So okay, maybe this hasn’t been the most exciting idol summer so far, but what if I told you that one of the most absolutely stalwart of projects — I’m talking duration, member stamina, growth and onward — just put out a new record that could hit all the right notes for you this summer, because it’s the purest encapsulation of idorock, the Music Genre Made for Summer? Would you be all, Maniac, please, my wets tell me what this is that I might enjoy it!(?)
You should be, but perhaps you will not, for I speak of Candy GO!GO! (obviously), and for some reason I’ve never been able to get other Western fans to enjoy them as much as I do. Maybe it’s boo me for effort, I dunno. But! They recently dropped an EP to follow up on last year’s “Fake News” single, and, frankly, everything that I’ve heard so far from IDOROCK-beyond- has made me a believer. Here’s “Dahlia”:
We need a pick-me-up, and I’m not talking about just spinning a few hours’ worth of Negicco or Sakura Gakuin or atmospheric black metal or something. No, we need homi-approximate idol, and it needs to have rock flavors, preferably a passable guitar solo and … a theme! A theme that’s maybe kind of palliative, even ironically, or is at least so titled. Thus we can pretend that everything’s going to be okay!
Hey, I know, isn’t Candy GO!GO! releasing a new single? And didn’t they promise the MV today? They did! Continue reading →
I’ve already given away to whom I’m referring here, but let me just say that some casual what-are-they-doing Twitter cruising a little while back turned out a result that for one sweet second made me think that Hauptharmonie still lived, and that I might know true joy again.
Alas! It was Candy GO!GO! and the short-version PV for their new single!
I mean, it’s called “HONEY TRAP” ffs
This is their umpteenth single, releasing the day before this live DVD celebrating the group’s seventh(!) anniversary:
Other than the various times that I note how excellent a follow Rin is on Twitter, I don’t have much occasion to post about Candy GO!GO!, who have shown in the past to be perfectly cool and good and capable of some serious rockers. Hence, when they start putting live clips online in a way that’s readily accessible without having to worry about YouTube’s stupid rules, I listen, and then I feel like sharing.
“CANDY” will be their third(?) major single, which isn’t bad considering, but is also kind of amazing when you look at their entire body of work (going back to 2010!) and persistent growth as a thing.
Also, where did like 40 percent of the members go? Being outlandishly large was always one of my favorite things about the group. But, skipping an obvious tie-in joke while saying so, Rin is still in charge and remains one of the more interesting people to have in your Twitter feed.
Pure Idol Heart, who’s great to chat with about idol stuff at all hours, has been tipping me off on lots of new stuff lately, but this is one that genuinely has me excited.
First up: Candy GO!GO! Like, the living embodiments of idorock. Their last single was a lot of fun, their major debut is coming out at the end of the year, and they’re just out there doing like they always do, which is put on swaggy stage shows and dominate Twitter. Candy GO!GO! is managed by One-to-One Agency, and that name used to make a lot of sense because, to my knowledge, they only had themselves one client (being Candy GO!GO!).
Not anymore! And if you’re reading this on the home page, please allow me to clickbait you by saying and you won’t believe who they’ve signed (but you’ll probably be happy for who it was): Continue reading →
They have almost as many active members as BiS has auditioneers, and they do “pop ‘n’ roll” and honestly look like a ton of fun … how about a little CANDY GO!GO! to kick off your (in the USA) Labor Day weekend?
Given what we got earlier from PiGU, something to keep the mood high on a midsummer Friday was in order, and Candy GO!GO! definitely delivered with “ワンチャン☆サマー” (help) and “endroll” (available to purchase Aug. 17!):
For reasons the go against any and all good sense, Candy GO!GO! is geo-blocked on YouTube, so thanks to @the59thsecond for providing an embed for “endroll” on Pakistan’s own video platform! Should a non-proxy source for “ワンチャン☆サマー” be available, I’ll update.
But anyway, fun! Let’s go the beach and have a good ol’ fashioned party filled with a tense rivalry between preps and greasers that can only be resolved in a spontaneously choreographed dance competition!