CRBL’s GLAY Night Dance Party


by Kate Havas, posted February 13, 2012

There are a number of ways to enjoy visual kei besides the live scene, and on January 7 at Shibuya’s club la.mama a group called CRBL organized  GLAY Headbanging Night. It was a chance for fans to get together and relive the concert experience all night long. The songs played weren’t 100% GLAY, though. Favorites such as Luna Sea, DIR EN GREY, and La’Cryma Christi also appeared throughout the sets as the DJs and dancers led the audience in the choreography for the songs. The crowd was clearly there to dance and sweat, unlike at a live where fans, under the band’s scrutiny, endeavor to stay neat. Most were dressed in jeans and band t-shirts, ready to move to the max.

First up were CRBL themselves, clad in their best GLAY cosplay, and accompanied by dancers also wearing their imitation of the band’s costumes. They warmed up the audience with a selection from hide, MUCC, GACKT, and even Golden Bomber’s latest “Yowasete Mojito” before diving into the GLAY free-for-all with a run of seven of the band’s greatest hits including “BLAST”, “Good Morning N.Y.C.,” and “HIGH COMMUNICATIONS.”

Next, they were joined by another duo, Dinoji, and the pair opened their set with a surprising choice from overseas, Jet’s “Are you Gonna Be My Girl.” One sweater was quickly doffed and replaced by bare skin, a comically oversize neckbrace, and a brassy blonde wig–the DJ had become “Air Yoshiki” and sat down to drum through “X” as the crowd leapt up for the “X Jump.”

DJ Pockoon was next up and got the crowd warmed up and back into the GLAY mood with “Kuchibeni,” “GREAT VACATION,” and “Ikiteku Tsuyosa”. Ninjaman Japan’s Sarino showed up and joined in, playing Pockoon’s usual “body guitar” and singing along for “Rosier” and Sophia’s “Gokigentori-Crawler is Crazy.” Aside from “Rosier” the Luna Sea-heavy set also included “Tonight” and “Wish” before finishing up with GLAY’s “ACID HEAD.

The cosplaying dancers then returned for another mix of GLAY and other hard rocking songs. Fans jumped along to “Yuuwaku,”“I am XXX,”“ROCK N’ ROLL SWINDLE,and “BURST,” intermixed with music from lynch., Pierrot and Plastic Tree.

“After the earthquake, I didn’t think we could do these kinds of events anymore,” an emotional Enu told the audience at the end of the night. “I’m so happy everyone came tonight, and I think we’ve done an event that GLAY themselves could be proud of!”

With that, they finished with GLAY’s “Kimi ni Aetara” and the exhausted audience stumbled out just in time for the first trains of the morning.

CRBL organize club events for a variety of genres in all the major cities of Japan, focusing primarily on visual kei and anime songs. From Luna Sea to Merry to mash ups of Western and Japanese metal, they create theme parties to suit any fan’s taste, so if you’re looking to dance, look them up! They can be found on twitter here.

For those who want a peek at the set lists, go ahead and turn the page.

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!

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