Lots of GIGA news today, in the wake of GIGAMOUS' tour final! New releases and lives... and more HEISEI ISHIN memorial lives!
GIGAMOUS will hold a twoman with Mix Speaker's,Inc., Giga Mix, on 2016-11-26 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.
A two-part memorial live to deceased HEISEI ISHIN vocalist, Taku (拓), will be held. Heisei revolution party 2016 (平成revolution party 2016) 【Osakahen】 (【大阪編】) and 【Tokyohen】 (【東京編】) will be held on 2016-12-09 at OSAKA amHALL and 2016-12-13 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA, respectively. Details TBA, but I'm so glad that this tradition is being continued! R.I.P Taku 💔
GIGAMOUS vocalist Shiki (式) will hold his birthday oneman, Shiki Seitansai (式聖誕祭), on 2016-12-01 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX. Details TBA.
GIGAMOUS vocalist Shiki (式) will also embark on a solo tour (he previously acted as a solo artist before joining the band). Tabidori (旅鳥) will start on 2016-08-18 in Tokyo (東京). Details TBA. (I wonder if he'll have a release too 🤔)
GIGAMOUS has revealed their new artist photo! Check it out above. (I love it!)
The band will release their mini-album GIGAGAIN on 2016-09-07, to commemorate their 3rd anniversary! It contains re-recordings of previously-released singles, plus at least one new song. (My prediction is 4 old songs + 1 new? What do you think?)
The band will also release their 8th single (details TBA) on 2016-11-09, also in commemoration of their 3rd anniversary.
Their 3rd anniversary celebration tour, GIGA PARTY ROCK SHOW!!!!, will commence on 2016-09-14 at Sapporo (札幌) Spiritual Lounge.
They'll also have a special event, 3shuunen ONEMAN Chokuzen Giganeko Kekkishuukai (3周年ワンマン直前戯画猫決起集会), at Shibuya (渋谷) RUIDO K2.
Finally, their tour final oneman(?), GIGAMOUS 3shuunen & seiya Seitansai (ギガマウス3周年&seiya誠誕祭), will be held on 2016-10-10 at Tokyo (東京) Kinema Club (東京キネマ倶楽部).
GIGAMOUS will hold their fan celebration and national tour sendoff event, Choukyou Jishaku Zenkyoku Sekai Saisoku Shichou & Zenkoku Tandoku Kouen Jungyou Chokuzen Soukoukai (超強磁石全曲世界最速試聴&全国単独公演巡業直前壮行会), on 2016-05-04 and 2016-05-13.
Attendees will participate in “world's fastest trial listen”(?) of the album, with commentary from members.
The band will perform new songs from the album.
Fans will get to participate in the creation of the backdrop for the band's upcoming tour.
Talk session GIGA CHAT RETURNS (ギガチャットリターンズ) will be held.
A “parent-teacher conference” will be held. Either 2 band members to 1 fan, or 1 band member to 2 fans―that will be decided by vote via the band's Twitter, @gigamous_info.
A collaboration “outstore” with little HEARTS. will be held.
Tour goods from the band's upcoming tour will be sold early.
The band's national tour, Haihinkaishuu ~Hikiyoserarete~ (廃品回収~引き寄せられて~), will begin on 2016-05-21 at Fukuoka (福岡) DRUM SON and end with a tour final on 2016-06-26 at TSUTAYA O-WEST.
GIGAMOUS × the Raid. coupling tour, GIGARAID (ギガレイド), will begin on 2016-08-16 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA, continue on the 29th at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA, and end on the 30ths at HOLIDAY OSAKA.
GIGAMOUS finished their 500-person-limited oneman today, and announced their national tour and first full album!
The band's album, Super Strong Magnets, will be released on 2016-05-18, but all other details are TBA.
Drummer RAI (ライ) birthday event, Dai 2 kai! ANIME COSPLAY Matsuridzai! (第2回!アニメコスプレ祭りぢゃい!, will be held on 2016-03-05 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE; and guitarist YUKKIE (ユッキー) birthday event, Hana yori BAND ~Haru no YUKKIEsan Matsuri~ (花よりバンド~春のユッキーさん祭~), will be held on 2016-04-03 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA.
Afterward, their national tour, Haihinkaishuu ~Hikiyoserarete~ (廃品回収~引き寄せられて~), will commence on 2016-05-21 at Fukuoka (福岡) DRUM SON.
By the way, only 432 people appeared at their 500-person-limited oneman today :(
Vasalla × WITH SEXY one-day-revival live DVD, Film of LOVE INSANE, is finally being shipped. It was supposed to have shipped on 2015-12-10, but was delayed due to an error in manufacturing.
PINOCCHIO, the new solo project of ex-ClearVeil guitarist Amamiya Ryuto, will feature the following support members: 2016-02-02 【V. & G. Amamiya Ryuto / G. DAI [ex-Oneness] / B. Kakeru (翔) / D. Siyu (詩悠) [ex-Nobady]】 2016-02-22 【V. & G. Amamiya Ryuto / G. DAI [ex-Oneness] / (others)】 2016-02-25 【V. & G. Amamiya Ryuto / G. RomeO. (ろみヲ.) [ex-ONE★STAR] / B. Azuki (梓姫) [ex-A'LETZA] / D. YANCY. [ex-ONE★STAR]】
Neologi's maxi-single, DD, has been delayed from 2016-01-27 to 2016-02-09, due to manufacturing delays. (That's happened a lot recently, huh?)
KISAKI (LIN) is the cover artist of POPUNITED Vol.103.
PENTAGON's fashion brand PENTAGON will hold its collaborative two-part instore event with KERA at their Shinjuku (新宿) brand on 2016-01-16. Their collaborative blue parka (9,720 yen) will be sold. Those who spend 10,000 yen can participate in either part of the event, while those who spend 18,000 yen can participate in both. (Both parts consist of a talk, signing, and cheki shooting session.)
Cure Vol.149 features Black Gene For the Next Scene, GIGAMOUS, LIN, PENTAGON, and GOEMON RECORDS president YU-I.
REVINE vs SHAPE SHIFTER twoman, Shinsaibashi Gekka Raimei (心斎橋月下雷鳴), will be held on 2016-04-06 at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) paradigm, with opening act 無玄-MUKURO-.
PENTAGON × Belle (ベル) twoman, AGAINST THE RULES, will be held on 2016-03-03 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.
PENTAGON sponsored event, TEAR'S LIBERATION, will be held on 2016-02-24 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.
Like an Edison 2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR DVD [Type-A] features: AVANCHICK, ARLEQUIN, GIGAMOUS, SHAPE SHIFTER, D, and many others.
[Type-B] features: Dead Children
, Devil Kitty, THE BLACK SWAN, PENTAGON, Minus Jin-Say Orchestra, More, and many more.
Those who spend 1,000 yen at Like an Edison stores can choose either DVD, those who spend 2,000 yen receive both.
ARLEQUIN vocalist Aki (暁) will participate in seek's session band during Tokyo Chaos 2015 on 2015-12-31 at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyougijou Dainitaiikukan (国立代々木競技場 第二体育館).
seek SESSION (seek セッション)
【V. Aki (暁) [ARLEQUIN / G. Kazuki (一樹) [BugLug] / G. Kayuu (華遊) [ex-ν] / B. seek [Mix Speaker's,Inc.] / D. 宏崇-hirotaka- [R Shitei (R指定)]】
For reasons unclear to me, SHOXX is participating with various artists to release special lucky bags in celebration of the magazine's 25 year anniversary and New Year 2016.
Black Gene For the Next Scene, D, GOTCHAROCKA, GIGAMOUS, and LIN (along with several non-UCP-related bands) are participating. Each bag costs 4,200 yen, and contains items “worth 2~3 time the cost of the bag.” Orders are accepted from 2015-12-21 through 2016-01-20, via SHOXX Vol.276 or online order.
GIGAMOUS revealed their new Egypt-inspired look today, and announced their next single, Chouou (頂王).
The band also announced their free oneman tour, GOLD RUSH TOUR 2015~Muryou daYO! Zenin Shuugou!, which will be held throughout November, and their 500-person-limited oneman, GIGAren 4 ~Kaishin no Shigeki~. Check their biography for full information.
A special event has been announced for 2015-12-10 which will memorialize deceased HEISEI ISHIN vocalist Taku (拓). Several special acts will appear―almost all of which were part of the UNDER CODE PRODUCTION family ❤.
N@H, the special two-piece band which was considered the “second act” of HEISEI ISHIN, will appear, along with GIGAMOUS, the formal band that followed. The band More, which features ex-12012 members will appear, as will a special version of THE BLACK SWAN which features ex-NEGA drummer Yu (優)!! A session called Ishin (維新) will appear, which presumably will cover HEISEI ISHIN songs, too.
Finally, a super special session called Yoshifumi BAND (よしふみバンド) will appear, which is made up of retired ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION guys...!! It features CO- (the not-seen-since-his-arrest ex-FUTURISM・BOYZ vocalist), TAKAFUMI (most famous UNDER CODE PRODUCTION staff member), KANATA (ex-LIN guitarist-cum-sommelier), Yoshi (HEISEI ISHIN leader who retired from music), and 姫雛~hina~ (ex-Anjyu' drummer). (Interestingly, many of those guys worked at TAKAFUMI's club!)
What a great lineup... I'd really like to see that live! R.I.P Taku ❤
The latest magazine and television appearances from our lovely bands:
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON are the cover and back cover artists of Vijuttoke vol.42. Black Gene For the Next Scene is also featured.
PENTAGON is in SHOXX vol.272.
KISAKI (LIN) is the back cover artist of Cure Vol.145. ARLEQUIN, Black Gene For the Next Scene, GIGAMOUS, GOTCHAROCKA, and PENTAGON are also featured.
GOTCHAROCKA and PENTAGON are featured in SHOXX POSTER MAGAZINE #6.
On 2015-08-18, LIN was the special featured artist on MUSIC ON! TV program BMXrobot Presents! 「V to I no Gakkou ~Amen: VISUAL no Kyoushitsu / Bmen: IDOL no Kyoushitsu~」 (BMXrobot Presents! 「VとIの学校 ~A面:ビジュアルの教室/B面:アイドルの教室~」). GIGAMOUS was also featured.
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON will appear on talk program NICO Visu (ニコびじゅ) on 2015-08-25.
Live reports (with image galleries) of ARLEQUIN's 2015-08-09 oneman were featured on Pia (ぴあ) and OKMusic.
The tracklist for upcoming omnibus, Agitation Clysis ~Integrity~ has been announced. Unfortunately, as expected, all songs are old―except maybe emmurée's? Check out the song list here to decide if you're still interested.
A new omnibus series has been announced! On 2015-08-19, the Agitation Clysis ~Integrity~ volume will be released, which features THE BLACK SWAN, Femme Fatale, Lucifer's underground, MASKED RIDER SYSTEM, More, GIGAMOUS, and more. They've not yet announced if any tracks will be new.
Agitation Crisis is a new series sponsored by the label LIZARD NEO. The series is a tribute to the famous indies compilation series that were popular in the 90s, and seeks to revive the feeling of “finding a diamond in the rough”. Three CDs in the series will be simultaneously-released on 2015-08-19.
The ~Integrity~ volume features cult-following bands solid fanbases and rich careers. Including the bands listed above, emmurée, HOLLOWGRAM, Sel'm, and STEREO.C.K!
The ~Reckless~ volume features young bands who are currently competing in the fierce visual scene. They include A.S.K, BUG scream, Diana, Dear, GateNo.14, STELLA・・・, UNDER FALL JUSTICE, VABEL, Kimi ha Surudoku (君は鋭く), CHRONOGEAR (クロノギア), and Kuro No Usagi (黒乃うさぎ).
Finally, the ~Metalize~ volume features metal bands DEAD EYE SPIDER, Death Land, Knock'em Dead, Leraje, RED RAW, SKILL ACTOR, VELL'z FIRE, SEXUA ROSE, Takeru (武尊), Tenrin (天憐), Narita★Family (成田★一家).
Each CD will include a sticker with bands' logos.
The tracklists for all three CDs are currently unannounced. I'm really hoping for new songs (especially out of the ~Integrity~ volume, which has an exceptional lineup), but we should probably expect old ones... At any rate, I'm excited for this new omnibus series with great lineups.
GIGAMOUS has announced their first maxi-single since leaving their record label and changing their name. JAPANESE DANCER will be released in two types on July 22nd: Type-A with a PV and Type-B with a bonus track. Although the band is independent, the release will be published by Timely Records.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi will hold a sponsored event on 2015-06-19:
ARLEQUIN will appear in the July edition of Men's SPIDER, to be released on 2015-05-25.
ViSULOG has posted an article with loads of pictures from PENTAGON's 2015-04-25 Harajuku jack event: check it out!
Several artists will feature comments and photos in a pamphlet by TOWER RECORDS, VISUAL LIFE Vol.1: ARLEQUIN, GIGAMOUS, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi, Dead Children, Black Gene For the Next Scene, THE BLACK SWAN, PENTAGON, REALies, Lucifer's underground, and Oneness.
Shop fiveStars recently sponsored a tour called Realistic ideal 2015. Starting on 2015-05-12, the shop is running a campaign: those who spend 1,500 yen will receive a pamphlet containing comments and photos from the tour. Among others, PENTAGON and Oneness will be featured.
Oneness posted a privilege list for their upcoming final single, GO!!.
LIN, ARLEQUIN, and PENTAGON will appear in VR Virtual Reality vol.034.
REALies' 2015-06-20 and 2015-06-21 sponsored events are sold out!
REALies has new goods featuring the slogan “I DID IT MY WAY”. They were designed by Ritsu and look pretty cool!!
After recently leaving their label, GIGAMOUS has finally announced their next step! First, the band has changed the spelling of its name to katakana: ギガマウス (still pronounced GIGAMOUS). They've also revealed their new look (above), and have tentatively announced a new single to be released on 2015-07-22 (further details TBA).
This is my conjecture, so take it as rumor, but it seems that GIGAMOUS might have left their label, BadeggBox. Today the band renewed their OHP, and also changed their fanmail address―which is no longer in the BadeggBox office. Furthermore, their image at the BadeggBox OHP is in the section with disbanded groups.
So, again, I can't confirm this, but it seems as GIGAMOUS has become independent. That would also make sense in regards to them releasing a best album without disbanding (yet, lol). Please let me know if I've just failed to notice some official announcement!
GIGAMOUS has also announced two more limited-capacity oneman lives, plus a fan meeting:
http://weloveucp.com/lives/60/ http://weloveucp.com/lives/61/ http://weloveucp.com/lives/62/
After the secession of two members, FOODED SEAL secondary guitarist maNa has been promoted to primary guitarist. Verry [ex-ViV] has commenced support drums as of 2014-12-01, and Shuu (しゅう) has commenced support secondary guitar as of 2014-12-03.
GIGAMOUS will release their best album, GIGA BEST, in two types on 2015-02-11: limited type with live DVD, and normal type with bonus track.
MASKED RIDER SYSTEM bassist Mikoto (美琴) is temporarily absent from that band so he could concentrate on Vallquar's disbandment concerns. Ena [ex-HenzeL, etc.] will act as MASKED RIDER SYSTEM's support bassist on 2014-12-17.
A new version of Ray's continuous session band, Raychel Band Kai (れいちぇるバンド改), will appear on 2015-01-07 at Shinjuku (新宿) BIRTH:
【V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [ROGUE] / G. YOSHITO (ヨシト) [ex-AVANCHICK] / G. MAST [ex-Aliene Ma'riage, etc.] / B. Ray [ex-NEGA] / D. Itsuki (樹)】
On 2014-09-22, legendary visual kei hair & makeup house Tritt für Tritt will celebrate its 10th(!) anniversary with a huge modeling & live event in Ikebukuro (池袋). After teasing details for the past five months, Tritt für Tritt has finally announced the full lineup of participants in its event―and a plethora of ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION musicians will appear!
While Tritt für Tritt will handle all hair and makeup for the modeling portions, they will collaborate with the following fashion houses for clothes and accessories: SEX POT, Royal Princess Alice, Angelic Pretty, SUPER LOVERS, Rion, and mIRA..
carat, GIGAMOUS, Oneness, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi have all announced new releases:
GIGAMOUS will hold a three-month consecutive-release campaign starting in June. Their two-type maxi-single, PLATONIC (プラトニック), will be released in June, and their two-type maxi, Tokyo (東京), will follow in July. August's release hasn't been announced yet.
⇒ GIGAMOUS discography
Oneness will release their first mini-album, Akumani Xchange, in two types this July. Type A includes a PV and type B includes a bonus track―and both will include a random trading card (of 5 possible).
⇒ Oneness discography
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will award a DVD-R containing digest footage of their February~March lives to those who spend 5,000 yen on their goods at their 2014-04-12 live.
⇒ Tatoeba Konna Hanashi discography
carat (カラット) will release their new maxi-single, High Color, in two types later this month.
⇒ carat discography
REALies has uploaded a preview of the PV for their song STEP▲BY▼STEP, which will be released on their 2nd album, Drama. Check it out below and share your thoughts―Rayka has really improved, hasn't he?
REALies guitarists Ritsu (律) and N∀O will hold their birthday lives in July and August, respectively. A special opening act will appear at N∀O's birthday live, and live-limited CD 708 no THEMESONG (708のテーマソング) will be freely distributed there.
Here's the latest slew of minor-ish updates featuring, in no particular order, FOODED SEAL, Paranoid≠circuS, Vior gloire, SUZAKU (朱), GIGAMOUS, CARAT (カラット), and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン):
FOODED SEAL will release a new live-limited single beginning with their appearance at SHIBUYA REX's 2014-03-26 sponsored event. The single includes 3 new songs for 500 yen (including one song which was previously released by Sami during his solo activity).
→ FOODED SEAL - Aitakute
FOODED SEAL will make an important announcement at their 2014-03-24 sponsored event.
Paranoid≠circuS (ex-roadie of SUZAKU band) will release their first single, BoXX-D- on 2014-04-23.
ISORA (ex-SUZAKU new band) will participate in PureSound Records' omnibus SOUND OF NOISE 2014 on 2014-05-14.
ex-Vior gloire vocalist shall (シャル) has announced his new “intermittent band” remembrance. (Although it's an official band, he expects that they won't be very active: so possibly no releases and lives only every few months.) They will debut at 2014-04-06 event INDEED... at BRAND NEW, with their next live to be on 2014-06-08.
→ remembrance lineup details
GIGAMOUS has had/announced lots of special projects lately! Check 'em out:
GIGAMOUS participated in a vocalist shuffle with fellow BadeggBox labelmates Hanashounen BADDIES (花少年バディーズ) and the Sherry during the label's BIG BANG SHOWCASE tour. The bands, with switched vocalists, released Bootleg omnibus on 2014-01-18.
The BadeggBox bands held a photo bottle battle. Water bottles with special photo labels were sold during the tour (200 yen each), with 5 types in total. Each photo label type featured three musicians in a “team”, and whichever type bottle sold the most, that team won. Whichever team's bottle sold the least had to participate in a punishment game. The teams were:
● TEAM Hikitateyaku: MINEMURA (HSB) / seiya (GIGAMOUS) / KOU (the Sherry)
● TEAM MOSQUITO: Hiroshi (HSB) / YUKKIE (GIGAMOUS) / KARATSU (the Sherry)
● TEAM Muda ni IKEMEN: Takuma (HSB) / Shiki (GIGAMOUS) / johann (the Sherry)
● TEAM GACHI COUPLE: TSUBUKU (HSB) / Haru (the Sherry)
● TEAM Shirayukisan: Baku (HSB) / RAI (GIGAMOUS) / Shirayukisan (the Sherry)
Special gachagacha (bubble toy machine) were available at the label tour. Each turn cost 500 yen, and brought 2 special badges (member photo ver. / member illustration ver. / HSB ver. / GIGAMOUS ver. / or the Sherry ver.) or a special group shot photo of all 3 bands.
GIGAMOUS will hold their first oneman, The beginning of noisiest GIGAPARTY!!!!, on 2014-03-14 at TSUTAYA O-WEST. They will distribute a free special DVD and a previous-unreleased song CD, WORDS. They will also hold an afterparty.
They will hold their free oneman, GIGAMOUS PREMIUM YUKKIE BIRTHDAY ONEMAN!, on 2014-04-01 at BIRTH Shinjuku.
GIGAMOUS will collaborate with Harajuku (原宿) fashion brands Angelic Pretty, 10st, HELLCATPUNKS, and Like an Edison. Details TBA!
After yesterday's post about new band GIGAMOUS, you have been wondering what's happening with N@H. Well, don't worry, they're not disbanding―exactly...
N@H announced their second oneman, KAISHIN NO ICHIGEKI (カイシンノイチゲキ), to be held at Ikebukuro EDGE on September 7, 2013. The good news is that N@H is not disbanding at this live―but rather, they are “temporarily stopping full-scale activities”.
To put it another way, N@H is not disbanding, but rather has been demoted to a “when we feel like it” side project. That is, N@H will probably pop up every now and then, but probably not as the main activity of YUKKIE and RAI―that way they can concentrate on GIGAMOUS.
As a side note, it sounds like HEISEI ISHIN was a factor in the fate of N@H and the decision to start GIGAMOUS... Specifically, YUKKIE and RAI were clear from the beginning that they expected yoshi (bassist and leader of HEISEI ISHIN) to join N@H at some point, which would have truly made the project “HEISEI ISHIN's second part”, as it was originally called. But as it became more and more clear that yoshi had no intentions to join a band again, it seems that they were forced to give up on that idea... And since YUKKIE and RAI yearned to return to their original parts (guitarist and drummer, respectively), they began the formation of GIGAMOUS.
ex-HEISEI ISHIN and N@H members YUKKIE (ユッキー) and RAI (ライ) have announced their new band: GIGAMOUS!!
V. Shiki (式) (ex-Ap(r)il)
G. YUKKIE (ユッキー) (ex-HEISEI ISHIN → N@H)
B. seiya (ex-SPIV STATES)
D. RAI (ライ) (ex-HEISEI ISHIN → N@H)
GIGAMOUS officially formed on August 1st, 2013, by the four members Shiki, YUKKIE, seiya, and RAI, with the concept of “GIGA PARTY ROCK!!!!”. Their name is comprised of the word 「GIGA」 (= 109, billion) and 「MOUS」 (made-up word meaning MOUSE and MOUTH), which implies “even a being as tiny as a mouse, if they loudly express their biggest dream, can see that dream come true”.
Although GIGAMOUS formed on August 1st, their activities will officially commence on October 4th at their sponsored event and first live, GIGA FEST.
GIGAMOUS is signed to BadeggBox (the label which was originally formed to house BILLY (ビリー) members' projects), and have already announced their first release through the label: GIGA SPEAKER, a two-type maxi-single which will be released on 2013-09-11. The band has filmed their first PV for the title track, although it seems that the PV won't be released with the single.