When You’re Watanabe, Your Week Has a Theme

WACK never sleeps, apparently, and nor does its somewhat eponymous founder have time for your shenanigans or judgment. In fact, he stacked up extremely Watanabe moments for the week and delivered like has never seemed possible — and it’s only Wednesday, good lord.

This is a music website, so the most important news is that the latest flavor of BiS (to which I do refer derisively but actually find myself more in love with all the time) is releasing a new album, and here’s the first track, which you can download until the 10th on the link here, and also listen to in perpetuity:

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This new BiS is SubLiME

It just me, or does anytime a WACK group that’s not part of the BiS/H duo deliver something new, they get barely any time in the LiMElight before they’re overshadowed? I only covered EMPiRE two days ago and already we have a music video for DEAD or a LiME, the first “real” single by BiS’ third generation. 

If you’re wondering why “LiME”, the MV answers nothing. It sure is juicy though!

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Yufu Terashima Is Going To Get Us Inside Area 51…

Y’know, we talk about about Yufu Terashima quite often amongst ourselves on the twitters, but I did a quick check and to the best of my knowledge, we’ve never posted anything specifically about her on this blog. I mean yeah, she was a member of that iconic group that pretty much gave birth to the movement, but perhaps Yufu herself goes a little bit more into the sort of pure idol territory that this blog appreciates but doesn’t usually cover.

But when you film an MV for a song that is not gives a fun visual medium to a delightful pop gem, but eludes to the elusive answers of one of the biggest questions that the human race has been asking since it first formed an inquisitive thought, you pay attention!

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But Are BiS Beautiful Too?

I don’t really know what it says about WACK management’s faith in WACK is BEAUTiFUL when immediately after posting that music video they blanket it with the first MV by the all-new BiS. Perhaps… WACK really is SHiT?

Hey! Who the hell overcompressed the avi!? WATANABE! -shakes fist-

As with previous weeks, this song is also up for free download, so grab that while you can!

The Weekly BiS Is Familiar and Still Fresh

All right, folks, BiS3 can’t possibly have revealed even more free new tracks from their upcoming re-re-debut album to preview and download, can they? That would be wild. They’d be practically giving the whole thing away for free at this point! What kind of wild-ass madman does that?

Oh, right.

Oh, and yeah, they did it! Two more songs!

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What Did BiS Bring Us This Week?

Ah yes, another week is upon us, and BiS3 hasn’t formally debuted yet, nor has an official release hit record store shelves, so that can only mean one thing — probably! they’ll tease at least one more new song and give an update on when the suddenly-a-lot-more-interesting-than-most-people-I-think-expected-they’d-be group debuts.

This was a safe assumption! And between the teaser strategy and the soundscapes at play, among other things, it feels less like a BiS debut and more like, well, their original namesakes’ rise four years ago. I find this business decision smart and good because, efforts made to the contrary, the most BiS-like thing to debut from WACK since 2015 has been pre-major BiSH, so really, emulating that whole move is a-okay in my book. The evidence? As if it hasn’t been abundantly clear, this debut is coming with some really cool musical choices (ah, those liberal pinches of heaviness), including these two new ones, which include what for me is one of the most interesting tracks that any notable in idol has done this year:

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Here’s Your BiS Of The Week

In what appears to be a weekly thing now, re-reformed BiS have dropped another pair of songs on dropbox and Soundcloud. Provided Brand-new Idol Society (not the 2011 one) doesn’t have any re-recordings of older songs, it’s starting to feel like this whole album is slowly being released for free at this point. Not that I’m complaining, I’m so skint I’m having to ration my bog roll. My bog roll, people!!

Dropbox links for this is not a love song and 1,2,3!! right here, as well as their Soundcloud for if the WACK bandwidth runs out again.

One New BiS Song, One Not-so-new BiS Song, One Maxed-out Network

BiS gave us another round of previews from their new album that frustratingly has the same name as their first. You might have already heard “BiS3” by now, but listen to it again because now there are actual member vocals and not Watanabe’s on it!

And a brand-new song, “SURRENDER”.

Dang it, BiS. So many of us were skeptical of this third generation incoming, but these are some pretty solid tracks right here! I guess we’re stuck here forever. On that note, should you want to listen to these tracks forever (or at least until they’re on an actual album) both BiS3 and SURRENDER are free to download on Dropbox. I’d suggest grab them quick before Watanabe’s account runs out of bandwidth again!

No, This Is What the New BiS Will Sound Like

Man, you guys, after the feelings of middling disappointment spawned by hearing Watanabe-sama’s vocal fill-in on the first track from BiS3, I was not feeling good about this whole project’s yet-again comeback. Like, BiS was once upon a time one of the coolest and most important things in music, and while a lot of BiS1’s success can be tied to the personalities involved and the angle that they took to everything, at the heart of it was the fact that their music was that damn good, and that they had the right vocal mix to crush the hell out of it while telling a compelling story about their own personality blend. Even BiS2 had its moments in that regard, but it was, yeah in retrospect but also in real time if you opened yourself to the idea, kind of clearly a knock-off. It just didn’t have the same energy or spawn the same feelings of possibility.

With the latest reboot, one could be forgiven for going into it with diminished expectation. A copy of a copy is, after all, two full orders of magnitude lesser than the original*, and I’ll go ahead and out myself as one of those who felt like BiS was getting another run more to fulfill a contractual obligation to a record label and to sell out remaining IDOL merch inventory. Other people were apparently more than ready for BiS3, though, because the initial announcement of this track’s availability (yesterday) exceeded the download bandwidth and was all but inaccessible. Good thing for Soundcloud, then, and good thing for us — this is a winner:

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So This Is What BiS3 Will Sound Like, Huh?

It was inevitable following the official re-re-launch of BiS that there would be quick next steps. No, I don’t mean the greatest post in the history of idol blogging; I mean a demo of some sort, something that sticks with the WACK playbook to give a taste of what’s to come without actually revealing anything of substance — the members are all still ghosted-out, after all. And that inevitability bore fruit today! This is apparently what we can expect to hear from the re-renewed Brand-new Idol Society:

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