Over 27,000 viewers from around the world tuned in to Nico Nico Douga and American-based counterpart NicoNico.com to watch Japanese visual kei band exist†trace’s live-show event “Just Like a Virgin” on June 23 from Tokyo’s renowned live house Shibuya O-WEST. Fans broadcast 16,000+ comments in support of the band, including many comments reporting the local time in their countries.
exist†trace used a three-act dramatic structure for the one-man live show, celebrated their first major-label album “VIRGIN,” released May 23 from Tokuma Japan Communications. The set list also included older favorites such as “ROUGE” and “unforgive you.”
Lead singer Jyou began the show in a hooded robe, discarding it suddenly to reveal that she’d changed her hair color from the red hue of the past year to a deep black. Jyou donned a variety of costumes appropriate for the mood of each section, including a dark silk gown for her dramatic interpretation of “Anata.”
2. Daybreak 〜13gatsu no Shikisai〜
5. Futatsu no Koe
7. unforgive you
8. Little Mary to Utsukushiki nikushimi no Danube
12. KISS IN THE DARK
17. I feel you
18. Orleans no Shojo
Fans of exist†trace can re-watch the show in its entirety on the Nico Nico websites.
exist†trace “Just Like a Virgin”
exist†trace – “GINGER” (full version)
Formed in 2003, exist†trace is one of Japan’s first all-female Visual Kei rock bands.
Along with multiple tours of Japan , exist†trace has performed twice in Europe, making appearances in Berlin, Helsinki, Moscow, Paris, London, and Barcelona. In 2009, the band performed at the 2-day V-ROCK FESTIVAL in Chiba, Japan.
In November 2010, exist†trace released their album “TWIN GATE” in Japan and America, followed by their first American live show for 3000 fans at Sakura-Con in Seattle in April 2011. In June of the same year, they made their major-label debut with the “TRUE” EP on Tokuma Japan, and released a second 5-song EP “THE LAST DAYBREAK” in October 2011.
In March 2012, exist†trace performed their first live-house tour of America, playing New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Hard Rock Cafe), and a special 1000-person show at Japanese culture event Tekkoshocon. Their first full-length album entitled “VIRGIN” was released May 23, 2012.
“VIRGIN” contains new songs and favorites from their previous EP releases “TRUE” and “THE LAST DAYBREAK”, including “I feel you,” which was selected as the main theme for Nadeshiko Japan’s 2012 guidebook DVD.