girugamesh: Between tours (yes!) and Twitter (no!), no time for writing good singles

Close on the tracks of their latest single, COLOR, girugamesh has just set out on a 14-date nationwide tour that has sold out every show from its onset on July 2nd to its conclusion on August 12th. It seems like this popularity is a fan-wide clamoring for more, and the band is answering the call of Japanese Visualists with a second tour to kick off in October. 8 more dates have been announced, starting in Sendai with a finale in Yokohama. The giru gang will also be making an appearance at JACK IN THE BOX this year, alongside other big-name VK bands such as Dead End, SADS, LM.C, and  MUCC.

girugamesh Autumn Tour 2010 Dates

2010.10.2(sat)
Sendai HooK

OPEN 17:30 / START 18:00

2010.10.5(tue)
Sapporo KRAPS HALL

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

2010.10.8(fri)
Nigata CLUB JUNK BOX

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

2010.10.10(sun)
Hiroshima CAVE BE

OPEN 17:30 / START 18:00

2010.10.11(mon)
Fukuoka Beat Station

OPEN 17:30 / START 18:00

2010.10.13(wed)
Osaka umeda AKASO

OPEN 17:30 / START 18:30

2010.10.15(fri)
Nagoya Electric Lady Land

OPEN 18:00 / START 18:30

2010.10.23(sat)
Yokohama Bay Hall

OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00

Source: Official website

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Visualist Dementia: Symptoms

If you’re a serious fan or follower of any type of media, from music to film to theater, then I’m sure you understand the level of masochism, devotion, and psychological confusion that aforementioned fans and followers deal with as a result of their fandom. As anyone who follows my blog knows by now, I prefer to refer to other followers of Visual Kei and Jrock, and be referred to, as “Visualists” rather than “fans”. For some reason the word “fan” has some negative connotations in my experience, and while I don’t refuse the word strictly, I work with it hesitantly.

In any case, whether you’re a fan, follower, devotee, acolyte, or Visualist, we all experience the same pain, and regardless of where you are, who you are, and how you express your appreciation for the (fill in the blank), we all share a common ground: appreciation. And pain, of course. With great devotion comes great capacity to suffer. At least, I hope you have a great capacity– otherwise I don’t envy you.

Now, it’s not that we just like something and can’t get enough of it because it makes us happy. But if you say it’s obsession then I’ll be offended- I don’t have some unhealthy mental affliction that needs to be rectified by luminous Vitamin B supplements. (Although I hear that a vitamin B [niacin] deficiency is characterized by ‘aggression, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and in serious cases may lead to dementia.’ Which means I should probably be taking it). It’s just…visualist dementia. I use the term ‘visualist dementia’ as an excuse for all of the erratic behavior caused by an acute devotion to Visual Kei. (Before you ask– yes, I have a highly advanced case.) The only Visualist that they’ve been able to ‘cure’ underwent severe correctional treatment involving brutal methods such as putting them into a padded room and playing Arashi at high volume for countless hours….something you and I can only fathom in our darkest nightmares… Particular symptoms of visualist dementia may or may not include: lack of sleep due to waiting for overseas tour announcements (however factual or fictional), lack of an ability to measure distance based on miles rather than love of a band, and strange lapses of musical hypocrisy.

Now, the misconception that many Visualists may or may not be under, is that Japanese record labels don’t know about visualist dementia. But in fact, they know. They know very well. And based on scientific research on the topic, they invented a form of psychological torture that is widely utilized to improve sales and overseas awareness of artists. This intense form of sadistic punishment….is called marketing. (Note: As of 2010 synonymous with Twitter).

It’s amazing how concentrated our dementia becomes the instant hopes for overseas activity becomes possible. I mean, how cruel is it for band PR to throw around the words “important announcement”? “Important announcement” in our language is synonymous with “overseas tour in our region”. I mean, come on, don’t they know that? (oh trust me, they do) And then they go and announce that it’s not a tour at all, just the release of  some single that we can already get direct from Japan, complete with pre-order bonuses. When that happens, we have no choice but to do our best not to drown kittens in a kiddie pool because no kidding we already got the single, with all of the pre-order bonuses, and don’t need the local version, because we’re saving for CONCERT TICKETS.

And then when they finally announce a tour in Location B, certain people cancel all of their plans with normal people using the excuse that “Sorry, I can’t make it to your event, because Band A will be releasing their tour announcement for my area, and I want to be there when they do so I can get tickets.” Your friends get angry and think you’re going insane, you stay up all night getting jazzed off NesCafe because you don’t want them to release the information at your 4AM which is their 5PM (next day) and have the tickets all sell out before you can get some.

I’ve been thinking about this because there’s been quite a lot of ticketing activity lately. Between MIYAVI, D’espairsRay, VAMPS, and then GACKT’s Europe tour (I know some of you hardcores from this side of the great blue are going), more than a few nerves have been frayed and fried over the past few months. I don’t know about you guys, but I sure got a psychological milking from D’espairs when they took like three months between the “US tour announcement to be released tomorrow!” and the actual promised announcement making an appearance. (For some reason I actually fell for that one.) In a way this is a perfect example of our rabid existence. We spend so much time whining about why won’t the bands ever come to us, and then they come to us and it’s like man, can our nerves even handle this? Can you handle this?


Kagrra, no Kai

Kimono-clad Kagrra, finally announced the dates for their summer 2010 Japan tour. In typing this up, I decided to keep the original kanji names as well as translating their meanings, because the traditional Japanese-ness is part of Kagrra,‘s unique style. It’s really cool that they have named every performance after a demon, monster, or spirit from Japanese mythology, in keeping with their unique tour name. For anyone not familiar with this band, they are a neo-Japan Visual Kei group, drawing on traditional Japanese culture and themes in their image and music. If you are unfamiliar with Japanese demons and monsters, see the footnotes.

Kagrra, + Pilgrimage Hyakkiyagyou ~ Kage~ / Night parade of monsters and demons ~Shadow~

-河童の怪-Mystery of the Water demon

8/25(Wed)Mito Lighthouse
[OPEN/START] 18:30/19:00
[問合] キョードー東京 03-3498-9999

-鵺の怪-Mystery of the Chimera

8/26(Thur) Sendai darwin
[OPEN/START] 18:30/19:00
[問合] キョードー東北 022-217-7788

-コロポックルの怪- Mystery of the Koroppokuru

8/28(Sat) Sapporo KRAPS HALL
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] WESS 011-614-9999

-パウチの怪- Mystery of Pauchi

8/29(Sun) Tomaomaki Ongakukan
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] WESS 011-614-9999

-豆腐小僧の怪- Mystery of the Toufu Kouzo

9/3(Fri)Shibutani duo MUSIC EXCHANGE
[OPEN/START] 18:00/19:00
[問合] キョードー東京 03-3498-9999

-袖引小僧の怪- Mystery of the Sode-hiki Kouzo

9/5(Sun)HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama Shintoshin (Saitama new city center)
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] キョードー東京 03-3498-9999

-大入道の怪- Mystery of the Oonyuudou

9/11(Sat)Nagoya Electric Lady Land
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] ズームエンタープライズ 052-290-0909

-茨木童子の怪- Mystery of the Rose-thorn Child

9/12(Sun)Umeda Shangri-La
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] キョードーインフォメーション 06-7732-8888

-海御前の怪- Mystery of the Sea’s Messenger

9/14(Tue)Fukuoka DRUM Be-1
[OPEN/START] 18:30/19:00
[問合] BIC 092-713-6085

-羅城門ノ鬼の怪- Mystery of the Demon of the Silk Gateway

9/16(Thur)KYOTO MUSE
[OPEN/START] 18:30/19:00
[問合] キョードーインフォメーション 06-7732-8888

-八面大王の怪- Mystery of the Eight-Faced King

9/18(Sat)長野LIVE HOUSE J
[OPEN/START] 17:00/17:30
[問合] FOB 025-229-5000

[Tickets] All standing¥4,725(tax incl)/DRINK charge separate
[Date of sale] 7/24(Sat)
※Do not bring preschoolers.

++Kaggra,‘s Parade of Demons and Monsters++

1. Kappa no Kai: The Kappa is a water demon with a frog-like body, a bird’s beak, a bald-spot, and a turtle-shell back.

2. Nue no Kai: The Japanese version of the chimera monster has a monkey’s head, a tanuki’s body, tiger’s limbs, and a snake’s tail.

3. Koropokkuru no Kai: Koropokkuru, mythical Ainu dwarf characters.

4. Pauchi no Kai: Pauchi Kamui is an evil spirit in Ainu mythology that descended to earth to plague humanity with insanity, stomach ailments, food poisoning, seizures, and frenzied dancing.

5. Toufu Kouzo no Kai: Kouzo is a young kid, especially a young Buddhist priest, so a toufu kouzo is a young Buddhist priest of the toufu.

6. Sode hiki Kouzo no Kai: The sleeve-pulling squirt.

7. Oonyuudou no Kai: A giant.

Kagrra,‘s latest single, Shiki

++Source: Official Website++

Video credit: nicosug7

VAMPS Coming to Venues Near YOU!

Here’s an update on the VAMPS 2010 world tour…So, are you going?

NORTH AMERICA

FRIDAY, OCT. 1 – AVALON HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

SUNDAY, OCT. 3 – THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO

SATURDAY, OCT. 9 – ROSELAND BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY
(same weekend as the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con)

EUROPE

TUESDAY, OCT. 12 – SALA APOLO, BARCELONA
(Spain’s National Day, a public holiday)

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 – ESPACE GRANDE ARCHE, PARIS

ASIA

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 24 – SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS CENTER, SHANGHAI

SOUTH AMERICA

SATURDAY, NOV. 6 – TEATRO CAUPOLICAN, SANTIAGO

TICKETS: Full list of ticketing vendors available @here

Source: Official MySpace

Vidoll’s Monadic Travels

Vidoll Tour 201o REAL MONADISM

All ticket prices include tax, and a drink charge of ¥500 is separate, unless otherwise noted.

2010.3.26 (Fri)
SUNPHONIX HALL in YOKOHAMA ARENA
[OPEN]18:30 [START]19:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200 (No drink charge)
[INFO] サイレン・エンタープライズ 03-3447-8822

2010.3.28 (Sun)
HEAVEN’S ROCK  Saitama New City Center VJ-3
[OPEN]17:30 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200
[INFO] サイレン・エンタープライズ 03-3447-8822

2010.4.4(Sun)
Sendai CLUB JUNK BOX
[OPEN]17:30 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200

[INFO] キョードー東北 022-217-7788

2010.4.6(Tue)
Sapporo KRAPS HALL
[OPEN]18:00 [START]18:30
[ADV] Standing ¥4,200

[INFO] WESS 011-614-9999

2010.4.18 (Sun)
Kashiwa PALOOZA
[OPEN]17:30 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing ¥4,200

[INFO] サイレン・エンタープライズ 03-3447-8822

2010.4.22(Thur)
Shizuoka Sunash
[OPEN]18:30 [START]19:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200 (tax in/drink代別途¥500)
[TICKET] 2/20(土)~ チケットぴあ0570-02-9999/ローソンチケット0570-084-003/
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[INFO] サンデーフォークプロモーション静岡 054-284-9999

2010.4.24(Sat)
Okayama IMAGE
[OPEN]17:30 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200
[INFO] 夢番地・岡山 086-231-3531

2010.4.25(Sun)
Fukuoka DRUM Be-1
[OPEN]17:30 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200

[INFO] B.I.C. 092-713-6085

2010.4.27(Tue)
Osaka umeda AKASO
[OPEN]18:00 [START]19:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200

[INFO] 夢番地・大阪 06-6341-3525

2010.4.28(Wed)
Nagoya Bottom Line 
[OPEN]17:00 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing¥4,200

[INFO] サンデーフォークプロモーション 052-320-9100

2010.5.1(Sat)
Akasaka BLITZ
[OPEN]17:00 [START]18:00
[ADV] Standing/2Fdesignated ¥4,200

[INFO] HOT STUFF PROMOTION 03-5720-9999

2010.5.2(Sun)
Akasaka BLITZ
[OPEN]16:00 [START]17:00
[ADV] Standing/2F designated ¥4,200
[INFO] HOT STUFF PROMOTION 03-5720-9999

Source: Official

Duel’s Melt-in-your-mouth Visual Goodness Tour ’10

DuelJewel‘s aural candy will melt on the tips of Visualist ears starting tomorrow, with their short (but surely fantastic) Japan tour ’10: Tour 2010 “We will melt you”.


Tax is included in all tickets charge, and a separate drink charge (500 yen) is separate, unless otherwise noted. All standing tickets, and entry by reference number.

Information about the tour goods available: click

[They have a paper bag (in white or black), portable ash-tray and set of two lighters, member keychains in the shape of a heart, hand-towel sets, and tissue packets. T-shirts are, of course, always available.]

3.7.10 (Sun)
Shibuya O-WEST
17:30/18:00
Advance:¥3,990(Tax incl) Drink charge separate\500 All Standing
Tickets on sale:On Sale / Pia and Lawson (HOT STUFF PRODUCTIONS)

3.12.10 (Fri)
HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama New City Center VJ-3
18:00/18:30
Advance:¥3,990 All Standing
Tickets:On Sale /Pia and Lawson, (Siren Enterprises)

3.13.10 (Sat)
Sendai HOOK
17:00/17:30
Advance:¥3,990 All Standing
Tickets: On Sale /Pia and Lawson (Card Touhoku)

3.21.10 (Sun)
Nagoya Heart Land
17:30/18:00

Opening and start times subject to change.
Advance:¥3,990 All Standing
Tickets:On Sale / Pia and Lawson (Sunday Folk Productions)

3.22.10 (Mon) FINAL
Osaka FANJ twice
17:30/18:00

Opening and start times subject to change.
Advance:¥3,990 All Standing
Tickets: On Sale / Pia and Lawson (Kyuudou Ticket Center)

MUCC Tour 2010 Dates

Details and particulars are waiting for notification. Please check back for information concerning exact dates, tickets, times, etc.

Year/month/day /(date)/ location/ venue

2010年10月30日(Sat) Hibiya Music Association Hall
2010年10月31日(Sun) Hibiya Music Association Hall
2010年11月03日(Wed) Mito LIGHT HOUSE
2010年11月06日(Sat) Sapporo PENNY LANE24
2010年11月09日(Tue) Aomori Quarter
2010年11月11日(Thur) Yamagata MUSIC Shouwa Session
2010年11月12日(Fri) Sendai darwin
2010年11月14日(Sun) Kooriyama HIPSHOT JAPAN
2010年11月17日(Wed) Nagoya Electric Lady Land
2010年11月19日(Fri) Osaka umeda AKASO
2010年11月23日(Tue) Nagano CLUB JUNK BOX
2010年11月25日(Thur) Kobe CHICKEN GEORGE
2010年11月27日(Sat) Kochi CARAVAN SARY
2010年11月29日(Mon) Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO
2010年12月01日(Wed) Kagoshima CAPARVO HALL
2010年12月03日(Fri) Kumamoto DRUM Be-9
2010年12月05日(Sun) Fukuoka DRUM LOGOS
2010年12月07日(Tue) Kyoto FANJ
2010年12月09日(Thur) Gifu club-G
2010年12月11日(Sat) Niigata LOTS
2010年12月14日(Tue) Chiba, Kashiwa Drunkard’s STADIUM
2010年12月16日(Thur) Tokyo, Kichijoudera CLUB SEATA
2010年12月21日(Tue) Okinawa Sakura Hill Central

…and more

Source: OHP