Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Guest Post: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Crazy Party Night

 It's Deakin!

On the way to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's show at the Roundhouse, London, I began to worry. Not worry about seeing a Japanese idol who I'd admired for her quirkiness, but worried that as a man in his 30s going to see a cutesy J-Pop idol on my own I was going to look like one of those dodgy old men I'd seen in a maid cafe when I visited Tokyo earlier this year. The Japanese family I sat near staring at me, did nothing to ease my concern, but maybe I was just being paranoid. Thankfully, when the show started all of my worries disappeared, as I was just having too much fun.

Joined by her ever faceless dancers, in masks and dresses, Kyary started off with Fashion Monster, one of my favourites. Indeed, the show was a greatest hits of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, with a couple of worthy extras thrown in. Recorded backing vocals and music were not misplaced for her 'Crazy Party Night' as the show was called. In fact with the base turned up and the wildly flashing lights, at times it felt more like a night club than a music venue. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was skilled at blending the cutesy and childlike, with something that could still resonate with the adult.
A couple of songs in, Kyary brings out a piece of paper, and readings out greetings to the audience in English. She also takes this oportunity to proudly announce that she has a gorilla DJ. Actually not the guy in charge of music, but another dancer, wearing a Gorilla mask and headphones. Soon they were also joined by who I can best describe as the Harajuku version of Kid Rock, who during a costume change for Kyary, puts on a mind bending light show involving twirling sticks that form words and pictures in the air.

Kyary continued to engage the crowd, teaching them dance moves for certain songs, checking they liked the new dress she'd changed into and graciously thanking everyone for being there, with just enough English words mixed so that everyone felt included. She threw a brand new song into the second half, on the theme of a Halloween party.

The 3rd and final costume came with the the encore, and was more casual than the dresses and bows of the last two acts, but was highlighted with pink bunny ears. The show ended with a song that said 'see you again, see you next time', whilst also referencing other hits from the night. The perfect close to a well delivered and satisfyingly insane show.

Any worries I'd had, had dissipated by the journey home. See you again Kyary, see you next time.

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