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Hello, everybody! Long time, no how you doin'. ;-)

[livejournal.com profile] hydeology has gotten a makeover with a new layout, new graphics, and a new userinfo. Though I am contemplating adding something more to the userinfo once I figure out what I want to add to it! I hope everyone likes the new look. [livejournal.com profile] hydeology hasn't had an update layout-wise for a while now, and I grew tired of the old layout.

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While I'm around for now, I would like to know . . . what's your opinion on the new VAMPS project?

Honestly, I wanted to run for the hills at first. Go me for not getting all the news updates and interviews regarding it (hey, hey, hey! life was busy! >.>) because I was beginning to think Hyde hit a midlife crisis. Then, [livejournal.com profile] din_84 pointed me in the direction of much interviewy goodness, and well. It grew on me. xD

At least he's kickin' back and having fun with it. Hyde looks lost without a mike or guitar in his hands.

Date: 2008-07-26 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepcrimsondice.livejournal.com
The VAMPS project... I hope I don't get flamed for this.... xD

Personally, I did not like LOVE ADDICT at all. TIME GOES BY was okay, but honestly I think had any other band put out that single no one would have noticed it.

As for the actual band, I think there is a lot of potential there- well obviously there is, both Hyde and Kaz are amazing musicians, and regardless of my disappointment with LOVE ADDICT I'm expecting VAMPS to put out something really great. I'm also happy that KAZ is getting more recognition. He wrote half the music for HYDE's FAITH album, after all.

And their photoshoots are just plain awesome.

Date: 2008-07-26 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurarisa.livejournal.com
As a hardcore Hyde fan, and someone who practically buys anything with his name on it...

I didn't like LOVE ADDICT, which resulted in not even buying the single. There's blind fandom and then there's actually not digging it enough. I actually didn't think TIME GOES BY was any better either. To me, this single was very mediocre. I had such high hopes, and like I told someone before, I expected a punch in the face with the start of this new promising project, but I only got... a tap? LOVE ADDICT isn't a bad song, it's grown on me and got it stuck in my head once, but I don't find myself going "OH YEAHH, HERE'S MY JAM" and to me, that's very worrysome.

Because of my apathy towards LOVE ADDICT, I've been pretty apathetic about VAMPS in general. They make it out to seem as though LOVE ADDICT is their shining gem, but I hope their joking. My biggest complaint is that it was just simply rushed. I like Hyde's yearning for rock and everything, and he's been successful a few times, but to me, ROENTGEN will always be his best. It was just so thought-out and gorgeous. I only wish he put so much time into his newer work. His solo work has been progressively rushed. I dunno, I hope to be proven wrong with VAMPS :/

Date: 2008-07-26 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tar-valon.livejournal.com
I was waiting for your opinion ^^

Date: 2008-07-26 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurarisa.livejournal.com
I hope I wasn't too harsh! I wonder what your opinion is?
(btw my IP is blocked at the ARK BBS, so I haven't been able to post there)

Date: 2008-07-26 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tar-valon.livejournal.com
(have you wrote to Liv already? I've been asking about another person with the same problem but to no result so far...)
No you weren't harsh in your opinion. (I posted mine at my lj), anyway I find LA a funny song, it will work well at lives, but I'll never understand why he chose it to be the "first" single to release, it's not a great visiting card to introduce a band, most especially abroad were media have no idea who Hyde is. TGB, is good, as much as Season's Call is good (the introduction melts you), and I like K.A.Z. guitar in it.
I can't say I was disappointed because I wasn't expecting this single to be a masterpiece from the start given the lack of time. Like you I'm looking forward to the future releases.
I actually wish K.A.Z. didn't put his veto on the punk version of LA ^^

Date: 2008-07-26 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurarisa.livejournal.com
(It'll be 2 weeks since I emailed her about it come Monday, I hope she's ok, or she's probably busy)
After I replied to your comment I read your review on your journal, haha. I agree that it's a fun song and I don't want to seem like I'm taking him too seriously, I know he's having fun. I also agree about how I don't think it was a good idea to release it as a starting single, it's begun my VAMPS experience on the wrong foot. And yes! After reading that interview (thank you for translating ♥) I wish I heard the punk version! I'm almost certain I would prefer it XD

Date: 2008-07-26 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsukikei.livejournal.com
I think the layout is gorgeous. <33

I love VAMPS. It's probably true as they say-- hyde NEEDS to be on stage, which makes me stop worrying about him being too much of a workaholic and so on. After reading various interviews, HYDE obviously knows exactly what he's doing, and with K.A.Z on his side, they'll have even more experience at hand to know how to balance on the line between making exactly what they want without getting ruined, and not daring to take risks at all. Instead, they can have fun and play the music they want to do, not strive for perfection but really enjoy themselves in the process. I think it's awesome to see when musicians can do something like that - I've never been into those who are srs bznz about everything.

LOVE ADDICT may not be the best piece of ear candy I've ever had, but it's obviously a fabulous live song and I'd love to get the chance to rock out to it. It's so much fun, has such power to it, and it makes me happy (and it gets stuck in my head very frequently). Adding TIME GOES BY to this, I get my share of smooth and pretty vocals, and the catchiness from more pop-ish tracks along with something new and fresh, so I'm very satisfied with the single as a whole. VAMPS weren't aiming for the charts with it either, so that it didn't sell too much (but reached #2 on the weekly charts XD) doesn't make it count as a disappointment or anything. It just went as planned.

I think people complain way too much about things, like saying it's too rock-ish, too "American", too much screaming, whatever. But it's always been like that when it comes to HYDE's solo, well, HYDE in general. I'd rather not get into that, but my point is that I'm surprised people still expect something else when it's obvious that HYDE wants to do rock. Some people like it, others don't-- that's just the way it is.

Date: 2008-07-26 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixielore.livejournal.com
Mm, I think I like it. At first I was like "Hmmm" about love addict but after listening to it on repeat it's grown on me. But I'm like that with pretty much ALL songs, I need to listen to them several times.

I think the thing with HYDE is he writes his songs for live performances. So on CD they may not come to life as much. So hopefully after the concert starts we'll get the real Love Addict in all it's glory.

I don't think it's the greatest song in rock history, but I think it's fun. I'm usually kinda picky about my music, but when it comes to HYDE even though his music isn't always the greatest he at least has fun with it. And watching him really get into it helps keep me interested. I like that he makes music that he likes rather than spitting out commercial garbage that the masses currently want to hear.

As for TIME GOES BY, I'm not sure. I haven't listened to it enough times to have an opinion really. But I think I like Love Addict more.

Though, I wish people would stop saying his music sounds to "American" like it's a bad thing. Some of the greatest rock bands were American! American music isn't bad. Bad music is bad.

And lovely new layout ^^

Date: 2008-07-26 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killingsound.livejournal.com
While Love Addict lost a lot of it's charm for me pretty quickly, and Time Goes By isn't my favorite song ever, I still like both songs and I'm really excited to see what VAMPS can come up with. As a matter of fact, I'm more excited for VAMPS than I am for whatever L'Arc is doing at the moment. Though I loved KISS, I think L'Arc's in a bit of a rut and VAMPS is Hyde's desperate attempt to get back into the groove of things and do something that feels natural to him. VAMPS is Hyde bucking against what he has been boxed into by the band.

A ton of people have been saying that LA feels rushed and sloppy and too simple. I see these traits in LA (though I'd put it in different terms, not rushed or sloppy) as a direction reaction to L'Arc's current trend towards ornate, overly-complex, but pretty much empty and powerless songs (Drink It Down and Nexus 4 are perfect examples of this). I'd much rather have a simple, straightforward rock song that isn't trying to be anything other than something fun than see Hyde try too hard and spew out boring, blase, been-there-done-that music. The charm of VAMPS, what makes VAMPS good, especially at this moment in Hyde's career, is that it's a big break from what he's been doing with L'Arc and honestly, I think he's a lot more comfortable with it and expressive in it than with L'Arc.

Furthermore, I don't think Hyde is taking himself too seriously, and VAMPS is just about having a good ol' time. I'm all for that. The guy doesn't need to create the next musical masterpiece. He just needs to stay fresh and interesting. I'd much rather hear the obnoxious, ear-splitting but vibrant LA than the increasingly stale music he's been putting out with L'Arc in the past months.

The new layout is totally gorgeous, by the way.

Date: 2008-08-04 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] din-84.livejournal.com
Hosha babe imma only now reading your comment and wowowowowoooooow.

VAMPS is Hyde bucking against what he has been boxed into by the band.

:O wut? Didn't he say that he wanted to make a pop album and that he is restricting himself to rock in his solo so it's kind of a relieve when laruku comes around again, ehem.
Also in all honesty, I don't think Hyde would have himself boxed into anything. I think you can say if you honestly dislike something to people you've known for most of your life 8D

Drink it Down is awesomesauce

I'd much rather hear the obnoxious, ear-splitting but vibrant LA than the increasingly stale music he's been putting out with L'Arc in the past months.

Oh gawd :O you just didn't. No it's okay hon, we all have different opinions of course but.... I dunno how to explain this but Hyde on the stage with Laruku is just.... he's just different from his solo. With his solo he has fun and all and it's like watching him playing a game, but with L'Arc he's....he's holy Hysus you know.... he shines and radiates something special.....
He's L'Arcs Hyde....and I think he loves being it.

I think he does the solo because, seriously this man is lost without a mic and a guitar and first and foremost WITHOUT A STAGE. I think his solo sounds different because durrr, solos sound different, because you wanna try your best at something else. But that doesn't automatically mean you wanna do it the whole time, you know?

Hyde can only relax and goof of because he has something to return to, and he knows that ;)

Date: 2008-08-04 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killingsound.livejournal.com
Oh shit Din just laid the smack down. XD

Din, I don't know if you knew it, BUT I HAZ MANY OPINIONS. THERE'S MOAR, TOO. But I'll save that for another day (that day Nexus 4 is official released, you better watch out because I'm pretty sure I'll be ranting and you'll need to come debate me; it'll be fun, so get psyched!). ^^

I hope I didn't offend you with my comment! It's a bit harsh, isn't it? I totally agree with you that Hyde is truly something wonderful with L'Arc, and I would never want him to leave L'Arc, and of course L'Arc is pretty much my reason for waking up in the morning. I have so much L'Arc love and respect, yo.

I don't think Hyde wants to do solo all the time. I think he knows he works well with L'Arc and obviously he's super impressed with what L'Arc puts out and has a great time with it. At the same time, I think at the moment, L'Arc is in a bit of a funk, and he (and probably the other members, too) are conscious of it, hence the hiatus. Also, (and I blame Sony for this, and not the boys), there is a much larger monetary motivation behind L'Arc than with the solos. Why else would Hyde switch from Sony to Avex? He wants to do his own thing without having to bring in the big bucks. He's said this in recent interviews, taking about how he is enjoying writing songs that don't have to sell well (thereby implying that Sony demands of him/them to sell well, this being the birth of Nexus $--OH I MEAN NEXUS 4 THAT WAS A TYPO MY BAD). So I stand by my comment that solo is Hyde's chance to breath. IMO IMO IMO.

But for all that I just said, I mostly agree with you. ;D With some slight differences.

I'll just wrap it up with HYDE SHINES WHETHER HE'S IN L'ARC OR NOT, AND L'ARC IS THE BOMB, AND MAKING MONEY IS NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING (but Nexus 4 is and that's partly why I'm frustrated).

Can we make out shake hands in peace?

Date: 2008-08-04 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killingsound.livejournal.com
I'm glad you agree with some (a lot?) of my statement. ^^

Date: 2008-08-04 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] din-84.livejournal.com
Babe, I dunno if you knew it but I HAVE MANY OPINIONZ TOO :D

Seriously now I'm glad you don't jump at me saying "omg go away you argument seeking person" because I really only want to discuss stuff with people but they always think I want to start a nasty argument D; I just want to exhange opinions ;___;

So of course you didn't offend me hon.
Durrr so I love L'Arc, I love Hyde and many many many other things, doesn't mean I can't take da heat, I post shit about them myself more than often and even if it sometimes doesn't seem so, because of my weird humour I'm infact a very objective person so YAY. Believe it!

So you don't have to prove to me how much you love Laruku or something, honestly I just disagreed on that "boxed into" part with you because I seriously got a totally different opinion.

Also I second everything what [livejournal.com profile] bleuparfait said:

Um...I just cannot agree with you that Drink It Down being empty and powerless...and I won't talk about Nexus 4 until I hear the CD.

And I don't know if I can agree with you on hyde not being concerned about making money with the VAMPS works or with the suspected reason behind change of label from Sony to Avex. I thought HYDE implied that what he wants to try out is music that is out of the box AND sells at the same time.

I don't really see much difference between VAMPS or L'Arc in terms of merchandising themselves...


Couldn't have said it any better.

I don't see how Nexus 4 is different from all the other thongs in terms of making money O_O, so prz tell me why you are frustated @_@.

Of course we can make out anytime babe <3333 sweet depravity HARHAR

Date: 2008-08-04 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleuparfait.livejournal.com
Um...I just cannot agree with you that Drink It Down being empty and powerless...and I won't talk about Nexus 4 until I hear the CD.

And I don't know if I can agree with you on hyde not being concerned about making money with the VAMPS works or with the suspected reason behind change of label from Sony to Avex. I thought HYDE implied that what he wants to try out is music that is out of the box AND sells at the same time.

I don't really see much difference between VAMPS or L'Arc in terms of merchandising themselves...

Date: 2008-07-27 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jishcreator.livejournal.com
I love the new layout ^^
And I really love everything about VAMPS.
I loved the songs and the photoshoots and interviews every two seconds are a huge WIN for me.

And I am really excited about the VAMPS music to come.

Date: 2008-07-28 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gakkuhai.livejournal.com
May I put my 2 cents in? I actually like Vamps ^^;; It seems like Hyde wants to have fun with this band, and didn't he say he wanted a song that was easy to remember? :3

What interview goodness are we talking about? :D Can I see? And what was that about K.A.Z. veto-ing something punki? ;( No fair.

Date: 2008-07-30 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saanrio.livejournal.com
Well, I know I'm probably about to brand myself as a bad HYDE fan, but I didn't even know about this project until about a week ago. I came across the PV for Love Addict purely by accident. The song didn't grab me then, but I think it was because I was so distracted by the Bela Lugosi guy in the video. I was so busy looking at him, I couldn't concentrate on the song. When I managed to listen to the song by itself, I was immediately grabbed. I know a lot of people haven't been too enamored of it, but it got me. I can't even explain it, there is just something there that made me sit up and take notice. Now, if only I can find a PV with more HYDE and KAZ, and less of the wannabe Bela Lugosi, I'll be happy.

Personally, both of the songs just seem to me like the people involved are having fun doing what they love, and that is something I love.

Date: 2008-08-04 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleuparfait.livejournal.com
Hi this is my first comment in hydeology~
I love the layout! It looks so slick...+_+

As for VAMPS...well I'm going to be honest.

First, I have nothing against solo projects but when I heard VAMPS was going to be a HYDE x K.A.Z thing, I wanted to go into hiding till 2011...I still haven't watched the DVD extra that came with Season's Call single and I still haven't finished the FAITH Live DVDs. I only started to listen to the whole of FAITH album since early this year...FAITH is just, relatively, boring.

On the other hand, I was so relieved when I heard Love Addict for the first time. It's fun. You can actually listen to it. Complicated or simple, I like my music with melodies and a bit of spark. VAMPS isn't a L'Arc in terms of scale/musicality/style/attitude and I don't mind that at all. If hyde has fun doing it, then I think he should go for it. But I don't want him to pretend (if ever)as if VAMPS is ever going to be some kind of an indies thing or a wild project because frankly with his status, it'll be almost impossible to separate hyde of L'Arc~en~Ciel from HYDE of VAMPS.

Date: 2008-08-05 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] patbjorke.livejournal.com
I thought that I already joined this comm... @_@ Weird!

Anyway, the layout is AWESOME.

I think that VAMPS is okay, but it's not the kind of music that I listen to on a regular basis. Maybe once in a while.
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