As I mentioned in the Weekender, team, ol’ Maniac won’t be providing first-person accounts of his own from the NSLE shows; instead, I turn to friends! And nobody will travel further for, and deliver a better description of, the idol experience than our old pal Daemon. Take it away, sir!
So, everyone raise their hand that was worried about the reception of Not Secured, Loose Ends’ (aka Yukueshirezutsurezure) Western debut! Now, everyone can put their hands down and pretend they knew it was going to go fine all along. TL;DR: NSLE freaking destroyed the Rivoli in Toronto last night and the crowd loved every second of it.
NSLE opened their show with “Six Fall Roar,” and it took all of three seconds for the first mosh pit of the night to form. The crowd proved very willing, and at the urging of the NSLE fans from Japan, the traditional arms-locked, synchronized head-banging circle during the bridge covered the front third of the nightclub’s floor. Then, at the girls urging, the crowd collectively surged to the front for the hands-in huddle during the pounding build up to “Kami Sama?!” only to be thrown back by Shidare’s explosive answering scream crashing over wailing dub step sirens.
NSLE pulled off the perfect, shocking opener to their Western debut. They fully knocked the crowd out of their senses and then never gave them a chance to recover. They relentlessly sprinted through their set, never leaving more than a few seconds between songs. The only let up in intensity was during “Gaga,” their most pop-friendly tune, which ditches the hardcore but still runs at a jackrabbit tempo, and the contemplative “Shinjuku Cinema Connection.”
The rest of the show was NSLE in prime form. Their rock-fueled electronica beats had the crowd jumping while the hardcore vocal drops fell like hand grenades exploding into mosh pits.
In a notable moment, both Shidare and Tsuyame came down into the audience to perform in a ring of onlookers. While Tsuyame quickly returned to the stage, Shidare instead decided to do a walkabout and headed to the back of the club. She’s so tiny, she just sort of vanished into the crowd, and even the women on stage started to look worried, peering into the audience until her distinctive shouts rang out and her puffball twintails bounced back towards the stage.
There was also a cautionary moment that demonstrates how much more practice we Westerners need before attempting some of the more advanced idol audience moves. During “Kyousokaichinari,” there were some lift attempts that were less than elegant. Poor Papermaiden was volunteered for one and was practically launched onstage into Shidare’s arms. It’s a startling way to be introduced to someone, but I believe they are now good friends. We may all want to get together to rehearse this move before we try it again.
By the end of the 40-minute set, both the performers and the crowd were sweat-drenched and nearing exhaustion. NSLE seemed truly touched by the response of the audience. Toward the end of “Ideology“, I saw both Shidare and Komachi holding back tears while they looked over the crowd. I was glad to be a part of their reception, as they deserved every second of it. I’m pretty much of the opinion that NSLE just planted a flag for hardcore idol in the West, and everyone who comes after will have to live up to the expectations set last night.
— ゆくえしれずつれづれ (@yukuetsurezure) May 20, 2017
Toronto@the Rivoli thanks!!
Thank you for a wonderful night.
See you tomorrow.Good night.
— ◎屋しだれ (@shida_tsurezure) May 20, 2017
Yes and please! Well done, Daemon, and I hope you’re right!