The band officially formed on July 30th, but they haven't announced any lives or releases yet. (And btw, despite them having almost the same lineup as MRS, and despite them literally just renaming MRS' Twitter account and continuing to use it, and despite their name literally being “rename,” RENAME is officially a different band--not a renamed version of MRS.)
Hi everyone 👋 Just wanted to give a brief update on the status of weloveucp.com.
First, apologies for my absence this summer. I'd planned to take a month off from updating news (etc) while I worked on this new version of weloveucp.com. Unfortunately, life stuff happened, and “1 month” turned into “several.” (Thank you so much to those who kept posting news and updating artists, especially Seraphim and sheepprincessgara.) That said, the new version of weloveucp.com is now up, and the posting of news should return to its normal frequency.
I hope that casual visitors will find the new version cleaner and easier to navigate, and that they will find it easier to discover info that was previously hidden in the weloveucp.com database. And for those of you who update the database, I hope you'll find the add/edit pages to be more consistent and easier to operate. I've also updated security across the board on the backend, so members' information is even more secure.
Boring stuff, for those interested:
Due to a forced last-minute server change, the most recent updates to the database are temporarily missing. The data is safe, but I'll have to manually re-import it.
I've also decided to temporarily turn off most “user functions” to make sure they play nice with the new server. So for now, existing members can sign in, but new registrations are closed, profiles are empty, release collections have been frozen, and other account features are turned off. Again, all data is safe, and these will be back up in the next week or so.
Here's my current roadmap for getting everything back up:
Re-import missing data into the database.
Get user functions back online.
Upgrade the VIP section, which is currently running in a bare-bones mode. (Btw, I'll be posting several VIP entries in the next few days, so please check back!)
Add documentation to “update” pages. (Main changes: in musicians' band history, you can use /artist/ notation, and markup is now allowed in all posts/comments.)
As always, please let me know of any bugs you encounter--with the behind-the-scenes update being so large, I expect plenty. (Btw, I already know of the issue with blank squares appearing beside certain links--will fix tonight.) Also, for those of you who update the database, please let me know of anything that might make it easier for you--I can't promise that everything's within my ability, but I'll do my best!
Caveats aside, I hope that the new version is an improvement overall. Thanks everyone for your patience, and please continue to bear with me!
According to SHIBUYA-REX booking manager Yuya (裕也), Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate ~ FOODED SEAL) passed away on 2017-07-18.
Yuya's tweet states that Sami passed after an accident accidental drowning (Edit: no clue where I got drowning from. My mistake.). A wake and funeral for his family and friends has already been held.
Sami (沙美) was most well known for his stint as CindyKate's drummer, but he was a multi-talented musician who also sang and played guitar/bass. He acted as a support musician for tons of bands and sessions over the years, and was set to act as support drummer for session band FLAMINGO (フラミンゴ) on August 30.
Samples of Marco's latest mini-album, "Seizonnoshirushi" have been released!
As mentioned before, Marco will hold a short tour in commemoration of the mini-album's release. However, on July 25, it was suddenly announced that guitarist Rutta and drummer Kyouhei have requested to leave the band after their tour final oneman on September 10. Both members have cited family reasons as the reason for their departure, so they're also in fact retiring from music altogether. As a result, they will also be terminated from their label contracts.
Fortunately, the soon-to-be remaining members have clarified that they will continue activities. Of course it's too early to estimate if they'll have eventual replacements or continue on as a three-man band. Here's to wishing them all the best going forward~🍻
ARLEQUIN recently announced that they will be releasing another new single this year: "puzzle."
The single drops on September 9th. As per uge, this single comes in two types-- Type B with an additional bonus track, and Type A comes with a PV DVD. Type A will cost 1,940 yen, and Type B will be 1,620.
Track listings and album art have not been announced, but a fairly extensive tour has been revealed as well. Starting September 2nd, the band will embark on their 4th Anniversary Tour, which will last until the finale on January 13th at Oosaka BIG CAT.
I can't believe they've only been around for 4 years: it feels like so much longer!
For the past few weeks, members of DEVIL KITTY have been teasing a big announcement for June 15th, 2017. The day finally came, and with it the news of a new CD, new promo pictures, and a new guitarist.
DEVIL KITTY 's new guitarist is Akina of THE EGOIST, which was a fellow label-mate of DK before Rockstar Records imploded. THE EGOIST was one of 3 bands that survived the label's closure, and they even got featured on an omnibus with a few UCP alumni bands. However, they eventually split after their vocalist ran off and ditched a few of their gigs.
The new single "裁きの悪魔" (Sabaki no Akuma), oddly dubbed their "1st single," comes out November 1st and will come in 3 types: two limited additions with a bonus music video DVD, and a regular edition that comes with 4 songs instead of two. One of the featured tracks is "Tenchuu," which the band has already released twice. This time it will get a music video -- a music video that will be "publicly recorded" and will give fans the chance participate in the video. The first 100 people will received 1,000 yen for doing so (about $10). The band stated that the reason for doing this is because most bands sell tickets to get fans in their video, but to be different, they wanted to give fans money instead.
Type-B will feature a separate music video for their new song "DEVIL."
Former Eternal band Cherry are reviving for the second time this year for a one-night show.
Earlier this year, the band got back together to celebrate their front-man's birthday. It seems like they had a good time at their last show, so they will be getting back together again to celebrate 優's (not sure what band he was from, tbh, but he seems to be friends with KoHey of Sleep My Dear) birthday.
The live was held on June 7th at Ikebukuro CYBER, in which 8 total bands participated.
My birthday is August 30th. I'm going to try to book Cherry to play at my party too!
On Twitter this morning, Insanity Injection announced that they have fired one of their vocalists, Chaos.
The notice stated that he participated in "deplorable events" on more than one occasion, and whatever he most recently did was the last straw. The band will continue as a 3-piece unit, and no further information regarding Chaos' other band, Glamscure, has been shared.