Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Visual Kei

The LG folks were having a special promotion (in Sg. Wang, where I had a great time catching up with some old friends) where they were giving out 2 free concert tickets to TVfXQ (Dong Bang Shin Ki which means "Gods Rise In The East"- under Warner Music) concert with every purchase of their phone. TVfXQ is a Korean boyband, they will be performing in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil on July 14 and this will be their 1st Asia tour. Pretty cool dance music (listen to the whole song, the first minute or two might be a bit noisy to some) and they can really dance too. Let's hope LG Mobile reads this blog somehow and gives me two free concert tickets of theirs for this free advertisment. Ha ha ha...

Anyway, at the LG booth, they handed out leaflets and though I had no idea who they were at that time, I was drawn to their promo pics as they were visually interesting. Telling Jo this, she told me to look up on Visual Kei. Visual Kei bands focus largely on their appearance rather than their music. Many of these bands will fashion traditional Japanese clothing, anime cosplay outfits, lolita clothes, or other imaginative costumes. The appearance of visual kei bands can often be intimidating to new J-music fans, but their music tends to be superb as well! (fr. Visual Kei is characterised by bands using dramatic costumes and visual imagery to enhance the band's performance (fr. wikipedia).

Upon going through profiles of Visual Kei bands, TVfXQ looks rather normal (and a whole lot less scary!) in comparison. My fascination with Japan continues...Here are some Visual Kei bands that I find really visually different from the norm (scary or colourful but interesting nevertheless). I can't even tell the genders apart in some of the pics.
All Visual Kei band images from (unless stated otherwise)

The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
~ P.J. O'Rourke


mrs. pitt said...

"TVfxQ" - aiyah.. why such a complicated name .. it is worst that some pharmaceutical drug name. Are they all boys? one is too pretty to be a boy and did they sing in Korean? Could not watch the whole video clip as i was experiencing sensory overload!!!

jo said...

Got solo singers too. Gackt is a famous one. Wang Lee Hom has worked with him. Visual Kei is from Japan, most of the time I find Korean pop culture following the Japanese. Should read about cosplay too.