his face as he looks down at the mic in that video.
Background music problems aren't too uncommon. At MaitoreiA's first live, they had music playing as the members entered the stage for the first time. When it was Daishi's turn, the music suddenly stopped, and he had to enter in silence (except for the sound of the crowd laughing ^^; )

I always try to listen to every musician playing at the lives I go to, so I'll notice if someone is drowned out by the others. Often I can hear the bass, but not what the person is actually playing. Among several of the bands I like, the bassist happen to be my favourite member, so I'm happy when I am able to properly listen to what they're doing ^^
Mar. 5th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Doctors here are pretty scary, too. I think hospitals do a pretty good job of taking care of patients (based on my experience working there for a while), but if you go to a local clinic for something common like a cold or the flu, they'll all give you the exact. same. antibiotics. D: Usually some of the strongest stuff they have on hand. If you don't go through your full prescription and wind up with resistant bacteria, that can lead to even bigger problems. @__@ (It's a much bigger issue in hospitals).

Ack, sorry, got sidetracked. But seven unnamed pills? That's pretty bad. It reminds me a little of Korean medication... they just hand you a bag of unlabeled medicine and tell you to take various combinations for a set period of time. ^^;

D'awwww poor Daishi! XD That issue seems to happen quite a bit to vocalists, haha. But sound issues seem to be common enough problems anyway. That's what set the Versailles concert several hours back in October. >_@

And the only bassist I find myself actively listening to is Tsunehito from D since you can really hear him in D's songs. But Jasmine's little solo in Princess is really awesome, too.
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I live in a ricefield x) There's no hospitals around here, so local clinics are where it's at. (yay)

I've fortunately never experienced any sound problems as serious as at that Versailles concert. The most I can remember waiting for a band is about an hour. But Versailles had problems in Europe too, so I guess it's just the price you have to pay for playing at places far away from your original sound equipment.

There's a lot of bands I'd like to hear do more bass solos. One of the perks of being able to attend a lot of lives, is that you're given a much better opportunity to hear the bassists play, because often every member will have their own little moment on stage. But when you get home and listen to the recorded versions of the same songs, and don't have the bass literarily shoved in your face anymore, it'll be lost D:
But it's good to hear Tsunehito is audible :)
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've been staying in a ryokan located 5 meters away from the Starbuck in Takadanobaba a few times so I totally agree that it's a lovely and peacefull area !

Muahah Misaruka as mini Versailles XD
did you see their pics on myspace? the one where they are standing near a huge old clock ? looks like they borrowed it from Lareine'Meta PV XD
I'm curious to hear the vocalist live...I'm really enjoying his voice on the 1st CD so I hope it won't be too disappointing IRL ^^;
I hope the bassist will still be wearing his green costume.. as incredible as it might be I'm enjoying green on costumes since...well I let u guess ^^
What happened to your back to still suffer that much ? did you try taking some painkiller ?
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I hadn't seen the pics on their myspace before! Their hair and make-up was different at the live. I wonder if they're like E'm: changing their looks a bit for every performance.

Are we the only ones who actually liked that outfit on Kamijo? XD

My back pain is a result of the Rose Jail-incident I mentioned in my last entry. I don't want to take painkillers, as I'm a bit scared it might cause me to not notice pain I should be noticing in case things are worse than I pretend they are <_< I'm currently in my "lalala, things will be fine if I just wait another day"-mode.
Mar. 5th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I think there's something still missing in their look...they look both gorgeous and kitsch so if they're trying to act totally seriously on stage it might end up looking a bit ridiculous ^^;

Ahah...considering the opinions I heard from many Lareine/Kamijo fans, it really might be XD
(I'm missing Kamijo'pretty legs with tights ;___;)

[Doc Berry on] But if you're not taking anything, the pain will make you tense your back muscles unconsciously and it will keep on being painfull >.> what about trying tiny dose of muscle relaxants just before going to bed ? you could try some tetrazepam (it's the name of the molecul so I guess it's kind of international) but beware it's benzodiazepines so you might feel strange, dizzy and euphoric so just take it before going to bed and you won't have side effect [/Doc Berry off]
Mar. 5th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
You know, I've yet to see if the live in December was a "bad day", or if this live was a "good day" x) I'll see which one they're more like at the live on the 20th.

I didn't even think twice about that costume when I first saw it. "oh, he's wearing a skirt-ish something. ok" I didn't see anything horrible or unusual about it... I don't think I even noticed the colour (。_゜) (well, of course I saw it was green, but not like "omg! It's green!")

lol, I'll trust you on the doctor stuff. I'll see what I can find. (The local drugstore is the most confusing place around here, and I'm a bit sceptical to a lot of the things they're selling.)
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your getting better ^^
And I see what you mean about Misaruka. o.o Interesting though, I do enjoy their music too.
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad I enjoyed their performance so much more now than in December, knowing that I'll be seeing them again both this month and next ^^;
It'll be interesting to see if either the vocals will grow on me with time, or if the guy will actually get better (I found his voice quite nice for some of the lower parts of the songs, so the potential is there, I think he just needs to control it a bit more for the high parts)
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I have tried to write to you on hotmail, but you haven't answered yet... why??

Mar. 7th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Jeg har ikke mottatt noen mail fra deg... o_O Prøv på nytt?
Mar. 7th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Haha, Dark Scneider is a an evil wizard who tends to end up naked and has had "more than ten girlfriends", from anime/manga called Bastard!! that I was obsessed with when I was like 15 XD
I named my hamster after him :D
Mar. 7th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
lol, unless Laer randomly took the name from Kazuki's (Raphael) pseudonym, I guess he's been reading that manga too. (I didn't know it existed)
No nakedness on stage etc. to live up to your description though.

Aww hamster with weird name <3
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm often surprised by completely non-geek people reading so many comics in Japan. And surprised by who's actually geeky without looking it XD

Big names for small animals rock!
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I suppose reading comics is still seen as "less geeky" than books? (I mean, how many hostみたい guys do you see pulling out a book on the train?) But there are so many different ways of being a geek in this country... Nothing seems to surprise me anymore.

I've yet to come up with a name for the cat I'll be getting sooner or later. But something tells me I won't be naming it after evil naked wizards, as awesome as that might have been (´・`)
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed, that never occurred to me XD Books are geekiner than comics, and comics arn't really nesescarily geeky at all here.

I want a caaaaat! And no, I doubt I'll be naming any more animals after anime characters(though my geeky boyfriend wants to)
Mar. 8th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh @_@ I'm glad to hear you're better, but it's bad that you still have problems. Maybe you really should go and see a doctor?
Vertebras can be a real bitch when they are out of place and in case one moved a little in your spine you really should get it checked up D= You don't know if it's rubbing anything off or keeps hurting a muscle there.

while the vocalist was oblivious to it all as it happened behind his back, and kept his pose for forever.... x) That lost some of its elegance.
D'awwww XDD

o_o' I just clicked on Misaruka's site, saw the profile picture and was immidiately reminded of SeciliaLuna. They don't share one or another member, do they? 'XD
The mini-Versailles thing seems true. They really have an air of Versailles about them. Rui - Kamijo, Vetchi - Hizaki (I have an icon of the picture in his profile and when I used it someone asked what Hizaki picture that would be because they hadn't seen it so far...), Yusei - Teru, seen from pants Mizaki also Teru, and Azame...First I thought of Yuki, but then of Jasmine.
The photo-sets they offer where shot in places Lareine and Hizaki had a shoot, right? I think I remember the clock for Kamijo and the sofa and chandelier for Hizaki.

The video on their homepage looks interesting though and the music sample is good too. No idea how the vocals sound, but just from that video I'd have to say that I would like to see them live. =3
Mar. 8th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Out of place vertebras... D:
But since there are no proper doctors around here, making this a bit unconvenient, for now I've decided to give it a week of rest, and see if it keeps getting better during that time. At the moment the pain has moved on to my neck, and the area in my back that was actually hurt feels more uncomfortable than painful. (And there are no bruises or swollen bones, that I can feel, so that's a good sign I guess).
But thanks for your concerne <3

Azame is definitely a Jasmine. He has Jasmine written all over him when he moves around on stage (He also changed his make-up a bit since those pics were taken, and added more stuff to his hair).
Rui actually looked like he was imitating Kamijo when he was talking during the MC.

I just gave their single another listen, and Rui's voice sounds better there, so he probably just needs to focus on controlling his voice more during lives. I definitely think he'll get better as the band proceeds.
Mar. 8th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, it can be really mean. Especially when your legs give in for example ^^'''
It's sad that you seem to have no good doctors around =(
Rest sounds good. Maybe a muscle got hurt and it's recovering slowly. Keeping your back warm shouldn't be a mistake so maybe take care of that too.
You're welcome =3

As long as he doesn't start to wear whole animals or statues on his head...'XD Jasmine's headstuff is getting bigger and bigger, let's hope Azame doesn't follow.
Isn't that a bit too much already? ...then again, it probably would be amusing to see.

Controlling his voice; is it usually very unsteady and skiping? A little Tetsu (Malice Mizer) style? Like wavering around and not really hitting the notes?
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
"Animals on his head"... You know the drummer of E'm~grief~ already did that right? XD He almost fell off the stage because of it. (It was covering his face)
Azame hasn't started curling his hair that much yet, or added a ton of extensions. But I'll keep an eye on him at future lives x)

Tetsu was actually the first person that sprang into mind when I saw them this time, so you're absolutely right. And, at least I think, that Tetsu sounds a lot better now than in Malice, so I guess it's all about practice.
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously? o_o What was it?
Haha, that should have taught him to not overdo the headdress thing *laughs*

I agree to that. Maybe he realised himself that you can't really call what he did singing and took lessons or practised by himself. There are quite a few Indie bands who seem to have the Tetsu problem, but maybe they'll develop as well.
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Normalcy does not exist within this band...

what do you mean [wtf]?
I guess it doesn't really qualify as a "headdress", but he *did* use it for a live, and with reindeer antlers on top no less.
(The pic was taken at a later occasion, so obviously he did not learn x) )
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
But that isn't a bad thing, is it? ;D

Oh no xDDD I saw that picture somewhen, but I didn't think that he really wore that on stage! How stupid/awesome is that *laughs*

Really, you make me want to see that band live so badly. It must be horribly amusing to see them!
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