Stupid Best of 2018! I don’t mean to complain, not totally, about one of my favorite things to do all year, but one of the most work-intensive; I just regret trying to do that work at one of the busiest times of the year for Real Life things. Are idols not real life, you query, and to you I say, please tell me that you’ve left the house this week. No, what I’m getting at is that I’ve been watching things flit through my streams and pop up in my notifications and get mentioned left and right and I’ve been time-powerless to do anything about them. And some of them are good! May I make up in due time.
One thing that I didn’t want to wait popped up as like a rude awakening, as I have all but taken Poppy’s advise and deleted my Facebook. I have not, though, and will get pinged about things sometimes, and one of those times was yesterday when Terry shared this in the group — it’s … exactly as the title says, as in, a very loud live of Bury’s, in fact a show with a band!
Bury, whose career arc is fascinating to look at in retrospect, had themselves a birthday live (for Sayaka) yesterday, and used the occasion of bringing together their wota and a whole bunch of idol friends to unveil a new MV. Upon seeing this in the feeds at this time yesterday, I sat like an eager puppy for it to be released, only to be head-faked out until it dropped like 20 hours later instead. FINE. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that the units that you really deep-down personally support and root for are usually the ones whose stuff is worth waiting for.
I love this. Simple, straightforward punk anthems are basically the best thing in the world.
It’s so gratifying seeing Bury doing (relatively) well. It’s not typical for ultra-chika units that don’t neatly comport with any one set of expectations to generate too awful much interest beyond their most immediate wota circle, and even the ones who break out a bit usually reach a point of unsustainability where the total of all costs outweighs the slim sum of benefits. That Bury’s done is by just plain punking the hell out is really cool, a testament to them and their creative team and the determination to keep doing what you want to do. I’d buy all of them pizza if, like, we weren’t separated by thousands of miles.
As far as I know, this isn’t yet tied to any specific release, though I’m sure one will pop up soon. May everybody buy lots of copies.
Like, the song that they shared out yesterday is the reason why, which I hope you enjoy as much as I did:
Why is this such a rich year for new and newer idols, when last year was basically just one long slog of bad graduations and me wondering if this whole rock business had crested? Bury’s just doing right things, and every new song that sounds good as hell, every hi-res live photo, every accessibility-enabling development fills me with glee about their prospects. Continue reading →
Don’t you just love it when a song gets you right from the jump?* Maybe it’s my mood this a.m., or maybe it’s the dire need for more quality punk sounds in rock anymore, or maybe it’s the fact that I still haven’t eaten breakfast, but the only prevailing thought in my head as this new one from Bury got playing was OH YES!
I had been wondering if Bury was going to be doing anything soon — not because of any impending releases that I know of, but because I’d stumbled back over them in my playlists the other day — so this is a nice bit of serendipity. They’re still incredibly new-feeling, not even being a full year old now (and with minimal turnover!). In fact, I don’t get the why for this MV release. I will not complain about it, though! Continue reading →
I feel so badly about this one. It’s been an entire week since Jim, one of the greatest, bestest-taste-having idol fans in existence in addition to being kind of a big deal when it comes to that whole punk business, very excitedly shared that Bury, as stripped-down a chika unit as any chika unit has any right to be, has in fact de-stripped-down operations by en-sleekening their look and opening up their very own Bandcamp.*
The reason? Why, the release of their first single, naturally:
Which is actually now two full weeks old. My bad! If you wanted to listen, though, said Bandcamp can provide:
Now that you’ve listened to those songs, you’re going to buy them, right? At about $.50, there isn’t a better bargain. And then you’re going to follow Bury and become a devoted gaijin fan and encourage this unexpectedly promising punk project (p-p-p!) to succeed!
*Given how many bands turn to Bandcamp, I’m literally amazed that nobody named Bury had claimed a domain yet
Can I just say for a second that Soundcloud is great but also depressing? Great: Idols will sometimes use it to make tracks publicly available, completely for free on both ends of the equation, and it can be almost as helpful as YouTube (if you figure it out) when it comes to finding new stuff; depressing: not enough idols use it, and seeing total numbers of plays that barely crack the triple digits can and will make your heart weep for the try-hards who really just want you to listen to their work and dig it.
I can vouch not in the least bit for how many plays this will get, but I can say that you very well might dig it: