2011/03/10: Creature Creature Live at Shibuya O-West
March 11th, 2011, is a day that most Japanese will be hard-pressed to ever forget – but for some, March 10th, 2011 will remain a truly memorable occasion for much more positive reasons. The day before the devastating Tohoku earthquake rocked Japan to its foundation, indies sensation Creature Creature rocked Shibuya O-West with a powerful and memorable live performance – the final show of a nearly month-long national tour.
The brainchild of DEAD END vocalist Morrie, Creature Creature blends traditional Visual Kei influences with a progressive hard rock style. The band’s line-up has varied over the years, and included collaborations with a number of prominent Japanese musicians such as L’Arc~en~Ciel’s Tetsuya. Morrie delivers powerful and melodic vocals with a cool and composed stage presence while guitarists Hiro and Shinobu collaborate on intricate guitar riffs, and drummer Sakura and bassist Hitoki provide strong, relentless rhythm and harmony to create a full-bodied dark rock sound.
While songs like Dream Caller and Maboroshi wound the crowd up with fast-paced, hard-driving rock, softer tunes like Spring Machine and Mirrors lulled and awed them with strong instrumentals and ballad-style vocals from Morrie. Energy in the live house rose to a peak for Red – obviously a crowd favorite – and Armor Fati stirred both crowd and band alike into a frenzied headbanging session. Morrie’s short and sweet MCs were far and few between – instead, the charismatic vocalist focused most of his energy on delivering a riveting musical performance, pacing gracefully along the edge of the stage as he sang and making deep, unflinching eye contact with his fans.
During Paradise, the entire band save for Sakura approached the edge of the stage, getting up close and personal with their fans and pumping up the already intense energy in the live house. They returned for two encores at the encouragement of their fans, and Morrie graced the crowd with a simple and well-worded MC, thanking the crowd for their support and participation and inviting them to enjoy the show until the very last note had sounded.
No one could predict the events that would transpire the following day, but Creature Creature provided a night of powerful and beautiful music and memories that hopefully served as a source of strength and peace for their fans to draw on over the course of the following week. Creature Creature will undoubtedly be back to rock and hopefully this unique and talented rock act will be able to overcome the recent tragedies in Japan and deliver more riveting performances to their fans.
Editor’s Note: Creature Creature’s final date on the tour was to be March 11th. Due to the earthquake, the show had to be canceled, but has been rescheduled to June 12th. Check the links below for more information. -AliW
Live Report by: Maura D., Japan Staff