Dué le Quartz

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Dué le Quartz's extravagant name gives more than a good hint about their style -- the band played visual kei complete with romantic melodies and outrageous fashion statements. They weren't around for…
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Mikansei No Jikyl to Hyde
Dué le Quartz's extravagant name gives more than a good hint about their style -- the band played visual kei complete with romantic melodies and outrageous fashion statements. They weren't around for long, but left their mark on the Japanese scene, not the least for launching the career of the J-rock-star Miyavi, as well as spawning [FIGURe;]. Dué le Quartz were founded in late 1998 by Sakito (vocals) and Ken (guitar), who soon recruited bassist Kikasa and drummer Kazuki (formerly of Je*Reviens). The band began to play clubs in Tokyo and city neighborhoods, but after a couple of months, Ken quit over musical differences, to be replaced by Miyabi [sic]. Dué le Quartz released their first record, the limited-edition EP Mikansei no Jekyll to Hyde, by the end of 1999; it went through four pressings. Another EP, Jisatsu Ganbou, followed in 2000, along with a DVD; Dué le Quartz seemed to be on a roll, with their fan club Baby Merry opening the same year, and their first Japanese solo tours scheduled for 2001, but in 2002, Kikasa decided to quit, which put the band to rest, although not before one last tour and one more EP, Rodeo. Miyabi changed his moniker to Miyavi and went solo, and Sakito and Kikasa later established [FIGURe;], which toiled until 2005, with the occasional session help from Kazuki.