SKIN; to the J-Music Community
SKIN; Gackt on vocals, Ju-ken on bass, Miyavi on guitar, Sugizo on bass/violin, and Yoshiki drums/piano. Now before anyone even thinks of writing off SKIN in the J-Music community, I have to ask, why? It’s SKIN’s first performance, and yes, it wasn’t the best, but I ask you, name one band that has majorly kicked ass and has done everything right on their first formation live concert date. On the blog Samehada did a PV with the Studs, I believe it was, and their PV was a bit shaky and they didn’t know how to act. You can’t rule out or wipe SKIN off the map because of one bad live.
Would you rule out a Dir en Grey song like Saku just because the lyrics ‘fuck off, fuck off and wipe’ because you don’t like the sound? I didn’t like it at first and here I am 7-8 months later typing this opinion to it.
I did not get to see SKIN perform, but that doesn’t mean you should stop reading either. Think about it.. Gackt’s vocals were raspy from the cam videos I’ve seen. Think about it.. Gackt has been doing Jpop vocals for more than 10 years now. Even in the days of Malice Mizer they were drawn out. If you listen to ‘Beast of Blood’ in the beginning you hear Klaha’s vibrato, it just comes natural to him, as it is to Gackt. Before anyone argues that Malice Mizer isn’t Jrock, I know. They were more like 80’s/early 90’s synth-wave. The thing is that SKIN is a new band. The sources of musical careers are different.
Yoshiki is ex-X-Japan drummer and avid piano player. Miyavi was the guitarist for Due le Quartz, then solo career. Ju-ken is from GacktJOB. Gackt is the former vocals of Malice Mizer, his solo career and then GacktJOB, plus the Moon Child movie with Hyde of L’Arc~en~Ciel. Sugizo is ex-bassist of Luna Sea and side project THE FLARE, he also did the violin work D’espairsRay in their song Marry of the Blood.
You have to remember that this career change is hard for Yoshiki since the death of Hide and how he said he would never play drums again. It’s a change for Gackt since he’s getting back to his Jrock roots. Before you throw away SKIN, before they show off their superiority, give it time.