shibuya club quattro

anonymous asked:

Hey! I found your blog recently and I also just started listening to MFS and I really like their music. I'm a bit lost as to where to start to learn more about them and their motivation/thoughts behind their music since it's been a couple years since they've debuted. What would you suggest?

Hello (^^)v Welcome to the fandom.

I’m guessing you probably discovered them through their more popular songs like ALONE, 不可逆リプレイス or the more recent ones like Missing You. Firstly, too many people get caught up in singer Hiro’s family relations and ignore the other members. So, I would highly encourage a new fan to NOT follow that crowd XD


There are basically 4 aspects to MFS that all fans need to know OR you won’t understand the band and what diehard fans talk about:

1. Band members & the personnel changes.
2. Their musical roots especially the main songwriter Sho Tsuchiya + their twin band named fromus.
3. Hiro’s lyrics in relations to his life story.
4. The important people in their team especially their boss GEN, A&R exec KTR (Kentaro Suzuki) from Japan Music System (JMS) & circle of friends. Also, their earliest mentor K ( Kei Goto) the late singer of Pay Money To My Pain (PTP).


BAND MEMBERS

1. Sho Tsuchiya ~ leader, guitarist, main composer (currently only functions behind the scene & as a non-touring member)
2. Nob @ Nobuaki Katou ~ bassist
3. Teru @ Teruki Nishizawa ~ guitarist (many like to categorize him as rhythm guitarist when Sho was in but I personally disagree because he played both lead & rhythm guitars even from the 1st album)
4. Kid'z ~ drummer (officially joined on 3 Mar 2016)
5. Hiro @ Hiroki Moriuchi ~ vocalist, lyricist
6. Masack @ Masaki Kojima ~ drummer (officially left on 3 Mar 2016)

Note:
MFS current members “deactivated" from public social media in early 2016. So, don’t bother looking XD

PERSONNEL CHANGES

Sho’s hiatus:
Sho remains as a member. He announced his hiatus in October 2015. I won’t call it “inactive" like some people do because he’s still composing with them and most recently served as the Sound Producer for ANTITHESE. He’s just not a touring member for now. He didn’t give specific reason other than family matter.

Drummer change:
Masaki didn’t state why he left but it looked like he didn’t want to be tied down to only one genre of music. He was active playing outside MFS before his departure. So, he probably wanted that musical freedom even though he loves MFS. But his decision was enough to badly crush the two youngest members at the time, Hiro and Teruki, from what I observed. Those two younger men were still emotionally dealing with Sho’s hiatus at that moment.
  
Kid'z is their friend / labelmate who had always got along well with Teru & Hiro. He had worked together with Sho & Nob before too. Co-incidentally, his band officially split up in Nov 2015. So, he was the natural choice to replace Masaki. But Kid'z was drumming as a sessionist musician for singer ナノ(nano) at the time MFS took him. He stopped using his real name and took on a stage name Kid'z* after that. 

* I personally don’t use his real name in public anymore out of respect for his decision. Understandably, he was initially worried about MFS fans’ reaction. Also, it was and probably still is an awkward situation for him regarding his former bandmates when their band split up and he went to their biggest rival band just a few months later. So, I chose to respect his wish to start anew.


THEIR BEGINNING

On my blog so far, the interview that tells their formation year story the most is this one from GEKIROCK.

MFS GEKIROCK Interview March 2016 Translation

The band did describe how they got together in this video interview around minutes 01:42 to 02:58.

My Japanese listening ability is not up to that point yet though, sorry. Hiro explained how he and Sho met at a PTP concert. Couldn’t catch what Sho said about Hiro & Masaki with the music playing in the background :-/ Hiro also said he and Teru knew each other when they were high school students. Well, the GEKIROCK interview is a pretty good picture of their history.



FOR OLD PHOTOS of MFS, check out these places:

My First Story Unofficial fanpage on FB
My First Story Thailand fanpage on FB
ex-drummer Masaki Kojima’s Twitter @kojimasa 



THEIR TWIN BAND fromus

Ignore whatever musical comparison people made about them and OOR. The real band to compare MFS to is their real twin band fromus, a piano-rock unit. I made an entry about them here.

http://japanessie.tumblr.com/post/140215899677/meet-fromus-mfs-real-twin-band

I personally feel that musically, MFS first two albums are the direct guitar edition fromus. Just take MFS, change the singer & then the guitars to piano. You’ll get fromus.

OTHER MUSICAL INFLUENCES

They do have influences from old school hard rock & metal. Sho and Nob are already in their 30s. Both men said they started on guitar with British rock legend Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water. Guitarist Teruki grew up with a heavy-metal-music-loving father and would often cite Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica as his early influences.



DISCOGRAPHY

If you want to see their musical & lyrical evolution, try to listen to their songs chronologically from the 1st album to the current work.

Albums & Singles

1. MY FIRST STORY ~ MV Second Limit & Take It Back
2. THE STORY IS MY LIFE ~ MVs The Story Is My Life & The Reason
3. 最終回STORY (Saishukai STORY)
4. BONEDS (a joint 4-band project in which they contributed 2 songs)
5. BLACK RAIL ~ MVs Black Rail & FAKE
6. 不可逆リプレイス ( Fukagyaku Replace) ~ their breakthrough song IMO
7. 虚言NEUROSE ~ MVs 虚言NEUROSE, Child Error & Someday (lyrics MV available on Livehouse iOS App & STORYTELLER website)
8. ALONE ~ MVs ALONE & 失踪FLAME *
9. ANTITHESE ~ MVs The Puzzle (exclusive for STORYTELLER members only), Missing You (there’s another STORYTELLER-only version too) & Last Call

Update: 12 Jan 2017. Sorry I forgot the MVs from the ALONE single XD

They also have a special 2-track single dedicated to band leader Sho Tsuchiya, released to the public at the Budokan called:

We’re Just Waiting 4 You (available at MAGIC ROOM while stock lasts)


DVD Collection so far:

1. THE STORY IS MY LIFE Final at Shibuya Club Quattro (bundled with 最終回STORY) ~ the only official DVD released when Hiro still sported his natural black hair colour.
2. The Ending of the Beginning at Ebisu Liquidroom.
3. BONEDS Tour Movie (with AIR SWELL, BLUE ENCOUNT, SWANKY DANK).
4. ITSUWARI NEUROSE Tour Final at Shinkiba Studio Coast.
5. MFS at A.V.E.S.T. Vol.9 (released as a free bonus for ANTITHESE Pre-order)

TIDBITS Info (^_-)

Hiro called 虚言NEUROSE creation process as “creating a human-like superhero" & the sound as “listening to the radio in the city“. Does that make any sense to you? LOL. Read what he said in this interview:

Hiro’s Interview with Rockin’ On Japan magazine Jan 2015



HIRO’s LYRICS

Sho let Hiro be in charge of lyrics writing from the start (from an interview for Yamaha Music).

Hiro comes from a famous family thanks to his parents and his successful brother. As a result, he was heavily thrashed on the internet by people who disliked his “easy entry” into the music industry. Hiro used to be very active on Twitter but the criticism against him soon turned into cyber-bullying. I personally had seen the cruel things people wrote about him on Japanese 2ch forum.

I can only guess what happened that drove Hiro to leave social media. Other than abusive online comments, some people probably took advantage of his Twitter presence by sending inappropriate messages or even being intrusive about his brother Taka’s personal life. He tweeted an angry response about 2ch on 14 Feb 2013. Then he wrote on his blog on Ameblo (now deleted / deactivated(?)) that “people’s words can hurt". A few months later, he tweeted “I started blocking fucked up people" in English. Not long after, he tweeted his final tweet “Goodbye forever" and abandoned Twitter in Sept 2013.

He then channeled his anger through the song BLACK RAIL in 2014. He explained it in this interview.

Hiro MFS Rolling Stone Japan Aug 2014 Interview Translation

From then on, a lot of his lyrics reflected what he was going through while writing them.

It must be noted that the special project singles ALONE & 不可逆リプレイス (Fukagyaku Replace) were written for the themes of those projects. Hiro talked at length about ALONE around its release and there are a bunch of them that I posted on this blog.

For details on ALONE Project with HAL College, read these posts:

HAL Project Special Musician Interview with MFS Translation

MY FIRST STORY Flying Postman Interview Translation

Hiro’s ALONE Blog Translation

What is HAL Project & HAL College?


不可逆リプレイス / Fukagyaku Replace was made for the historical anime Nobunaga Concerto. Interesting to note that Hiro wrote the lyrics not from the main character Saburo’s point of view but the other guy Michi. The lines, “I don’t know why but you saved me ………… “ all the way to “I will follow you ….. keep you close to me,” were directly inspired by what Michi said to Saburo in the finale or Episode 10.

The lyrics of Someday are for the late K.
Hiro said in Kaohsiung, Taiwan that “This is a very important song to me,“.

His blog entry translation on K’s death



ANTITHESE Lyrics & Hiro’s personal stories

The Puzzle & Tomorrowland are about his heartbreak over Masaki’s departure.
Home is about his family who split up after his parents divorced.



IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN MFS TEAM

1. GEN ~ boss, owner of INTACT Records, owner of Zephyren, organizer of AVEST Project, formerly of Subciety clothing brand.
Twitter : @Zephyren_gen
Instagram : Zephyren Gen

2. KTR (Kentaro Suzuki) ~ A&R + marketing exec of JMS, marketing exec of Deviluse clothing, regularly seen at MFS video shoots and concerts.
Twitter : @kkktttrrr,
Instagram: Kentaro Suzuki

3. The late K @ Kei Goto ~ vocalist of Pay Money To My Pain (PTP), mentor in MFS early days.

4. Nori (producer), Makiko (merchandising) but she’s better known now as the lady who covered Rassungorerai with Hiro XD

5. Japan Music System (JMS) ~ the music distribution company specializing in indie music and the one that markets/promotes MFS music
YouTube Channel: JMSTV
Online shop for bands’ merchandise: MAGIC ROOM ONLINE STORE

5. Circle of friends among many:  
Shirakawa-san (SAKAEYA clothing shop manager) ~ the members regularly visit his shop.
Twitter: @sakaeyatencho

nano, SWANKY DANK, AIR SWELL
~ artists they had musically collaborated with.

The funny interview with Hiro & KOJI about the Sink Like A Stone collaboration in which Hiro admitted the song’s high notes were difficult to sing is here.



STORYTELLER Fan Club
https://xxxstorytellerxxx.com

All MFS members let go of their individual public social media after the club was launched in 2016. If you’re interested to join, feel free to ask questions on how to do that.


In case you have an iOS mobile device ……..

JMS created a Japan-only iOS App called LIVEHOUSE where they feature videos from JMS artists. The videos vary from live performances, interviews, behind the scenes etc. However, if you create a different Apple ID specifically for Japan iTunes account, you can still download the App and watch those videos even if you don’t live in Japan.

*Update (12 Jan 2016): You will then get to watch videos like this one!

**Update (15 June 2017): JMS decided to stop the App by 31 May 2017.



Lastly yet very important, don’t believe any ridiculous claim about Hiro and his brother Taka hating each other because they don’t. You’ll find such comments at some point, I’m sure. These two brothers love and support each other away from the public eye and rightfully keep their family relationship private.


I hope that will give you a good start (^_-)

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[Live Report] DIAURA Perfect Autocratic Territory Shibuya Koukaidou

DIAURA tackled their largest venue yet with a oneman held at Shibuya Koukaidou on December 29; putting an end to their 2013. It is certainly safe to say that DIAURA spent 2013 working towards that day and that all of their feelings were suitably packed into the live.

The wide stage was illuminated harshly by strobes as the members slowly came onstage, one by one. Lastly, vocalist yo-ka appeared, though he rose up from behind the drum set, holding a black flag as if declaring an autocratic society from that moment on. The hall responded with a huge cheer and yo-ka shouted, “The perfect autocracy, tonight!” A dark sound dominated the hall under red light, and the autocratic society was formed with “DICTATOR.” yo-ka released deep shouts and clear vocals, inspiring the crowd to intense forward headbanging with his yell of, “Bring it on!”

“Jolt, Shibukou(Shibuya Koukaidou)!” the vocalist cried, stepped up on the platform as he led the crowd by swinging his hips to “Code:0.” Kei, whose pink hair stood out in contrast to his black costume, jazzed up the tune with his guitar line while yo-ka sang with soulful vocals, delivering his emotional performance to the very back of the vast hall amid fantastical lights. “Well then, let’s get crazy, gumin domo!” This affectionate term for DIAURA’s fans identifies them as part of a group; a naming proven in a flurry of headbanging which filled the hall to heavy drumming from Tatsuya as “TRIGGER” proceeded to contrast heavy sound with more melodious tones.

“Welcome to the perfect autocratic territory. Let’s paint Shibukou in our colors, where only you guys and us are allowed to be today! Show us your power!” “Cult” began with slapping bass from Shoya as yo-ka stood behind the drummer to look around the hall, deinking in with his eyes the madness of the audience. At the last, he sang with beautiful falsetto, looking heavenward as if pleading. Smoke then burst forth for “Chaos Play” with its impressive call and response. Gentleness and robustness mingled together in the number, resulting in a wild experience.

More red light flooded the stage in accordance with the title “Akai Kyozou.” Although the impression of the song was heavy, heartache was represented in the melody, and yo-ka put agonizing feeling into his cries. Looking heavenward as “Sleeping beauty” began, Kei changed it up from a wistful sound to echoing notes in his guitar solo while Shoya set the rhythm firmly, coloring the song with his high-toned bass guitar.

Deep bass drum echoed for “Invisible” and yo-ka started singing painfully as he lay down, crying amid a haze of mysterious purple light. DIAURA’s dark world view was jammed into the song. Then, “The Redemption” followed with its deep symphonic sound. The crowd rocked their heads and intensity filled the hall. The backdrop screen displayed disconcerting images of deadwoods to aid the imagination and when it was over, a white curtain fell upon the black mood.

The title of the band’s latest album FOCUS was projected onto the curtain with song titles from the album displayed one after another, superimposed over a view of outer space. Lastly, it showed “TABOO” and the striking riff began, the members making their re-appearance with black hoods pulled up over their heads. The stage was shadowy and the mood of the hall concurred. yo-ka danced the choreography to the rhythmical intro, singing pleadingly as eight torches flared on the stage, lining the staircase crossing behind the drums. Although the tune was not the type to spark to life, it became gradually more dramatic. Then, all of a sudden, a siren rang and narration intruded upon the music, warning, “Caution!” “Kinjiroku” opened with the fans cheering—they were eager to enjoy another set of choreography.

Although “Taidou” began with a taste of darkness, the tone gradually rose as it progressed toward the chorus. The band took the crowd in to their own, almost religious world, yo-ka singing with a mixture of shouts and powerful vocals. “Throw all of your dark sides at us! Let’s destroy!” The audience unified in “anti people” which featured a long call and response section. As it continued, the shouts of “anti people” changed to “anti Shibukou” and the band and their fans trod into more autocratic territory than ever.

“The year 2013 was tumultuous for DIAURA. We were able to create a very precious song; SIRIUS cast light upon us and we made it here without losing that light,” yo-ka expressed. In the dark, countless stars swirled on the backdrop screen in answer to strong, agonized piano notes and “SIRIUS” began from its melodious chorus. Based on the alternating energy and inactivity of the score, blue and red light took turns to light the stage in contrast while the wistful melody and lyrics resounded in yo-ka’s echoing vocals. Then, continuing the emotional mood, the single’s coupling song, “Lily,” came next. The catchy guitar riff made an impression and the tormented vocal style grabbed the crowd.

“I am so glad that I could live to see in this day with you. We were looked down upon and denied but there are sceneries which we believe in. One of them was Shibukou. For us, this scenery is everything. For you, the four members you can see now are everything. We will go on with pride in DIAURA and you should each do so, too!” With that enthusiastic message from yo-ka, the members launched into enjoyment of utterly DIAURA-like, melodious yet heavy numbers such as “Sajou no Yume” and “deadly number.” True to DIAURA form, yo-ka cried, “Who is your master?” and the crowd confirmed the band as such, signaling the next song: “MASTER.” “Die to the last man!” The vocalist swung his big, black flag violently, inflaming the audience. Kei played his guitar solo at center for the first instance of the show, creating a distorted sound along the next of the instrument. Finally, in the last song, “Inocent,” yo-ka sat down still on the edge of his podium, all the better to watch the fans clearly. He made them sing again and again, the lyrics visible on the screen behind, and the members stoutly received the united, raised voices.

As soon as the band returned to the stage for the encore, they started into “TERRORS” without a word. The mid-tempo tune brought a pop image to the band’s dark side. Then, guitarist and bassist changed positions for “Beautiful Creature” and gave a different view to the crowd. The fans jumped, raising their hands up to the quick rhythm created by the drummer.

“Thank you for the encore! When we decided to perform here, there were many people who said it was impossible. However, I think that one of our dreams has come true with the realization of this scenery.”

Following his expression of gratitude, yo-ka introduced the members and they expressed their feelings one by one, beginning with Tatsuya: “My father told me I should keep enthusiasm in my heart and cherish my fellowship, so I will work hard.”

Shoya briefly talked of his feelings of success. “Now, I think we can do anything if we can try.”

Kei finished with a presentation of his gratitude. “I feel I am fortunate that to be standing on this stage now. I am really glad to play music.”

It was then yo-ka’s turn to deliver a closing assessment of his and DIAURA’s outlook: “There will be an answer if we keep going with belief. We should live on together, holding hands. There is a song expressing this in FOCUS which I would like you to listen to now.” Kei sat down, playing acoustic guitar for “Lost rain-Ushinai no Ame, Sono Kioku tono Kyousei-” and all of the feelings of the members twisted together. Cymbals echoed gently, sad and powerful vocals joined in, guitar created sweetness and heartache, and bass supported the number with its firm sound. It was unlike the heavy numbers which seem to define DIAURA yet the fans listened with silent, pent-up emotion.

“I wish this time could continue unchanged but there are only two songs left. Will you live on with us? Gumin domo!” Shattering the gentle mood, an air of excitement wrapped the hall for “DOGMA” and in the beginning of “Garden of Eden,” glittering silver tape rained down, received with cheers. The vocalist approached the other members to sing, looking into their eyes from up close. It was as though he delivered his gratitude to each member. Furthermore, phrases expressing DIAURA’s gratitude to their fans were squeezed into the lyrics and the song became a special message.

“It was an amazing night! Let’s go on without forgetting this moment! Thank you!” The members left but they were summoned back to the stage by an insistent encore call. “You are such beggars!” yo-ka teased. The band gave their Gumin further chance to headbang in “an Insanity” and, lastly, yo-ka yelled, “We will play for you our very first song at the finish.” “Shitsuyoku no Seiiki” expressed both the heaviness and melodious tunes which symbolize DIAURA and testified that the band’s beliefs have not changed since their beginning.

Their new single will be released on March 1 with a DVD of the show at Shibuya Koukaido to be released. Moreover, the band’s 2014 tour will be held in 47 prefectures with the final at Takadanobaba AREA on July 6 and a grand final at Shibuya Club QUATTRO on August 16. The hall was filled with shouts of joy from the crowd at the surprising announcements. The path DIAURA have begun to tread will develop remarkably in 2014, placing them at the heart of the current visual kei scene and worthy of high expectations.

credit : rokkyuu.com

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SuG’s live performance photos at their hosted event「SuGフェス-2014 冬-」held at Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO on Nov. 21st, 2014.

◆Set List◆
01.CRY OUT
02.sweeToxic
03.☆ギミギミ☆
04.mad$hip
05.Rolling
06.heavy+electro+dance+punk
07.gr8 story
EN.B.A.B.Y.