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UnderGround Party @ 神楽坂EXPLOSION

Second live of the weekend was THE VELVET at Kagurazaka Explosion.

I had never been to this livehouse nor visited that part of the city before. Was a bit worried about finding the place, but I think it's actually the easiest to find venue I've ever been to, although it took several train changes to actually get there. The venue was right outside the station exit, and it was kinda fun going to a completely new place for a change. But it was tiny! I've never seen a livehouse this small before. The few goods tables there took up half the room. Also the stage was almost level with the floor, with no barrier, so that was a bit awkward. I never really know what to do with my arms when there's nothing to lean on ^^; And this way we were pretty much face to face with the guys in front of us (Thank goodness they're tall). Was wondering how the headbanging and gyakudai would go, but we managed somehow. (In a way the lack of a bar/stage gave us more freedom, albeit worse balance)

Velvet was the fifth band, so there was lots of time to just hang around talking with the others. The place had some benches in the back, so we could chill out there for a while. A girl who used to follow the guys back in Velvet Eden + the first period of THE VELVET when Reina was still the vocalist showed up, and she brought some goods from way back then to show us. This included the schedule for a weekend-long fan trip with the band (Like Versailles did not too long ago). I can't even imagine them arranging something like that now... We would be what.... 5 people going? ^^; But it looked really interesting. Hope it was a success back then at least.

They had a completely different intro tune than usual; rock rather than something by Danny Elfman, and the members entered the stage one by one, which is rare (They're usually already there when the curtain opens). Their setlist was also more rock based than usual I think. That was fun! They still played Heroine and Plastic Doll, but the rest were all livelier songs like Seijaku, Aizou, Victor and SORROW. I don't know what's up with the guitar parts of Plastic Doll... Bera always manages to mess it up - today's mistake was even worse than usual. I play a few instruments myself, so I'd like to try and play this one just to see what part is causing all this trouble. It's only this song. It's not a big deal, and I just ignore it at lives, but everything else he plays is perfect most of the time, so it doesn't make sense that he'd make mistakes so often with PD...
But it was a great live :) Lots of silly "fanservice" attempts to laugh at. (Probably not the desired reaction, but some of the stuff really does look silly. Usually that's MiMi's fault.) I hope they keep the new intro for a few more lives. It was nice being able to cheer them on individually as each of them entered. Bera was the only one who utilized this opportunity though, circling around the entire stage, showing off. The others just went to their spots. 

Like at the live on December 27th, they had a different support drummer than usual: Haruka, previously a member of Wizard. He was scheduled to appear at their live next week too, but that event got cancelled. So maybe we'll see him again in February instead. I don't know this guy at all, but he's doing a good job and he smiles a lot :) (This guy) 


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Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Might be her. There aren't that many fans and, with me being the exception, all the fans who follow them now that I've talked to are new fans (2009 or later). Unfortunately she left early, so I didn't get much of a chance to talk with her.
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Jan. 24th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
I meant among the fans going to their lives ;)
Jan. 24th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
...I'll be going to their lives! I'll be a 3-month regular. *lol*
But yeah I know what you mean. It's sad that not a lot of people stuck around. Guess that's what happens when the band goes on hiatus twice...
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Still can't get over Bera's random reactions. x_x Nor can I imagine a stage that tiny.

Which part of Plastic Doll is giving him trouble?

Also, Heroine. <3 I think it's become my favorite VELVET song.
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
At least he was back to smiling during the live.
Yeah, the 2 meter gap between the tables and the stage surprised me (That would be... 6,5 feet?) Got a bit crowded, and a cameraman was climbing around us at the same time. Don't know where those pics will show up, but it would be nice to have more live photos of the band.

The guitar parts starting at 0:15 and 1:57. Which is why it doesn't make sense. It's not a complicated solo or anything...
Jan. 24th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
My guess is he may have issues with the timbre or he has another, similar melody running through his mind at the same time he's playing what's actually in the song. I dunno, though. It really doesn't sound that difficult to play. O_o
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Jan. 24th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Haha, awesome. :D I like Stripper bunches, too... I had one portion of the song (whatever I could remember) stuck in my head for a good chunk of the plane ride from Narita back home to Atlanta. x_x
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
They actually make such small livehouses? O_o How many bands were playing? (I'm asking because it's supposed to be more bands = more fans, right? Even if they stay only while the band they like plays, and then leave)

But so low stage sounds awkward to be in front of... well, would be for me. But I guess you're already used to seeing them face to face, so it might not seem like that to you, haha. XD

They did fan trip before? O_O I certainly wasn't aware they used to be *that* big. I wonder how guys feel about all that... if it was hard for them to get used to having so few fans on their lives nowadays... :/

I play a few instruments myself,
Nice! I don't think I've seen you mentioning this before... May I ask what are you playing? :)
(I'm interested in learning to play almost anything, but I never got the opportunity to... T_T)

Lots of silly "fanservice" attempts to laugh at. (Probably not the desired reaction, but some of the stuff really does look silly. Usually that's MiMi's fault.)
I can't help but to laugh at this! XD Those photo's were funny, but I can't even imagine what could it be that they attempted to do on the live, haha! Seems like they already got a "reputation" of being silly. XD
Seriously though, I think it's cuter this way, when it's funny. :)
(Did Bera get angry when MiMi messed up? XD)

May I ask what happened to their usual drummer? I hope he didn't get sick or something... :/
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
The assembly of artists was a bit strange at this live. Only a couple of them were visual bands, and several were not bands but (kind of amateurish) solo artists. Seven acts in total, but some didn't have any fans there.

Low stages are always awkward. Especially when they're more like a slightly elevated part of the floor, and you're supposed to do furi.

They used to do national tours and onemans too. It doesn't seem like they'll ever get back to doing stuff like that again and I feel kinda sorry for them, but I guess that's what happens when you go on hiatus for so long. Fans move on to other bands, and Velvet doesn't fit the mold of what's hip and popular in the vk scene these days.

I was a student at music school for many years for piano, flute and vocal training. Also had to learn how to play the guitar in music classes at my "normal" school. I've experimented with other random instruments too, but haven't received any professional training in them.

Bera's fanservice is... well, normal fanservice. It's MiMi trying to do things that ends up looking weird. I guess I just don't really see him as "sexy" ^^; (And nah, Bera looked pretty happy during the live. At least he was smiling a lot. He just keeps giving MiMi looks of "What on earth is the kid doing now?")

Both the drummer and bassist are support members, so if they're busy they'll get other musicians to play.. Not sure what the regular support drummer is doing atm. (They had an official member up until summer 2009; Lem - who was also an ex-Velvet Eden member. And MiMi who is the ex-bassist would do bass on recordings).
Feb. 4th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I really wish they would have more fans. :/
I dislike when there are "tons" of bands who sound alike (I guess some of these would be considered hip?) and they have more fans than a band like The Velvet who are different. I'd take them over those other bands any day... :(

You had to learn guitar in your school? I wish we had that here... :( But the music what you learned in music school sounds great! I like the sound of flute! ^^

Is there *anyone* who does? XD I mean, with the stuff he usually does, I don't think people would see him that way. I think you used the right word, "kid". A big one! But it makes it funnier, doesn't it? ^_^ (How old are they anyway?)
Ah it's great to hear Bera was smiling and enjoying himself! :D
Feb. 5th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
It's the same with Art Cube; their style is old fashioned and the members are getting "old" by vk standards... It's just how things are these days I suppose.

Our junior high school music teacher was pretty weird, so we had to learn how to play the guitar and how to set up a mixing table (of all things).

MiMi's still in his mid-twenties (joined Velvet Eden as a teenager), and as far as I know Bera is mid-thirties. He told us himself that he sees MiMi as a kid.
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