“We tricked everyone into thinking that PENTAGON had changed routes to a POP band, lol”
That was tweeted by GOEMON RECORDS as the label revealed PENTAGON's new look, and details of their upcoming single. When the CD was announced in June, the band was sporting a decidedly poppy look, so it's nice to see that they're not going down the no-visuals road. At least for now ;)
Anyway, the band's new release, Hijiki to KARAAGE, is a double A-side single. They explain that “Hijiki” = “beauty/aesthetic style” and applies to the song Jesus Phobia; and “KARAAGE” = “happy style” and applies to TETSUKIZU. Five types will be released (one for each member). All five contain the two main songs, plus an additional song (except for the A type, which contains a DVD with two PVs instead). Check the PENTAGON discography section for full information and high-res cover art!
PENTAGON will release their new single, Hijiki to KARAAGE (ひじきとカラアゲ), on 2015-09-02 in 5 types (one for each members). Further details TBA. The band has also announced details of their special program: TETSUKIZU Matsuri (テツキズ祭).
The band gives an explanation about TETSUKIZU―鉄絆, it means “iron bonds”―but it's super-typical BS about the ~unbreakable bonds~ between fans and band members, friends and family, etc.
PENTAGON will collaborate with NICO Visu (ニコびじゅ), the visual kei branch of video service NICO NICO:
On 2015-08-25, the band will hold their “research recital” (live), PENTAGON no Jiyuukenkyuu Happyoukai (ペンタゴンの自由研究発表会), at Ikebukuro (池袋) P'PARCO. Tickets are 3,000 yen and will be distributed randomly to those who form an orderly line at the venue on the day of the concert. After the show, attendees will be allowed to take a photo with the band, and will also receive a signed photo as a present.
On the same day, at 16:00 JST, PENTAGON will appear on NICO Visu, streaming worldwide. I assume this is just a talk session
Later that day, the band will hold their live, TETSUKIZU Matsuri ~Oretachi no Tetsukizu~ (テツキズ祭~俺たちの鉄絆~), at Toshima Koukaidou (豊島公会堂).
After the success of the PENTAGON-designed parka, the band has announced their t-shirts and sailor shirts. The shirts will be sold at the web shop from 2015-06-15 through 2015-06-20. And of course, fans attending the TETSUKIZU activities are encouraged to wear them!
The new single will be pre-sold at Toshima Koukaidou and the nearby Like an Edison, on 2015-08-25. Those who purchase 3 types on that day will receive a privilege DVD with two live recordings from the band's first oneman. Those who purchase all 5 types will receive a DVD with the same two live recordings plus a third live recording.
PENTAGON successfully finished their first oneman, 「Misshitsu」, at TSUTAYA O-WEST today. The live was a complete success―it sold out in 1 minute, including balcony tickets! The band has announced their next step: they will hold a special festival in Teshima, although details are currently secret... PENTAGON has also announced a twoman live versus Grieva (グリーヴァ) in August.
As we thought, REALies will disband (members' comments). Their best albums release on June 10th, their last sponsored event is on Jun 22nd, a bus trip with fans will be held on July 11th, and the group will disband at the final stop of their oneman tour, I did it my way., on 2015-08-08. REALies will have lasted for 4 years, with no member changes, and with a definite growth compared to their start at UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. I'm quite proud of them for that. Good luck boys!
PENTAGON has announced the details for their upcoming single, Shounen WALTZ, to be released on 2015-04-29. It will come in 3 types: A, with PV; B with bonus track; and C with alternate bonus track (full details here). The band's new look is above, and a preview of the PV is below. What do you think?
PENTAGON will hold an acoustic live at TOWER RECORDS in Shinjuku for those who purchase two of the three types.
In January, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi sold lucky bags (5,000 yen each) via online mail-order, limited to 10 copies. Unfortunately, they didn't contain any CDs or DVDs―instead, they contained a calendar, photoset, masks, and t-shirt.
In an attempt to promote their upcoming oneman of the same name, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi is performing under the name 90min no AUDITORIUM (90minのオーディトリアム) at their 2015-02-17 live.
LIN's re-recording mini-album, Recollection of Phoenix, is available on Japanese iTunes. Unfortunately, it's not available on American iTunes―not sure about European, etc. Fairly pointless if we can't buy it though :'D
ALVION, ARLEQUIN, LIN, and label king zeebra are featured in Vol.021 of freepaper SEVEN.
With their latest single, Oneness reached #8 on the ORICON indies and #65 on the ORICON major charts, respectively. Good job!
Paranoid≠circuS buffalo 紲-kizuna- had a hernia and didn't attend the band's 2015-02-05 live. The band performed with 3 members instead.
AVANCHICK have announced the lineup for their 2015-04-11 event:
Today, LIN began shipment of the double-purchase mail-order-application privilege of their single Chaotic Resistance―a signed postcard. (There's no explanation of why it took so long... a postcard shouldn't take much time to produce, I would think!)
PENTAGON will release their first single, Shounen WALTZ (少年ワルツ), in 3 types on 2015-04-29 (details TBA). They will also “hijack” Harajuku for one day, on 2014-04-25, in celebration of vocalist 千吊-chizuru-'s birthday!
Various mannequins at secret Harajuku locations will be made up to resemble the PENTAGON members. Photography of these mannequins is encouraged! Furthermore, the band will sell PENTAGON custom parkas and shirts through the GOEMON web shop beginning on 2014-02-16 (6,000 yen each)―fans are encouraged to buy these and wear them on the hijack day, to further spread awareness of PENTAGON throughout Harajuku! Finally, a free event (fashion show?), called PENTA COLLECTION (ペンタコレクション), will be held at Harajuku (原宿) QUEST HALL on that day.
ARLEQUIN will hold a live stream Q&A session with overseas through XENON LA (just as LIN did) on 2015-02-07. The full press release is below.
The band is also the cover and special interview artist for free paper Gab. 73 (cover here)―this is great for overseas fans because Gab. is included in orders from CDJapan or Brand X (I can't remember which one, lol, but both are super easy for overseas fans to order from).
I also want to mention that those who purchase the A type of ARLEQUIN's upcoming single from Like an Edison will receive a 1 track live DVD recorded on 2015-01-18. (Online customers must specify which one they want.) The full list is:
Tokyo store: Alive
Harajuku store: Blind bud
Osaka store: KALEIDOSCOPE
Nagoya store: HIMA NI MAHI
Finally, here's a new preview of the band's upcoming DILEMMA PV:
ARLEQUIN will release their new single, DILEMMA (ジレンマ), in two types in February. TYPE A includes a PV while TYPE B includes a bonus track. The band will also hold their first oneman tour, ANTIHERO (アンチヒーロー), from 2015-06-06 through 2015-08-09!
Hot indie visual label started by ex-CindyKate, GOEMON RECORDS, has several live tours and events planned for 2015, including its 2nd anniversary tour! On 2015-04-22, the label will also release its first coupling omnibus, ALL I NEED, including new songs and live footage from ARLEQUIN, PENTAGON, and REALies. Check below for all the live details:
GOEMON RECORDS 2nd ANNIVERSARY TOUR
2015-05-02 at Kanazawa AZ
2015-05-03 at Niigata RIVERST
2015-03-04 at Sendai HooK
2015-05-05 at Takadanobaba AREA
2015-05-09 at Fukuoka DRUM SON
2015-05-10 at Namiki JUNCTION
2015-05-12 at (undecided)
2015-05-15 at Okayama IMAGE
2015-05-16 at OSAKA MUSE
2015-05-17 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA
2015-05-23 at Kashiwa ThumbUP
2015-05-24 at Urawa NARCISS
2015-05-27 at Utsunomiya HEVEN'S ROCK VJ-2
2015-05-28 at Kobe SONIC
ex-Cu[be] vocalist has mentioned starting a new band soon. His session will perform on 2015-01-23 with this lineup:
【V. Lara (螺々) [ex-Cu[be]] / G. Mayu (繭) [ex-ArcGarden] / G. Ayato (絢都) / B. KAIRI (カイリ) [ex-Avidit.] / D. Azuki (梓姫) [A'LETZA]】
ARLEQUIN will appear in an additional threeman vs Grieva (グリーヴァ) and DEZERT, as an extension of those two bands' coupling tour. The threeman, Shi×tou Bangaihen -Mitsudomoe- 2015 (死×闘 番外編-三つ巴-2015), will be held on 2015-01-17 at SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO.
REALies has announced their first single of the new year: Yukitokei (雪時計) will be released in two types (PV type / bonus track type) on 2015-01-14. They've also revealed their new look and announced their two-part oneman.
ARLEQUIN completely sold out in 1 minute their oneman live on 2015-01-18 at ebisu LIQUID, CARPE ・ DIEM (カルぺ・ディエム)!! They have announced their additional oneman, Kouchou no Yume (胡蝶之夢) on 2015-04-26 at Tsutaya O-EAST!!! They have also uploaded a sample of their new PV:
The latest minor news, featuring: AiM MaiM, ARLEQUIN, DECIDE, GLARD, LIN, Paranoid≠circuS, and REALies.
AiM MaiM will make an announcement at 19:00 JST on 2014-09-28.
ARLEQUIN have collaborated with fashion brand WRouge to produce their own t-shirts, which feature a caricature of vocalist Aki (with his signature hairstyle). They could have been purchased here―but sold out immediately.
DECIDE, the band which ex-NEGA bassist Ray produced, has announced their disbandment.
GLARD have announced their first oneman and mini-album!! The mini-album, From The 3 Words, doesn't have a release date yet, but their first oneman live, Straight Ahead, will be held on 2014-12-13 at FANJ-twice.
GOEMON RECORDS has re-opened its OHP. It seems that the label will start something called “goemon club” soon―maybe a fan club or a live stamp card.
GOEMON RECORDS has announced its Christmas live, which will feature ARLEQUIN, REALies, and a mysterious opening act: which―let's be real―is probably Call Me in their “we're an official band now!” form. Right?
Paranoid≠circuS will begin their second tour, SUICIDE PARADE ~Kyousei Renkou~ (SUICIDE PARADE ~強制連行~), on 2014-11-27. Their tour final oneman, NECROPHILIA, will be held somewhere in Osaka in January, 2015.
ARLEQUIN has announced the details of their first full album, which is called NEAR・EQUAL (ニア・イコール), and will be released on 2014-11-12! The album will come in two types: TYPE A with 11 songs + 1 PV, and TYPE B with 11 songs (including an additional new song). There are 6~7 new songs, depending on which type you get.
REALies will hold their 7-day retrospective event series, at which they'll perform a different period of their history at each live (complete with costumes from that period). The band has also uploaded PV previews for their upcoming singles:
GOEMON RECORDS has announced its new, limited-time, medical-themed band, Call Me!
Call Me V. 千吊-chizuru-
Support G. 拓-taku-
Support D. 篤輝-murasaki- [ex-VARED (support)]
Mascot. PENTAGON (ペンタゴン)
Call Me will hold its formation live on 2014-09-15 at TSUTAYA O-WEST. The bassist's birthday live will be held on 2014-11-24, and, after that, Call Me will hold their disbandment(?) oneman on 2014-12-13.
In the mean time, Call Me will begin free distribution of their first (only?) single, OMUKAE (オムカエ). It will be limited to 10,000 copies and available exclusively in Like an Edison stores. You can already hear the title track, in full, below:
In celebration of their upcoming single, REALies will hold their costume exhibitions at two little HEARTS. locations from 2014-09-02 through 2014-09-08. Drama costumes will be at the Shinjuku location, while Irohauta costumes will be at the Sendai location.
By the way, it seems that this single was mixed by some dude named Tom (@tom106zany), who also mixed songs for SuG and D=OUT (ダウト) before...!
REALies has announced their new “2 lead” (double-A-side) single, HEARTS/CINEMA SYNDROME (HEARTS/シネマシンドローム). They've also revealed their two(!) new looks.
The new single will be released in three types: all will feature the two title tracks, plus a different third bonus track. The first two types will further feature a PV for one of the title tracks.
As for their two looks: IMO it's their best AND worst look yet! The colorful look seems to be for the CINEMA SYNDROME side, and it's super cool. The HEARTS look is rather plain, and too “let's go major” -smelling to me, but at least they wear it well ;).
Aww, check out this shot from the recent “GOEMON RECORDS family” BBQ gathering ↑. They love each other ;_;. Anyway, here's a roundup of some GOEMON RECORDS news, feat. ARLEQUIN, CindyKate, and REALies!
General tickets for the 2014-10-19 ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) oneman at TSUTAYA O-WEST went on sale today... and were sold out within 3 minutes!!!!! The band has thus announced their next oneman, CARPE ・ DIEM (カルペ・ディエム), to be held on 2015-01-18 at ebisu LIQUIDROOM, where they will make an important announcement.
But of course, given the pace of this band, I'm sure the announcement will be good!
ARLEQUIN has also uploaded a preview of their upcoming single, Hakaana (墓穴):
Lots of good news from ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) today: their 2nd oneman is officially sold out, so they've announced their next one at O-WEST! They've also formally announced their next single, Hakaana (墓穴). Finally, they've revealed their really cool new look (above).
Third maxi-single Hakaana will be released on 2014-07-30 in three types: both with the title track and Apotosis; A with PV DVD, B with live DVD, and C with bonus track.
Continuing their tradition of collaborating with Like an Edison, each member of ARLEQUIN will produce his own "grave” at Like an Edison stores. Tickets to visit members' graves will be awarded to those who purchase all three types. Those who purchase any type will be rewarded with one random DVD privilege (of 5 possible) with footage of a member's challenge to himself.
The new oneman details are unchanged from what I posted here.
REALies has announced a September sponsored event tour called REVIVE YOUR HEARTS. Additionally, ZEALLINK Shinjuku and Sendai will have an exhibition of REALies' SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル) costumes from 2014-06-03~08 and 2014-06-11~16, respectively.
REALies and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) are the cover artists for June's edition of freepaper Vijuttoke! Furthermore, REALies is also one of the cover artists of Vol.017 of freepaper SEVEN. You can check out the Vijuttoke duel covers above.
Pami。 (ぱみ。) (ex-Syndrome vocalist solo project) is also featured in the Vijuttoke issue.
REALies has posted previews of all the songs from their upcoming album Drama. Watch/listen below:
The band has also announced that a special privilege DVD will be distributed at their 2014-08-08 oneman to those who present ticket stubs from either of their previous 2014-08-02 or 2014-08-03 oneman lives. The DVD contains the “punishment” footage from the GOEMON RECORDS futsal tournament, at which the losing team had to do the Momoiro dance (もも○ロダンス). The DVD also contains making footage of the STEP▲BY▼STEP PV.
REALies will participate in a twoman with DEZERT, 「DEZERT party vol.11」 -Manatsu no 1ban Shoubu- (「DEZERT party vol.11」 -真夏の1番勝負-), on 2014-08-26 at Shibuya (渋谷) Star Lounge.
Finally, REALies and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) will participate in this GOEMON RECORDS presents live―which, to be completely honest, I don't understand at all, so I'll just reprint it verbatim:
GOEMON RECORDS will sponsor its event Goemon NO Kado -Sono Ichi- (五右衛門ノ門-その壱-) on 2014-07-08 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA. ARLEQUIN will appear as guest.
ARLEQUIN guitarist Kuruto (來堵) has healed from his ligament injury and is planning to return at the band's 2014-05-05 live appearance.
Those who purchase tickets for Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし)'s 2014-05-02 sponsored event through the band will receive a 2-song live DVD or a CD(?) with drummer Kishihara Masami (岸原 雅巳)'s version of Binetsu Tairiku (微熱大陸).
Some self liner notes of upcoming omnibus Yougenkyou -WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA (妖幻鏡-WEST-) have been posted. About LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-)'s song, the band says:
Vocalist KAGUYA (ex-BERLIN~GRIEVER) has mentioned that he plans to start a new band soon.
Mizuki (美冬), former roadie for Vior gloire, has mentioned that former UNDER CODE PRODUCTION roadies are planning to reunite for a special session band! Details TBA.
There was a printing error in the booklet of carat (カラット)'s latest single. If you purchased it, please see the notice.
Lilith has served as the opening act for Kiryu (己龍)'s overseas live on 2014-04-20.
ex-Syndrome vocalist who now calls himself Pami。 (ぱみ。) has released the PV for his first solo song. Despite seeming like it's going to be unbearably embarrassing, it's not half bad in the end!
Here's the latest news featuring ARLEQUIN, carat, KISAKI, LIN, REALies, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi:
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) appears on VISUAL Keiji Z Vol.38 (ヴィジュアル刑事Z) which is broadcasting from April 16 until April 30.
carat (カラット) will hold their threeman tour with the Raid. and LUCHe. beginning in August, and will finish the tour with their 2 year anniversary oneman in September:
GOEMON RECORDS has announced two new sponsored events.
KISAKI will be featured [briefly] in the first issue of new visual kei magazine Stuppy (which features an awkard-looking RUKI on the cover). It will be released on 2014-04-24 for 980 yen.
The cover of upcoming omnibus featuring LIN, Yougenkyou -WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA, has been revealed. Check it here.
Goods sold at LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) guitarist MIZALY's birthday event have been announced: cheki from LIN's photoshoot and PV shooting (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), MIZALY birthday session cheki (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), and SchwarzVrain's live DVD (3,500 yen).
REALies and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) live photosets, from their respective 2014-03-19 and 2014-03-15 oneman lives, are being sold via 7-ELEVEN. They can also be purchased online (with shopping service) via AOO Store.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will release a “silent music video” for their song MONOLEON (モノレオン) on 2014-06-01. It's intended to be watched while listening to the Yougenkyou -WEST- omnibus which will feature that song.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will sell their limited-design t-shirts for 3,000 yen at their 2014-05-02 sponsored event.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) continues a tradition started by LOTMAN (ロットマン) and will hold their game of onigokko with fans on 2014-04-26. Purchase of a 1,000 yen balloon is required to participate.
Prize for capturing Ren is a live DVD #1; prize for capturing Kousuke is 3,000 yen; prize for capturing Kento is live DVD #2. There are further prizes of a Tatoeba mask an unspecified good. Follow their onigokko Twitter account @1222_222 for more info.
The latest minor news from our UNDER CODE PRODUCTION family:
ARLEQUIN will hold their untitled twoman live versus D.I.D. on 2014-07-06 at SHIBUYA CHELSEA HOTEL.
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) has announced details for their coupling tour with Grieva (グリーヴァ), Kuroari NO MuRE (黒蟻ノ群レ). THE BLACK SWAN, BIOSPHIA, Visper, Xepher, and Zombie (ぞんび) will join them on various dates:
※ B BIOSPHIA / T THE BLACK SWAN / V Visper / X Xepher / Z Zombie
ISORA (イソラ) support musicians for their 2014-04-06 performance will be V. Ryo (亮), V. Daisuke (大介), and ex-SUZAKU D. Karen (火憐).
Lilith has unveiled their super cute new keychain/phone strap goods. Buy them here (with proxy service).
Shungokusatsu (瞬獄殺) lineup for 2014-04-07 is: V. Itsuki (樹) (ex-SUZAKU) / G. SAN (ex-NEGA) / B. RENA (ex-Vior gloire / D. ARU (アル) (ex-Vior gloire). It also seems that this will be the continual session band's last performance.
REALies has given full information for their coupling Kantou TOUR (関東TOUR) with Blitz:
※ T the Raid. / M METEOROID / V VOW / O Oneness / R RoNo☆Cro
Check out this picture of ex-Vior gloire vocalist shall (currently in remembrance) petting his parents' dog's belly, which he says “feels like a boneless ham”:
Also, his new limited-activity band remembrance held their first live, and they played a mixture of GRiST and Vior gloire songs.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will release a 3-track demo CD-R to those who spend 5,000 yen on goods at their 2014-04-12 show. They also made their first single, COMING SOON, available for mail-order as of 2014-04-01.
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.
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) guitarist Kuruto (來堵) injured himself at a recent live, and has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. At recommendation of his doctor, Kuruto will temporarily pause live activities, and ARLEQUIN will perform with only 4 members for their upcoming lives.
Kuruto says that he intends to return to the stage just as soon as his injury has fully healed.
Latest minor news, featuring FOODED SEAL, ARLEQUIN, Lilith, Pami。, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi:
“Bad luck band” FOODED SEAL continues: support guitarist Rei (零) (LiLiCAL) is in the hospital and they have lost contact with other support guitarist Kiria (希燐亜) (LiLiCAL) since 2014-03-28. They will continue to perform with their three official members.
GOEMON RECORDS has uploaded the 4th volume of GoeTELE! (ごえテレ!). This one features footage from the special ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) live:
ex-Syndrome~zechs vocalist Pami。 (ぱみ。) has announced his solo (which he is now calling a “visual anime project”) lives. He will also release his first digital single, Atashi ga Shindara Moenai GOMI no Hi dashite ne。 (私が死んだら燃えないゴミの日にだしてね。), on 2014-04-14. (By the way, I guess that title is a reference to the movie Nihonsei Shounen (日本製少年).)
REALies has announced their second full album, Drama! The album will be released on 2014-06-04 in three types (A: PV / B: bonus CD with remixes / C: bonus track). GOEMON RECORDS has published a short CM for the album (below), and has promised full details (samples?) on 2014-04-01.
In support of the album, REALies has announced their 2nd coupling tour with Blitz, REALies × Blitz 2, and their oneman tour, The Avant▼Garde Theater Piece:
The second volume of the GOEMON RECORDS video channel, GoeTELE! (ごえテレ!), is up! This edition features behind-the-scenes footage from the event where REALies guitarist Ritsu (律) and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) guitarist Nao (奈緒) faced off in a karaoke battle. (The next volume should feature the actual karaoke battle.) Check it out below:
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) has announced the release of their new maxi-single, STELA (ステラ), for 2014-04-23. It will be released in three types: Type A with PV, Type B with bonus track ①, and Like an Edison -limited Type C with bonus track ②. The band will hold their second oneman, 「DAMEningen。」 (「ダメ人間。」) on 2014-07-26 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA to celebrate.
By the way, ARLEQUIN will “highjack” the Tokyo (東京) Like an Edison on 2014-05-04, and customers who say “ARLEQUIN” will receive an aluminum ARLEQUIN-branded can.
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
After over 11 years of activity, 12012 will indefinitely pause activities after their 2014-12-12 event/oneman (details TBA). Their reason given is essentially “lack of direction”, but the members' full comments are available (in Japanese) here.
Oneness will hold a free oneman, KANSHA SAKURETSU (カンシャサクレツ), on 2014-04-06 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA to celebrate the #4 indies ORICON ranking of their latest single. The title strip from any type of the single (including the 2nd press) is required to receive a ticket.
2 Gatsu 22 Nichi (2がつ22にち、せかいはぼくらをしる。) has given another obscured view of their upcoming official photography.
REALies latest single, SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル), has ranked #5 on the ORICON indies chart.
More information about RIKU's chariots-requiem: according to his blog post, it seems to be an ongoing session band, as he has not yet put together a new official band. Their 2014-04-15 live is called King of 『M』 Order, and guest players are 【V. RIKU / G. KAZ / G. Takeru (猛) (SAVAGE) / B. Jin (迅) / D. MIKAGE】.
As far as I can tell, Lilith's upcoming 3rd “EP” might be a single with the songs Galassia and Legacy. They will also hold a oneman in April. Details should be released soon.
ex-Megaromania drummer 邑詩-yushi- was supposed to appear at VAMPIRE ROSE's 2014-02-16 oneman at Kanazawa (金沢) van van V4. However, the live was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date (TBA), due to support members' inability to travel because of bad winter storms.
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) international street team has translated the band's interview with ViSULOG. The translation is available in three parts (so far): part 1, part 2, part 3.
The lineup of ex-SIVA vocalist KAIRI (カイリ) session band Bakeneko (化け猫) has been revealed: 【V. KAIRI / G. ShinyA (ex-Signal) / G. Keisuke (圭介) (ex-gaNesha) / Dr. Majyu (摩珠) (ex-E'm ~grief~)】.
The lineup of Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド) on 2014-03-08 has been finalized: 【V. 樹-Itsuki- (SUZAKU) / G. Ao (碧) (ex-paradeis) / G. KAEDE (カヱデ) (ex-MEKAKUSI (メカクシ)) / B. Ray (ex-NEGA) / D. REIYA (ex-LIN)】
The full lineup at ex-SUZAKU (朱) new band ISORA (イソラ) formation event on 2014-03-29 has been announced: Delia and REIRA SESSION (レイラセッション) will perform in addition to the previously-mentioned bands.
Some minor updates featuring GOTCHAROCKA, Syndrome, ARLEQUIN (アルルカン), CARAT (カラット), Oneness, and hurts:
GOTCHAROCKA bassist Shingo (真悟) had the flu and was absent at the band's lives and instores from 2014-02-01 through 2014-02-03.
ex-Syndrome ~ zechs vocalist Tsutaya changed his name to Pami。 (ぱみ。) and opened his new official Facebook
Tickets for ARLEQUIN's 2014-03-15 first oneman have sold out!
Oneness will hold a twoman with the Raid. on 2014-06-01 at HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT. Details TBA.
ex-hurts guitarist Mukku (むっく) will appear in session CUSUCO THE KAN CREW 【V. Mukku (ex-hurts) / G. Zin (迅) (ex-Schwein) / B. TAKA (AxiL) / D. Eve (ex-Lycaon)】 on 2014-02-28 at HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT.
GOEMON RECORDS will hold its sponsored event, Fuki no Tou (ふきのとう), on 2014-04-08 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA. ARLEQUIN and REALies appear as guests, along with Crazy★shampoo, VOW, Oneness, METEOROID, Airish, and Sick².
Jikkentai NEMESIS (実験体NEMESIS) performed the following setlist on 2014-02-06:
01. DELUGE (NEGA cover)
02. BREAK DOWN (girugamesh cover)
03. AGITATOR (Vior gloire cover)
04. MaGARU Suiren ` KaKERU (SUZAKU cover)
GOEMON RECORDS has announced its sponsored event and special lives to celebrate the birthdays of ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) drummer Tamon (堕門) and REALies vocalist Rayka and bassist 明イ-akino-:
By the way, both REALies and ARLEQUIN planned broadcasts over TwitCasting, featuring member comments on upcoming activities. ARLEQUIN broadcast ARLE-RIUM CHINEMA vol.1 on 2014-01-25, and REALies will broadcast SETSUNA CANDLE Hatsubai Chokuzen! TwitCasting Shoshinsha Nikaime no Chousen?! (セツナキャンドル発売直前!ツイキャス初心者二回目の挑戦?!) on 2014-02-03.
REALies released live photos from their 2013-12-08 tour final. The photos are available in Japan via 7-ELEVEN, and online via AOO Store.
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) held a hastily-decided experimental live—Jikkendai × MARMOT (実験台×モルモット) on 2014-01-12 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4—in celebration of the release of the final press of the band's demonstration CD. The live encouraged more ferocious participation than usual, and the band members donned special doctor uniforms during heavy songs SynonyM and Zou (像).
GOEMON RECORDS has re-released its 2014 lucky bag through its official web shop. The “remade” version includes 2 random GOEMON RECORDS badges, rather than the random band members' object that was in the original. (The new version still includes PV making DVDs, signed paper, and New Year postcard/photocard.)
REALies and ARLEQUIN will participate in fiveStars' 2 year anniversary circuit tour Realistic ideal 2014.
Well, that's it! Good to see GOEMON RECORDS meeting with success.
At the label's 2014-01-06 live, GOEMON RECORDS will special badges (500 yen each / randomly picked) featuring animated versions of ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) and REALies members (pictures here). At that live, the label will also release a special lucky bag (5,000 yen / limited quantities) containing:
ARLEQUIN or REALies member's belonging (random)
REALies LiNE PV & Irohauta (彩花唄) making of DVD
ARLEQUIN Eclipse PV making of DVD
REALies & ARLEQUIN signed New Year board
REALies New Year postcard
ARLEQUIN New Year unpublished photo
Finally, it seems that REALies Ritsu and ARLEQUIN Nao will face off and sing at the same event:
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) will embark on a threeman tour called SA×NA×GI-TOUR- with Xepher and Lustknot. on 2014-02-21~23. They will also participate in Shimizuya Records' event tour, Love makes the world go round.~Ai ga Kono Yo wo Ugokasu~ (~愛がこの世を動かす~) from 2014-01-27~2014-04-18.
Finally, the band has announced details for Part 4 and Part 5 of ARLEQUIN Edison (アルルカン Edison), their ongoing collaboration with visual kei shop Like an Edison:
Those who purchase ARLEQUIN's new single Eclipse at Like an Edison will receive a photoset (w/ TYPE A) and group photo (w/ TYPE B), and will also be allowed to attend an instore event with the band, at which a live DVD will be distributed.
After the show at ARLEQUIN's tour final oneman, slip over the EDGE, attendees who bring the ARLEQUIN Edison bags (which are being distributed at the store in 2014) will be allowed to attend a handshake event.
Ray will appear in the radio show VISUAL Tamashii (ビジュアル魂) on 2013-12-19. The show will also feature Otake (おたけ) (ex-CindyKate) and members of DECIDE and PLACEBO (プラセボ) [the two bands which Ray now produces].
Ray started his own online radio show called Raychel to Yukai na Nakamatachi (れいちぇると愉快な仲間たち), which aired its first episode last night and featured PLACEBO. By the way, it is produced by KSP, who also produces the REALies/GOEMON RECORDS net radio show.
In collaboration with the radio show, two lucky people will win special presents: a signed copy of NEGA's VANITAS, or a signed copy of PLACEBO's (produced by Ray) new CD.
Due to the first two presses of their self-titled demo CD selling out, ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) has announced a FINAL PRESS, to be released at the beginning of 2014. This 3rd and final press includes the same content as the previous presses, but with new cover art.
REALies has uploaded a PV sample of their upcoming single, SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル). They've also announced a special privilege for purchasers. Check below for both:
【time-limited preorder privilege】
Those who preorder any type of SETSUNA CANDLE between 2013-12-14 and 2014-01-10, and email a screenshot confirming the preorder to email@example.com, will receive a special DVD with the REALies member of their choice saying a phrase of their choice. (For example, the purchaser could ask Rayka to say “good luck on your test!”)
Those who preorder all three types and email a screenshot will receive the aforementioned DVD plus a signed cheki of the member of their choice.
Those who preorder all three types and reserve a ticket for the band's 2014-03-19 oneman, and email proof, will recieve the DVD, a signed cheki, and a second cheki.
Although full details haven't been revealed yet, REALies will release their a new maxi-single in February of 2014!! The CD is called SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル) and will be released in 3 types (one with a PV, one with a live DVD, and one with a bonus track). They also have a new look, which can be seen above.
With the commencement of their formal activities, ARLEQUIN has announced the release of three new CDs! First, the band will release their first single, Eclipse! The title track was previously released this past September via their distributed CD at Like an Edison; however, two brand new tracks have been recorded and a PV filmed to accompany the song in its official release via two-type single on 2014-01-15.
Second, the band has announced that their self-titled demonstration CD, which was released earlier this month, has sold out! Accordingly, a 2nd press of the demonstration CD will be released. They have mentioned that the new press will have a different jacket, but details such as release date and price have yet to be announced.
Finally, the band will collaborate with Like an Edison for a third time, producing yet another distributed CD. In the beginning of 2014, ARLEQUIN will highjack Like an Edison, and the store's shopping bags will be colored red with the phrase “New-generation Nagoya-kei。” (ARLEQUIN's concept) written on them. A copy of unreleased song Eseringo-eseringo- (似非林檎-eseringo-) will be freely distributed in each shopping bag.
[To refresh/clarify: ARLEQUIN freely distributed the song Eclipse at Like an Edison stores beginning on 2013-09-28. On 2013-10-02, the band released their self-titled demonstration CD nationwide; those who purchased it from Like an Edison further received the unreleased song INNOCENCE (イノセンス). Now the band will release a 2nd press of their demonstration CD, will re-release Eclipse as a proper single, and will freely distribute another unreleased song via Like an Edison.
→ ARLEQUIN's release page]
GOEMON RECORDS' new band ARLEQUIN (featuring ex-Cu[be] and CindyKate members) has finally made their formal debut! They've revealed their first look, their band concept, their blogs, a new live tour, and several releases... seems they're moving ahead at full speed!
Their new tour, 「Kizu」 × TSUKERU (「傷」 × ツケル), will kick off on 2013-11-13 at Sendai HooK and will last through until their tour final and first oneman, slip over the EDGE, on 2014-03-15 at Ikebukuro EDGE.
ARLEQUIN has announced their first single, a 2nd press of their demonstration CD, and a new distributed CD. Check the next post for details!
REALies has announced the start of a new tour to support their upcoming single, Irohauta (彩花唄)! The tour is called Senshuu Iroha (千秋いろは), and will kick off with sponsored event, Mr.ERROR no Gyakushuu (Mr.ERRORの逆襲), on 2013-10-15 at Takadanobaba AREA. The tour then continue through December.
On November 12th, 19th, and 21st, REALies will hold three free oneman lives entitled Aki! Kanjiru REAL!! (秋!感じるリアル!!). These oneman lives will be limited to fans who purchase two types of the band's upcoming single (Type-C plus Type-A or B).
Finally, REALies will end the tour with three consecutive oneman lives on November 30th at Nagoya ell.SIZE, December 1st at Osaka LIVE HOUSE 'D, and December 8th at Ikebukuro EDGE (the tour final). Fans who reserve tickets (by October 14th) for these lives will receive a free “live music clip” DVD at each one (for details, check REALies' discography section).
REALies has finally revealed their new maxi-single: Irohauta (彩花唄)!! The single will be released on October 9th via GOEMON RECORDS in three types. A sample of the title track's PV has already been released, and you can find it, as well as further details, below.
The single will be available in three types: types A & B will include the title track plus coupling song 21g, along with a DVD (PV with A type and live clips with B type); meanwhile, the live and web shop limited C type will include the aforementioned songs plus a bonus track, Mr.ERROR.
Those who preorder the new single can email firstname.lastname@example.org a screenshot as proof, and will receive an original song CD from the REALies member of their choice in return. Those who preorder two types will additionally receive a signed cheki.
On August 5th, GOEMON RECORDS announced the second artist to join its label: new band ARLEQUIN (アルルカン)!! The band features ex-Cu[be] and ex-CindyKate members, along with the vocalist from Diverse glare in Riot, and others.
V. Aki (暁) (ex-Diverse glare in Riot)
G. Kuruto (來堵) (ex-Arpege)
G. Nao (奈緒) (ex-Cu[be])
B. Shouhei (祥平) (ex-CindyKate [as Maaya])
D. Damon(?) (堕門)
ARLEQUIN won't be completely “revealed” until October 26th (guess that explains the paper bags on the members' heads...), but, in the meantime, they will embark on their first tour, ARLHOLIC THEATRE (アルホリックテアトル). Their tour starts with their first live on 2013-10-02 at Sendai HooK, and ends on 2013-10-26 at Ikebukuro EDGE with their tour final twoman with a secret band (TBA on October 1st). Got it??
Lastly, ARLEQUIN has announced its first release, a self-titled demo CD to be released on 2013-10-02 for 980 yen. I'm not sure yet if the release will be available via regular shops, or GOEMON RECORDS' web shop, etc.
REALies vocalist Rayka and CindyKate vocalist YUUI have announced the start of their online radio show, -My Trip Goemon Theater- (-My Trip 五右衛門 Theater-)!
The comedic talk & variety show will be broadcast online via NICO NICO, and will feature “Mr.NEGATIVE” Rayka and “Mr.POSITIVE” YUUI butting heads and interviewing monthly guests. The first show will be broadcast on June 21st and will feature CindyKate bassist Maaya.
After graduating from UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, both CindyKate (シンディケイト) and REALies have moved to a new Tokyo-based label called GOEMON RECORDS. Today, May 11th, the label will officially begin activities by holding its first live event and opening its official web shop.
GOEMON RECORDS WEBSHOP currently has the following items: