Crazy Shampoo Oneman Tour Final at Shibuya GLAD 9-12-12

Live Report

by Mio Nagasaki, Melissa Costa, posted February 9, 2013

On December 9, fans of Crazy☆Shampoo gathered in the atmospheric keep of Shibuya GLAD. The remarkable five-piece were on site to bring their oneman tour to its Tokyo finale, entitled Propaganda☆Scream. They came to rock and share their passion, to share their entertaining tour memories and to release all the screams they have within them.

The four levels and floor of the arena-like live house filled with excited fans and when the lights flashed, the crowd began to clap, instantly forming an upbeat rhythm. Within seconds, the figures of drummer Akira, guitarists Daisuke and Sion and bassist Tatsuki came to the stage, lining up to clap along with the crowd. Finally, vocalist Yoshiatsu joined them, clad like his band members in an ADIDAS suit that glimmered in the lights. As the others took their instruments, Yoshiatsu leered at the crowd, raising his hand before letting out a first impressive scream and instantly pulling out all the stops for opener “NITROPOLITAN.

Neither Crazy☆Shampoo nor their fans seemed to need a warm-up as all immaculately rocked out to this song that featured a jumble of headbanging, diving, jumping and fist throwing. Yoshiatsu crouched on his iron step-box as he instantly put all of himself into his deep growls and high-pitched shrieks, the crowd shouting back at him before throwing their hair around. “GERUNIKA” followed with barely any gap, joining both songs together to form one rock-hard opener. Despite Shibuya GLAD being of modest capacity, the arena setting appealed to the power of the performance and energy and violence were concentrated to critical levels. “Shibuya!” Yoshiatsu roared hard—after a few final high notes, “Tokyo! This is our final!”

Rasen” brought out Yoshiatsu’s clean vocals, revealing the stunning range of dimensions he possessed though he had far from used them all yet. Sion played at the edge of the stage, looking out at the jumping crowd while Tatsuki stayed behind, mouthing the lyrics. After the melodic chorus, Yoshiatsu let out another shrill scream and the flashed to the blasting beat of Akira’s drums. The vocalist pointed to the upper levels, targeting everyone who was not yet headbanging and altered his shrieks to deep grunts. He fully transitioned into violent fits, body twisting and curling up as he crouched… before standing, unzipping his jacket and licking his lips at the audience in a seductive but treacherous manner. Guitarist Daisuke played with the crowd at his side before a final growl by Yoshiatsu brought the song to an end and they all gathered around Akira who was ready to play his ending solo. Yoshiatsu stopped him, however, asking for a re-try. “Welcome to-” he started, signaling Akira the ‘OK’ and as the drummer tapped off, he concluded, “-Crazy☆Shampoo’s Tour Final!” The band all jumped up simultaneously with the last cymbal crash.

The vocalist then morphed into a goofy, cheeky Yoshiatsu as he sat himself on his step-box, childishly wiggling his legs. “Good evening! We are Crazy☆Shampoo!” he announced with a grin. “I just noticed I made a mistake. My bad, my bad…” The crowd giggled as it had become obvious that all of the band were wearing red shoes… except for Yoshiatsu whose footwear was white. As he continued on, his infantile way of talking entertained the audience and coaxed Daisuke and Sion joined in the fun—stalling for time while bassist Tatsuki was busy fixing his broken bass strap. Akira also got his moment, proudly basked in his own spotlight after he had been mainly cloaked in shadows. “So cool! So cool!” Yoshiatsu mimicked the excited fans before asking Tatsuki if he was ready to go on. The bassist timidly apologized for the delay but the mood in the hall was bright thanks to the band’s sense of humor.

Red lights lit the stage for “Wagamama MARY,” the crowd diving at the feet of the members while Yoshiatsu howled, crawling across the box to touch the heads of the front rows. The vocalist proved the depth of his arsenal by crying out to the audience without the microphone, still audible. The lights flashed when Akira hit his cymbals lightly and only Sion’s guitar sang solo until Yoshiatsu joined with screams that were strengthened further by echo effects, ringing through the hall. The echoes brought about an even eerier feeling when he cried, “Tokyo… Die!” instantly continuing on into “ActresS.” Yoshiatsu made the crowd respond with shouts while he dragged his gaze along their faces, the single spot underneath him illuminating his figure and face in horrific fashion. “Sekai no Owari” brought out more rock spirit as Daisuke wind-milled his arm to slam his strings while Tatsuki provided backing death vocals to Yoshiatsu’s clean ones, now ringing out bright and clear after the previous inhuman sounds. Letting the audience cry “Oy! Oy! Oy!” after them, the band then headbanged to the final sequence while Akira was visible in the flashing lights, his steady drums making the small arena shake.

“Shibuya! Give us all you’ve got!” Yoshiatsu roared. Despite how convincing his scary image is, the ease with which he could exchange his scowl for a bright smile told everyone he was merely playing. “LOVE SONG” began with a heavy tremble of drum and bass with synth effects. Yoshiatsu slowly stepped out of the darkness into the frail spotlight and the crowd was still as the band performed the emotional song. “Good bye, good bye…” he repeated softly as he stretched both hands to the ceiling then cried out painstakingly, making an eerie performance of biting and tearing the leather bracelet from his wrist and throwing it into the crowd. The red, glittery tears on his face seemed fitting as he performed their dark songs like true tragedy, feigning more fits and screams during “Ajisai to.” With little light reaching the back of the stage, Akira’s drums were a force from the darkness through “Pill” while Yoshiatsu’s vocals remained impressive as he stepped back on the box to sing out louder before a sudden silence fell over the unmoving fans. Yoshiatsu licked his lips at the crowd then treated them to his most demonic performance yet in the new song, “Chouchou,” thrashing and screeching on the box like some wounded animal before staring out silently at the rows, his cross-shaped pendant in his mouth. The other members stood hunched over their instruments and headbanged while the crowd hesitantly followed along with the unfamiliar tune.

Tokyo! I love you!” Yoshiatsu cried out shrilly as he staggered after the end of the song. Daisuke soon stepped forward to present some of Crazy☆Shampoo’s merchandise before Yoshiatsu simply explained that their single would be released on February 7. His behavior was back to cute as he sat wiggling on his box. Tatsuki took over, then introduced drummer Akira who mentioned that during their tour, people in Osaka had not known who he was. His sad confession led to the drummer taking his moment with a proper drum solo to which Daisuke directed the crowd to shout “A-ki-ra!” at the right moment. “Thank you, I am so happy!” Akira bubbled as the crowd had applauded just for him.

The energy was pumped back up with “Battou” as the fans moshed from side to side on the different levels. Yoshiatsu crumpled between verses and slid backwards off the box, only to roll fluidly, soon continuing on his feet. They thundered on with “GURUKOSAMIN,” Akira gritting his teeth in a wicked smile to his own blasting beat while Daisuke and Tatsuki fooled around and Sion played center. To the next intro, the band raised their hands and so did the crowd, forming a silent salute to the violent “The place in which I am now.” Again, Yoshiatsu fluidly altered his voice from guttural growls to clean vocals, spreading his arms to have the light reflect on his bare upper body. “Tokyo! Last song! Let’s go!” he roared, the other members joining him at the center before fanning out to rock to the final song, “PUNISH!!” The shared effort of the members demanded all from the fans until the music died down and Yoshiatsu let himself fall to the stage, crooning on his back: “Shibuya…! Give us all your strength…” As he stood, the crowd crouched to the floor, Yoshiatsu now towering over them like a dictator. “I LOVE YOU!” he cried without his microphone—which was the cue for the violence to ensue once more and the fans all headbanged on their knees. “Shibuya! Can you hold on!?” Yoshiatsu growled as the song reached its climax and the members soloed off, the crowd jumping back up as one to Akira’s final blast. The vocalist gruffly demanded the audience to call to them before he left the stage, the others bowing and leaving in his wake.

Before long, Crazy☆Shampoo returned in their tour shirts. All in high spirits, the members took their turns talking and sharing memories, constantly cracking jokes in between. The audience laughed as Yoshiatsu told them how Akira had taken ten volumes of One Piece to Osaka (and then complained that he had no space in his luggage) and how Tatsuki had slapped one out of Akira’s hands in frustration since the drummer did nothing but reading while Tatsuki was bored. Sion added a story about how Daisuke, Akira and he had ended up sharing a bed one time, after which Yoshiatsu mimicked the fans squealing: “Cute! Cute~!” It was clear this tour had brought the members closer together and finally Yoshiatsu spoke.
“It was a great tour and we made many memories, so thank you. Though we played the same set list, each live was different. So, until the very end, please give us your smiles. We will play one more song for you.”

The encore song, “UMBRELLA,” gave the fans exactly what they wanted: a final opportunity to rock, headbang and mosh. Yoshiatsu smiled at the audience, directing them to all jump at the right moment and Daisuke and Tatsuki joined in. All were carrying big smiles, the vocalist crying “Shibuya! I love you!” once more as they gathered at the center, lifting the song to its violent climax beneath the strobe lights. Worn out but pleased, the band joined hands and bowed together like actors in a play, saying a polite “Thank you!” to the audience before band and fans closed this important chapter with a last simultaneous jump.

Set list

  1. NITROPOLITAN
  2. GERUNIKA
  3. Rasen
  4. Wagamama MARY
  5. ActresS
  6. Sekai no Owari
  7. LOVE SONG
  8. Ajisai to,
  9. Pill
  10. Chouchou
  11. (Drum solo)
  12. Battou
  13. GURUKOSAMIN
  14. The place in which I am now.
  15. PUNISH!!

Encore:

  1. UMBRELLA

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Mio Nagasaki is a freelance photographer lending her time, skills, and love for the genre to ROKKYUU Magazine.

Melissa Costa began her visual kei adventure in 2005, but was already a fervent visitor of concerts in the local rock and metal scene since her early teens. Seeing many bands perform in both Europe and Japan became her dream occupation. Melissa is about to finish her B.A. in Japanese Studies at Leiden University of The Netherlands. Her passion for languages and writing made her want to pursue a journalistic career, and now she is in Tokyo to bring the heat of the live-houses to you.

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