LUI FRONTiC “AKABANE” JAPAN to Make Major Debut with “Rip Me”
BiS are an alternative idol group that split up in the Yokohama Arena after leaving behind many legends in the music scene. LUI FRONTiC Matsukuma JAPAN, headed by the ex-leader of BiS, PourLui, held their Indies Last One-Man Live Event at Shibuya’s CLUB QUATTRO on January 11th.
Though embroiled in many predicaments such as PouLui’s polyp surgery, the condition that they would go on hiatus if the show did not sell out, and the departure of sound producer and band member Matsukuma, it was nonetheless a magnificent performance which successfully sold out. Even PourLui, having to protect his post-surgery voice during his singing performance, pulled off a robust high-tone vocal performance that day, which resounded exquisitely and brought the full-throttle act to life. The song “Myself,” which spelled out an apology to the singer’s fans, gave birth to a beautiful tear-jerking chorus. The final moments of the live performance then induced simultaneous outbursts of both moshing and crowd-surfing, furiously pumping up the heat of the venue higher than you can imagine.
During the encore it was announced that the band’s name is to be changed from “LUI FRONTiC Matsukuma JAPAN” to “LUI FRONTiC Akabane JAPAN.” It was also disclosed that the the music video of the new single “Rep Me” will be released on March 25th. PourLui then announced that the band will be performing this song in their major debut with Universal Music. In addition, it was revealed that “Rep Me” will become the ending theme song of the TX Network Anime “Majin Bone,” news which set off a call-and-response of “Tie up! Tie up!” with the audience. Grinning from ear to ear at the overflowing euphoria of the concert hall, PourLui addressed the audience before the final song “Dear” began:
“It’s thanks to all of you that we are able to do this major debut! Thank you! And thank you so much to all of the staff members who secured this anime tie-up opportunity! Still, having this major debut isn’t our goal, but rather I think that this is us finally being able to come back to square one. We’ve only just begun, and there is so much I want to do from here on out! I want to perform at Festival, at Project Live, and I really really really want to go to One-Man Live as well, too! I’m certainly not throwing away my dream to make it big and show up in Friday magazine, haha! We’re going to become a band so large that we can all show our pride to anyone, so I look forward to what is in store for LUI FRONTiC Akabane JAPAN! All of us here will be going to Budokan together, I promise!”
This final goal of making it to Nippon Budokan for the One-Man Live show during the era of BiS was a dream left unfulfilled. The ongoing momentum of LUI FRONTiC Akabane JAPAN, fighting their way through Major Scene towards the promised point of success, is not to be ignored.
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