Tonight was one of the most amazing shows that I’ve been to in Japan thus far.  It was my first time at FEVER, my 5th andymori show, and my first time seeing おとぎ話 (Otogi banashi).  And apparently those three things make for the perfect storm of concerts.  So let’s start from the beginning, shall we?  Despite an unfortunate train delay I was able to make it to FEVER before my ticket number was called (it’s a great space, about the same size as SHELTER, but newer and with a lobby).  For me, andymori was the main event (they played an outstanding 50 minute set), but I ended up being equally impressed with おとぎ話 (they played forever and an encore, but in a good way).  I picked up a copy of their new 7″ single, HISTORY/SATELLITE LEAGUE (limited to 500 copies), at the end of the night.  Anyway, here are a few of my observations.

andymori:  It just gets better and better every time I see them.  Tonight, Kenji led the charge on stage and after killing the entrance music they launched straight into 投げKISSをあげるよ.  Next was FOLLOW ME, the first of several songs they played that also feature 3-part vocals, and the sound is definitely a little different without Hiroki.  It’s less pretty, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  There was a short MC after Transit in Thailand where Souhei thanked おとぎ話 (and Arima yelled back ‘ARIGATOU!’), and someone in the audience called for an introduction of ‘the new member’).  The end of everything is my guitar was unbelievably fast, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them play it at that pace before and it was kind of fantastic.  They paused to catch their breath after クレイジークレーマー and there was a short MC before 楽園 as well.  I really like the one-liner that Souhei came up with to introduce that song (皆さんと一緒に楽園に行きたいと思います) and I hope that he continues to use it forever.  Weapons of mass destruction is an incredibly powerful song, they played it second to last and it was the only time during their entire set that the crowd was hushed.  And then, finally, there was 革命.

1. 投げKISSをあげるよ
3. ベンガルトラとウイスキー
4. Transit in Thailand
5. スーパーマンになりたい
6. everything is my guitar
7. モンゴロイドブルース
8. クレイジークレーマー
9. 1984
10. Sunrise & Sunset
11. 楽園
12. 僕がハクビジンだったら
13. 僕が白人だったら
16. Weapons of Mass Destruction
17. 革命

Now for the 10 things I learned about おとぎ話 tonight:

  1. String lights, glitter, and vaseline tooth smiles.
  2. In the past I’ve tended to lump them together with 踊ってばかりの国 (Odotte bakari no kuni), despite the fact that they’re kind of very different.  But now I’m a fan, so never again.
  3. Whining to your mother for 5 minutes, is not only acceptable behavior, but it makes for a surprisingly entertaining song.
  4. Arima Kazuki (Vo./G.) does this great vogue/robot dance that sometimes ends in karate chops.  Tonight’s victim was Kazama Hirotaka (B.).
  5. According to Arima, he’s not gay, he just ‘likes to talk like he is’…whatever that means.  So, boys, be careful and try not to fall in love with this heartbreaker.
  6. Ushio Kenta (G.) will never live down his reputation as Genji, ‘No. 1 Host’.  Particularly if he continues to dress like one on stage.
  7. Costume change!
  8. Apparently they’re quite good friends with Maeno Kenta, who joined them on stage for the first part of their encore.  Fuck me, I almost died.
  9. If you answer ‘yes’ to the question: ‘can anyone in the audience play this song?’, they will pull you up on stage and you will be expected to play Arima’s part while he ad libs and shouts relevant callbacks at the audience.
  10. Arima may also stick around on stage to lip-sync and dance along with the exit music, even if it happens to be in French.

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