J-Pop Visual Kei Band The Kiddie to Disband
Eight years after its formation, J-pop’s Visual Kei band The Kiddie have decided to disband.
The group will move forward with one last tour in March titled yume wo hakobu ne which can be translated as Let's work on our dreams, OK? The group's final live performance will be held March 31 at Zepp Tokyo.
The Kiddie consist of five members: Yusa on vocals, Yuusei on lead guitar, Jun on rhythm guitar, Sorao on bass and Yuudai on drums. The band is known for their visual kei style, a movement among Japanese musicians that is characterized by the use of varying levels of makeup, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics.
Though many believe visual kei refers to a music genre with sounds relating to glam rock, punk rock and heavy metal, it is possible for visual key to be used in various genres. But The Kiddie’s style is casual and straight-to-the-point, which distinguishes them from other young visual kei bands.
The Kiddie just released their new full album Dystopia last month, but have decided with this album that it was time to close the curtain on the group. The members have not talked about the disbanding, but stated that from now on they would like to go on new, separate paths.
The Kiddie was formed in 2007 by Yusa and Yuudai after their group, Kazoku, broke up. They held their first live performance July 1, 2007, at Meguro Rockmaykan, and then debuted their first single "Little Senobi” in October 2007. In 2010, they signed with major label King Records and released their major debut single “Smile."
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