13th Moon

The last time I was in Tokyo I caught quite a few really good bands.

One of these was the deathrock band 13th Moon. I was at Tokyo Dark Castle on April 4th and spotted a dude with a groovy bihawk in the audience – one side was lime green, the other purple. So when I got the chance I told him how great his hair was.

I was a bit dumbfounded when 13th Moon began, and the guy I’d spoken to was the band’s singer, Nao! Here’s links to a couple of clips of the performance: Blood or Love and Roses are Dead.

They really are in the old-school deathrock mould but with a character all their own. I really dig their music AND their outfits, I have to say. Nao, especially, wears really Tim Burtonesque type gear with lots of black and white stripes.

I had a chat with him after the club as we stood in the street in Shinjuku.

Here’s a video of our silly conversation (I was a bit drunk after 6 hours of the club). Nao was kind enough to give me a copy of their CD, and not just any copy, but number 13!! As he says to me in the vid “Lucky, unlucky!” Hehe, he’s a funny lad.

I also have a quick chat with Sisen (more on him in future posts), and Miki and U-tarou from Baal (another great industrial heavy rock band that I will feature shortly)

Anyway, if you’re ever in Tokyo, look them up. You’ll have a great night!

Tokyo Decadance Halloween 09 and Midnight Mess

I’m going back to Tokyo on a whim too.

I knew I had a week free in my work schedule if I swapped a shift around. It was when I heard that Tokyo Decadance was having its Halloween Party on the 24th, in Shinjuku, that I knew I had to go.

I LOVE the goth clubs in Tokyo. On my first visit I went to Alamode Night, on my second I went to Alamode, Midnight Mess and Tokyo Dark Castle. But I’ve never been to Decadance!!

While DJ Sisen is more widely known as the face of Tokyo Decadance, Adrien is actually the creator of the club. And I have to say, I was expecting him to be really effeminate based on the pictures I’ve seen, but in real life, the man is GORGEOUS!! I mean, in the “hunka-hunka-burnin-love” category of man. But I digress.

As Adrien says, “Tokyo Decadance is an unforgettable party where various arts, fashion tribes and music styles are mixed. You can easily meet colourful people, dark performers, gogo dancers, fetish, gothic, cyber, punk, funny people as well as gothic and lolitas, cosplay, visual kei fans, drag queens, gyaru…” And it’s now so successful that it tours throughout Europe.
Midnight Mess is on the same night, but as it’s also in Shinjuku, I can go to both! Wheee!!!

Honestly, just about THE best guide you will ever read in English on the club scene there is by La Carmina, here. Check out her blog with all the different tags, cos there’s a wealth of information there.

Here is my account of my first Alamode night.

What I love about the clubs I’ve been to is the theatricality. Firstly, there’s the numbers of people who make a huge effort to dress up in exquisite costumes, wigs and make-up. Many of the people you see in the pages of the Gothic Lolita book attend or are involved.

Then there are the performances at each club: bands, fashion shows, mime, and even rope suspension at MM! So there’s always something to see. I can heartily recommend a visit to one of these clubs; just wear black or alternatively, mega-bright colours to be assured of entrance (no jeans, t-shirts and trainers, orright?)

I’ll write more on the specific clubs I’ve been to, with pics of the gorgeous performers and attendees, but I just had to gloat a little. And hopefully pique your interest so that you check ’em out too!