Dec 11 2017

SILENT SIREN rocks L.A. with idol style (Live Report)

SILENT SIREN
Musicians Institute Concert Hall, December 1, 2017

Live Report by Nhu Nguyen
Photos by Emi Nguyen

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SILENT SIREN may call themselves an idol group, but not many idols can truly rock out like these ladies did at Musician’s Institute in L.A. on December 1st. Playing their instruments with precision and smiles, they can go from singing their hit “Sweet Pop!” to talking about Green Day — that’s just how things roll in the land of SaiSai.

The band kicked off the night with “Fujiyama Disco”, a song that even after 24 hours was still stuck in my head. Plenty of songs (17 total!) performed at the show were just as infectious and memorable, the music school’s ace sound system made them hit even harder. The fun and spunkiness of “Cherry Bomb” and “Joshikou Sensou” was heightened in a live setting, and it warmed my heart to watch fans break out their pink light sticks as the stage went dark for “secret base ~kimiga kuretamono~”, from the Anohana anime, illuminating the venue like pink stars in the night sky.

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SILENT SIREN keeps a perfect balance between being both a rock band and an idol group. Early on in the night, they showed off their musical talents by playing solo instrumental bits right before their first MC break. Suu pulled double-duty as lead vocal and guitar. Ainyan’s skills and bass lines earned many impressed double-takes from the crowd. Hinanchu carried the underlying backbone of songs on drums. Yukarun is part-time keyboardist and full-time hype-woman, moving to the front several times during the show to energize the crowd and get them jumping and dancing. During “guruguru wonderland”, she got the fans to wave their towels, and midway she guruguru-ed her own towel straight into the audience.

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The four performers are unabashedly feminine — as expected of a group made up of former kawaii magazine models. They’re all cute, and the mini Q&A session and MCs confirmed this as they showed off their charisma (with the help of an interpreter) even more. Ainyan shared her experience visiting Hollywood and Highland: “I drank a lot of beer — I love beer!” Hinanchu said she visited Fairfax High School because members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers went there. Suu’s favorite movie is High School Musical – she likes Zac Efron. Yukarun likes Rapunzel. The Q&A not only gave fans a chance to ask questions, but one lucky fan even got the opportunity to fulfill his wish of going on stage and playing a short tune on the guitar for the group.

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As SILENT SIREN’s main set ended and the four members exited the stage, fans chanted “SaiSai”, first in unison, then spontaneously splitting into two, with the right and left sides calling the group’s name back-and-forth. The members returned to the stage matching their fans in pink tour shirts, and with thankful hearts as fans gave them a banner that read, “SaiSai Forever”. At the Musician’s Institute auditorium, designed for rock and metal, but full of chanting, light sticks, and borderline wotagei dancing, the worlds of rock and idol were combined as only SILENT SIREN can.

SET LIST
1. Fujiyama Disco
2. Yoshida-san
3. BANG!BANG!BANG!
4. Hachigatsu no yoru
5. What Show is it?
6. joshikou sensou
7. Sweet Pop!
8. stella☆
9. guruguru wonderland
10. secret base ~kimiga kuretamono~
11. Just Meet
12. Kaleidoscope
13. DanceMusiQ
14. cherry bomb
15. Sinbad
Encore
1. KAKUMEI
2. Bii-san

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SILENT SIREN Official Website: http://silent-siren.com
SILENT SIREN @ Universal Music: http://www.universal-music.co.jp/silent-siren
SILENT SIREN Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilentSiren.official
SILENT SIREN Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/staffsaisai
SILENT SIREN Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silentsiren_official

Dec 11 2017

vistlip – Interview (December 2017)

vistlip
Interview by Michelle Minikhiem
December 2017

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vistlip recently released a statement on Facebook expressing their desire to connect more with their overseas fanbase. JRock247 had a chance to ask the band about their plans to stretch their legs abroad, as well as what inspired them to create their newest music video.

Your song titles are almost always English words or phrases. Why do you name your songs in English instead of Japanese?

Tomo: It was partly a rebellion against visual kei of that time. Weren’t there only Japanese titles? Japanese and katakana titles were widespread and, in some way, were seen as a characteristic of visual kei. We, as vistlip, wanted to break this trend, so we decided to focus on English. We also created neologisms in English. On the flip side, I think that when there is a Japanese title placed in between the others now, it sticks out and you can see its importance and its meaning.

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Dec 11 2017

BAND-MAID to release new album World Domination

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BAND-MAID will release their second major-label album World Domination on February 14, 2018.

The band has also announced their upcoming World Domination tour of Japan, hitting Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo in April of next year.

World Domination comes in three editions, with a live DVD/BD of their concert at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST and their cover of MUCC’s “Honey” from the recent MUCC tribute album.

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Dec 08 2017

SILENT SIREN at Slim’s San Francisco 2017 (Gallery)

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SILENT SIREN
THE NEW WORLD – USA TOUR 2017
12/3/2017
Slim’s, San Francisco
Photo Credit: SILENT SIREN

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Dec 08 2017

ONE OK ROCK – Jaded (from North America Ambitions Tour 2017) (MV)

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ONE OK ROCK packs all the Epic Road Trip into this music clip for “Jaded”, shot during their recent North American AMBITIONS Tour.

Dec 07 2017

SILENT SIREN at Musician’s Institute Los Angeles 2017 (Gallery)

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SILENT SIREN
THE NEW WORLD – USA TOUR 2017
12/1/2017
Musician’s Institute, Los Angeles

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Dec 07 2017

DIR EN GREY to release Best album VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES in January

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DIR EN GREY’s compilation album VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES will be released January 2, 2018, featuring 44 tracks spanning the band’s lengthy musical career.

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Dec 07 2017

LM.C returns to USA for Tekko 2018

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Japanese rock band LM.C will return to the U.S. for a live concert at Pittsburgh’s Tekko 2018 in April of next year.

Featuring maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar, LM.C’s celebrated their 10th anniversary in October of 2016, and their musical career spans eight full albums, several “Best” compilation releases, and contribution to the anime series REBORN!

Information: http://www.teamtekko.us
LM.C website: http://www.lovely-mocochang.com

Dec 07 2017

SiM – A (MV)

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Dec 05 2017

SILENT SIREN reveals track list and preview for GIRLS POWER

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SILENT SIREN – GIRLS POWER will be released December 27, 2017, in regular and limited editions. Fans can preview the new songs in the band’s video trailer released today.

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