Scout Bar presents


Palaye Royal, Darke Complex

Sun, May 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

$21.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages


Exotic Japanese rockers build global profile, including sold-out headline show at the world famous Roxy in Los Angeles, international tour dates and a single collaboration with Apocalyptica.

VAMPS, the visually arresting rock act formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), are one of the most notable names in Japanese music.

Since coming together in 2008, they have released three studio albums plus a succession of live DVDs, all of them showcasing the band’s signature approach to their craft: grand-scale theatrics and drama married to expert playing and captivating song-writing skills – a potent combination that has led to them playing hundreds of shows at home, ‘taking over’ larger Japanese arenas for multiple nights (including their legendary Halloween and summer events) and growing a massive fan-base dedicated to both the music and the message…

“I want our audiences to feel the wild and immoral side of rock culture. And as we are vampires, our show will obviously be different from that of any other rock band!!” laughs HYDE.

In the wake of two highly acclaimed international album releases, ‘SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL’ (2013) and ‘BLOODSUCKERS’ (2015), VAMPS have gained recognition far beyond their native land from audiences and media across the globe – a continuation down the path the band started in 2010 with their DVD ‘VAMPS LIVE 2010 WORLD TOUR CHILE’, a title which hit the Number One spot on the Japanese DVD chart; in addition, their album AT the time, ‘BEAST’, was a Top 5 entry on the South American chart, the first time a Japanese artist had achieved such a feat.

In support of ‘SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL’, VAMPS teamed up with Live Nation for a tour of Europe including their debut appearance at the prestigious Download Festival in the UK (2014).

The following year saw the global release of ‘BLOODSUCKERS’, a Top Five Japanese album including the singles ‘WORLD’S END’ (part of Sony’s Xperia mobile campaign), ‘VAMPIRE’S LOVE’, a Top Three single which launched the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Dracula Untold’ in Japan and REPLAY’, the theme song of ‘Dark Labyrinth’, THE world famous smartphone app from ‘Dark Summoner’, downloaded over six million times, as well as ‘THE JOLLY ROGER’, featured in the TV commercial for Nissan’s X-Trail SUV

“The ‘BLOODSUCKERS’ release was a significant moment for us,” reflects HYDE, “as it’s always been our ambition to be in the same position as artists from the UK or the US, artists I listened to when I was a kid. It was actually this desire to be accepted around the world that drove me to create VAMPS and to get the whole project moving forward…

“Our goal is to get our music played on the radio ALONG WITH songs from other bands I admire, to perform on the main-stage at the major rock festivals, to be on the US Billboard chart… all of the things that most acts want to achieve in their career.”

“Music shouldn’t really have any boundaries,” sums up K.A.Z, “everything should be possible.”

VAMPS kicked off their 2015 world tour in Jakarta, before heading out on a 12-date Stateside run with Sixx:A.M. and Apocalyptica AFTER Sixx:A.M. performed at VAMPS’ own festival, ‘VAMPARK FEST’,earlier in the year (Gerard Way, Nothing More and Buckcherry were amongst the other names on the bill). VAMPS concluded the US tour with their very own headline show in New York CITY, as well as a slew of performances at some of the biggest US rock festivals including ROCK ON THE RANGE, followed by visits to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“We decided to think differently,” says HYDE, “to take a whole new approach. By bringing overseas artists to Japan to play on our tour or our shows, we feel we can start to work more organically with them, to create a certain bond…”

“The ‘exchange tour’ concept is a great way for our fans to hear the music of other bands,” nods K.A.Z, “and of course it can work the other way around too, creating opportunities for us to perform outside of Japan and to collaborate on fresh musical projects. It’s a wide world, and it’s always exciting to have the chance to create something new.”

July 2015 saw VAMPS perform at both Japan Expo in Paris, FRANCE and Japan Night in London, UK before hosting their very own annual summer Beast Party in Japan AND heading to South America in the fall for shows in ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHILE AND MEXICO. Fall 2015 also saw VAMPS sell out the ROXY in LOS ANGELES – The world famous venue that helped launch the careers of iconic artists such as the THE ROLLING STONES and BOB MARLEY.

VAMPS are returing to Europe as special guest to Apocalyptica on their UK tour in late November – a thrilling live package supported by their single collaboration ‘SIN IN JUSTICE’, out now via Spinefarm Records, VAMPS' international label since ‘SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL’. SEE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'SIN IN JUSTICE' HERE ( で詳細を読む
Palaye Royal
The fashion-art rock band Palaye consisting of Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig, Emerson Barrett has been named champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness" 2014. They are the first unsigned act ever to compete in and win this fan-voted tournament. The global Samsung Galaxy Note commercial that features Palaye Royale's single "Get Higher" continues to make an impression and make history.

Songwriters, performers, rockstars, co-producers, filmmakers, champions. Years ahead of their time, frontman Remington Leith, guitarist and organist Sebastian Danzig and drummer Emerson Barrett formed Palaye Royale in late 2011 and are now champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness," now in its fifth year. The history-making band is the first unsigned act ever to be fan-voted to compete in the NCAA-style music competition, pitting 64 bands against one another that ultimately saw Palaye Royale defeating Linkin Park in the championships. Palaye Royale can now call themselves victors beating out several major acts in the process including Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Bastille, Tokio Hotel, We Are The In Crowd and finally Linkin Park.

A winning mentality has always been top-of-mind for the guys, whose last several months have been a whirlwind. Samsung Galaxy Note hand-picked Palaye Royale's "Get Higher" for a commercial that aired globally on digital billboards in London's Piccadilly Circus, Madrid, Spain and Singapore's Orchard Road in December 2013 - once again making history - as the first-ever unsigned act integrated into Samsung branding. In the illustrated and interactive ad spot, the trio's recent hit, the infectious retro "Get Higher" is the focal point with all members of Palaye Royale using Samsung products in their everyday routine - checking their Samsung watch for their tour schedule, drawing on the Note tablet, playing video and even walking down the legendary Abbey Road with devices in hand. Nearly closing in on 1 Million views on YouTube, the music video for "Get Higher" is quickly catching on with fans and brands as a favorite.

Palaye Royale kicked off their career with debut single "Morning Light" in early 2012, garnering 20 Million+ views on YouTube. The introspective, coming-of-age tune cemented the band's fan base, known as Soldiers of the Royal Council, which currently includes 75 fan groups globally, including Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, The Philippines, Brazil, UK and France. Palaye Royale's Soldiers of the Royal Council are part of a youth revolution and movement in music that is making history for the band, building via social media and powering their impressive view counts for their self-created music videos, which they call art films as well as attention around MTV's "Musical March Madness." Palaye Royale has also performed a string of successful sold-out west coast dates in California and Las Vegas.

"Palaye Royale are set apart by their artistry and integrity...'indie' in every sense of the word, completely 'hands-on' from their words and musical arrangements as well as directing and producing their own music videos to handling their own social media." -Pop Vulture
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Venue Information:
Scout Bar
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058