ex-SUZAKU (朱) vocalist, and president of king zeebra, Itsuki (樹) has finally announced a new band! His time-limited project AiM MaiM (曖ム昧ム) will feature the concept of “Gokusai RETRO POP” (極彩レトロポップ; colorful retro pop), and they've already uploaded a teaser video with a small music sample.
AiM MaiM (曖ム昧ム) are:
V. Edogawa Itsuki (江戸川 樹) [ex-SUZAKU (朱)] G. Natsume Sakutarou (夏目 朔太郎) [ex-Lucid]
The project will hold its first live at the 2014-06-26 session event sponsored by ISORA (イソラ). The support members for that live are 【G. HARUKA (ex-Envus ~ MonoLog) / B. Kizuna (絆) (ISORA) / D. MAKI (ex-Lucid)】. AiM MaiM's next lives will be on 2014-08-07 and 2014-08-09.
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.
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) bassist Shohei (祥平) has announced his May birthday event, and an interesting session band called TBS will appear there... Could this be ex-NEGA vocalist JIN (儿) new band, THE BLACK SWAN? Read on:
As I said, SESSION BAND TBS (セッションバンドTBS) will appear at the event―TBS just happening to be the same initials of THE BLACK SWAN. Furthermore, the lineup includes ex-Vior gloire bassist RENA and ex-ORIGAMI (オリガミ) guitarist Itsuki (樹), both of whom JIN follow on Twitter. The session's lineup is listed as follows:
【V. (undecided) / G. Itsuki / G. Chi? (千) / B. RENA / D. Kiryu? (希柳)】
But here's the real kicker: the Japanese version of the information includes the note “ボーカ儿は未定です” (“vocal is undecided”). Notice the underlined character? ...That kanji, innocently slipped into the word “ボーカル” (“vocal”), is the kanji for “JIN”!!
So it looks like THE BLACK SWAN will be performing in May, at least in a session/prototype state. If the lineup stays the same (and I hope it does, 'cause JIN and RENA could be cool together!), we can expect THE BLACK SWAN to have the following members:
【V. JIN / G. Itsuki / G. Chi? / B. RENA / D. Kiryu?】
What do you think? Will THE BLACK SWAN have the same lineup as this session? Is this a promising lineup? Do you know anything about mystery members Chi and Kiryu?
Some updates on session bands featuring ex-SUZAKU (朱) members:
As previously announced, Shungokusatsu (瞬獄殺) will perform on 2013-12-24 at Shibuya (渋谷) Rex. The guitarist has been announced: Aki, who also appeared in session bands by ex-SUZAKU bassist Kizuna (絆). 【V. Itsuki (樹) (SUZAKU) / B. RENA (Vior gloire) / G. Aki / (others TBA)】
On 2013-12-06 at LIV'ERT sponsored event, the session band of ex-bassist Kizuna (絆) performed, featuring ex-drummer Karen (火憐): 【V. Syuuya (秋夜) (ex-scarlet) / G. aki / G. Yuuho? (優歩) / B. Kizuna (ex-SUZAKU) / Support D. Karen (ex-SUZAKU)】
Drummer Karen acted as support drummer for MonoLog (new band of ex-Synside guitarist kikyo) at their 2013-12-08 live.
Drummer Karen will perform with MonoLog bassist Misamisa (みさみさ) in a copy band on 2014-01-11 at Minamihorie (南堀江) ZERO, further details TBA.
king zeebra, the new label by ex-SUZAKU (朱) vocalist Itsuki (樹)―I think―has announced its second sponsored event. As before, the event will feature ex-SUZAKU, Vior gloire, and NEGA members, including the Shugokusatsu (瞬獄殺) session; so check it out!
Couple of bits of info about Shugokusatsu (瞬獄殺), the continuous session band of ex-SUZAKU (朱) vocalist Itsuki (樹) and ex-Vior gloire bassist RENA:
Shugokusatsu will perform on 2013-12-24 at SHIBUYA-REX (guitarist and drummer TBA). ex-CindyKate (シンディケイト) band FOODED SEAL (フーデッドシール) will also play at that event.
Before that, Shugokusatsu will also perform on 2013-12-12 at Osaka (大阪) RUIDO, with ex-NEGA guitarist SAN and ex-Vior gloire drummer ARU (アル).
On 2013-10-24, Shugokusatsu performed with ex-NEGA guitarist SAN and ex-SUZAKU drummer Karen (火憐). They played MaGARU by SUZAKU, Niji by L'Arc~en~Ciel, AGITATOR by Vior gloire, and Kusarekoi by SUZAKU.
ex-SUZAKU band Envus will hold a one day revival on 2014-01-11 (further details TBA). 【V. HIDEKI (ex-SUZAKU Itsuki) / G. Haruka (MonoLog) / G. Kaoru (holyclock) / B. Kagari (ex-SUZAKU Kizuna)】
New Kansai-area indie label king zeebra seems to be owned by Itsuki.
Here are some recent and upcoming sessions featuring ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION band members. Know something I missed? Share it in the comments!
● 2013-08-26 at Ash OSAKA
黒烏龍茶 【B. Karasu (ex-SUZAKU) / V. Syuuya (ex-scarlet) / G. Ao (ex-paradeis) / D. minoru (ex-Called≠Plan)】
● 2013-09-01 at Shinsaibashi club ALIVE
GRiST 【V. shall (ex-Vior gloire) / etc.】
※ live-limited live DVD sold
● 2013-09-08 at Pillar Cafe
● 2013-09-15 at Birth Shinjuku
BIRTHDAY SPECIAL SESSION BAND (バースデースペシャルセッションバンド) 【G. Otake (ex-CindyKate) / V. Tsubaki (ViolenSus Luxion) / G. Maki (Diana) / B. Tama (GOKIBURI) / D. Soara (Diana)】
● 2013-09-16 at Ash OSAKA
Shugokusatsu (瞬獄殺) 【V. Ituki (ex-SUZAKU) / B. RENA (ex-Vior gloire) / etc.】
Kizuna (絆) (ex-SUZAKU)
● 2013-09-18 at Ikebukuro CYBER
● 2013-09-21 at INAZUMA ROCK FES 2013
Purple Stone 【feat. Support D. ARU (ex-Vior gloire)】
● 2013-09-27 at OSAKA RUIDO
Purple Stone 【feat Support D. ARU (ex-Vior gloire)】
● 2013-10-02 at Ikebukuro RUIDO K3
Sui SESSION (翠セッション) 【V. Sui (ex-Megaromania) / G. Misery (ex-Megaromania) / B. Jin (ex-chariots) / D. Maju (ex-E'm ~grief~) / G. Kyohei (ex-zechs)】
● 2013-10-13 at Nagoya ell.SIZE
Tairou Shineitai (太郎親衛隊) 【V. Saki (ex-ClearVeil) / G. Nozomi (ex-ClearVeil) / B. Hisayoshi (ex-ClearVeil) / D. Yuize (ex-ClearVeil support) / G. Takaki (DEATHGAZE)】
● 2013-10-19 at Tokyo KINEMA Club
VAMPIRE ROSE 【D. Yushi (ex-Megaromania) / V. ROSE (VAMPIRE ROSE) / G. KAZ (ex-Ⅶ-Sense) / G. LUVIO (La'veil MizeriA) / B. Shiori (Synk;yet)】
● 2013-10-21 at Ikebukuro CYBER
Unchain Project-holy night- 【V. YU-I (ex-CindyKate) / G. Chikage (ex-Megaromania) / G. Otake (ex-CindyKate) / B. Hyoga (ex-Megaromania) / D. Yushi (ex-Megaromania)】
● 2013-10-22 at Ikebukuro CYBER
Unchain Project-dark night- 【V. YU-I (ex-CindyKate) / G. Chikage (ex-Megaromania) / G. Otake (ex-CindyKate) / B. Hyoga (ex-Megaromania) / D. Yushi (ex-Megaromania)】
● 2013-10-23 at Ikebukuro CYBER
MegaCin (メガシン) 【V. YU-I (ex-CindyKate) / G. Chikage (ex-Megaromania) / G. Otake (ex-CindyKate) / B. Hyoga (ex-Megaromania) / D. Yushi (ex-Megaromania)】
※ Hyoga (ex-Megaromania) will hold a “talk show” press conference featuring moderator Otake (ex-CindyKate)
※ Hyoga (ex-Megaromania) will retire after this live
● 2013-10-24 at Shinsaibashi FANJ-twice
Shugokusatsu (瞬獄殺) 【V. Ituki (ex-SUZAKU) / B. RENA (ex-Vior gloire) / etc.】
Kizuna SESSION BAND (絆セッションバンド) 【G. SAN (ex-NEGA)】
● 2013-11-01 at Ikebukuro RUDIO K3
Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド) 【B. Ray (ex-NEGA) / etc.】