Art Cube's 4th oneman was really fun :) For the first time it took place at Takadanobaba AREA, which is bigger than the previous livehouses where they've held their onemans. And a surprisingly large amount of people showed up.
We arrived a little early as we were supposed to meet up with several other fans (lots of familiar faces among the audience this time :) ), and had fun watching AREA's staff running after a cockroach that got into the livehouse. I think giant bugs is what I like the least about the summers in this country. (I'm from a really cold place, with few bugs, and those that exist are tiny).
Thanks to some nice Art Cube regulars who exchanged their tickets with a couple of us, our ticket numbers were low enough to be in the front row this time around as well. Some of the other girls had made some very nice looking shikishi boards, one for each member (including Kazune). They were really well made, and we all got to write them a small message on each board. Hope they enjoyed reading them all :)
The setlist consisted mostly of songs we were fairly familiar with this time (more of the songs they've released):
2. Blue Heaven
3. Pain～ Wing・・・
- MC -
4. 瑠璃雨 (rurisame)
6. 螺旋月 (rasenzuki)
7. you're here...
- "solo corner" -
*. S solo
*. Y solo
*. N solo
*. Z solo
- MC -
8. 香想曲 (kasoukyoku)
9. 花陽影 (hanahikage)
- MC -
10. not exist
12. 虹化鏡 (kougekyou)
- encore -
14. Soaring awakening
15. 失楽蝶 (shitsurakuchou)
As usual the songs they played during their solos (with the exception of Shizuki's drum solo, which I assume was something he put together himself), were all songs I recognized from somewhere, but couldn't quite place. Seiji had a guest musician for his song: Kengo on guitar. I wish Kengo could have participated more during the live, but appart from suddenly showing up out of nowhere during the middle of not exist, we didn't see more of him. Seiji seems to be incapable of learning lyrics that don't belong to his own band. Again he had to use lyric sheets for his solo. The other three partly played together before Seiji and Kengo appeared. After Shizuki was finished with his drum solo, Yossy and Nobu joined him, and they all did a short tune together before turning the spotlight, first to Yossy, and then on to Nobu.
Yossy looked like he was having the time of his life throughout the entire live. It was lots of fun to watch ^^ I hope he'll continue to feel as free and comfortable at future events too.
They debuted the title track of their new single, Kasoukyoku. I liked it a lot already upon the first listen, and keep listening to the CD now. It's a calmer song (balancing the more violent second track on the single). And now that we know the lyrics, all of Seiji's talk about how it's a "good smelling song" makes slightly more sense (?). It fits the late summer season. And I especially like how clearly you can hear both the vocals and keyboards here.
The second track on the single is False prayer. (They did indeed correct the title of it.) They've been playing it a lot more than usual at lives lately, and I'm really glad to finally have it on a release as it's one of the songs I enjoy the most live (The coreography is fun!)
Finally we had a decent amount of people for not exist's moshing :D Again we had to practice it with Shizuki showing people what to do. And he got us to do even sillier stuff this time, but it's not embarrassing when most people around you are doing it anyway, so we just went with it ^^ (Certainly a lot better than last time when we were only five people). I think the band had even more fun than us during this song.
We all did member calls for the encore, calling each member's name as they re-entered the stage, but changed it to "Tsutaya!" for Yossy (Inside joke for those who've read his blog; He goes to Tsutaya every day). And it made him laugh, which was the intention :)
When Seiji appeared on stage again, people roared with cheers as they noticed the big white snake wrapped around him :D I can't remember the last time he brought Rem on stage, it's been more than a year now. It was so nice to see her again, even for just one song. She remained pretty calm throughout it, not trying to get down on the floor and just curiously flicking her tongue at the audience. For me, that really made the live complete. I like Rem a lot, and missed seeing/hearing her (They've had to remove the female voice from their songs now that she's not on stage anymore). They should do more photosets or videos with her.
Overall a great and enjoyable live :D Unfortunately it doesn't look like they'll have time to do as many lives in the next few months as they've done this spring and summer. But we have some fun lives to look forward to anyway. The band's website is as always slow when it comes to updates, so here are the news:
Art Cube will be doing their annual anniversary oneman at Meguro Rock May Kan on December 12th. At this event there will be a pre-sale of a new single (no details announced yet), and participants will receive a digest DVD from yesterday's oneman live as a free gift. Tickets go on sale after the band's live at the same livehouse on September 7th. Unlike the previous onemans, this live will consist of two parts: The first part will be various session bands of the individual band members. The other part is Art Cube's live.
I'll post more details in the Art Cube LJ community.