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“L’Arc-en-Ciel is all about the musicianship. But Vamps are obsessed with rock music, and that’s basically our watchword: ‘rock.’ “

Japanese megastar Hyde is weighing up the differences between his two bands. L’Arc-en-Ciel, the multimillion-selling extrovert outfit with whom he rose to fame as the singer, have for 19 years been one of visual-kei’s hottest acts, even if the band themselves reject the genre label. Vamps, on the other hand, are a newer and more straightforward concern. Formed in 2008 to make music designed for the stage rather than the studio, they draw from a palette of hard rock, grunge, glam and emo.

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