Female Visual Kei Band Exist†Trace Performs for 3000 Fans at Sakura-Con 2011
April 28, 2011 - All-female Japanese visual kei/metal band exist†trace made their USA debut at Sakura-Con last Friday, April 22, performing to 3000 fans at the annual Japanese anime and culture festival in Seattle, Washington.
exist†trace performed songs from their latest album TWIN GATE, as well as older fan-favorites including "Judea" and "Ambivalence," plus the title track from their upcoming major-label debut "TRUE". In the middle of the set, vocalist Jyou set aside her trademark growls to perform "Cradle," the ballad from TWIN GATE, adding a surprise verse spoken entirely in English.
For their encore song, the band returned to the stage carrying Japanese and American flags with the Japanese kanji "kizuna" ("bond") written across each. Jyou gave a heartfelt speech in Japanese about the bond between the nations of America and Japan, and thanked America for its support during the current Japanese national crisis brought about by March 2011's earthquake and tsunami.
Immediately after Friday night's concert, the band signed autographs for 90 minutes and invited fans to contribute to Japan Relief and sign their own messages on the American flag. On Saturday, the members met fans for a Q&A session followed by more autographs, and then personally arrived at the exist†trace booth on Sunday to draw the winning name for a 6-foot signed banner. The winning ticket holder had travelled 700 miles from Idaho to see the band perform their first American live show.
Orleans no Shoujo
Owari no nai Sekai
exist†trace is one of Japan's first all-female Visual Kei rock bands. Formed in 2003, the members of exist†trace are Jyou (vocals), Mi~ko (guitar), Mally (drums), Naoto (bass), Omi (guitar).
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 new album "TWIN GATE" in Japan, followed by the USA release of "TWIN GATE" in December 2010.
exist†trace 's performance at Sakura-Con 2011 was their first USA appearance.
exist†trace appeared by arrangement with JapanFiles and Loopline.
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