Mischievous has announced the details of their two-part tour final at HOLIDAY OSAKA on 2016-03-31. Their PV will be distributed to attendees, and message disc will be further distributed to VIP ticket holders.
Paranoid≠circuS released the tracklist for their upcoming mini-album, DREAM BOXX. It includes 4 old songs and 4 new songs―which is longer than a mini-album, so I wonder if some of the new ones are SE tracks...
PENTAGON has released new goods through the GOEMON RECORDS official shop, available for order 2016-02-01 through 2016-02-05. (They appear to be sold out already, tho...!).
Se'ikspia posted a trailer with some footage from their “replay” live (tho they unfortunately didn't use the live-recorded audio). It seems that the band hopes to play another live, but that's still undecided.
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.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION session band Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND~ (神言基地SPECIAL ~パーマネントバンド~) successfully completed its live at Abeno ROCKTOWN. They played several staples of Kisaki & Kansai Kizoku setlists:
V. Rame [ex-VIDOLL] / B. KISAKI [LIN] / G. MIZALY [LIN] / G. SAN [ex-NEGA] / D. TERO [ex-VIDOLL]
Unfortunately, it seems that, after the live, Rame left in an ambulance D:! But he says it was only due to expending too much energy during the live―he's fine now.
On a related note, it seems that KISAKI, Jui [VIDOLL/GOTCHAROCKA], JUN [Phantasmagoria/GOTCHAROCKA], and Rame [VIDOLL/Black Gene For the Next Scene] did a photography/interview session with each other yesterday?! I guess it's for some upcoming magazine, probably... hopefully something really good!
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.
Here are some minor pieces of news from GOTCHAROCKA, KISAKI, Oneness, Paranoid≠circuS, REALies, and the:Ø:
Paranoid≠circuS will participate in a threeman with REVINE and Galumia, and it appears that the band plans to “hijack” the event as a celebration for drummer 紲-kizuna-. In addition to distributing an acoustic version of their song Utsusemi (空蝉), the band will hold a photo session, and distribute kizuna's apple juice. (IDEK)
LIN will participate in the latest edition of HOPE AND LIVE, an AIDS awareness and benefit concert series. The event, to be held on 2015-10-04 at Shinjuku ReNY, will also feature SPEED-iD, HIGHFASHIONPARALYZE, and Kawamura Ryuichi (河村 隆一) of LUNA SEA, among others.
KISAKI had an interview in freepaper VR Virtual Reality SPECIAL ISSUE.
ex-Oneness vocalist JUKI (ジュキ) will appear in a session band on 2015-09-01 at Ikebukuro (池袋) CYBER.
Sayonara Natsuyasumi SESSION (さよなら夏休みセッション)
【V. JUKI (ジュキ) [ex-Oneness] / G. Tsubaki (椿) [Blitz] / G. Miru. [Lylow] / B. Kamiki Miharu (神木 壬晴) [Blitz] / D. Ryou (りょう) [Blitz]】
At Oneness' last live, a lottery (3,000 yen spent on goods = 1 ticket) was held, through which members' personal belongings and other items were available. One of the items was a live DVD of their 2015-07-10 live.
GOTCHAROCKA has collaborated with jewely brand GIGOR to produce a series of GOTCHAROCKA pendants. Each member's version has a different jewel color. Orders were accepted through 2015-07-31, but seem to be closed now.
ex-the:Ø vocalist 槐-saica- will hold his birthday presents live at OSAKA MUSE on 2015-10-20.
The LEGENDARY SIX NINE is a solo project by RUKA, the drummer of NIGHTMARE, with rotating support members. Today, the project announced its new release, SPLIT EP, which will feature two lineups: one of which is called 「LSN REUNION」 and features JUI (GOTCHAROCKA, ex-VIDOLL) on vocals!
SPLIT EP will be released on 2015-08-05 in two types. TYPE REUNION will feature the song ALPHA by LSN REUNION, PARTY by LSN BELIAL, and memento by LSN REUNION. The TYPE BELIAL version will feature the same first two tracks, plus Fly by LSN BELIAL as the third. Check the band's official website for more info.
JUI and RUKA were in the band Luinspear years ago, so I suppose that's where the “REUNION” in their name comes in!
GOTCHAROCKA will release their second full album, Royale, on 2015-06-17. Today, the band has revealed its new look for the release, and the partial tracklist has been announced:
TYPE A will include these songs (no particular order): Kyousou ROYALE (恐想ロワイヤル), Shortcake, Gekiai (撃愛), Alarm, Emotion, Director's cut, S or M, Akai Eki (赤い駅), TAROT, Starry eyes, Happy, (TBA)―in addition to the PV and making video for Kyousou ROYALE. TYPE B will include those same songs (minus the DVD), plus a bonus track.
Anime-theme-song cover band SPATS (スパッツ) has announced its second live. The “legendary” session band―comprised of V. Jin [HERO] / G. JUN [ex-Phantasmagoria~GOTCHAROCKA] / G. Toki [Black Gene For the Next Scene] / B. HIIRO [ex-NEU] / D. TERO [ex-VIDOLL]―will hold its first oneman on 2015-05-12 at Takadanobaba AREA; due to that oneman selling out in minutes, a second oneman has been announced for 2015-10-14 at TSUTAYA O-WEST. If the second oneman doesn't sell at least 550 tickets, the group will disband.
SPATS will release its first CD, Mori no Kumasan (Kari) (もりのくまさん(仮)), at the 2015-05-12 live. The CD will contain two songs for 1,500 yen. Here's their cover of the song Yuuki 100% (勇気100%):
Here's the news that I never got to. Featuring ARLEQUIN, Black Gene For the Next Scene, carat, GOTCHAROCKA, LIN, and the Samurai Crows:
ARLEQUIN will participate in Lycaon's last twoman, Masochist×Modernist, on 2015-09-20 at Shinjuku ReNY.
ARLEQUIN will participate in a twoman with DIAURA, Takadanobaba WO SenkyoSEYO。Date:20150531 (高田馬場ヲ占拠セヨ。Date:20150531), on 2015-05-31 at Takadanobaba AREA. Tickets are already sold out.
Rame (Black Gene For the Next Scene) will hold his birthday event, Sei☆maguso Gakuen Kessei LIVE (聖☆馬糞学園結成LIVE), on 2015-06-11 at Takadanobaba AREA. Alongside BFN, LIN will appear in a special Rame cosplay version. MEGMASSO (メガマソ), an unannounced session band, and an unannounced additional band will also appear.
carat members and THE RHEDORIC members will participate in a special event, RHEDORIC VS carat ~Yuushi/Yuuji。 Machi Shonichi~ (RHEDORIC VS カラット ~雄志/ゆーじ。待ち初日~), on 2015-04-27 at WILD SIDE TOKYO. Details TBA.
GOTCHAROCKA (and ex-Phantasmagoria) guitarist JUN and ARLEQUIN (ex-Cu[be]) guitarist Nao (奈緒) are featured in a special dual interview to celebrate ViSULOG's 4th anniversary. It's pretty interesting to read those two ex-UNDER CODE bandmen talk to each other!
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..
GOTCHAROCKA has posted a countdown on their official website, which will end in about two days... But here's the reveal, a little bit early: GOTCHAROCKA has unveiled their first look as a 3-member band, and will release their new single, Gekiai (撃愛), on 2014-06-04.
Further details TBA, but meanwhile, here's a better shot of their [fucking awesome, IMO] look: