Visual Kei/Lolita group, Hysteric Lolita's new video "DISTRESS" was finally released in it's full version earlier in the month and both it and the song are set to stir up the world very soon!
This new group from Union Music Japan has only one other single under their belts, but they do not fail to impress in their sophomore release. The song is both catchy and bears the distinct rocking visual kei style that is sure to attract listeners from around the world. Reminiscent of other all-girl rock bands like SCANDAL and Rick Rack, Hysteric Lolita adds style to the mix with fashions ripped straight from the pages of KERA. This comes as no surprise since it is fashion magazine KERA that sponsored the band's debut. Visually, the band looks great and each members bears a distinct look and style while still adhering to the same image.
Musically, the girls are in perfect form. Noa's guitar drives the song forward and a blazing guitar solo keeps things from winding down too far. Meanwhile, Basil and Misa provide a driving beat that keeps everyone together and the dual vocals of Rani and Layra provide harmonies that add a dimension to this song that brings it to the top of the Indie music scene in Japan. The song itself is reminiscent of the visual kei stylings of bands like Dangan no Limit or ROYZ, but with a more pop/accessible feel.
The video is beautifully shot and the locations are well used. Does anyone else get the MALICE MIZER feel in the scene in the church? I for one did. That being said, there is a uniqueness in the locations chosen as well as the addition of the occasional French word meant to accentuate the feel/meaning of the song. The central theme of the group being in a separate world within the mirror is a nice touch that adds another layer to this already amazing video. All the members get a good amount face time with the camera and while the video is mainly a night shoot, it is as colorful, if not more so, then their first single "Zetsubou no Spiral". "Vibrant" is one word that can be used to describe the video, but "Powerful" probably suits it better.
The single releases on February 6, 2015 and if you have not heard much of Hysteric Lolita before this, be sure to check them out! Also be sure to check out their first single (the aforementioned "Zetsubou no Spiral") available from Itunes Japan and Amazon Japan as well as many online import shops.
Hysteric Lolita Are:
●Keyboards & Chorus: Layra
Official Site: www.hystericlolita.jp
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