Last Second


The band “Last Second” with vocalist Marcello from Brazil,
hence tons of Brazilian ex-pats were in the crowds, and they took
partying and rocking seriously! 
Funny thing is that, out of the people I know here in Tokyo,
I brought with me two girl friends, one from Brazil, one from Russia.

The Brazilian girl had never been to a LIVE House before…
so we were all cheering her on telling her about it…
and then once there…
hmm a Live House in Tokyo filled with Brazilians!!!
ha ha ha ha ha
That was the anti-climax of this YEAR!

The other girls we came across were…
….were Russians!!
ha ha I mean what are the odds???
My Russian friend did not reveal that she could very well understand
them, and also heard what the Russian girls there said, while they
were totally unaware of that they were being understood…
Sometimes being a polyglot is fun moahahaha
I’m not really this mean… not really….
• ˚❆˛•˚ * 。❉ ˚ ˚ ˛❈˛ • ❄
I’m done apologizing about the image quality, the stage was very
low and lights directed straight into our faces…
actually that’s one thing I felt was a little second class at Black Hole.
Everything else was really good at this Live house, and the floor
feels ample and stage is wide… but oh well guess not everything
can be perfect everywhere…




Eisuke Grace Period

eisuke vocalist in “Grace Period”
at Black Hole Ikebukuro, Dec 28, 2011

Eisuke Grace Period


grace period’s rock is pretty straight forward rock.
If it wasn’t for the lyrics in Japanese, it would be hard to detect any
J-Rock content or sound. The JRock sounds are there… but
subtle, and it’s actually hard for me to really pinpoint exactly what
makes the difference in the soundscape.
It is not at all as salient as it is with many other Japanese bands,
especially Visual Kei bands.

I mean as I noticed when listening to ‘fade’ , that J-Rock and
Western style Rock is very hard to actually and truly blend, it is really
an “either or situation”, and not both or blended.
‘fade’s’ idea is to mix the two styles, just like a California roll is
an American way of adapting sushi to people in USA.
However, when I listen to fade,
most songs are either American sounding or Japanese sounding!
At least that’s how I feel about fade’s music.  Some songs are
resembling what I call the Green Day kind of Rock, others sound
more like classic Nirvana, and yet others had a distinct J-Rock sound.
It just doesn’t happen in my opinion that the soundscapes totally
merge and blend.
In the case of grace period maybe the sound styles did blend
at times, but with very, very hard to detect “Japanese-ness”
aside from the vocals and words ….
or maybe it’s just the fact that I’ve been so much around Visual Kei
bands lately, that when guys actually look!!! like rockers I get tricked?!

My issue is that I cannot really say much about non-Japanese rock,
because I really lack knowledge, insight and listening hours.
But someone close to me stated:
J-Rock always sounds so happy. (In her world meaning she
was comparing Japanese rock with bands like Perfect Circle,
Avenged Sevenfold or Disturbed)

Why? Why does Japanese rock sound happy?
Probably because of the tunes themselves.
So not sounding happy would make a more Western sound?
Not that grace period  sounds depressive… not at all,
but no they definitely don’t sound like another GazettE wannabes.
What also makes Japanese sound is the bass.
In Japanese rock the bass is often more melodic.
Often times when I hear American rock it feels like the bass is
another percussion instrument. This makes Japanese Rock often
more melodic, and might be a reason as to why it sounds happier.
The reason by the way for the American bass percussion sound idea,
is the American rock history from Negro spirituals, to blues, to rock.
Slaves’ music was often beat heavy.
Will return to this topic in the future, I’m sure.





Brazil, Russia, Sweden in Ikebukuro

 ‘Elle’, from Brazil,  ‘Phoe-Lo’, from Russiaand I

Daria Lillie

went to Black Hole,  Ikebukuro together.
You cannot find better girls than these two!
♡ 。❉ ˚ ˚ ˛❈˛˚♡˚ ˛❈˛˚ ˚  ❉ 。♡

and well not only were the audience tonight to a large extent Brazilian, but a many of them were was Brazilian men….
and I will show later what male Brazilians think they can get away with at a Japanese Live House lol



grace period at Ikebukuro Black Hole

grace period at Black Hole
Ikebukuro  December 28, 2011

Vocals: eisuke
Bass: YOU
Drums: 森下フミヤ
Guitar: 大舘 義直

Tonight it was time to finally hear grace period!!
Why do I say finally? Because I have been following YOU’s struggles
over the past couples of months on twitter… the recordings,
photo shoots, the tech issues, the stress and the fun, eating apples
on the run….
This guy is seriously disciplined too; For him this is serious business
and it’s the way it should be; he is good, he is a bass professional
also off stage (works in music bz) and grace period is good,
and it was really with good vibes in anticipation that I went with
Phoe-Lo and Miss L to Black Hole Live House tonight.

We did get a smaller surprise though… because so far when we
have been out and about Live houses, the audience have to
a large extent been female (80% min),and Phoe-Lo and I are almost
always the only gaijins (foreigners) present.
First people we see when we arrive tonight..
Three Russian girls… but wait there is more ….
One of the bands playing this night had a Brazilian Vocalist,
and he had obviously brought his whole entourage with him,
so it felt more like Rio de Janeiro in the end, than a Japanese
Live house….
Meaning Phoe-Lo and Miss L and I…. well we didn’t get that
typical Live House feeling tonight
Especially since Phoe-Lo herself is Russian, and Miss L is … yeah,
you guessed it…. Brazilian ha ha ha
Maybe that explains why my videos came out crappy tonight?!
The Black Hole was packed, and lighting was very tough
because the room and stage is pretty straight ahead and they
had all lights aim straight out  at the audience,
so all lights kind of hit directly ON you.
Anyway enough excuses…. here is grace period in a short clip!

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