No one single thing in the past week got me as excited to acknowledge a YouTube notification as this. I love DAIDAIDAI, have championed them from their birth (two years ago!), have eagerly waited for a chance to completely immerse myself in their soundscapes, the kind of thing that really only works when you’re seeing a live, rather than catching up on clips from fans’ cameras or the errant MV. And today, a pro-shot (of sorts). It feels like victory.
DAIDAIDAI! Everybody should have a DAIDAIDAI in their idol life — that is, not a hard oshi situation, but a project that you totally love and respect and can put some emotional investment into without going over the top, because it’s just not that kind of project. Instead, you play their music as an accompaniment to life and quietly covet their merch. I put them down as one of my sleeper candidates for a big 2018 (because see above), and here they are at the onset of April giving the world a little peek at their plans:
Well, today’s been a fairly heavy one (though I think I’m going to stay on the DEADLIFT LOLITA thing for a while yet), but some of the best and simultaneously most unsung work in idol is still happening, and now would be a great time to crank it up to 11 and rock out.
I speak, of course, of DAIDAIDAI:
I am so, so happy to get DAIDAIDAI’s first official MV from the digital gods this morning.
It’s absolutely perfect for the worst day of the week! Continue reading
This happened the other day:
— 代代代 Official info. (@daidaidai_info) June 19, 2017
“Say,” I thought to myself, “do you think that DAIDAIDAI might have some new video tonight?”
They did! Continue reading
After that other bit of news, this is a nice thing to have on Monday:
— 代代代 Official info. (@daidaidai_info) January 16, 2017
(The link is for the track list and details; the @ in there is for the cover artist.)
Late last week, DAIDAIDAI tweeted out this cryptic message-via-image:
— 代代代 Official info. (@daidaidai_info) December 29, 2016
Seeing as how the most Japanese I can read there is “that’s DAIDAIDAI’S name, I know that,” I ran it by people who do have Japanese, and the general agreement was that “it’s a message, but who knows?”
Great! Fortunately, Osaka’s latest electronic idolcore hype group made their intentions clear not long after: Continue reading
I’ll confess to having been on the nervous side when it came to just how active a debut we’d get out of DAIDAIDAI; the world is littered with idols who announce a debut, release some stuff, have that debut … and then just kind of blend into the background without doing anything noteworthy.
Thank goodness for DAIDAIDAI, then.
— 代代代 Official info. (@daidaidai_info) December 7, 2016
Can somebody translate that title? It’s coming out as like “Koenig Kenichi” or something similar.