MIDNIGHT MESS, GOTHIC BAR HEAVEN: TOKYO GOTH CLUB NIGHTS, COVENANT CONCERT.
I’m terribly sorry for being a tardy blogger… I was nightcrawling with the J-Goths until 6am on Friday and Saturday! My apologies also for the lower quality of these photos; I didn’t want to lug my DSLR to nightclubs. (You can tell I’ve been in Tokyo for over a week – I’m apologizing left and right.)
Above is a mash-up of Saturday’s event, Midnight Mess at Shinjuku’s Club Marz. I loved how 80% of the crowd looked like a Cyber/Gothic anime doll. Perhaps you recognize Fumi, Nana, and DJ Sisen from MySpace (their Medusa tendrils are respectively black/white, pink/blue, and blue/green). The blond darkling with the V-fingers is Eskil Simonsson of Covenant – yes, Covenant played a surprise show! Selia opened with mesmerizing arias; he wore a corseted kimono and feathered ram’s horns. The second performance was a rap-metal band where the gasmask-wearing members suspended two half-naked girls with rope and whipped/bit/prodded them. Fail.
It was the 6th anniversary of Midnight Mess, so Selia and club organizer Maya passed around champagne and cake. Andro from GOTHIKA and Kenji Konishi from 4-D Mode1 (right photo) were the support members for Covenant’s Tokyo debut. Sebastien filmed the entire performance; you can check it out on YouTube.
Friday’s Gothic Bar Heaven was equally spooks-tastic. D’s Valentine served as both the organizer and bartender! Sisen and Chihiro (top left) spun pounding EBM/electronic sets, and there was yet another gasmask/bondage show, this time involving hot candle wax. (Fail again.) In the back room, there were displays of handmade creepy dolls and nail art from Vampire of Rose (which I blogged about).
I love the flamboyant Gothic fashion at club nights such as these. There were several Lolitas at both events – Gothic ones, naturally. They tended to wear heavier makeup and towering platform boots. And then there’s the guy with a horse head and feathered fan…
In the words of Janet from Rocky Horror, “I’ve tasted blood and I want more.” (More more more more! ) Can’t wait for upcoming nights: Skinny Puppy at the next Midnight Mess, Tokyo Decadance, Halloween extravaganzas…