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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Liquid Room, Tokyo
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Photographer : Guillaume Catella




The Liquid Room at Ebisu (Tokyo) hosts tonight Crossfaith and Enter Shikari, one being Japanese and the other British, but one couldn’t have thought of a better couple for this Electro-Hardcore live. Both play a frenzied Hardcore with ever-present electro samples.
The live house is of middle size, hosting several hundreds of people this evening; most of which are rather young, the average being around 20. The stage, while rather small, is large enough for our crazy guys to jump everywhere.





Crossfaith

At 19:00 the drummer and keyboard player dashed into the stage with wet hair, the fury in the eyes. The drummer even grants us a back flip, to further warm up the crowd. And they are quite good at it ! Despite their young age and only 6 years of activity, a few minutes only are enough for Crossfaith to boil up the crowd.
The quintet (vocals, guitar, bass, drums and DJ), originating from Osaka, has gained in such a short lifespan an excellent mastery of their genre, skillfully mixing electro samples and heavy riffs of hardcore.




The dementia of the band lacks some more space to express itself though, particularly as the equipment of Enter Shikari occupy a third of the stage. The singer and leader, Koie, addresses the crowd (at 95% Japanese) in English as well as in Japanese which can seems pretty strange, but certainly “cool” from a Japanese point of view. He explains us they have a tour scheduled abroad for April, with several dates in England.

They play us their best songs, among which Omen, the cover of the unfamous song of Prodigy, encounters a very warm reaction of the crowd, jumping and singing in chorus. A small wall of death is even formed in the small venue. Each member of the band contributes to warming up the audience, exteriorizing their rage, and sharing it with the metalheads.
After only 30 minutes (which was way too short to fully appreciate their skills), the band quickly gets off the stage and disappears, after which the following the following band sets up their equipment.

Note that the mix of Hardcore and Electro with powerful blasts is particularly appreciated in Japan, and lots of bands have arisen and tried to find their place in the genre. Crossfaith is certainly one of the most successful bands among them, having already found their identity and their fans, in part thanks to their extraordinary performance on stage, which was confirmed tonight !
(Note: no photos of Crossfaith, unfortunately, as I didn’t have the accreditation to shoot them).





Enter shikari

After 20 minutes of preparations, Enter Shikari gets on stage. No long hair, no black T shirt or trousers, the band wears on the contrary colorful lumberjack shirts and short pants. Formed in 1999 and originating from the UK, Enter Shikari is an hybrid of post-hardcore, electro, and rapped vocals.
The British just released their 3rd album “A Flash Flood of Colour” last month, on January 16th, and are now touring to introduce it, with not less than 7 songs of this album played tonight. The venue is decorated with a large triangle upside-down, present on the cover of the album, intermittently flashing near the end of the live.




“Rou”, the vocalist, nicely tells the crowd a few words in Japanese like “Hisashiburi, nihon ni korete ureshii desu” (it’s been a while, we are pleased to be back to Japan) and despite the language barrier has no problem entertaining the crowd. He alternates between spoken lyrics (with their anti-politics ranting), rapped vocals, clear voice and growls, always with his strong British accent, and even switches the role and plays the keyboards and the soli of electro samplings. “Batty C”, the bassist, does most of the chorus in clear voice, but contrary to Rou, went hoarse and always sang out of tune.




The show alternates between fury, anti-political message, quiet tracks, and fury again, for the pleasure of the crowd, continuously jumping and crowd-surfing. The powerful blasts shake the walls of the venue, as well as our chests.

After one and a half hour and an encore, the bands gets back on stage and plays us “Hello Tyrannosaurus”, followed by a remix of their hit and single “Sssnakepit” and the genuine version, to close the live on a high note. Rou encourages us to join the band at the after party if we can guess where they go, but knowing that this part of Tokyo hosts tens of thousands of bars, it shouldn’t be easy…




Setlist :
System…
Meltdown
Gandhi mate, Gandhi
Sorry you’re not a Winner
Destabilize
Mothership
Search Party
Stalemate
Quelle surprise
Juggernauts
Arguing with Thermometers
Fanfare for the conscious man
- (encore) -
Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
Sssnakepit Ram Remix
Sssnakepit

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