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Apparently, there's issues between the members that first took form back in February when vocalist Garu jumped off a balcony and broke his toe during one of their lives. Sure everyone's saying that the toe broke the camel's back, but obviously there's more to their dissolution than they're letting on.
Samples and cover art of
*Edit: The cover artworks were designed by Saorina (ex-bassist of Kalavinka)!
In addition, the band has also announced the purchase privileges for the album if preordered from certain stores.
- 【type A】・・・LIVE DVD【灰と罰】 (Hai to Batsu)
- 【type B】・・・LIVE DVD【社会・窓】 (Shakai Mado ~No communication~)
- type A・・・artist comment DVD
- type B・・・LIVE photoset
Like an Edison:
- type A・・・LIVE DVD【鳴くよ鶯、マンホール】 (naku yo uguisu, manhōru)
- type B・・・LIVE DVD【変人奇行】 (henjin kikou)
- type A・・・LIVE DVD【麒麟】 (kirin)
- type B・・・LIVE DVD【MMNS】
Former Storm band
According to AKI's Twitter, the guitarist of band KAUXS, allure idea will participate in the concert "Zoku Roku-banme no Yuu Utsu (続6番目の優鬱)" at Sapporo Crazy Monkey, which is going to be held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band Six (シックス).
Other acts include emmuree, dioxin, KAUXS, Antikythera, and more to be announced. According to the flyer, allure idea will be featuring their 2nd vocalist (which was the one the band was most prolific with), as well as the rest of their classic lineup.
Revival shows are always cool to hear about: is there a Matina Eternal Storm band you wish revived next?
Specifically, Misery will return in a session band, "妖怪＊セッション" (Yokai Session), who will perform at the annual summer festival, 妖怪夏祭2 (yokai natsu-sai 2) on August 30 at Shibuya REX.
- Vo.雀夜 (suzuya) (ex.トランスノート (Trance Note))
- Gt.美沙麗～みざり～ (misery) (ex-Megaromania, LIN)
- Gt.パル (paru) (Smileberry)
- Ba.塗壁ぬっぺ濡平 (nuppe) (ex.サウイフモノ (souiumono)
- Dr.ゆきみ (yukimi) (ex.ユナイト (unite))
Quite an interesting lineup if you ask me...I wouldn't be surprised if Misery ventured onto a more ~poppier~ style, judging by this lineup and his compositions in LIN, which differ greatly from his past bands.
They'll also hold a short oneman tour on 2017-10-20, 11-11, and 11-24 at Ikebukuro EDGE, Osu (大須) UNLIMITS, and Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) Paradigm, respectively.
Further details are yet to be announced.
Revenir (french for “return”) will be released on 2017-08-23, and will feature 2 new songs plus 4 re-recordings which will be selected by fans. All songs are eligible--even past songs which were never recorded(?). Fans can cast their vote via the band's official LINE account.
The band has also begun a LINE stampcard campaign. From April through July, those who are friends with the band's official LINE account can accumulate stamps by reading a QR code at the band's live and instore events. Those who collect 10 stamps will receive a live clip (of your desired song) + comment (of your desired member) DVD.
chariots will hold a fan request oneman at which they'll play 10 fan requested songs and 4 member selected songs. NAGOYA “Ranking” MUSIC Night will be held on 2017-07-20 at Nagoya (名古屋) MUSIC FARM.
Finally, their alter-ego band
Kachikan no Chigai ha Yuiitsu no Sukuidatta (価値観の違いは唯一の救いだった) will be released on June 7th for 1,980 yen. The band is billing the release as a “maxi-single + music collection,” but it's essentially a best album with a new song attached. That being said, the release costs only 1,980 yen and includes 14 rerecorded(!) songs, plus the new song. Definitely a good deal, especially considering the great tracklist.
(Is this some sort of scheme to get to the top of the ORICON indies single chart?)
By the way, the product number of the release is GMCD-037A, so I'm betting they already have a “more maxi-single-esque” version planned, if the first one sells really well 😎
ARLEQUIN will hold a “premium” Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka one tour, also entitled Kachikan no Chigai ha Yuiitsu no Sukuidatta (価値観の違いは唯一の救いだった), on 2017-06-14, 06-16, and 07-09 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA, HOLIDAY OSAKA, and HOLIDAY SHINJUKU, respectively. Pre-ordered tickets will be sold for the special price of 1,980 yen, just like the maxi-single.
Their fourth anniversary oneman tour, Dekoboko (凸凹), will begin with a kaleidoscope-limited live on 2017-09-02 at Shinjuku (新宿) BLAZE, and end on 2018-01-13 at Osaka (大阪) BIG CAT. Their November 5th oneman at Aoyama (青山) RiZM will be male-limited.
By the way. ARLEQUIN's official blog is now at LINE.
That was announced by SUI at David's first official live on the 8th at Tokyo (東京) KINEMA Club (キネマ倶楽部). All other details are TBA, but my guess is it will feature the three songs that they played at the live: GENESIS, MAGE, and BLOOD.
Btw, once again the support members were erina, HI-NA, Jin, and Sho. I wonder if they'll participate in the recording of the single as well 🤔
Also, these are the goods that David is selling: muffler towel (2,500 yen), poster (1,000 yen), and photoset (1,000 yen).
Who doesn't want a poster in their room of SUI doing that pose?
Someone on Monochrome Heaven asked for some information about Soleil, so I thought I'd type something up! Since it became a little long, I decided to post it here. Hope it's helpful!
In the early '90s, the “visual kei scene” was only just starting to coalesce, but Nagoya-based bands were already differentiating themselves enough to be lumped together as a sub-scene called “Nagoya kei.” The two biggest in that scene were KUROYUME (who you already know) and
By 1994, both bands had become popular nationwide--but while KUROYUME capitalized on that momentum and went major, Silver~Rose disbanded.
ex-Silver~Rose leader KAIKI immediately joined fellow Nagoya band
In a surprise to fans, KAIKI seceded from the band just before their major debut. Soon after, noir closed its doors.
Later in '96, KAIKI joined former-noir band
➡️ Side note: I know Wikipedia says otherwise, but Soleil wasn't a sublabel of Free-Will. Beginning in the later '90s, Free-Will acted as a for-hire marketer/distributor for several labels, but those were partnerships rather than parent-child relationships, if that makes sense. Same thing goes for Matina and UNDER CODE PRODUCTION.
Some time in 1997, Soleil moved its headquarters from Nagoya to Toyota, Aichi. The label become less “Nagoya kei”-ish, with bands like
➡️ Side note: The only sublabel that really amounted to anything was Osaka-based Soleil Matina, which was founded by
Unfortunately, Soleil was also known for what some lovingly call “Soleil quality.” This refers to extremely cheaply-made releases sold for full price; releases that were delayed over and over and over; flyers that were photocopies of photocopies, densely packed with barely-legible information for several bands; freely distributed items released guerrilla-style with no prior notice or future mention; and so on.
After 2000, Soleil and its bands seem to have run out of steam. Maybe it was due to that “Soleil quality,” or maybe it was the loss of Soleil Matina as a sublabel, or maybe it was just the decline of visual kei's popularity in general... Whatever the reason, Soleil closed its doors in 2002.
A few ex-Soleil bands followed KAIKI to a new label, inner dream group, but it seems to have had the same management issues, and dissolved later in the year. All three bands (
KAIKI's final foray into management was a label called beast beat, which formed in 2008(?), and whose most “famous” band would be JACK+MW or MILKY EMILY.
To sum it up, KAIKI is essentially the Nagoya version of KISAKI. Both fucked up their chances to go major twice, and both had unique, mega popular indie labels, but mismanaged them into the ground. But both also have a charismatic fighting indie spirit that makes visual kei so endearing--at least in my opinion.
If you'd like to get more familiar with Soleil, please check the artist page and read up on any of the bands in the Soleil section. Information about the label and its bands is often really hard to find, so I promise that you'll find some stuff that's not written anywhere else. As for music, I'd suggest the aforementioned
✨ And if you have any well-sourced corrections or additional information about any of the above-mentioned topics, please send it my way! 💕 (Much of jp Wikipedia's information is incorrect, but sources like first-hand-accounts, flyers, release scans or magazine articles are all helpful.)
Thanks for reading m( )m
The cover art has also been revealed below:
The band has just concluded their twoman with The Gallo, and are scheduled to hold their 1st anniversary oneman events, "OSAKA Night VARON" (at Shinsaibashi VARON) and "TOKYO EDGE Night" (at EDGE IKEBUKURO), on April 15 and 22 respectively.