A night of pure music and communion with fans.
To get the year off to a good start we made a safe bet on the visual kei scene with MUCC in Tokyo during one of the eight special shows of their 2MAN 【Is This The “FACT”?】TOUR 2019 with well-known visual kei band DEZERT. Let’s take a look at the facts we gathered during their performance.
The Ebisu LIQUIDROOM counts amongst the best and most renowned livehouses in Tokyo. It is well-located, well-equipped, well-designed and ideal to welcome the hundreds of fans eager to celebrate the beginning of the New Year with their favorite band. Amongst the audience were women and men ranging from 20 to 50 years old, wearing MUCC and DEZERT merchandise. The scene was uncluttered, with only a huge flag bearing MUCC’s logo covering the back. The message was clear: there won’t be flourishes; it was going to be only about music and communion with the fans. The lights were turned off and on came the Homura Uta melody. The band arrived and the show began.
As the first notes of the guitar reached our ears, Tatsuro began a sensual swaying and bewitched the audience with his warm voice. Little by little the song became more intense and YUKKE and Miya, both wearing short blonde hairstyles, joined the dance. LIBRA was definitely a great choice for a first song.
The audience immediately went crazy, headbanging with so much energy that even Tatsuro had a big smile on his face watching that. The best part was when all the audience members and the band sat down before exploding and jumping around.
AGEHA is one of the most iconic songs of MUCC’s album Kyuutai. Miya’s guitar solo was well mastered as always and once again the audience as the fifth member of the band offered their own contribution to the song by singing the chorus.
The atmosphere was on fire! It was truly nice to see both the band and the crowd so joyful. All the band members danced on the stage, and there was no doubt that SATOchi would have joined the dance if he could leave his drums. Once again, MUCC had chosen a good song to communicate with the fans. We can still hear the “Ooh oh oh! Ooh oh oh!”
DAREMO INAI IE
The atmosphere changed and became darker. What a pleasure to hear this song from the early period of the band. The voice of Tatsuro was so clear and warm; it was a real pleasure for our ears. At the end of the song the audience cheered for the band; it was obviously a very much-appreciated song.
IRIS is a brand new song from MUCC’s latest album Kowareta Piano to Living Dead. The first thing that struck our ears was the bass line of YUKKE spinning over and over while the song, kind of a hybrid, mixed between reggae/dub riffs and metal. After all these years MUCC continues to explore different types of music.
Despite its name, this song is, according to Tatsuro, “kind of a winter song”. He is not wrong — the vibes of this song were perfect for the season. Besides, it was really nice to hear him play the harmonica. As usual in Japan during a ballad the audience listened religiously and simply enjoyed the performance.
Here it is, probably one of MUCC’s best songs ever for a live. Everyone from the band to the audience was clapping, jumping, shouting and headbanging throughout the song. It was like being in a nightclub, but with better music! What a thrill!
Tatsuro asked the audience to split into two, then he entered the pit to stir up the crowd. And then when everyone was on fire, the song began and everyone rushed into one another in the huge mosh pit. It was really funny to see that no matter the age and gender, everyone played the game with pleasure.
DAIKIRAI was another classic song of the band. At this point everyone was just on fire. Even though the stage was small, all the band members moved everywhere on it to show themselves to the fans who were electrified by the song.
SEI TO SHI TO KIMI
MUCC chose to end the set with this pretty recent song from their maxi-single Jigen Bakudan. No doubt it was a good idea. It began slowly with the mesmerizing voice of Tatsuro and a few notes of guitar, but little by little we were all caught by the power of the song. There was a nice guitar solo, well-balanced touch of piano and powerful chorus accompanied from time to time by Miya’s voice — so far so good!
Even though MUCC ended their set to let DEZERT begin their own, the two bands shared the stage at the end of the show for a very enjoyable encore. Except GACHAGACHAMUKUMUKU, which is an original new song created especially for this tour, they decided to play together some of their own songs such as RANCHUU (MUCC) or SATSUI (DEZERT). It was a great gift for us because the combination of these bands was excellent; we truly felt the chemistry between them. In the future if such a coupling tour is set, be sure to come and party with MUCC and DEZERT — you won’t regret it!
05. DAREMO INAI IE
09. MAD YACK
11. SEI TO SHI TO KIMI
01. MUSHI (DEZERT cover) (With DEZERT)
02. GACHAGACHAMUKUMUKU (With DEZERT)
03. SATSUI (DEZERT cover) (With DEZERT)
04. RANCHUU (With DEZERT)