Monday, February 23, 2009Labels: Chemical Pictures
We have not grown up: apparently we're still in that phase of "everyone switch instruments and let's jam!", and Tenten usually instigates this. The rest of our material is solid enough that I don't mind the distraction. So here he is with my bass. Somehow we started playing Kurenai and I realized I've never actually tried to copy X before. Also our drummer is a pretty darn good guitarist, and our lead guitarist was a surprisingly decent drummer.
Tenten's actual musical knowledge is different from how much of it he can actually explain when pressed. He's sort of a savant like that; reminds me of a Billy Sheehan video I SWEAR I saw once where he demonstrates and then says "yeah I don't know how I did that." Ten2 can just pick up a guitar, noodle around, really look like he has no idea what he's doing, and still come up with some really cool ideas.
Written by Elec at 8:32 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2009Labels: Chemical Pictures
I encourage you to listen to the entirety of the bluesy song, as that's our opener... so instead of coming out to a song playing over the PA, the curtain comes down and we go right into that, get the crowd going, then go into our first song.
Once that ends I recommend taking the time to listen to the light guitar arpeggios as well; I adore the chord progression of the thing and I think it's got some great atmosphere.
Tenten's been posting what these songs sound like on his blog, so I figure I'll just sort of tell you guys that too.
This song was written by our rhythm guitarist, who might be familiar to some of you when we announce the rest of the members. It's jangly and a bit light but I love how uplifting it sounds. The lyrics are pretty good, I think.
2. Human Rubbish
For a title like that, the music actually sounds pretty upbeat. This is one of the many songs I get to do backup harmonies on, and I'm pretty proud of how this one has come together.
This is more of an extended member introduction than anything. It came about when we were sort of wondering just how we were going to fit in the member call, and unthinkingly me and the lead guitarist started this jam. Tenten loved it and recently we've spent more time on this than other songs. O_o I do think that this song really showcases our guitarists' talents, though.
3. In My Dream
This song sounds like a heavy VK number. There's some English in this song that I wrote, based on the lyrical theme.
This song is ridiculously heavy and fast. It took a ton of practice to get all the crazy riffs in order. There's a tiny bit in the middle where we pay a sly tribute to Pay Money to my Pain, haha. This song is almost entirely in English, which again I just took Tenten's lyrical theme and fit it to the lyrics. What this means is that you have native English in Visual Kei. Somewhere, somehow, someone will find fault with this. :)
5. 病ム空 (Yamusora)
Apparently Tenten released this song a year or two ago, which would explain why the version I used to learn the song sounded so good. It's heavy rock but lots of electronic goodness creeps in.
6. プレパラート (Microscope Slide)
This is perhaps the most representative Chemical Pictures song. There's a lot going on: acoustic guitar arpeggios, transitioning into funk with slap bass, going into a chorus area of straightforward rock, a bridge of floaty, sexy guitar solos.
This is our pop song I guess. Written for a friend of Tenten's who passed away.
8. Black Box
I gather that this song was released with Yamusora. Mid-tempo number, cool and chill. Reminds me of a beach somehow, even though it really doesn't have that much island flavor.
9. I wanna get away
Pretty straightforward rock until the bridge, but the chorus is pretty fast pop-punk and the bridge has some impressive metal shouts.
10. 素晴ラシキ忌々しサ (Subarashiki Imaimashisa)
Driving rock with a really neat, catchy chorus. Tenten has a lot he wants to say about this song but he worries about being long-winded. :-P
11. Stand by me
Definitely jazz-rock in nature, and I get a fun bass solo I had fun coming up with. It's one of those "repeat the chorus forever and ever" songs, and really I don't mind. I think it's a good last song.
So there you have it! I think we'll be revealing the other members soon.
Written by Elec at 7:35 PM
So our band is actually called 'Chemical Pictures'.(ケミカルピクチャーズ)
The aforementioned 朱ィ。(絆／仮)(Benny Kizuna/Kari) and My Bacteria Heat Island are all the same; the official explanation is that Tenten was just kicking a few names around.
Written by Elec at 5:57 PM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009Labels: UVERworld
Written by Elec at 2:55 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009Labels: Chemical Pictures
In other news...
Open 5:00, Start 6:00
Tickets: ￥2,500 in advance
Also available for purchase via Lawson Ticket (L code: 72159)
Here's the setlist:
2. Human Rubbish
3. In My Dream (no, not the Luna Sea one)
5. 病ム空 (Yamu Sora)
6. プレパラ－ト (Pureparaato)
8. Black Box
9. 素晴ラシキ忌々しサ (Subarashiki Imaimashisa)
10. Stand by Me (no, not that one)
... and a couple more.
Apparently tickets were nearly sold out within the first couple of days they went on sale last month.
One month left! Pressure! :D
Written by Elec at 2:12 AM
Friday, February 13, 2009Labels: Kimura Kaela
I think if her most recent album and singles have been any indication (the fluke brilliance of "Yellow" aside), Kaela's road to artistic maturity while maintaining integrity has been flanked by growing pains. I appreciated a lot of the strange-yet-fun's stuff from her 2nd album and just fell flat on my face in love with her 3rd album's manner of conveying awkward emotion honestly, but her more recent stuff had been weird for weirdness's sake.
(A study by Miskatonic University grad students last year proved, for example, that "Jasper" is an empirically terrible piece of audio and video, suitable only for assisting in dark, eldritch rituals for the purpose of raising ancient cyclopean cities from their tombs beneath the waves where unspeakable horrors lie in your most feverish dreams.)
I like the modern Super 8-like sheen to a lot of the video, with the muted and washed-out colors, and the way the sun looks. I like how old the situation feels, what with the old phone and the old car and the high-collared thing she wears that make her look distressingly lovely.
I like that this video feels so normal, what with the 'weirdest' thing being the military jacket. But even then I'm like, 'why yes, I will follow you on an adventure through the fields', if only because I can't stand to see her so forlorn. Having a glass of water and staring out the kitchen window--I have no idea what sort of phantom memory that's tugging on, but that little part is perfect.
Dig that masterfully-constructed chorus, too.
I have been consuming so much of the same light post-rock these days because I guess I'm craving the emotional rides, grand and small, they take me on, but I'm craving catchy vocals too. And it's been nice to come across songs from artists I already like that are just like that, only more compact and with vocals. In conclusion, I am a huge baby and also it feels so good to be punched in the face by Aestheticism all over again. :)
Written by Elec at 9:44 PM
Askew Magazine has its first issue for free download at the moment, so hop on over and check out the impressively wide range of cool stuff they were able to talk about with various cool-soundin' peeps, ranging from the dingy-livehouse-dwellers to arena-rockers.
Laverite also gets a mention, which is really cool. I also like that it's very Ryota-focused instead of me-focused, actually.
It's been really cool watching the whole process of Laura getting this thing off the ground. So congratulations on #1. :)
Written by Elec at 9:00 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009Labels: Tommy February6
She pulled me aside during a long break in set changes to bombard me with questions out of nowhere about what I want to do with my career in Japan, wither it's music or acting or modeling. She's so kind to worry and offered me lots of helpful ideas and opportunities, so if anything it helped me realize some other options that are potentially open to me.
I always like getting to know the costume and hair/makeup staff, because they are so committed to turning me into something totally different. Also a lot of the makeup girls I meet on sets like this often have experience doing makeup for VK bands too, so it's neat to see how small that world can get.
Also I looked faaaaabulousssss
Written by Elec at 10:04 PM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Written by Elec at 7:07 PM
Friday, February 06, 2009
Got to see my manager and her daughter finally after their trip to Finland and the Ukraine.�
Written by Elec at 12:04 AM