So I saw this new Dots video linked on Twitter and of course I eagerly clicked it. Within a few moments, the ethereal powers of the・chans took over and swept me away as I watched this clip of them performing “Soda Float Mood”, another song written by For Tracy Hyde‘s guitarist Azusa Suga, who also penned their fantastic crossover tune “Slide”. (We interviewed Azusa previously…)
And then a minute in, I’m thinking “Uhh, hey, these aren’t the・chans I know.” Equally perplexed and fascinated, I dug into the #dotstokyo twitterverse to find out what was happening here. I had previously joked about the Dots entering a state of osmosis and multiplying into two groups, could it be that this thought was prophetic?
Well, nothing quite so heavy and world-changing. Quite simply, Dots had played a show with another delightful indie-idol group called tipToe, and they decided to pull a little stage-costume switcheroo…
— ・・・・・・・・・ (@dotstokyo) January 13, 2018
When you watch the video again, you’ll notice a scattering of “Ahh-Hah!” reactions from the audience as they catch on while tipToe struggles with the choreography. (I’m not picking on them, they probably learned it that night!) It’s stuff like this that makes chika-level idols so much fun. And if you really want to be a amateur-concert video watching completist, there’s two more videos of this same performance up as well!
And what about this tipToe group? They’re not necessarily falling into the normally expected Homicidols territory, but they’re really quite terrific. I’m going to put them among the groups you should keep an eye on…