Saturday, 11 June 2016

monogram. | break out from your shell.

hisashiburi. it's been a long time since i wrote my last blog entry. so much stuff happend - be it privately or at work. i met so many interesting people and, last but not least, i went to japan in april again, to visit so many awesome lives of the band i adore so much. i'm really happy i found kind of my hobby, i found people to hang out with and i still have fun when i visit the country i love. to be honest, whenever i am back in germany, i really miss japan. i miss the shops, the food, the music, the people, the lives - i even miss television! i cannot really explain how much this country already kinda braindamaged myself, but until i'm still thinking quite clearly it shouldn't be a problem, right? anyhow, some of you may know, that i'll be in japan in the end of june again. i honestly can't wait to board my plane again. i will see my favorite people again, join the most wonderful hotel and it's staff, will go to karaoke and to lives and instores - fully enjoying japan as it's best, even my holiday won't be as packed as the last one - plus, best fact, i will finally meet beautiful regina, who i haven't met since i know her. like...- how many years? 6? i'm really grateful about that opportunity. and i will never let it go to waste!

anyway, the topic i wanted to write about this time, is something i have in my head such a long time. a topic, i wanted to write down long ago. so it's a blogentry i kinda had in my mental drawer for months. since nearly all of the bands from the-  let's call it 'visual kei' - genre, disbanded, died or whatever did so they are not around anymore, i really don't have any vkei bands i listen to anymore. i still had alive until this year, but they quit doing music in april (i went to their last live in tokyo and it was sad as fuck). i have only vistlip and tsudukimasite left, and when i went to an event of tsudukimasite in my last vacation, all other bands i've seen on this event really fucked up my ears. it's like i really can't stand this 'typical vkei sounds' anymore. for me, now, after so many years, every band sound the same. not only that, they even look the same for me. i don't see any difference in bands like mejibray or miztavla just to name a few. tsudukimasite also sound vkei-ish to me, but they still remind me of old classical vkei/anguro music like monokuro kinema. that's why i still enjoy bands like them. vistlip is just in my heart forever, so nobody can tell me anything about them. plus, in my opinion they don't really sound like a typical vkei-ish band. why? because tomos voice is more than unique in the music scene and also the lyrics and musical components of vistlip differ from release to release.
but now up the question: why is it like that? well, this may could be because since i started to watch anime (and also sooner), i discovered great artists like amazarashi, galileo galilei, one ok rock, spyair, the oral cigarettes or alexandros. i enjoy their music a lot and even it's just japanese rock - like vkei seems to be as well - they sounds a lot different. since i went to a lot of vistlip lives i can understand why: furitsuke is, for me, the main problem.
i need to admit that vistlip concerts are always fun to me. i love doing furitsuki on their lives, i love interacting in jumps with other vistlip fans on the concerts - yes i freakin love the hand movements that directly comes to my mind when i listen to vistlip - be it live or on a record. but on the other hand: i hate them. in vkei there are certain areas in music that direclty leads to a specific hand movement. the guitar is nearly most essential for that. much drums; much headbang. flawless voice: standing still. guitar solo: oh yea, let's do saku. in vkei scene furitsuke is everywhere - and it pisses me off. due the music and it's sounds are quite similar in my opinion this leads to less .. flexibility? and uniqueness in the songs. this is making vkei songs sounding a lot the same. guitar riffs are quite similar and many songs sound to you like you would have heard it already anywhere. i get the feeling, that, when bands try to implement furitsuke into their sounds (so their fans are having a good time visiting their concerts and interact with their songs) they try to pack and form the songs into being furitsuke material. it seems like they maybe COULD have different ideas, but don't use them. they lose creativity. and being kinda prisoned in their creativity. and thus is what i find sad. because nearly every vkei band is doing it. and yes, also vistlip. so what i asking myself all the time is; how the hell would vistlip sound when their sounds would not be furitsuke-ish?! i would love to know that. vistlip have a lot of songs that are way rockier and don't have that much furitsuke areas to do something with. it's just fine music. but still in nearly every fucking song, there is an element that leads you to a handmovement.
when i listen to songs from alexandros or one ok rock, most of the songs are just dancing arounds, sweating, headbanging or else. spyair combines furitsuke and non-furitsuke pretty good. they have some songs with elements out of it, but also have songs, that are just party ones. no movements with hands or interaction at all. just your own fucking dance. i really would love to know how vistlip would sound, when someone would tell them 'please stop being vkei now and do everything you ever wanted to try' - like tomo and rui do with daikondanchi or lill. how many songs in furitsuke style would they do? i don't want to blame their management, the fans or else that they are pushing vistlip in a direction but... in my opinion, even vistlip still kinda sound  vkei-ish, they stopped being a 'typical vkei band' - so why are they still bound to the song stlye of vkei? surely, the music of vistlip would sound a lot more different that it is now, but i'm sure, that it would be a complete new level that everybody would hardly enjoy. i really wish that MAYBE after their 10th anni, vistlip will break out of the furitsuke and vkei shell: being THEIR OWN. do THEIR OWN music and ideas. because right now i really get the feeling that they are kind of like puppets in the scene. (even i still love them and their music ok, don't get me wrong)

thank you for your attention.