indie dir en grey autographed pic!

gift from a cute friend who used to do their merch tables back in ‘97. how did i forget i had this!?!

PIERROT 2014

Shit I never thought I would get to post a current Pierrot news item. But here it is the latest band photo in 2014. So pardon the excitement from this old-school fan. Still what’s up with this over-exposed, shopped up to hell shot? Yes they are older, but this is overkill on the vampirism side.

As we inch closer to their reunion show in October, fans in Japan can hype themselves up by watching their old shows in a marathon at SHINAGAWA Stella Ball on August 16 & 17 titled “PIERROT FILM GIG 2014 -Dictators’ history-”. Below is a list of the concerts they are featuring in the marathon:

1997年9月21日 新宿 日清パワーステーション CELLULOID HUMANISM -GATE-
1998年6月19日 赤坂BLITZ Dictators Circus II 【zwei】
1998年9月9日 中野サンプラザ Last Indies Act “Dictators Circus III 【drei】”
1999年7月20日 富士急ハイランド・コニファーフォレスト Dictators Circus IV 【vier】 -Birth of Newborn Baby-
1999年9月9日 横浜アリーナ FORETELLER’S-ERROR
2000年11月4日 日本武道館 SWEET TRANCE 2000 IN BUDOKAN “21ST CENTURY BOY”(イベント出演)
2005年1月3日 日本武道館 THE EVENING OF UNDERMINING FINAL 「After awakening」
2005年1月4日 日本武道館 THE EVENING OF UNDERMINING FINAL 「After completion」

I have only seen one or two of their live DVDs, this would have been a perfect time to see which one is a keeper. If only they broadcast this over Livestream or NicoNico for overseas fans, I might consider getting a paid membership to watch it. But Japanese record companies aren’t progressive like that. So we can only relive the history in this short trailer.

Via: http://vif-music.com (In Japanese only)
OHP
: http://www.pierrot.jpn.com/filmgig.html

Dir en grey just announced that the new album drops on December 10th and it is named after the Greek word ‘Arche’ meaning ‘beginning’, ‘origin’ or ‘source of action’ (Wikipedia). The DEG official site used the kanji, 根源, meaning the root or source of something to explain the concept of the album. Now in production!

I’m more excited about the return of the usage of a single word for the album title after so long, well since “Uroboros.” This might not mean anything in terms whether they will revisit their melodic style as hinted by Toshiya months ago. We’ll see.

Also new tour dates below:

TOUR14-15 BY THE GRACE OF GOD
 
2014/11/17(月) 【神奈川県】CLUB CITTA’ -「a knot」only-
2014/11/18(火) 【神奈川県】CLUB CITTA’ -「a knot」only-
2014/11/21(金) 【愛知県】Zepp Nagoya
2014/11/22(土) 【愛知県】Zepp Nagoya
2014/11/24(月・祝) 【福岡県】Zepp Fukuoka
2014/11/26(水) 【長崎県】NCC&STUDIO
2014/12/4(木) 【岡山県】倉敷市芸文館
2014/12/5(金) 【岡山県】倉敷市芸文館
2014/12/7(日) 【奈良県】なら100年会館
2014/12/15(月) 【東京都】Zepp Tokyo
2014/12/16(火) 【東京都】Zepp Tokyo
2014/12/20(土) 【京都府】KBSホール -「a knot」only-
2014/12/21(日) 【京都府】KBSホール -「a knot」only-
2014/12/26(金) 【静岡県】静岡市民文化会館
2015/1/6(火) 【大阪府】なんばHatch
2015/1/7(水) 【大阪府】なんばHatch
2015/1/10(土) 【東京都】新木場STUDIO COAST
2015/1/11(日) 【東京都】新木場STUDIO COAST

Source: saishu on jrocknyc
Via: Dir en grey News page.

Official Pierrot Youtube started today (6/27/2014)

thx ryan!

ninety seconds at the Harajuku VK Cosplay Bridge circa 2002 NATSUKASHIIIIDAYOOOO (kyo! mana! nao from kagrra! kyo again! hide! that old guy who’s lost!)

(5:35-7:05)

Sukekiyo live on 2014.05.02 in Nippon Seinenkan, Tokyo

photo by SUGURU NAKAMURA

There are strong old school VK vibes in this setup. Would love to see this in person.

Via: Kyo Official on Facebook

femme fatale | freya (2014)

Everyone’s favorite cross-dressing VK beauty, Kaya, is really doing some exciting things this year. In addition to the reformation of Schwarz Stein, he’s also releasing music with a proper rock band behind him as Femme Fatale.

And that band, in addition to dyeing their hair different colors from one another for our convenience (seriously, every VK band should do this), has some pedigree. Fans of quality Visual Kei will be pleased to see Iori (phobia, blast, cocklobin, etc..), two dudes from munimuni, and the bassist from the delightfully unique A(エース) rounding out the line-up.

The actual music? Meh, it’s alright.

The b-side, akaihana, has a chunky, old-school swagger in the verses, but its ultimately forgettable. And the title track, while sporting some catchy vocal melodies, unfortunately veers too far into that symphonic, Versailles-ish brand of VK that nobody needs more of.

Femme Fatale shows some promise but isn’t delivering on it yet.

This single is available on regular ol’ Amazon (and I imagine iTunes) for $2, which is practically a joy to pay when considering what one would usually have to spend to buy music from an indies Japanese band.