When my friend Nekoi of Psydoll informed me that her band was playing this Saturday at a small venue in Shinjuku, I didn’t need asked twice. The underground rock club Urga was celebrating its 10th anniversary and for about six weeks tons of live acts were performing there almost every evening. Psydoll and some bands they are friends with were among them.
When I arrived the the band Neurotic Doll was already playing. Their music style was quite unique — a blend of industrial and what I call “death metal”. Very unusual for Japan.
Guitar player Tak of Neurotic Doll.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing in red backlight.
Tak of Neurotic Doll playing guitars.
The singer "Neu!-r-v-verderber" of Neurotic Doll performing.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll at the Urga club.
Next came Psydoll. They were playing a number of classics and some stuff from their latest release 10spyglasses. As always the performance was energetic, loud and very powerful. Unfortunately, they did only play about 30 minutes, but I managed to get a couple of nice pictures.
Ucchi of Psydoll playing guitars with Nekoi in the background.
Nekoi Psydoll singing with Ucchi in the back.
Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll playing the Theremin.
Another shot of the Theremin player Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll.
The Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll: Uenoyama/Loveless, Nekoi, Ucchi.
Another shot of Nekoi and her band Psydoll playing at Urga.
The singer Nekoi Psydoll raising her hand.
Nekoi of Psydoll singing.
Nekoi Psydoll at the mike while carrying her keytar.
Guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll clad in black leather.
Nekoi Psydoll with percussionist Uenoyama/Loveless in the background.
A stylish Japanese girl with glow-in-the-dark cat's ears I photographed in the break between the performances.
The last band for the evening was C.H.C.system. The music were not really my cup of tea and visually the performance was not that exciting — just a couple of guys behind their keyboards and turntables with very little singing or movements.
Seki of C.H.C.system in a rare moment of singing.
Else Seki of C.H.C.system was mostly just standing behind his synths.
The C.H.C.system line-up at the evening consisting of Seki, Joe and Kawahara.
C.H.C.system's bass player Joe.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system adjusting his headphones.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system working his magic.