Cinema Bizarre – Fame Ball Tour 2009
March 30, 2009
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Mary Ouellette
Cinema Bizarre, they’re not just a band, they’re an experience. When Lady Gaga’s Fame Ball Tour rolled into the House of Blues in Boston, MA it was Cinema Bizarre who started out the night. Playing to a packed house of drag queens and their assumed entourages, teenage girls who dug deep into their mother’s closets to stake out her best 80s outfit and even a few folks who seemingly forgot their pants at home, Cinema Bizarre couldn’t have felt more right.
The German glamsters originally met at an Anime convention after connecting online through a shared admiration of “Visual Kei” – the Japanese youth culture focused around rebellion and individuality. Giving props to the internet for much of their mass appeal, the band’s first album “Final Attraction” (currently only available overseas) went top ten. Their debut U.S. release on Cherrytree Records is scheduled to be released later this year. While this may seem like an obstacle for a band playing in the States, it didn’t appear to unhinge the boys who had the crowd in the palms of their pretty little gloved hands for their fun, albeit short set.
Visually androgynous I heard the security guard next to me say to another “I thought they were all chicks” about one song into Cinema Bizarre’s set…there is no denying it, they are quite pretty. Their sound, self described as a fusion of “Glam, New Wave, Electro, New Romantic, Rock” offers a little bit for everyone’s musical palette. Lead singer Strify was very in tune with the audience, encouraging crowd participation throughout the set and seemed to have a hold on them. Channeling the spirit of Madonna he vogued his way through several songs engaging with his bandmates and the crowd. Bass player Kiro blew kisses to the crowd while guitarist Yu seemed to be the shyest of the bunch keeping his head down through most of the set. They looked as dainty as a pack of elves onstage and delivered a performance that not only left a mysterious air of intrigue, it left many of us wanting a little bit more.
The band is often compared to Tokio Hotel, another German outfit. This could be more so related to how they look rather than how they sound as I did not hear much of a comparison. After a short taste of what they have to offer, I’m looking forward to their full length U.S. debut album and a chance to see a bit more of them live!
The band has a limited edition two track EP that is currently available at all Hot Topic stores. The EP features their hit “Love Songs (They Kill Me)” and “Escape to The Stars (Rough Edge Mix)”, the latter of which is unavailable on any of the band’s international releases so check it out and keep their name in your head because you’ll likely be hearing a lot more from them!
Full Photo Gallery from The Fame Ball tour available here.