Moran Oneman Tour Final “Perfect M・A・D actors” June 9 at Shibuya
Moran opened the doors on a new chapter at Shibuya www on June 9, 2012. Fans gathered to enjoy the tour final entitled Perfect M・A・D actors but got a shock when it was revealed that new members had joined the band without warning. The audience soon welcomed them, though, and the new Moran were successfully able to express through the live their desire to look ahead and step forward.
The opening music echoed in the dark, blue backlighting illuminating the crowd while glittering rainbow lights shone from fans’ fingers as they clapped their hands to bring the band to the stage. Drummer Soan, guitarist Sizna and support bassist Shingo entered to the clapping and, at last, vocalist Hitomi appeared amid a great cheer. Beginning the intro of the upbeat “L’oiseau Bleu,” the first word from Hitomi was “Welcome!” which encouraged fans to jump to the tune. Colorful lights illuminated the band’s clothes and the stage was likewise illumed in various colors. Sizna looked as if he felt the excitement from the floor, gazing heavenward during his guitar solo.
“Manicure” started after a shout of “Let’s enjoy the live till the end!” from Hitomi, then the whole crowd moved from side to side, their fingers trailing rainbow lights across the floor. Theｙ headbanged to the strong drumming from Soan, and when they danced, it looked like a party. “Kare” took Hitomi’s voice down low and he inflamed the crowd with his dark tone then headbanged madly in the red light, culminating in a scream.
To cheering from the fans, Hitomi confessed, “I am very sensitive. I get hurt by small things. But I want more of your tough love! We’ll show you our tough love, so let’s kill each other with love!” The words from Hitomi heated the floor, and cued the next number, “Cactus Aka.” Hitomi sang passionately after the striking bass intro. The music ended suddenly in green light which shifted to pink as “rub” broke out. Hitomi sang soulfully, beckoning the fans in the passionate red light. The audience flared up after Hitomi riled them with his fist in the intro of “Breakfast on Monday” then the following “White Out” began with Sizna’s guitar solo under the strobes, the whole floor grooving to the tune. Hitomi returned to his darker voice and then sang in whispered tones.
Fog rolled out under the blue light and soft sounds from Sizna’s guitar met with the bass-line while Soan’s drumming supported the tune. Unseasonable snow crystals were projected onto the right-and-left walls, the crowd hushing to complete silence to listen to the beautiful “Snowing.”
Starting “Kamoku no yube” with intense drums from Soan and Sizna’s stylistic guitar, Hitomi fueled the fans with his shout. He talked passionately in the bridge while Soan, Sizna and Shigo headbanged with intensity. The jazzy intro of “Akatsuki ni moyu” pushed the audience to the peak, lively drumming from Soan inflaming them even more. Dance beat drums backed up “Lost Sheep,” Hitomi releasing a sweet falsetto before he began flirting with Sizna. The two worked together to provoke the fans with their sexy staging. Then, beginning “Hameln” with crushing sound, Sizna ripped out sharp, cracking guitar. The number expressed the band’s passion which Hitomi shared in his lyrics and muttered phrases.
After Hitomi cried, “I can’t hear you at all!” the crowd raised their voices to the max. “You all are lacking madness! Do you understand the meaning of madness? You are all mad actresses tonight!” Soan beat the drums, standing in the intro of “Sea of fingers” to get a good view of the crowd’s excitement and for “LOSERS’ THEATER,” band and fans headbanged intensely throughout the opening.
“We’ll search for simplicity. ‘Minami he’!” Once Hitomi dropped off the words, Soan’s heavy drumming and Shingo’s bass pounded out the beat. Each member claimed the spotlight with solos, Soan, Shigo, Sizna and then Hitomi taking turns in an introduction of their talent rather than their names. “Next is the last number!” cried Soan. “You can do it! More and more! Show me!” He fired up the fans and the roar grew louder. The words “Let’s do it!” became a trigger from Hitomi to commence “Stage gazer.” Sizna and Shingo switched positions and enabled the crowd with their actions, the guitarist playing like crazy. “You can still do it!” Soan encouraged in a false finish, and then started again, steeping the whole floor in frenzied headbanging.Madness satisfied, Soan shouted, “We had so much fun! Thank you!” ending the major portion on the show.
The audience shouted loudly for an encore, their glow-rings shining in the darkness as they clapped. “I love violent holic [holic = Moran’s fans] at full effort! Let’s get mad!” Hitomi cried and “Konya tsuki no nai kaigan de” broke out, the crowd filled with exhilaration. Hitomi boosted a short stick into his hand and played with it, dancing through the instrumentals. He yelled, “And now, we are going to destroy each other! Let’s go mad!” Headbanging broke out to “Silent Whisper,” Hitomi performing speculatively as beautiful lights were raised to the tune, glowing on the ends of fingers.
The crowd demanded another encore, and Moran returned to the stage in response. Hitomi began with, “Communion is limited because we have separate bodies, but we can share this space, music and time. We have one more thing to share with you, ‘Onaji yami no naka de’.” A mirror ball rotated in the blue light, Soan putting pressure to his drumming while Sizna played the guitar sweetly. Taking a moment to share his gratitude, the vocalist then said, “Please listen to the next number as the last song tonight. ‘Flower bed’!” He sang the number as if communicating his feelings to fans. The guitar, bass and drums had great chemistry, the touching moment coming to an end as finally the curtain was brought down and the floor erupted in thunderous applause.
The fans still called for more and after a long bout of shouting, the curtain was raised again after all. However, the return began with a video, the crowd quietly straining with anticipation. When Soan showed up on the screen, he appeared simultaneously in person, taking the stage. However, next was not guitarist Sizna but, “Ivy, on bass,” and the fans’ breath caught. Ivy’s entrance was followed by that of guitarist vivi, another blow to the shocked crowd. A screening of, “Sizna, on guitar!” brought the regular guitarist to the stage and at last, “Hitomi, on vocal.” The band were now dressed in a different, more formal set of costumes. The new Moran was born.
Without words, “Escort” struck up, fans receiving another shock at the sudden beginning but they soon found the rhythm as the short tune went on to “Benizashi.” The audience, familiar with the jazzy rhythm, picked it up naturally. In “Hologram,” Hitomi crooned out sexily and vivi occasionally smiled, playing along with guitar to provocatively stir the audience. As always, Sizna went on spinning madly with his guitar while Ivy beat the bass, headbanging hard. The new line-up proudly turned out heavier music than before.
“Moran took in two new members and will keep going from now on,” Explained Hitomi. “We decided to step forward with these five members, so please believe and follow us.” He then introduced the two new musicians who were enthusiastically welcomed by the crowd.
“Cello suite” started with a low chorus, Ivy playing heavy bass, headbanging down low to the piece written by Soan who had the feeling that he wanted to get the audience involved in the Moran world when he composed the tune. Everyone gathered around Soan in the bridge, new and old coming together. Hitomi then squatted down to sing heavily and emotionally. His cry of “Burst!” triggered “Party Monster,” silver tape bursting over the floor in the intro. The crowd danced from side to side with the tape in their hands after catching it with cheers. The sound of twin guitar deepened the tune while a colorful mirror ball rotated in the chorus to keep the floor illuminated. Beside Hitomi and Sizna, gathered at center stage, Ivy fell down the floor, bass blaring.
The live was nearly over and not only the members but also the fans were as mad as the show’s title. Without a mic, Soan shouted “Thank you!” while, Sizna high-fived Ivy’s and vivi’s hands in turn. The announcement of Moran’s new line-up was a great success and after the rest took their leave, Soan and Hitomi, as the only original members, remained to express their feelings for the new Moran and convey their appreciation for the continued support of their fans.
Wrapping it all up, a video presented and announced a coming release and a series of lives. The first single for the new Moran will be released on September 12 with a oneman live to celebrate Sizna’s birthday at Ikebukuro EDGE on August 20, and two days of lives to welcome the new members at Takadanobaba AREA. The first, for vivi, named “baptism” will be held on July 9 and the second for Ivy named “frenzy” on July 10. Finally, the video announced the nationwide event tour named “REBORN,” kicking off at HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama Shintoshin VJ-3 on July 14, with the final at Takadanobaba AREA on September 1.”
Summing up all of the troubles and hardships the band has transcended to reach this new form and heavier sound, the final message announced, “New Moran steps forward to a new phase.”
- L’oiseau Bleu
- Cactus Aka
- Breakfast on Monday
- White Out
- Kamoku no yube
- Akatsuki ni moyu
- Lost Sheep
- Sea of fingers
- Minami he
- Stage gazer
- Onaji yami no naka de
- Flower Bed
Encore 3 (New members)
- Cello suite
- Party Monster
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