The Demise of Candye Syrup Is upon Us

This may not be news for you at this point, but now the second iteration of Candye Syrup will be disbanding next month, their last show at IKU’s birthday party:

Homicidols Dot Com reached out for comment and has, as of press time, received none. For what it’s worth, the members have likewise been all but silent on the issue (safe for RTing the above); the only other topic on any of their channels is the show on Saturday. I won’t speculate as to the reasons why this is happening, but one does wonder if this will be the actual end of the project. It didn’t take long to get this version up and running after the original disbanded immediately after their U.S. appearance last year, so odds are that we’ll know future plans (if any) sooner rather than later.

Update! IKU posted quite a bit on this right around the time that I was scheduling:

We’re Going to Be Able to Get the New Candye Syrup Single

Confession! I feel really guilty about being kind of late on this, but fortunately being a step late meant that I could share better, and unconditional, news — in a few days, Candye Syrup will be issuing a new single (well, new.5), I think the first official physical release by the new regime. When this was first shared with me by a very helpful and friendly and no doubt fun-at-parties insider, the record was definitely venue-only, but things changed a little bit shortly thereafter.

Here’s the official announcement:

That’s Senanan’s artwork, btw; KOUICHI on the composition

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Here’s Candye Syrup Putting It All on the Table for Their First Reboot Single

When we last left Candye Syrup, it was … wow, it was actually a little while ago. That’ll happen when you completely reboot your project, I guess. And of course there was already plenty of material for the group to work with, so no real hurry to absolutely get more songs out there. Take your time, build up the members, keep those fans engaged, and then hit ’em with your best shot.*

But it’s time! The first (digital-only, I think) single from the new Candye Syrup is here and appropriately titled and definitely worth the click:

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Here’s Your All-new New Candye Syrup

Well if this isn’t a pleasant surprise — after graduating all of their original members post a final show right here in the good ol’ USA, Candye Syrup is back. Or, more accurately, a unit called Candye Syrup is back, because these are totally new Candye Syrup members:

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Say “Hello” to the Night, and Owaranaide, Yoru

“People who like the night hate people”

This is the motto of Owaranaide, Yoru, the new project Sha-Yan asked us to look out for as she was winding up activities with Candye Syrup.

The concept of the group is to convey the conflicting feelings of young women who come to Tokyo and struggle in pursuit of their dreams: the loneliness, excitement, and nostalgia for their hometown while surrounded by the chaos of the city.

They have released the instrumental to their first song on Soundcloud:

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Candye Syrup, the Final Interview

In one of the weirdest honors ever accidentally given to anybody, fate just so happened to twist in a direction by which Candye Syrup’s final-ever media appearance happened in the United States, and in a Homicidols sit-down executed by your friend and mine @DaeMetal

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TFW Idols Have Their Last Lives Abroad: Candye Syrup at SabotenCon

U.S. idol fans on the West Coast are the luckiest of us all, because they’re the ones who get to sweep up the handful of idol lives that trickle across the Pacific. Our man Daemon, hot off the East Meets West Music Fest, hit up SabotenCon over the weekend to connect with Candye Syrup for their last gasp, a remarkable touch of luck.

Candye Syrup, who saw their debut on August 19, 2017 at Shibuya Milkyway in Tokyo, has now held their final performance on August 31 2018, just 377 short days later. The only good thing in this whole wretched mess is that Candye Syrup’s last live was held at Saboten Con in Phoenix, Arizona, so we in the Southwestern U.S. were given the blessed opportunity to send them off.

The crowd that gathered to see Candye Syrup’s last live contained a handful of American chika idol diehards, but was primarily made up of Saboten attendees whose familiarity to the group was watching a few videos on YouTube after hearing they would be performing at the Con. Some had been turned into instant fans on first exposure and were a bit shell-shocked to learn that they would be witnessing both Candye Syrup’s U.S. debut and final show. Continue reading

Candye Syrup Is the Latest Reminder That Idol Is the Worst

You’ve probably seen it by now, considering that it completely trumped the BiSH stealth single release+MV yesterday, but, if you were living under a rock, Candye Syrup, new EP on approach and definitely on the rise, is now officially in their death throes, with full-on breakup imminent:

Yes, they’ll (minus one) still be performing in Arizona, though:

And wouldn’t you know it, while the members will be going their separate ways, Iku will be trying again with a new lineup in the near future.

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Prepare Yourself for What Candye Syrup Is Bringing to America

I had the funnest little internal self-dialogue when I saw Candye Syrup tweet about the release of this MV. It went a little like:

“Oh neat! It’s been a little while since Candye Syrup did a thing, and they need to do a thing because of their con appearance in Arizona among other things, so this is good!”

“What are you so excited about? Don’t your think that Candye Syrup has a hit rate somewhere around Andre Drummond’s shooting percentage?”

Yeahbut–

“Yeahbut nothing.”

And then I did something else, because spending too much brain power on such things is for suckers. Quite a few hours later, here we are! I will no further preface this song or video except to say that this is the title track for the WHITE RUSSIAN EP due out on Wednesday, which is in fact more like a maxi single, but I gave up on understanding the ins and outs of how idol groups refer to their releases a while ago.


Instructional video

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Idol Death Ska, You Say?

Would it be rude of me to say that Candye Syrup gets a weird automatic reaction from me? And by “automatic reaction,” I mean “how a person reacts when someone runs up to you with a weird look on their face and saying ‘Dude, smell this.'” It’s kind of a crapshoot! They’ve managed to hit material so far out of the park that Frank Thomas would be impressed, and they’ve struck out in ways that would make Mark Reynolds blush*. So imagine my initial excitement over seeing that an MV (!) for a song called “IDOL DEATH SKA !?” (!) was out and ready for me, and how that excitement was immediately followed by the same face that idols make when they reach into the Mystery Box that, at best, has a frog in it.

I am unfamiliar with the band Castaway and its guitarist, Yossy, who wrote this song, but I saw the words “melodic” and “punk” put together in such a way that the first was meant to modify the second, and it made sense even before I’d made it past the first few bars. It helps to be prepared, you know? Continue reading