|Blazer: Vero Moda, Top: Madewell, Pants: UniQlo, Booties: from Norway|
Please excuse my squinty eyes - these pictures were taken the morning after, as it were. The morning after my friend and I went to see the band called Vamps, on a whim. Now, Vamps is a band that was founded by Hyde, the singer and front man of one of my all-time favourite bands, L'arc en Ciel, and a guy called KAZ who is the guitarist of another band called Oblivion Dust (who I'd never heard of before, but now I'm going to hunt down a CD or two). My friend showed up at my house with a flyer a couple of weeks ago, saying these guys were playing in Camden, one night only. And we immediately decided we needed to go see this. (Even though I don't fancy Hyde at all, I fancy Ken. Ahem.)
The concert was great, of course. They played in front of a huge skull banner emblazoned with the band's tongue-in-cheek motto: Sex, Blood, Rock'n'Roll. (Of course, they would be massive Sex Pistols Fans.) Hyde is the most mesmerising singer anyway, and to go with the vampire theme, he wore glowing red contact lenses. Glaring out over the audience, he would cry out, "Who shall I eat?!" There was a bass guitarist who was insane, with the biggest Asian man-'fro I have seen in my life, dancing around while he played. And KAZ the guitarist even did this insane trick at one point where he swung his guitar around his entire body using the strap - my jaw just dropped. And the music was great - at one point, they even did a cover of that David Bowie song, "Life On Mars", that just sent chills down your spine.
About halfway through the gig, women started throwing underwear up on the stage. Hyde looked bemused as he picked up a black pair of panties adorned with beads, and carefully draped them over the microphone, while a white bra landed on top of the bass guitarist's 'fro. He left it there for a while, and just danced around with this bra on his head. Women were literally ripping their underwear off while the band played, and I just bet these guys would go back to their wives in Japan a few days later and be all, "You won't believe what the audience in London was like!" I'm actually not sure who had the most fun, the band or the audience...
And yes, I realise that wearing a blazer to the kind of gig where bras fly through the air was kind of lame. I'll know better neck time the Vamps are in town!