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!
A special session band made of ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION members will perform on 2015-11-17!
Session band Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND GUEST~ (神言基地SPECIAL ~パーマネントバンドゲスト~) will appear at the CYBER CIRCUS TV featuring 【~Chikasen Shingen Kichi~ 2015】 (CYBER CIRCUS TV featuring 【~地下線神言基地~ 2015】) event at Abeno (あべの) ROCKTOWN.
Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND GUEST~ B. KISAKI [ex-Phantasmagoria ~ LIN] V. Rame [ex-VIDOLL ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene] G. MIZALY [ex-Megaromania ~ LIN] G. SAN [ex-NEGA ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene] D. TERO (テロ) [ex-VIDOLL ~ †яi￠к]
By the way, the “Chikasen Shingen Kichi” title is a reference to a 2006~2007 television program of the same name which KISAKI hosted in collaboration with HOLIDAY. It appears that the session will perform Kamiuta (神 歌), the representative song of Phantasmagoria which often ended UNDER CODE PRODUCTION events.
The full lineup of masked idol group Kamen Joshi (仮面女子) will appear as a second special guest. The bands XENON, Paranoid≠Circus, and Mischievous will also appear (adding to the UCP reunion!).
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!
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%):
Black Gene For the Next Scene has announced that ex-NEGA (and ex-the:Ø) guitarist SAN has officially joined! The band's first release with this new lineup is a 3 type maxi-single on 2015-04-22, Uragaeri (裏返り). The first live featuring SAN will be on 2015-03-01, and the group's oneman tour will start on 2015-04-29, with a tour final on 2015-07-11, at which an important announcement will be made and a new song will be freely distributed. Good luck BFN!
Here's an update of the sessions which various ex-UNDER CODE artists are performing with!
● VIRGIN HUNTER (ヴァージンハンター)
2013-07-15 at Birth Shinjuku
D. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / V. Takeru (DIANA) / G. Maki (DIANA) / G. Isami (DIANA) / B. Rei (ex-Hi:BRiD)
2013-07-27 at Meguro Rockmaykan
Support D. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / V. Hasumi Yuu (ex-Gokusai FILM) / G. KAIE (ex-NightingeiL) / Support G. Kikuchi Akito (ex-LIPHLICH) / Support B. LEAYA (ex-Vasalla)
● Vior glore SESSION (Vior gloire セッション)
2013-08-01 at Shinjuku RUIDO K4
V. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / B. RENA (ex-Vior gloire) / G. Vuit (Ray℃) / D. Verry (ViV)
● BLUE MOMENTS (ブルーモーメンツ)
2013-08-07 at Ikebukuro RUIDO K3
B. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / V. You (LucaRia) / G. yukito (Resist) / G. Saya (SRASH NOTES GARDEN) / D. MIYA (LucaRia)
● SAMII TAAMAA (サミーターマー)
2013-08-19 at Birth Shinjuku
D. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / V. Gai (ex-FULL EFFECT) / G. Vuit (Ray℃) / G. Sou (POLTERGEIST) / B. Tama (GOKIBURI)
● Sami SESSION (沙美セッション)
2013-09-02 at Shinjuku RUIDO K4
V. Sami (沙美) (ex-CindyKate) / G. Kaoru / B. NaNao / D. Sayuki
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.
Hi guys~ I guess this is kinda Undercode...(well they use to be and are good fuckbuddies with Kisaki-sama) So I was curious who watched their last live and what were you're thoughts on it?! It was totally worth getting up at 3:00am for....but it just seemed like Jui wasn't putting too much effort into things at times...though the stage diving was pretty freakin sweet~ if I were those little Asian girls I wouldn't let Shun go either XD I'm pretty sure I'm rambling as I'm a little bit tired....so yeah GO~ talk...and stuff :D
So they had their first revival live with Ayano! So I found some of the images! (I've been curious to see what Ayano is looking like now!) I'm just putting these up so they are all in one place and people don't have to blog trawl on the ever down Ameba >>
Kisaki's ever tiny images first XD!!
Giru and Rame's better Quality ones!!
Then.....we have this gem in size and quality courtesy of Shun!
Shun and Giru look so happy XD!! <3 What do you guys think~? I personally think this is most likely my favourite line up Kisaki and Kansai Kizoku have ever had ^__^! But it also makes me wish they would just make it as a real band XD! Because it would have 4 members I loved in their old band! (I'm a big Arc and Vidoll fan and they are my favourite two members of each XD!) It's also great to see Ayano after so long too~
Hello~ (＾▽＾)/ I commented about this before but... I think it actually makes sense to make a whole post as well, so nobody will miss this~
Rame (Vidoll) put some nice news into his ameba! Kisaki and him will be guests at Cures online tv program on the first of march. (remember, that was also the day some info about aka will be revealed, so maybe this has something to do with it?)
It will stream from 19:00-19.45 japanese time.. and I think you can watch it here----->
As part of a nostalgia campaign of sorts, the official web shop has recently added around 200 classic photosets from 12012, Phantasmagoria, and VIDOLL! These include sets from the very beginning of their careers to the very end (VIDOLL's are more recent, however). Each set is 1,575 yen, and you'll need to use a shopping service to purchase. Here are links to each band's sets; remember to click the “次のページ” buttons to see more!
This obviously isn't UNDER CODE news, and most of you probably know already, but they were part of the family once, so I'm posting it anyway!
Apparently ジュイ (JUI) has been having problems with his throat for a significant period of time, and it's finally become too much for him to hide. As his vocals fail more and more, he and the band decided to pause activities on 2010-09-18, so that he can get surgery and hopefully correct the problem.
There's no telling how long they'll be gone, but he said it might take around a year and a half for him to recover (please check out his full statement at Shattered-Tranquility). Let's all hope that he'll recover much sooner than that, and that he'll be singing like his old self again.
① Sort of old news, but Phantasmagoria has announced a oneman for 2010-04-05 at 大阪 (Osaka) BIG CAT. The live is called Diamond Dust in Truth ~新たな約束~ (Diamond Dust in Truth ~Aratana Yakusoku~). Here's the catch though: it's a “60 Minute Limited Premium Live.” Tickets are being sold at the special price of 1,500 yen, and they're being sold exclusively through UNDER CODE's mobile site from 2010-01-20 through 2010-01-31 (after which they go on general sale).
② VIDOLL's シュン (SHUN) is having a birthday event at 目黒鹿鳴館 (Meguro Rock Maykan) on 2010-02-15, and some UNDER CODE artists will be there (along with people from other bands): KISAKI, JUN and IORI, ex-VIDOLL members ヒデ (HIDE) and ユキネ (YUKINE), and all the guys from Arc. And more people will be announced in the future, so I'll update if any other UNDER CODE guys are showing up.
③ After their tour final, The Prophecy of the XXX, Nega will be sponsoring an event to celebrate their 5th anniversary (wow!). The Counting Song of the XXX will take place on 2010-04-30 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) O-WEST. spiv states, 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN), ケミカルピクチャーズ (CHEMICAL PICTURES), 己龍 (Kiryu), ベルベット (Velbet), DragonWAPPPPPPER, Zip.er, and amber gris will be appearing. Those who attend will receive a present.
④ 総長 (Souchou a.k.a. KO-JI of Arc) and りゅうと (Ryuuto) of ClearVeil are sponsoring an event. 地下☆ドル ~愛込めさせて頂きます~ (Chika ☆ DOLL ~Ai Komesasete Itadakimasu~) will be held on 2010-04-16 at 秋葉原 (Akihabara) CLUB GOODMAN. Arc, ClearVeil, and special session band 秋奈名原 -アキナバラ- (Akinabara -AKINABARA-) will perform.
⑤ I previously mentioned Megaromania's last lives with the current lineup. Well, the names of the lives have been revealed: Oblivious of farewell. The final show will be recorded, and those who attend will get their names put in the credits of the eventual DVD release. The DVD will be mailed later to those who attended the show.
⑥ Arc is sponsoring two birthday events. color踊る脚 -KO-JI BIRTHDAY EVENT- (color Odoru Ashi -KO-JI BIRTHDAY EVENT-) will take place on 2010-04-29 at OSAKA MUSE and will feature Arc, 【PaRADEiS】, HEAR, and ClearVeil (as a guest). Then, color踊る指先 -俊 BIRTHDAY EVENT- (color Odoru Yubisaki -Shun BIRTHDAY EVENT-) will take place on 2010-05-21 at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) RUIDO-K3, and will feature Arc, MoNoLith, DANGER☆GANG, and Dali (guest). A special “secret” DVD will be distributed at both events.
⑦ To celebrate their upcoming single, Dali is sponsoring four events under the name パルスプラス4アカデミーズ (PULSE PLUS 4 ACADEMIES). The first two will be at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) RUIDO-K3 on 2010-04-10 and 2010-04-11. The final two will be held at 心斎橋 (Shinsaibashi) FANJ-twice on 2010-04-24 and 2010-04-25. A different present will be distributed at both pairs of lives.
⑧ Finally, シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) will sponsor an event to celebrate their upcoming CD. メトロポリスは今どこに?! (METROPOLIS wa Imadokoni?!) will take place on 2010-05-01 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) LIVE HALL aube shibuya.
Sorry for taking so long again, it's not the interview's fault, since it's actually pretty easy XD, I just was too busy lately. -____- Thanks to new beta-reader sama ^^ I'm afraid the translations misses two small things, I couldn't make sense of, but they're not vital for understanding. Also it might not be 100% correct since my japanese still has room to improve. -__-""" I hope you can enjoy it nevertheless. ^^
Before you mentioned, that as fellow vocalists you have common worries.
Miyawaki: Indeed there’s a lot.
Jui: It’s problems that no one else understands.
Miyawaki: You yourself are the only that can solve them. The mortifying feeling you get, when you have no voice, it’s hard to cope with.
Miyawaki: Once I had no voice during rehearsal. It was so vexing that I was about to cry and stormed out of the practice room.
Jui: Yeah, that’s how it feels. I also cry at times when I have no voice during rehearsal … It’s the worst pain ever for me.
Miyawaki: It’s really painful.
Jui: The people that understand times when you say: „Today, I don’t feel good.“, are other vocalists.
Miyawaki: That’s true.
Jui: They kindly reply: “Such things happen, right? “
Miyawaki: They really understand how it feels.
Jui: in such times we want to help each other, by sharing knowledge we learned before, like „What about trying this?“
A simple cold is already a disaster.
Miyawaki: Aah, Jui-kun had trouble with hay fever lately. There was nothing he could do, so he was really pitiful.
Jui: Moreover isn’t it kind of uncool, when you have no voice because of hay fever. (laughs) I tried counter measures but well … even now my nose is stuffed.
You also have to bear the responsibility of the MCs.
Jui : Well, the Undercode vocalists probably all suck at doing MCs.
Miyawaki: It’s all people that get uneasy, when it comes to the real thing. Either you can create a character like Riku-san or you just say what comes to mind without thinking at all.
Jui: I do think a lot, but before the audience I just can’t say what I came up with.
Riku: You two say so, but seen from my POV, everyone besides me can show their character nicely in the MCs. So about this problem I’d like to say „Why are you worrying? You’re actually not bad.“ (laughs)
Jui: No, I always go on and on about the same old things in my MCs.
Miyawaki: Same here. When I watch videos of lives I skip them. (laughs)
Jui: Indeed. (laughs)
Miyawaki: Also those, who play instruments have to be a t least somewhat calm. But as vocalist your tensions gets high and you end up saying things you didn’t plan to say in the MCs.
Jui: So true. I tend to say unimportant boring things and get laughed at.
Miyawaki: I tend to mess up at the really important parts. (laughs)
But isn’t it nice that you can talk about such things with other Undercode vocals.
Miyawaki: That’s true. In the beginning I really cared about my physical condition. I tried not to eat stimulating things and set up a humidifier in my room. But in the end I realized that it’s just about vocalization. If you vocalize probably it’s alright. That’s what I thought when I looked at Riku-san.
Riku: (blushes)No, no, no.
Miyawaki: I really admire the way Riku-san sings.
Riku: Well, that’s just the only way I can sing.
Miyawaki: I would have expected a reaction like “Of course? Who do you think I am?” (laughs)
Riku: (bitter smile) No way I’d say something like that. I could say I worked hard to find a way of singing that is recognized, but still it’s kind of usual.
Miyawaki: So you were born with it. A child prodigy.
Riku: I’m not sure whether that’s a compliment or a disparagement. (laughs)
Miyawaki: Anyway the way Riku-san sings is amazing. Jui’s songs have something eerie about them. I’ve never seen anything similar.
Jui: What the ..? (laughs) There’s nothing special about my songs.
Miyawaki: There so is.
Jui: Your songs are really powerful with their air of madness.
We have three totally different personalities here.
Miyawaki: The last time I went to see Phantasmagoria at the AX (Shibuya-AX, quite big concert hall in Shibuya, Tokyo)I understood Riku-san’s feelings, so I cheered with all of my heart. But during the intro of a song you have to head bang all the way until he starts singing. It was exhausting. (laughs)
After all you have this view point because you’re fellow vocalists, right?
Miyawaki: I think it’s because we share the same worries.
So, in the end were you glad you could meet each other?
Jui: When we meet, we can talk about everything like real good friends, but we’re also fair rivals that accepted each other … It feels like there are 2 vocalists, that are utterly different, close to me. We also inspire each other and learn from each other by adopting things, like: “I might try to steal that from him.” Also we can talk about the vocalist troubles we share and give advice. For me they are really important.
Miyawaki: As for me … I don’t like people that are in bands. (laughs)
Miyawaki: Well, that is, even people that 12012 perform together with, I don’t really like talking to them. (laughs) Jui: Aah, I kind of understand
Is it because you’re rivals?
Miyawaki: I don’t really understand it, but I think I have a kind of evil - “Don’t talk to me!” - aura. Doesn’t it feel like that?
Riku: Well, it really is like “Don’t come close to me!” I think.
Miyawaki: So of course I don’t want to lose to anyone in the label, but these two are different from Kisaki-san and different from my band members, as well. Together we can help each other improve. Because of that I want to maintain this good relationship from now. In brief these two are my friends. (laughs) So please treat me nice. (laughs)
Riku: Well, a relationship where you can talk about everything is not easily to achieve, I think. Also I’m the only one in Kisaki’s band, right? No matter how much I get scolded in the middle of these two I feel that I’ll always get support. It’s not like we try to defeat each other, but rather that we advance together. I’m really happy about that. I think I’m really lucky that I can be part of a label, where there is a relationship of mutual trust among my fellow musicians.
Sorry for taking so long, final exams got in the way xD.
As always thanks to for beta-reading. ^^
Part one can be found here. Also unfortunately my translation misses 2 short sentences, that I didn't really understand. But it was nothing that important, so it should be alright.
I think you’ve been on tour together quite a lot already. Is there anything special that you remember?
J: What left the most lasting impression on me, was an after show party. We went to Kisaki-san’s house and played the "Kurohige Kiki Ichikami - Game" (This Game: http://www.tomy.co.uk/products/pop---up-pirate/). (laughs) And the loser had to take a shot. Rame-kun kept losing, but he can’t drink much. So he kept drinking while trying to remain serious and that left a lasting impression. (laughs)
Does his face turn blue gradually?
J: No. His face turned deep red and he was desperately trying to resist. That was shortly before the formation of Vidoll.
M: We often drank at Kisaki-san’s place. Once when I went, Rame-san was also there. In fact there were many people there, and everyone was dead drunk. In the middle of that Rame-san was poured some Whiskey by Kisaki-san and some drops of it ended up in Rame-san’s eye and he said "No, No". (laughs) I videotaped that incident. (laughs) Rame-san was really pissed. Since ha was drunk, he yelled furiously at Kisaki-san: "That’s really disgusting." (laughs) Now that I think about it, Tomo-kun (Enya Tomoyuki) suddenly disappeared when we were drinking.
You mean the ambulance incident, right? (That’s a reference to another interview in the book with Tomoyuki, Rame and Jun. In short Tomoyuki went outside to get some fresh air and for some weird reason an ambulance appeared and he got carried away on a barrow. Then he saw Kisaki on the roof top of his house and thought, he would rescue him, but Kisaki just went back in to get a video camera and tape the whole thing. )
M: That’s right. The day after it, I had high fever because of a cold and went to the hospital. And then Tomo-kun came and said: "I came to pay the fee for the ambulance from earlier." (laughs)
R: Kisaki-san really likes games a lot. But I tend to loose quite often. The Tabasco thing was still ok, but he also made me eat dressing mixed with something with a spoon. That was really extreme. (laughs) But after I lost 3 times in a row, I was told "That’s enough already". Nevertheless, it was fun. As long as one doesn’t lose. (laughs)
M: Hahaha. Also we used to live close to Kisaki-san's house. He wold often invite us for dinner. One day, we decided to eat nabe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabemono) and went to a supermarket to buy the ingredients. The way Kisaki-san was pushing the cart in a kind of leading manner and throwing vegetables, meat and other things, without really caring what exactly it was, into it, even surprised the housewives that were doing their daily shopping. (laughs) Also, I’ll never forget the taste of that nabe.
J: The nabe of darkness. (laughs)
M: Also, once we were riding on a bicycle together. It was just the time when students returned from school, so there were a lot of people. All of sudden we toppled over although we hadn’t collided with anything. We fell forward, so I, who had been sitting behind fell mainly on Kisaki-san’s back. (laughs) The female students that saw us laughed loud. Since we didn’t want to be made fun of, we ran away like nothing had happened. Later Kisaki-san told me that it had really hurt.
So during your noisy get-togethers there must have also been some important decisions made?
M: Yeah, that’s true. Things started from there.
J: At the time of the Nihon Seitasu Tour…
M: There were too many people, so having to take care of everyone was tiring for Kisaki-san. (laughs)
Well, on this occasion, please tell us something interesting about each others personalities.
M: I am the youngest of us three, but the other two don’t look older at all. (laughs)
J: Oh, really?
M: I think those two probably think I’m impertinent.
R: I don’t think that. When someone’s way of thinking is amazing, I think age doesn’t play a role … . I don’t mind cool people being impertinent, but it sucks when they’re uncool.
M: Thank you. (laughs)
R: Actually, I’m the oldest.
M: He’s the eldest.
J: I’m the second son. (laughs)
How does the second son see the youngest child?
J: If you don’t know him personally, he somehow brings about an impertinent atmosphere (laughs), but when you talk to him you notice that he’s a caring person…. We sometimes go drinking together.
M: Right. He sometimes invites me. Mostly it’s just the two of us, so we actually ran out of topics to talk about and it’s boring, but nevertheless I can talk for hours with Jui-kun.
J: I wonder what we talk about. We talk about music, also about private things … Apparently, when one only talks with the members of one’s own band it’s sort of limited. When we talk together, we realize that there are also other opinions.
M: Also, I think because we’re all vocalist we have common worries.
J: True. We talked about that a while ago.
M: Riku-san you can’t drink alcohol, right?
R: Recently I became able to cope with plum wine. (laughs)
J: It’s because your face turns deep red, isn’t it?
M: Since he said he can’t drink alchohol, it’s kind of hard to invite him, isn’t it? I’ve never been to his house before, so Riku-san please learn how to drink. (laughs)
R: Well, how about we got a place that has nice plum wine next time.
J: (laughs) But Riku-san is generally a nice person. He cares about others. When I say “There's a tickle in my throat”, he says “I’ve got cough drops” and gives me one. He’s carrying around all sorts of stuff.
J: Usually he’s quiet but once he starts talking, you can hardly stop him.
R: I just suck at striking up conversations.
M: Riku-kun, you were blood type 0, right?
R: I’m B.
M: Me too.
J: I’m 0.
Are the very B-like?
J: Yeah, they are. When talking about persons with blood type B, they have a strong sense of self. They have a clear view of what they are. I, on the contrary, can’t really comprehend my personality.
M: Jui-kun, do you really think that? (laughs)
J: (bitter smile)Well actually, that’s something I envy persons with blood type B for. (sweat drop)
R: Although he’s trying to act mysteriously he’s easy to figure out. (laughs)
Part 2 - End
There are still two pages of the interview left, but I'm afraid I probably won't start working on them until March since I'm on vacation the whole February.
And is there by chance anyone who wants to write me fanfic about them playing the pop-up pirate game ? XDD
I started translatings this interview and here is part 1.
I'ts an interview with the 3 vocals of the Vidoll, 12012 and Phantasmagoria. The first part is mainly about how they met Kisaki and joined Undercode and Kisaki's charakter. As always thanks to my beta-reader-sama ^____^
Stuff in () is some additional information for those, who are not so familiar with the history of Undercode.
Enjoy ^_^ , , , The 3 vocalists that represent UNDERCODE are on good terms with each other, but they’re rivals as well. Also together they can talk about worries they can’t discuss with their respective bands. They kindly talked about the unforgettable and fateful encounter with Kisaki and the problems they share as vocalists. So there are the eldest, the modest and nice Riku, Jui, who is surrounded by an air of gentleness, and number 3, Miyawaki, who in spite of being impertinent is a considerate person.
-- First of all, please tell us about how you met Kisaki-san.
Miyawaki (M): I first saw him in magazines, during the time of Mirage. (http://www.jame-world.com/uk/database-artist.php?id=37) When I heard he was also running a label, I thought it was amazing. I also went to his lives as a normal spectator. .. We first talked properly in Shikoku when our bands performed together. At that time, he had already founded Syndrome. (http://www.jame-world.com/uk/database-artist.php?id=41) However, when he entered the dressing room an awesome aura was emanating from him. It was kinda scary. (laughs) Just being a representative of a label changes the air around you. Nevertheless, he sat down and asked : “Anyone up for playing cards?”. (laughs) He was kind enough to talk to such a young novice band (= Wataru’s previous band “Lubis Cadir”) like us. From that time on, I became interested in Kisaki-san and after he let us tour together several times, we confessed that we wanted to join Matina. (laughs) (Matina was the label Kisaki had been running before Undercode. It was closed in the end of 2002 because Kisaki was suffering from some serious disease.)
Jui (J): I also learned about Mirage from magazines and also had demo tapes and CDs. I had heard that the bassist was called Kisaki and that he was representative of a label. Moreover, he had started it at the age of 20. I thought that was amazing and checked him out. So when Syndrome had just been formed, a person from a live house in Sendai asked us: “When you're performing together in Sendai, what about doing a tour together as well?” If I remember correctly, the first time we got together was in Maebashi, but we had a scary image of Kisaki-san in mind, so we didn’t want to go to the after show celebration. (laughs) However, he treated us very kindly and of course, had an amazing aura.
--So after that you joined Matina?
J: That’s right. When Syndrome broke up he phoned and asked me: “What about working together?” We hadn’t talked for about a year, so I had thought Kisaki-san had forgotten about me. But when he called, I thought: “He remembered me. I’ll do my best.” That was 4 years ago. (2002)
Riku(R): I had been in Osaka since I had started playing in bands, I had heard that that person was top in the scene, seen him in magazines and had also gone to lives of Mirage. But the first time we really got into contact was Syndrome’s 2nd year. At that time, the band I had been in was taking part in a Matina event and Kisaki-san asked us: “What about working together?”, but I first wanted to bring the band to a proper shape. So after that band broke up and my next band Hiskarea came into life (http://www.jame-world.com/uk/database-artist.php?id=175) Undercode was already formed. My first impression of Kisaki-san was … totally different from what rumors told.
---What kind of rumors were there?
R: I had heard he was a really scary person. But people tend to exaggerate, so rumors gradually get bigger and bigger, don’t they? But after I had met him, he asked me concrete questions like: ”How is that?”, “What do you think about that?” so I could really feel his enthusiasm for his band.
--Seen from your point of view, what are his strong and weak points?
J: His strong point is that when you feel discouraged and like giving up, he supports you with saying things like “It’ll be alright.”
M: What he respects most are humans. What Jui said before, Kisaki-san is someone, who naturally can do things like that. I believe one reason is that for a long time he has been supporting a lot of bands. Also there is his power to move forward. When he decides to do something, he’s like “Let’s phone right now.” That’s also somewhat scary. (laughs)
R: I think his attitude to give his maximum power no matter for what is amazing. For example, there are people that, apart from when someone made a mistake, say “ARR” just to feel refreshed. He only says it when he’s angry but he can also show consent. I think that’s his considerate side Jui-kun talked about earlier. Also when hanging out together he’s the mood maker. He’s got the power to change the people around him.
--Please also reveal his weak points.
J: Weak points … he’s always pissing me off. (laughs) For song titles and such he tells me: “Think about one ‘till tomorrow!”, so I used to hurry, but gradually I understood that if it’s not done by tomorrow it’s still not too late, so I started slacking off.
--So since he’s a man of spontaneous decisions, things should best be finished on the same day.(laughs)
J: That’s true. Lately, even though he tells me do something for the next day, even a week later is still ok. (laughs)
M: Well, his good points and bad points as well are childlike, he’s like a baby. (laughs) But this spirit is really important, since there are a lot of things you lose sight of when you become an adult.
J: In the past he used to do things like put Tabasco in drinks of other people.
J: I once found fried chicken in my drink. (laughs)
M: When I came back from the toilet there was salt in my beer. (laughs)
R: I had Edamame in mine. (laughs) And when we went to an Italian restaurant my spaghetti was suddenly Tabasco –colored.
--That’s the level of a primary schoolboy. (laughs)
J: Hahaha. But when he’s feeling down, he’s feeling down thoroughly. Still he recovers fast. That’s also amazing, I think.
--When Matina was facing its end you three were there also, weren’t you?
J: That was just about half a year after Vidoll’s formation, so it I had been quite a shock. Kisaki-san had ruined his health and was hospitalized, so we even went to Wakayama to visit him. When he told us: “From now on let’s work even harder than before!”, in a café close to the hospital I, myself, thought from now I’ll work harder than before. In the end the happiness about the formation of Undercode was bigger than the sadness about the loss of Matina.
M: Yuusuke, who is also part of 12012 now, had also been in my former band. So we had the feeling that we had lost everything. When Kisaki was hospitalized there were a lot of people we lost contact with. They all wanted to move to Tokyo. (Matina had been situated in the Kansai area, the area around Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe) Although in the beginning, everyone had been depending on Kisaki-san. From my point of view now, they were just thinking about their own advantages… During his hospitalization, we exchanged mails with Kisaki-san a lot. Kisaki-san was feeling so down, that he couldn’t even fool with us, so we encouraged him by writing: “We plan on working together from now on too, so if there’s anything we can do now, we will. So please regain perfect health and come back!”. We wanted to create a band that would exceed Kisaki-san’s expectations, so 12012 came into life.
R: I was the only one of us 3 that wasn’t involved in Matina, so I didn’t know the details, but I heard rumors. When I got a phone call telling me about the formation of Undercode, the tone was cheerful, but already in the past he had been considerate in order not to make me worried. Unfortunately, my expectations of becoming a part of Undercode could not be fulfilled with Hiskarea, but when Hiskarea disbanded and I became able to work together with Kisaki-san in Phantasamagoria I was really happy. I had always wanted to be at his side.
-- End Part 1 . So would you be interested in the rest as well?
Later they for example talk about drinking partys at Kisaki's place and how much having a cold sucks when you're a vocalist or their diffuclties with MCs.
① It has been announced through Brand X and VISUNAVI that there will be a new solo release from KISAKI. The CD+DVD two disc set features no new material (that I am aware of) except for more footage from the 2004 KISAKI PROJECT live in France. The special edition release comes with a photo booklet. Supposedly the release is being distributed worldwide, with only a certain number being available for purchase in Japan. Of course, specific details are very sparse (can anyone figure out the distribution label by the product number?). Reservations through the UNDER CODE OHP will begin on the 29th and will come with a special privilege.
② VIDOLL's 2007 two disc best album is being re-released. The second press is to feature a new jacket and the addition of one old song.
③ VAGERKE will release a two disc best album featuring songs from all of their releases with the addition of one new track. The price is actually pretty good for a two disc album.
KISAKI - The Solitude Songs 2008-07-23; 2,625 yen; Album + DVD; WTCD-10531 CD 01. 勿忘草 (Wasurenagusa) CD 02. memory of tears ~忘却の落陽に映る情景~ (memory of tears ~Boukyaku no Rakuyou ni Utsuru Joukei~) CD 03. fragments voice CD 04. farewell CD 05. (Currently undecided) CD 06. (Currently undecided) CD 07. (Currently undecided) CD 08. (Currently undecided) DVD 01. 憧憬 (Shoukei) LIVE CLIP DVD 02. Midnight Promise LIVE CLIP DVD 03. 沈黙の羽根 (Chinmoku no Hane) LIVE CLIP DVD 04. 道標 (Michishirube) LIVE CLIP DVD 05. 硝子のアルバム (Garasu no ALBUM) LIVE CLIP DVD 06. eternal separation ~セピア色の天使~ (eternal separation ~SEPIA Iro no Tenshi~) LIVE CLIP
VAGERKE - Historia 2008-07-30; 2,940 yen; Album; UCRW-005 -CD 1- 01. THE WORLD EDGE METAL ANTHEM 02. RECOVER 03. DESTRUCTION OF ACCURATE RECKONING 04. J.S.BACH ALLEGRO 05. 40HOURS 06. SACRIFICE 07. SAGRADA FAMILLIA 08. TRUTH TOO 09. THE EARTH 10. REQUIEM OF AN END 11. SABBAT OF INSANITY 12. COLD BLOODED MADNESS 13. AFFECT (New Song) -CD 2- 01. A Tear Returns To The Ground Soon 02. Circulation Of 03. Requiem Of An End 04. Six Feet Of Earth Make All Men Equal 05. Circle Of The Seasons 06. Recover 07. Ever On Word 08. Resisting it 09. EL Camino REAL 10. Nothing remain there 11. An end of blue trace... ~青の軌跡の果て...~ (An end of blue trace... ~Ao no Kiseki no Hate...~)
I uploaded this on my rotation  as well and wanted to share it with you lovely Vidoll fans.
V.I.D. Seat for Last Lovers: 1234567891011121314 1. nevaeH 2.... san ga koronda!! 3. Sinai 4. An extra 5. Orihime 6. Deep Blue 7. II DK 8. Hotel hicky 9. Occult Proposal 10. Olivia 11. Kuroneko 12. Rope 13. Nectar 14. Karakuri Romance 15. chocoripeyes
Encore 1 Sister Ningyo
Encore 2 Last Lovers Shinbun Masukomi Kankeinsha no Kata e
ヴィドール (Vidoll) holds their last UNDER CODE concert today. 12012 has already moved on from the label, and Phantasmagoria officially paused activities on the 23rd. Although there are two upcoming releases to feature those bands, for all intents and purposes, they have graduated from UNDER CODE.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has entered a "new era," so to speak. Because of that, I decided it was finally time to give this community a MUCH needed overhall. I created a [very overdue] layout for the community, I made a new icon, and I updated the userinfo (though I plan to revise the userinfo later to make it better). I'm going to try to figure out some format for my news posts, and I'm going to start tagging entries. I ask that you active users try to do the same (I'm not going to make a big deal out of it--I'd just appreciate it).
In addition to that, I've moved the links from the user info to its own entry. Hopefully that will be easier to edit. If you want your UNDER CODE related site to be linked here, let me know! I'll try to hunt down as many sites by myself as I can, but I'm only one person!
Anyway, I hope you like/appreciate the new layout, and let's look foward to the future of the community and the label! Spamming now:
Well both Rame and Kisaki updated their blogs, thanking everyone for going to (for those who did) and thanking all the fans and asking for their support for the 3 bands forever (Of course We will Rame-tan!)
From what is on the blog, I'm afraid I not sure on anymore detail, but hopefully it will come soon !!
Well as we all know it's the graduation tommorrow! Rame mentions valentines day and something about it being his and Jui's mothers birthday. Either that or I translated wrong. But I wish the bands all the luck where ever they go^.^ They will be missed at UCP
There will be delays in the releases of the following photo postcard collections. There isn't a reason given, but the new release dates will be posted soon:
●Omnibus 「PLEASURE of DESTRUCTION -BOOK-1&2」 ●KISAKI with Maru(bis)「ARTISTIC in BLACK 6」 ●JUN & Iori(Phantasmagoria)「Hebi Ichigo "picture"FILM」 ●Riku＆Matoi (Phanatasmagoria)「ReMake a Individuality」 ●Himitsu Kessha Codomo A「Codomo Style～Me no mae no boku wa dare desu ka？～」 ●KISAKI with Satsuki (Rentrer en Soi)「ARTISTIC in BLACK 7」 ●Vidoll 「Not yet titled 1&2」 ●Jui (Vidoll) 「Not yet titled」 ●Rame(Vidoll) 「Not yet titled」
The following will be released as planned: ●KISAKI with Shoujo Lolita 23q 「ARTISTIC in BLACK 4」 2006,4.25 ●KISAKI with Karen「emotional graduation」(Karen CD Included) 2006,4.25 ●KISAKI with Guruguru Eigakan「ARTISTIC in BLACK 5」2006,5.25 ●Miyawaki Wataru (12012)「GARNET STAR」2006,5.25 ●12012「deracine」 2006,5.25
So this might be interesting for those of you who live in Europe: Well, the German Visual Kei label Gan Shin has announced that those three bands singned onto it. And that means some of their cds are going to be released here in Europe and we Europeans might be able to see them live. First I was a bit sceptical but hey doesn't that sound good :D?
I just recently ripped the song "juunen go no kyou koko de..." from Vidoll's Roman Kouhaku DVD. As far as I know, this song has never been on an album and I've never seen it online anywhere. It's a really pretty song, so I thought people might like to have it. ^__^
Yama found this posted on Kisaki's Diary about Vidoll's new mini-album:
They have announced the new Vidoll Mini-album and one man tour.
The Mini-Album will be released on Jan 1, 2006 for 2,940 en and have 5 songs. There will be an A type with a Dvd Clip for Shutdown, and Type B with a clip for Chocoripeyes. They are limited to 10,000 copies and will have different jacket designs. If you buy both versions of the albums there will be a special Making of DVD present, details will be included inside the cds.
Thier one man tour will start Jan 7th and the tour final will be on March 28 2006.
Vidoll's Photo Album 「Backof『AI』lids will be released on Dec 15 2005 and will cost 1890 en. I think it says 30 pages in full color, with 60 pages planned? And then gives some further information (which might be the publishers).
UNDER CODE's OHP posted an updated list of sold out items yesterday, and it's fairly large (compared to the old list). Yay for UNDER CODE having more customers, and boo for us not being able to buy certain things! Here's the list:
The following UCP items are sold out: 昔懐かし総集編/ヴィドール [Mukashi Futokoro Kashi Soushuuhen/Vidoll]
人形界PV/ヴィドール [Ningyou Kai PV/Vidoll]
人形演説/ヴィドール [Ningyou Enzetsu/Vidoll]
四月二十六日～/ヴィドール [Shigatsu ni Juuroku Nichi, Shotaiken.../Vidoll]
柊ノ葬/ヴィドール [Hiiragi no Sou/Vidoll]
幻影像1/Phantasmagoria [Geneizou 1/-Phantasmagoria-]
天真爛漫～VHS、CD/カレン [Tenshi Ranman (CD&VHS)/Karen]
砂時計/KISAKI PROJECT [Sunadokei/KISAKI PROJECT]
薄明/KISAKI PROJECT [Hakumei/KISAKI PROJECT]
BLACKMILKY/妃＆関西貴族 [BLACK MILKY/Kisaki&Kansai Kizoku]
関西制圧 [Kansai Seiatsu/V.A.]
ラメタン祭り [Rametan Matsuri/V.A.]
hi... I don't want to cause alarm or anything... but I've been snooping around a j-rock forum and I heard Yukine and hide is leaving Vidoll? Is this true? o.O Are they disbanding? T_______T If this post isn't allowed, please feel free to delete it.. ^_^0!
UNDER CODE News → As you all know, 2005 has been a great year for UNDER CODE PRODUCTION (and a horrible year for our wallets). Well, it looks as if 2006 will be an even better year for UNDER CODE, and several releases have already been announced. Please check out the list, as all of UC's artists have several releases planned (Some of which haven't been announced until today). (To clarify, 12012, 秘密結社コドモA, カレン, KISAKI, 音鬼, -Phantasmagoria-, and ヴィドール are all on this list)
12012 has two albums planned, both of which will be released on February 01st. The first of these is a best album called not obtain+1, and will contain 10 tracks. One track will be a completely new song, while the rest of the tracks will be rare-ish songs from their live only CDs and various omnibus CDs. The second album will be called PLAY DOLLs, and will contain 10 completely new songs. There will be two versions--A type and B type (KISAKI's such a sneaky bastard isn't he!). The A type will contain a PV for a song from the album called "icy~cold city~." The B type of the album will come with a CD with one more new track. More information as it comes.
秘密結社コドモA (Himitsu Kessha Codomo A) will be releasing three mini-albums, along with a bonus CD that can be obtained when you buy all three. The first album will be called 再放送+予告盤 (Saihousou+Yokokuban) and will contain five tracks. It will be released on December 07th. The second and third album will both be released on January 25th of next year, and will contain five new songs each. Their titles will be オトコノ個 (Otokonoko) and オンナノ故 (Onnanoyue). Buying all three mini-albums will entitle you to a special present of some sort, which hasn't been decided on yet.
カレン (Karen) has the most release planned at this point. Later this year, on December 14th they will release a DVD entitled mellow~創の旋律~ (mellow~Sou no Senritsu~). No other details about it are available yet. They will release three CDs in the first two months of 2006. The first will be a best album entitled primary song memorial~奏の旋律~ (primary song memorial~Sou no Senritsu), and will have a release date of January 18th. The second will also be a best best album, and it's title will be primary song memorial~想の旋律~ (primary song memorial~Sou no Senritsu~). It seems that カレン is playing word games with the titles of the albums and DVD, but someone who knows Japanese will have to figure out what they're trying to say. After releasing the two albums, they plan to give away a CD at live shows on four dates. Those dates are February 19th, 21st, 26th, and 27th. The CD will be entitled プラウド (Puraudo) and will most likely contain only one track.
KISAKI is next jump on the release-bandwagon, and seems to really have a love for photobooks. His first collection of photos comes out on October 19th of this year, and will be named a basement Melody 2.... It will include 30 full color photos (and 60 pages in total), and a free CD with one unspecified track (a new KISAKI PROJECT song perhaps?). Apparently, he already knows it's going to be a hit (the UNDER CODE site seems to suggest that demand for the book has been huge), and has already announced his second photobook, which will be called a basement Melody 3.... It will be released on December 15th of this year, and will come with a bonus DVD of the making of the photobook. (And no, as far as I know there has never been a a basement Melody 1...)
音鬼 (OTO-ONI) has only one CD planned this month, and it was released a few days ago. It's official release date is October 12th, and is entitled 哭 (Koku). It contains four new tracks. This is good news for 音鬼 fans, as they hadn't released anything in quite a while.
-Phantasmagoria- has several releases planned (which isn't surprising) and are taking advantage of all the forms of media available to them. First they're releasing a single on October 19th (the same day as KISAKI's first photobook) which will be called 未完成とギルト (Mikansei to Guilt). It will contain only two tracks, but will come in two versions; A type and B type. The A type single will include a bonus DVD with a "MEMORIAL LIVE CLIP" of their tour "TOUR#2「NEO ARK」." The B type will also include a bonus DVD, but this version will have a "MEMORIAL LIVE CLIP" of their tour "2nd concept TOUR「NEO ARK」." After that, Their PV DVDs must be selling really well, because they already have a third one planned! The new PV DVD will be named 幻影像III~for degradation crowd~ (GeneizouIII~for degradation crowd~). It will be released on December 14th, and will come with an eight page booklet. The DVD continues their tradition of releasing two PVs at a time; one will be for "NEVER REBELLION," and the other for "未完成とギルト" (Mikansei to Guilt). The very next day, on December 15th, they'll release their own photobook called 幻影グラフティー I (Genei Grafitti I). Like KISAKI's photobooks, this one will contain 30 pages of full color photos, and 60 pages in total. The number on the name seems to imply that -Phantasmagoria- anticipates making another photobook, so keep your eyes out for news of that as well.
ヴィドール (Vidoll) is last but certainly not least on this list. First they're planning to release a maxi-single, which has a street date of October 26th. It will have the strange title of Chocoripeyes, and will include only two tracks. Then ヴィドール will be joining KISAKI and -Phantasmagoria- and releasing their own photobook on December 15th. Like the other two photobooks coming out that day, it will contain 30 full color photos and 60 pages extra, but will also come with a free CD of some sort! The title of the photobook will be Back of 『AI』lids. Then will be the first UNDER CODE band to release a CD in 2006. On January 01st their new five track mini-album called Deathmate will be released. In keeping with the recent trend, it will come in to versions; A type and B type. Each type will sport a different jacket, as well as a different bonus DVD. The A type will include the PV for their recent single "シャットダウン," (Shutdown) and the B type will include the PV for their upcoming single "Chocoripeyes." When both versions of the mini-album are purchased, a special present DVD will be included, which will contain a making of clip of "シャットダウン" (Shutdown). According to the UNDER CODE site, the mini-album is being released in celebration of ヴィドール's upcoming one man tour "TOUR 2006-「Reload to living doll」."
Omnibus albums are also planned for release. First is SHOCK WAVE CD the SELECT, which is the next installment of the famous omnibus series. It will contain some of the best tracks of the series, and will features songs from 12012, カレン (Karen), -Phantasmagoria-, and ヴィドール (Vidoll). The omnibus will be released on October 25th. Then UNDER CODE will release the next installment of its omnibus series, "High Style Paradox." The new CD will be entitled High Style Paradox SPECIAL ~RARE TRACKS COLLECTIONS~. It will be released on November 09th, and will contain around fourteen to fifteen tracks total. The UNDER CODE website describes it as a second press of "High Style Paradox IV~re acceleration~" with a different jacket and "rare tracks" from KISAKI's favorite bands. So far ネガ (Nega) and Zephyr are the only non-UNDER CODE bands that are known to be on the CD, but expect more information on the actual tracklist soon.
ダリ and Pasyha haven't announced any upcoming releases yet. I suspect they'll announce something with their debut during UNDER CODE's Japan-wide tour, so keep an eye out for these guys!
Well that's it. This took me a looong time to write up, so I hope you at least scanned over it all! If you have anything to add or correct, please let me know! I'm sure I made mistakes (especially with CD names xD), so any help is appreciated. Also, if anyone could explain the word-play in the titles of カレン's new CDs, I'd be really greatful.
Last night, I went to the big-ass Under Code event in Osaka (all six Under Code bands played).
Between sets, Riku, KISAKI, and JUN of Phantasmagoria, and Jui and Rame of Vidoll came out and announced their cross-promotion with the SEX POT fashion designers. All 5 of them wore outfits that are featured in the latest Sex Pot ad, and you were allowed to take pics for 30 seconds, so I got as many as I could, which can be seen here:
You might want to check out Brand-X site... Under Code is releasing a bunch of interesting DVDs! Omnibus live, 12012 live, Vidoru live + PV one for Phantasmagoria! o.O I don't know which one I want the most!