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!
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!
Kansai-promotion visual group NANIWA V (NANIWA V系連合軍) has announced that they will hold Naniwa Tamashii ~Kansai Seiatsu 2014-2015~ (なにわ魂 ~関西制圧2014-2015~) to count down to the New Year. LIN will serve as the special countdown guest (along with FEST VAINQUEUR).
Not quite the same as an UNDER CODE PRODUCTION countdown live, but it's nice to see the name/legacy continue :)
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..
As you may recall from this link NEGA had teamed up with Jeweler Material Crown to produce a limited Memorial line of Jewlery. Anyways, despite a later release date then projected by Material Crown I received my memorial necklace at the end of August. I've been busy with university as of late, so this is the first time I've had time available to post.
Anyways, here's what you guys are waiting for. Note this is the German Silver version of the necklace that didn't come with a chain (I'm cheap). There is no real difference between the Silver925 and German silver besides the fact that the Silver925 version came with a chain and is slightly heavier then the German silver.
I'm guessing this is the slip case they place orders in if you go to one of Material Crown's stores. This was delivered to me flat like this.
TYPE A Card that was received with the order. On the back is all of Material Crown's info; so this is really a limited business card for Material crown. :/
Close up of the card. Sorry about the blurriness this was the clearest pic I could get.
What you guys have been waiting for. Different views around the pennant. The pictures can't do this pennant justice. In real life its a really stunning piece that is classy enough to wear formally, but its also able to work in everyday wear. I've gotten several comments and questions from people when I do wear it. I know there was previous reports that the wing could be removable, but that seems that was the case for the shop promos. On both mine and my friend's (she has the silver925) the wing is attached to the main frame of the pennant and does not move.
This was my first time purchasing a bandman limited jewelry. Overall, I can say that despite the card being different from what I thought it was; it was very pleasant and easy to purchase this item. The people at Material Crown were helpful and were able to reply to all inquires in English when needed. The release of the necklace was a little late but it wasn't as bad as other bandman limited jewelry stories that are all over the net. In all I'm a happy little fan.
The official web shop has re-released LAST FAIR DVDs 【A】~【E】 in its privilege bootleg live DVD campaign. This means that customers who spend 5,000 yen can now select their desired free DVD from the entire set (【A】~【J】) rather than just 【F】~【J】, as had been the restriction in previous months.
Here's the full list which customers can now select from:
【A】 NEGA 2013.04.26 OSAKA MUSE
【B】NEGA 2013.04.28 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
【C】 Arc sessions 2013.02.09 Shinsaibashi VARON
【D】 KISAKI sessions 2013.02.02 OSAKA RUIDO
【E】 UCP 2013.03.01 Meguro Rockmaykan
【F】 UCP vocalist shuffle 2013.04.03 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
【G】 UCP 2013.04.04 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
【H】 UCP sessions 2013.04.07 OSAKA MUSE
【I】 Ray&REIYA sessions 2013.04.20 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
【J】 CO- sessions 2013.05.02 Ash OSAKA
Remember, the UCP official web shop closes for good on October 14.
KISAKI has announced a special Christmas Day sponsored event, at which his one-day-limited special band SchwarzVrain (featuring ex-Megaromania and F・B members) will perform!!!!
C'est la vie ~REMAIN OF THE 20TH YEARS HISTORY~ Saishuushou is the final chapter in the celebration of KISAKI's 20 years of band activity, and will be held on 2013-12-25 at OSAKA MUSE. It will primarily serve as a oneman for special band SchwarzVrain, but will also feature a friendship performance by Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド), and special opening acts GLARD (ex-VAGERKE) and DECIDE (produced by Ray).
So what do you think?! Personally, I'm super excited. I just wish we could see this event!! Let's pray for a live DVD... and that SchwarzVrain and Raychel BAND will become real bands!!
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced that its last lucky bags, which are being sold via the official web shop, have received a major upgrade!
The label's last lucky bags have been upgraded from containing 30,000 yen's worth of contents to a princely 55,000 yen's worth! Furthermore, the bags are now also eligible in the new privilege DVD campaign!
The bags still cost only 5,250 yen and still include a paper signed by all members of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's last lineup.
BTW, it seems that other items are now eligible toward the privilege DVD campaign as well. The only items still excluded are LIN's memorial CD and last live DVD. (Also... how much do you want to bet that each lucky bag now includes a copy of ARCHIVES? I'm sure that's where most of the worth-increase is coming from, but hopefully cynical me is wrong, eheh.)
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced the end dates of its office functions:
● UNDER CODE PRODUCTION official website
- will close on 2013-10-31
● UNDER CODE PRODUCTION information email
- acceptance of queries will end on 2013-10-31 (however, replies may come in November)
● UNDER CODE PRODUCTION OFFICIAL WEB SHOP
- will follow normal activities (except for weekends, holidays) until 2013-09-30
- will send orders and answer emails every Tuesday from 2013-10-01 to 2013-10-14
- will completely close on 2013-10-14
● UNDER CODE PRODUCTION fanletter and present acceptance
- ended on 2013-07-31
● sale of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION works at shops
- acceptance of shops' orders of additional UCP stock will end on 2013-08-31
- after 2013-09-01, each shop will have only its remaining stock to sell (unable to order more)
● UNDER CODE PRODUCTION official mobile site
- ended on 2013-06-01
For questions, please email email@example.com (closes 2013-10-31) or firstname.lastname@example.org (closes 2013-10-14).
Well, they're not calling it PART:3, but I am. So let's get this show on the road: the UNDER CODE PRODUCTION official web shop announced a second set of privilege bootleg live DVDs today. Just as with the previous set (which is no longer available), qualifying purchases of 5,000 yen or more at the official web shop are eligible to receive one of five available exclusive bootleg live DVDs.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 10th ANNIVERSARY LAST TOUR 「Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013-」 (Vocalist shuffle party) 2013.4.03 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 10th ANNIVERSARY LAST TOUR 「Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013-」 2013.4.04 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 10th ANNIVERSARY LAST TOUR 「Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013-」 (Costume party) 2013.4.07 OSAKA MUSE
Ray (NEGA) & REIYA (LIN) dream double birthday party 「Sakura Maichiru Kisetsu ni Oretachi ha Umareta。」 2013.4.20 HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT
CO- (FUTURISM・BOYZ) birthday party 「BROW IT OUT!!」 2013.5.02 Ash OSAKA
Are any of you guys planning to do this? If so, let's collaborate so we can get different privileges!
The UNDER CODE PRODUCTION OFFICIAL WEB SHOP has announced the second (and last?) part of its last special fair. This 2nd part introduces a handful of new, rare items, but unfortunately does not include any new privileges (however, the 5000 yen bootleg live DVD privilege from the 1st part of the fair still applies―at least until the end of July). Check out the list below:
As previously mentioned, UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's treasure book ARCHIVES 2003~2013 includes a ticket to a special launch event. Since it was originally announced, the event has changed venues, and additional details have been released:
The event (which will still be held on June 29th at 14:30 JST) will now be held at Rozetta (across the street from Shinsaibashi FANJ-twice), rather than Shinsaibashi food & bar Beginning as was initially announced.
The event will feature talk sessions, Q&A, games with prizes, and more. UNDER CODE is currently asking for question submissions for the Q&A section (email with title 「インストアイベント」 to email@example.com). And, of course, goods will be sold during the event, with those who spend 4,000 yen being allowed to participate in satsueikai.
The following goods will be sold at the event:
cheki (set of 2)
LIN: 「Obscure Ideal」, 「Reflect of Killing Fleur」, AWAKING FROM -INDEPENDENT “MAZE”-
Megaromania: Megaromania (TYPE A/B/C), Artistical Glint TYPE A, Propaganda (TYPE A/B)
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION will cease acceptance of fanletters by post after the end of July. So if you were planning to mail something to your favorite band, member, etc., do it now! UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's address is below:
株式会社UNDER CODE PRODUCTION
〒553-0005 大阪府大阪市福島区野田2-7-2 3F
Vior gloire announced at their June 8th oneman that they will disband this year.
Previously, guitarists kei and serra, and drummer ARU announced their intention to secede from the band after its June 9th oneman. At the time, vocalist shall and bassist RENA indicated that they would try to somehow move forward with the band―it seems that they've changed their minds.
Vior gloire's last live will be a free oneman on Jully 11th (tentative), and it appears that the original five-member lineup will perform (with kei, serra, and ARU performing as support members). Further details are expected soon. As for the future: kei has retired, and shall has says that he feels too old to try a new band...
By the way, Vior gloire freely distributed CDs with new songs at the June 8th & 9th oneman. I have the tracklist for the 8th version (below), but I'm not sure if the 9th version was any different. I also haven't been able to find more information than that... sorry.
The jacket and tracklist have been revealed for hide tribute cover album, hide TRIBUTE SPIRITS Ⅱ -Visual SPIRITS-, which features UNDER CODE PRODUCTION collaboration band D・N・A. The album will be released on July 3rd, and is available at CDJapan now. Check out the cover art and tracklist below:
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced that several releases which were previously web-shop-only will be available for general purchase starting this July! The included items are: LIN memorial CD, NEGA last live DVD, UCP last omnibus High Style Paradox 2003~2013, and UCP treasure book + last live DVD ARCHIVES 2003~2013.
The aforementioned items will be available on July 24th at most visual kei stores, allowing overseas fans to purchase them without using a shopping service. (Brand X is the only store with overseas shipping that currently has the items for sale, but I'm sure they'll be added to CDJapan shortly.)
During this month, CDJapan is offering select UNDER CODE PRODUCTION goods at 50% off! The sale excludes most of UNDER CODE's shop-sold releases, but the tons of photosets, posters, and live-limited releases included in the sale can be purchased at super low prices. Some items have already sold out, so hurry up and buy now!!
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION announced the first part of its web shop's last special fair today (I detailed the “0th part” in the previous post). For LAST FAIR PART:1, the web shop has updated with tons of special new items―mostly bootleg live DVDs―and has announced a very special privilege campaign!
As promised, UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced its WEB SHOP LAST FAIR PART:1, beginning today, June 1! There are tons of special and exciting items included in the fair―but before we get to those, let's go over the special items which aren't even part of the fair:
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION “treasure book” ARCHIVES 2003~2013 is set to be released on June 20, and certain ex-members of the label have decided to hold a special event to celebrate it!
The special event will be held on June 29, 2013, at Shinsaibashi food & bar Beginning, and tickets will be included with purchases of the Treasure Book (otherwise, tickets can also be obtained by spending 3,000 yen on UCP goods from June 20 through June 29 at Amemura PureSound). The event will include special talks, quizzes and games with presents, and more. And best of all, certain members of LIN, Megaromania, NEGA, FUTURISM・BOYZ, and REALies will participate!
If you're in Japan and plan on attending, more information can be found here.
LIN (凛 -the end of corruption world-) has announced that the release of their memorial CD, Obscure Ideal, will be delayed.
The live and web shop limited CD was originally scheduled to be shipped out from the official web shop on June 1st but, due to manufacturing delays, will instead begin shipment on June 5th. (The CD will, however, be available for purchase at the band's June 2nd live.)
Another note: the tracklist shown by UNDER CODE's official blog no longer mentions a bonus track being included in the CD. I'm not sure if this was an oversight or if the bonus track has indeed been cut.
UNDER CODE's last flyer (for the upcoming Treasure Book) mentions that, starting on June 1st, the official web shop will begin a special fair. Although details of that special fair have not yet been announced, the web shop has already put up some very special items!
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:
FUTURISM・BOYZ have announced their first post-UNDER CODE live. The band will participate in a non-VK threeman, at which they will play with no makeup/costumes! They invite anyone interested in a more “adult” FUTURISM・BOYZ to check out the live on June 23rd.
By the way, they're spelling their name “FUTURISM★BOYZ” for this live. I'm not sure if that's a permanent name change, or name only for “adult” version, or what...
With the completion of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's last live on May 3rd, Dali has officially disbanded... However, it seems that they're not done playing with us yet.
If you'll recall, Dali had started a mysterious countdown, posting an image of a number every day, counting down to “0”, which was on the day of UNDER CODE's last live. However, once the countdown reached “0”, the band started a new countdown, starting from “34” this time... This new countdown is paced to reach “0” on June 5th―but I'm not sure what that could possibly mean...
Secondly, I wanted to mention Dali's live-limited releases which they sold at UNDER CODE's last event. First, they sold a second press of their live-limited single from November of last year, ROCKING CHAIR to CREEP (which itself was a 2nd press / complete edition of a two-type single sold earlier in September). The new version has no new content but does feature a new jacket.
More importantly, Dali sold a DVD with footage from their last oneman live (at which they “disbanded”―until they decided to “postpone disbandment” until UNDER CODE's last live). The DVD contains complete footage from that oneman, with the exception of encore songs, which were available instead as two privilege DVDs for spending 5,000 yen on Dali goods.
After graduating from legendary label UNDER CODE PRODUCTION on May 1st, REALies has announced their long-awaited “fresh start,” just in time for summer! The band is back with a high-quality new look and new logo―check above! In addition, they've announced their first release, their live schedule, and several special projects. Check out the full information lineup below:
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has closed・・・ In memorial of 10 years of this legendary and unorthodox label, a new bible will be released: ARCHIVES 2003~2013. Furthermore, this timeless collector's item will include UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's last live DVD!!
UNDER CODE's “treasure book” is called ARCHIVES 2003~2013 and will be released on June 20th, 2013, through the label's official web shop. The book will collect 128 full color pages, and will cost 12,600 yen. The book will feature 6 major sections, but will also include a two-point special privilege, as well as a web shop limited privilege:
A great number of artists' official photos
Exclusive live report of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION last event Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013- 2013.5.03 at Osaka BIG CAT
Extensive biography and discography files for all signed artists
Personal interviews: Ray (NEGA) × CO- (F・B) / SAN (NEGA) × Maaya (CindyKate) / YUUI (CindyKate) × Rayka (REALies) / KANATA (LIN) × Misery (Megaromania) / RIKU (LIN) × JIN (NEGA) × Yamada Takafumi (UCP staff)
10 years' worth of private offshot photos, about 700 in total
KISAKI's last interview
Application ticket to special project exclusively for purchasers (application deadline: 2013-07-20)
Complete live DVD (over 3 hours of footage) of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION last event Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013- 2013.5.03 at Osaka BIG CAT
【WEB SHOP PRIVILEGE】
Unique, only-one-in-the-world special CD by Ray (NEGA) × CO- (F・B) special unit AD LIBBERS (アドリヴァーズ), in which they create a completely original song based on the title you specify
KISAKI has finally revealed the “UNDER CODE PRODUCTION LAST COLLABORATION”... It's a special collaboration unit band, 「D・N・A」 which will appear on a new tribute to hide omnibus!!
As part of hide anniversary project ROCKET DIVE 2003-2014 (which celebrates the 15th anniversary of his passing, 20th anniversary of his musical activities, and 50th birthday), his tribute album series hide TRIBUTE SPIRITS has been expanded. Throughout these two years, 6 more entries to the series will be released―starting with two visual kei entries, hide TRIBUTE Ⅱ -Visual SPIRITS- and hide TRIBUTE Ⅲ -Visual SPIRITS-.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION special collaboration unit 「D・N・A」 will appear in the second omnibus, covering hide's Junk Story. The lineup of the unit is unknown, but the photoshoot featured all vocalists of UNDER CODE's currently-active bands, plus KISAKI―so, we can assume those people will be involved.
hide TRIBUTE Ⅱ -Visual SPIRITS- will be released on July 1st, 2013. Tracklist is below:
NEGA's collaboration jewelry is available for order from April 21st through May 31st, and orders will be shipped sometime in July. Customers who purchase a bracelet will receive privilege guarantee card TYPE B; those who purchase a necklace in German Silver will receive guarantee card TYPE A; and those who purchase a necklace in Silver925 will receive TYPE A + a specially recorded DVD (contents unknown).
So, will you be buying NEGA's necklace or bracelet? I have to admit, the necklace looks quite good!
Vior gloire guitarist serra has announced that he will leave the band after their June oneman. This makes him the third member to make such an announcement―leaving vocalist shall and bassist RENA as the only members of Vior gloire after June 9th...
KISAKI has been dropping hints about “UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's last collaboration.” Although it's unclear what the collaboration is, we have the following information:
It involves the vocalists of all current UNDER CODE bands―they just did a photoshoot (see above) with KISAKI specifically for the collaboration.
It probably involves music―KISAKI's been in the studio working on arrangement.
It seems to have been decided at the last minute―KISAKI said that he's been in the studio for hours, under intense pressure, trying to finish by the upcoming deadline.
My guess is a last collaboration song, maybe something like KISAKI did with Wataru, RIKU, and Jui in 2007 when 12012, Phantasmagoria, and VIDOLL were graduating from the label (...well, were planning to, anyway). What do you think? Whatever the last collaboration is, we'll find out on May 3rd, when it's announced at UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's last live.
2013-04-30 edit: A special photoset of the collaboration photos (seen above) will be sold at UNDER CODE's dissolution event for 2,000 yen. Cheki from the photoshoot will also be sold, in pairs, for 1,000 yen.
NEGA has revealed the title and cover art for their last song: THE LAST TIMES FOREVER. The song is being distributed to attendees of the band's last tour, NEGATIVISM -WITHOUTRACE-, which kicked off today and ends on the 29th.
On Monday, Dali updated their official blog, posting an image of the number 10. Every day since then, the band has been counting down with similarposts...
The countdown will reach 0 on May 3rd, the date of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's grand finale and dismantling. Dali will appear at that event and officially, officially, disband, so it's likely that the countdown is in regards to that dismandment/dismantling. But, who knows?, it could be counting down to something good... What do you think?
At today's sponsored event, SUZAKU (朱) announced that they intend to pause activities. The band's current remaining activity is as follows:
4/27 twoman with Vior gloire
5/3 graduate from UNDER CODE
5/24~26 coupling sponsored event with Vior gloire
6/15 last sponsored event at Shinsaibashi CLAPPER
6/16 activity pause oneman at Shinsaibashi CLAPPER
Although I loved their first single, I've been very bothered by their apparent-complacency, in the sense that they wrote very little music in the two(!) years since then. So, personally, the only thing surprising about the announcement is that they're not disbanding.
SUZAKU (朱) has announced the lineup for their sponsored event “Daishuen ~Manjushage~” (大朱宴~曼珠沙華~), at which they will make an important announcement.
Of course, it seems certain that the announcement will be disbandment: SUZAKU hasn't written any new songs (AFAIK) in about 8 months, and each month has seen another UNDER CODE disbandment announcement, so...
Long story short, I'm super happy with the lucky bag! Even though I own a ton of UCP releases, it still managed to give me 4 new ones (so normal fans should be even more pleased!). And anyway, what I really care about is the goods, and I was extremely satisfied in that area.
So, if you've been thinking about it, go ahead and buy one!
KISAKI will release a special lucky bag to celebrate his 20th year of band activity! Furthermore, he has decided on a spur-of-the-moment birthday party, to be held shortly after his 20th anniversary memorial live.
KISAKI's lucky bag will include a great number of rare items (music, goods, etc.) of his successive bands from throughout his 20 year history. Furthermore, the purchase privilege is 1 cheki, and 2 photos (of 5 possible) from KISAKI's mysterious early bands (when he was only 18~20 years old!). The bag is available, in extremely limited quantities, for 3,675 yen through the official web shop.
Furthermore, KISAKI has decided on a spur-of-the-moment birthday party, to be held late on March 10th at Shinsaibashi soma, shortly after his 20th anniversary memorial live at Osaka BIG CAT earlier that day. KISAKI will appear along with his hand-picked “Chikasen's most interesting”―Ray (NEGA), KANATA (LIN), KEETO (Dali), CO- & YUKIHIRO (FUTURISM・BOYZ)―and will spend the night comfortably celebrating (no performances will take place) with attendees.
Tickets to the party are available now through the official web shop for 6,000 yen. Only an extremely limited number of attendees will be allowed, and only those 20-years-old or older will be allowed to enter!
SUZAKU has decided to make an important announcement. The announcement will be revealed at their urgently-planned sponsored event on April 23rd at Ash OSAKA.
Furthermore, the band has decided to appear at the UNDER CODE PRODUCTION last tour Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013- special night on March 15th at Shinsaibashi LIVE HOUSE Pangea. SUZAKU will appear at the opening act on that night.
REALies has announced their graduation from UNDER CODE PRODUCTION!!
The band will hold their graduation oneman live, Reimei (黎明), on May 1st at Ash OSAKA, after which they will be formally independent. This makes them one of the few bands to survive UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's closure. Good luck REALies!
NEGA has announced a special “ultra rare goods” lottery for their fan-thanksgiving event, DEAR NEGATIVIST, which is being held today. Attendees who spend 3,000 yen on goods will be allowed to draw from the lottery and win 1 random item. The possible prizes are amazing, including a recording of JIN's previous band!!
On the 24th, Cu[be] will hold their last oneman and disband. To end on a high note, the band has decided to appear once again with its full 5 member lineup for the last live!
Despite ex-drummer 亜月-athuki- being kicked out of the band for his unspecified misconduct―which also resulted in Cu[be] being kicked out of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION and disbanding―he has been allowed to return for the last live, so that Cu[be] can go out with its highest strength. The decision came with much deliberation and only after getting personal approval from KISAKI.
Cu[be] also announced a special sale of cheki at their last live. Individual cheki will cost 500 yen, and anyone who buys 3 at full price will receive 1 free. Furthermore, old and brand new cheki will be sold, and customers will be allowed to request specific ones for the same price.
Hair and makeup studio, and frequent UCP collaborator, Tritt fur Tritt has announced a special festival to celebrate UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's 10th anniversary!
The festival is called Kami Matsuri (神まつり), and will be held on 2013-03-03 from 13:00 to 16:00 (JST). Several special programs will take place:
【Kami Matsuri part ①】
In commemoration of UNDER CODE's upcoming dismantling, special Tritt fur Tritt × UNDER CODE PRODUCTION history booths will be erected!
The first booth will feature photos of hair and makeup creations by Tritt fur Tritt of UNDER CODE's past and present artists. It will also feature music samples of those artists.
The second booth will feature a special history of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION exhibition.
【Kami Matsuri part ②】
KISAKI and Sui (Megaromania) will act as employees at the front desk for 3 hours! They will appear in full hair, makeup, and costume. (Of course, they won't actually perform any beauty treatments on customers!)
【Kami Matsuri part ③】
A special 3-hour-limited beauty treatment menu will be featured! All treatments on the special menu will cost only 1,500 yen! (However, each customer is limited to 2 treatments only.)
Petite EX (hair color treatment―up to 3 natural colors; or 2 vivid or special colors)
Petite Mori (quick, simple hair styling)
Flat iron or loose curls
Original 2 braids (KISAKI or Sui will give counsel on the style of the 2 braids!)
【Kami Matsuri part ④】
All visitors will receive special welcome drink “God's extravagant drink”! It will be presented in a special Tritt fur Tritt cup.
Two-shot cheki! For 1,000 yen, each customer will receive an original cheki of themselves with KISAKI or Sui.
Club-Zy special goods! The first 5 customers to present their club Zy. premium membership number will receive a special comment + signature card from KISAKI and Sui, as well as original Tritt fur Tritt goods.
NEGA's fan appreciation event DEAR NEGATIVIST is quickly approaching, and the band has opened a special email address through which fans can help choose the setlist!
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and requests will be accepted from February 6th through February 13th. To participate (although there's really no reason to unless you're attending the live!), email your name, requested songs (up to 3), and reason for requesting those songs to the address above.
At last night's celebration of KISAKI's 20 years of activity, CindyKate (シンディケイト) announced their intention to disband.
CindyKate will hold a last sponsored event tour in May~June through their own newly established independent label, GOEMON RECORDS, and then will embark on their last oneman tour. Finally, on July 13th, CindyKate will disband at SHIBUYA O-WEST.
They will also release a two-discs best-album on march 27th, named NUDY&COOL. It features 26 tracks! Details below.
FUTURISM・BOYZ has announced its [very sparse] activity for 2013. The band will hold a oneman show in April, and will release a live-limited single sometime in March (all other details about the release are currently unknown).
LIN (凛 -the end of corruption world-) has announced the full details for their 3rd anniversary oneman, at which they will pause activities indefinitely. As a present to fans, the band has given the tickets a special price of only 1,500 yen.
Before that, LIN will be participating in a “water and oil” twoman show with Ryuketsu BLIZZARD (流血ブリザード). A special present will be given to all those who attend, and special collaboration goods will be sold afterward.
(Ryuketsu BLIZZARD are a band signed to legendary punk label Satsugai Enka VINYL (殺害塩化ビニール), which is home to bands such as QP-CRAZY. The label often skirts the visual kei scene, despite not directly being a part of it—and KISAKI himself is known to be a personal fan.)
Good news everybody!—I've checked with my shopping service, and they can help us buy High Style Paradox 2003~2013! I've created a special group order page at WE LOVE UNDER CODE; check it out below if you'd like to order the album.
Please be advised that the album will be a little expensive, due to SHOXX limiting it to mail-order and convenience store payment only. The initial cost of the album (base price + domestic shipping + initial service fees) is 5,790 yen.
Once the order is placed, the albums will be shipped to my house; all participants in the group order will pay an equal share of that fee. Finally, all participants will pay a 3rd fee encompassing an equal share of the final service fees + full cost of shipping to their house. (If the initial service fees turn out less than I'm estimating, the overage will be applied toward the final service fees.)
Regardless of the expense, there's no other way for overseas customers to get UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's final omnibus! So, if you want it, better join now. I'll be placing an order at the end of the week.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced that, in collaboration with SHOXX, it will release its 10th anniversary memorial last omnibus, High Style Paradox 2003~2013. The mail-order-limited omnibus will be released in March, and will feature all significant bands (32 in total) signed to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION throughout its 10 years of activity.
Those who purchase the omnibus before February 28th will receive a special 24 month calendar.
Because the omnibus is mail-order-limited through SHOXX, it will not be available to overseas customers via usual means. However, I organize a group order as soon as I find a viable shopping service—expect a separate with details.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced its 10th anniversary last tour: Nihon Seiatsu FINAL -since 2003~2013- (日本制圧FINAL -since 2003~2013-). The tour will take place from March 1st through May 3rd, after which UNDER CODE will dismantle.
OK, since there was a lot of interest, I've decided to do a group order for UNDER CODE 2013 lucky bags. If you want to join, please follow this flow:
Email me at weloveucp @ gmail.com. Include the following information:
Lucky bag version (3,500 yen or 5,000 yen)
PayPal email address
Pay invoice ①. I will charge you for the cost of the lucky bag + PayPal service fee + shopping service fee (200 yen).
I will order the lucky bags. When they arrive, I will notify you via email.
Pay invoice ②. I will charge you for your portion of shipping + service fees. These fees will be divided evenly among participants (more people, lower fees).
I will ship your lucky bag.
The cutoff date is January 5th for initial contact and payment ①. The 10,000 yen bag has already sold out (KISAKI even added 10 more copies, but they're already gone), and we don't want to miss our chance of getting the cheaper ones.
LIN has announced their last activity before their activity pause on June 30th, 2013!
First, in March, they'll release a best album! It features a great selection of tracks from their debut all the way to their latest release. More importantly, it also features a DVD with unreleased PV clips, including a brand new one for World In Flames (one of their best songs!).
Included in the best album is Ticket A, part of a double mail-order application to receive the unreleased song Slander Crime. However... that means there's yet another unannounced LIN release to come which will include Ticket B...! Customers who buy both the best album and the yet-unannounced release through the official web shop will receive a personalized last message + live footage DVD.
LIN also announced their last live activity. On February 2nd, 2013, they'll kick off their last tour, Reflect of Killing Fleur. Then, finally, June 30th, 2013, at Osaka BIG CAT, LIN will hold their last oneman live and pause activities indefinitely.
At today's UNDER CODE PRODUCTION last New Year countdown event (which was SOLD OUT, by the way!), several of the label's last lives were announced. First up: the last UNDER CODE birthday event will celebrate the birthdays of LIN drummer REIYA and NEGA bassist Ray!
Pretty ambitious of the boys to play in every session band!! Sounds like an awesome event.
Only the latest casualty in the wreckage of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's closure, the news of Cu[be]'s disbandment is completely unsurprising—they were never able to attract a decent fanbase, making it impossible to support themselves after being kicked from the label earlier this year. Nevertheless, it's still a shame to lose a band who put out consistently solid music and live performances.
Cu[be] has three events remaining: they will appear at LIN guitarist KANATA's birthday event on January 13th, then the threeman with SUZAKU and Vior gloire on February 10th, and finally their last oneman on February 24th.
UNDER CODE has finally announced New Year lucky bags for 2013! If you've never heard of these, they're basically grab bags―for a certain price, you get a large, but random selection of UCP items.
This year, the lucky bags are available in three different prices: the 3,500 yen version (which contains goods worth 18,000 yen); the 5,000 yen version (worth 30,000); and the 10,000 yen version (worth 35,000).
All three types include a message DVD, the annual UCP New Year postcard, and a calendar. However, the top-tier 10,000 yen version also includes an article of clothing or accessory from recent UCP session bands!
(By the way, if you're not sure which type to buy, consider this: the worth of the 3,500 ver vs. the 5,000 yen ver is quite different, even though the price isn't; on the other hand, the 10,000 yen ver is double the price of the 5,000 yen ver, but isn't worth much more. So, it seems like the middle tier might be the best bargain!)
I'm definitely buying at least one lucky bag. If you'd like to join in on an order, feel free to contact me!
As part of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's 10th anniversary special events, the final edition of the label's long-running event series, act unlawfully, has been announced. A final edition of the recent newcomer's event series, NEXT INNOVATORS, has been announced as well.
As part of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's 10th anniversary special events, a special live will be held to commemorate KISAKI's 20 years (!!) of legendary band activity. UNDER CODE's biggest bands will appear at the event, and will each play 2 cover songs from KISAKI's bands.
By the way, this is labeled the “Chikasen (UNDER CODE) version”. I wonder if there will be a Matina version announced later??
FUTURISM・BOYZ drummer 俊 (Shun) has announced that Arc (ex-band of all F・BOYZ members) will hold a one day revival on February 9th!!
Their revival will take place on February 9th at 心斋桥 (Shinsaibashi) VARON, as part of Arc's sponsored event 恶ガキ达のSaturday Night Fever☆!!复活特别编!! (Warugakitachi no Saturday Night Fever☆!! Fukkatsu Tokubetsuhen!!). Further details TBA.
Shun also addressed the question on everybody's mind: “Why now? How can it be Arc without Toshiya?” (bassist of Arc, now known as BB, who left FUTURISM・BOYZ, and won't appear at the event) His answer is that, even though it's not the same Arc that the fans loved, they wanted to do this revival anyway, to stand as Arc one last time during UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's closure.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has collaborated with deco shop glorious to produce a custom UCP 10th anniversary iPhone case.
The case features a butterfly design and the initials UCP, and is completely handcrafted with purple and black Swarovski crystals. Unfortunately, that craftsmanship comes with a price―31,500 yen. (Yeah, I thought the extra 0 was a mistake too!)
Cases can be purchased by visiting the collaboration's special web site and filling out the order form there. Orders are accepted as of December 1st, 2012, but, due to the handcrafted nature of the cases, may take a while to fulfill.