RAY Want To Spend “The End Of The World With You”…

This dropped a few days ago, but it was simply too good to let slip past the radar. Shoegaze idols RAY,  (Successors to the now-legendary group with no with no real name save for a row of dots) are still not a year old, but have already made a huge impression with a dose of effortless charisma and incredibly strong musical collaborations with top-tier talent.

Their first EP release “Blue” was a near-perfect collection of songs that revealed a sky’s-the-limit potential. We’ve been treated to MVs for “Butterfly Effect” and “Meteor”, and now there’s a more low-key video for the closing track, “The End Of The World With You”

As the tweet above explains, this MV offers us a retrospective of the group’s upward trajectory since their inception, including most notably their acclaimed show in Taiwan.   Let’s have a look!

It’s just what you’d expect, a fun and exciting behind the scenes look at RAY traveling, performing, eating, bonding, y’know, doing idol stuff! One thing that gives RAY something of a leg-up on the dearly departed Dot-chans is being free of the challenges that came with a group maintaining a mysterious air of anonymity. We get to know Yua, Norimaika, Sayaka, and Tsukihi in a much more personable way and that’s ultimately a better plan for the idol business model. These ladies are just terrific, and seeing them cavort and have fun as they explore the possibilities offered in this journey gives one a warm, joyful feeling. (Which is a fascinating juxtaposition to the heavier melancholia of the actual song.) 

And what a song!! Holy heck I love that opening riff and the way it sort of fakes you out before the song takes off. This tune sounds amazing at high-volume, so make sure you don’t just watch this on your phone, for goodness sake. 

And you know why the song is so darn good? Because it’s written by Hata Yusuke of cruyff in the bedroom, veterans of Japan’s highly-lauded shoegaze scene. These sonic technicians have always been on point, so of course this song roars as much as it soothes…

I’m really looking forward to another release by RAY, and I’m especially hoping we can get a full album from them this year possibly. If not, that’s okay too though, music this good is worth the wait. Just keep these RAYs shining on us, please. 

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce New Member Selection

NECRONOMIDOL has given us one month’s time to prepare for an expansion of their ranks. The Darkness Girls will unveil both their new member(s) and new costumes at a free live on March 23.

With the massive number of graduations and disbandments in the past year,  the list of potential NECROMA recruits is tantalizing.

Did Ricky-San draw from this deep pool of known idols, or cast brand new talent?

Is it new member or members? Will we see a five, six or thirteen member formation?

Since the announced live has a school entrance ceremony theme, will the new costumes be an ultra-dark version of seifuku? 

Let the rampant speculation begin:

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Your Homicidols Weekender #61

It’s Kerrie again! Sorry! Not much happened last week, but I think I can say this week was a little more eventful. In terms of personal issues that’s also sort of idol related, I’ve been busy prepping for my first time seeing BABYMETAL on Sunday. Should I check out some of London’s tourist traps while I’m there? Should I head to the venue early? Was it a mistake buying a standing ticket when my knees are damaged enough as it is? Anyway, if you’re coming too, feel free to say hi! And maybe bring me a deck chair? There was a bit more idol news this week too, in particular, the WACK cinematic universe, the most recent of which we’ll start with, how about now?

It’s PEDRO en masse!

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A Friday Full Of Terrible Ideas

A Friday Last week you (well, mostly Brian) just warmed the cockles of my heart.

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Yukueshirezutsurezure Previews New Song, “REDERA”

Yukueshirezutsurezure launched a two-hour preview of their latest song, REDERA. The music, per usual, is composed by syva, but the lyrics this time around are courtesy of  MilcBoy and, man,  it’s some good stuff.

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Beni and CHILDISH TONES remember life as an “Ex Fan Des Sixties”…

avandoned may be approaching an end to it’s illustrious career run, but by no means does this mean that Beni Usakura will be ceasing to work on terrific musical projects that are both sublime and meaningful. Once again the multi-media chanteuse has teamed-up with the amazing toy instrument garage band CHILDISH TONES to offer another great take on a classic pop tune!

This time the delightfully quirky combo is treating us to a haunting cover of a song written by the LEGENDARY master of subversive pop, the great Serge Gainsbourg himself, which was recorded by his long-running romantic and artistic muse, the fabulous and stunning Jane Birkin

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A Belated Bukuga Body Horror Valentines

Maison book girl releasing a music video while Storm Dennis batters the UK feels oddly appropriate considering they’re like the idol equivalent of being indoors on a rainy evening. As comforting as their music often sounds, however, their videos are sometimes the opposite, such as today’s offering, “Kanashimi no Kodomotachi”.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #170

Hi all! Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day yesterday? Did you send lots of Idol Valentines? Maniac is setting sail on The Love Boat for the time being, so I guess you’ve got this sad sack taking over this weekend!

Following last week’s drama, it seems this week was a fairly slow one in comparison. After all, not many exciting things to see when its Valentine’s weekend and half these idols probably have a love ban. Or maybe we’ll get lots of surprise dismissal announcements the coming Monday? Oh well, I’m rambling again. Let’s just get into the interesting stuff.

Who wants another re-recording of the Gokigen Teikoku‘s Yakiniku song?

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You’re Going To Love This Classic Fun

Last week, we celebrated the best hairstyle ever:

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AiNA THE END Writes a Song

Yesterday BiSH announced that AiNA THE END will release a digital single for which she composed both the music and lyrics.  The arrangement for the tune is by chill guitarist Shingo Sekiguchi, so we can only imagine that the final product will be a far cry from typical BiSH Kentacore.

For a taste, BiSH posted an acapella teaser on their (relatively) new YouTube channel.

Honestly, I’m not sure Aina’s voice needs much more of a backing track than muted traffic noise. 

The song, entitled  “Only On the Night I Want to Die” (死にたい夜にかぎって),   is the theme song for a dorama of the same name.  Both will be released on February 25th. Continue reading

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