DaizyStripper EGO: Days 1 – 5

Live Report

by Leela McMullen, Kate Havas, Laura Cooper, Mio Nagasaki, Yuliya Libkina, posted February 11, 2014

Perhaps the most notable aspect of DaizyStripper’s egos is that the pride of each member of this band seems to be founded in his fellow members. While each member’s special day did, of course, show off his personality and skills, there was a special segment set aside for other members to showcase themselves, mostly in ways that the egoist of the day was proud to share with the fans.

On Kazami’s day, Yugiri was called upon to sing “O Sore Mio” in a deep classical baritone. Yugiri, on the other hand, left the stage to his comrades for an “ad lib guitar solo battle.” He and Mayu also took the crowds on their days on a few trips down memory lane with first a repeat of the shocking “papa” gag and then back a week further from that bonus O-West performance to the fateful Kudan Kaikan as Mayu sought to bring closure to a set which was never finished.

Rei then prevailed upon Yugiri to sing “Chisai Goro Kara” the Judy and Mary cover song that had convinced Rei he simply had to start a band with this vocalist and to gather DaizyStripper about them both. Meanwhile, on Nao’s day, the crowd was treated to an intimate scene as the guitarist chose “Rude Boy,” a song he claimed held some of his most beloved lyrics by Yugiri for yet another acoustic section.

Of course, each of DaizyStripper showed off their own talents to the fullest: Kazami playing piano and singing warmly, Yugiri taking up acoustic guitar for an entirely solo performance, Mayu recreating a nostalgic acoustic scene with Yugiri’s aid, Rei taking to the microphone for a vocal solo, and Nao enjoying unrestrained freedom in a 20 minute number which sent one of his guitars to an early grave with a broken neck.

All of this only scratches the surfaces of DaizyStripper’s 6 egotistical days at Shibuya O-West, which culminated in a final concert rich with the memories and experience gathered over the five days previous. Read on for the finer details of each day and a unique insight into the hearts of each of DaizyStripper’s five stars.

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Leela McMullen is a strong believer in the philosophy "no music, no life." Having traversed the range of Japanese fandoms, she found her home at last in visual kei and has made it her mission to share what she loves most with the world. Leela completed her B.A. in Japanese language from Griffith University in Gold Coast Australia. She now lives and works in Japan, striving to bring you the goods, hot from the scene. Follow her on twitter for juicy hints of upcoming articles if you've got a bit of Japanese language under your belt! http://twitter.com/#!/LeelaInTokyo

Kate Havas first became interested in Japanese fashion and culture in college when manga, anime, and visual kei were just beginning to make their way to America. An art and English major with a love of clothes, Kate signed onto ROKKYUU in order cover fashion and report on Tokyo trends, but was quickly also recruited to the music side of things and has been having an adventure expanding her knowledge of all things VK since. Follow her on twitter at keito_kate!

Laura Cooper started photographing rock and jazz bands at university. While completing a degree in English Literature, she was literary co-editor of the York University arts magazine and held poetry soirees with comedy jazz bands. Laura wrote for the now defunct UK Goth magazine Meltdown, as well as edited for an occult/spiritual website while she lived in York and London. She disappeared into the mountainous depths of Japan in 2006 and is now based in Tokyo, capturing rock bands in action.

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

@YuliyaPhoTop (Twitter) Yuliya is originally a fashion and portrait photographer with a BA from the London College of Fashion. Being a Japanophile with a passion for the Japanese rock scene and especially for old school visual kei, she moved to Japan where she found a chance to combine photography and music with ROKKYUU's help. Now she is based in Tokyo, where she keeps on rocking and shooting, enjoying every bit of it.

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