I was Twitter-diving the other day, kind of killing time between things at work, when one interesting new thing led to another and then I was on YouTube and it was just flash after flash of previously unfamiliar music from idols I’d never heard of and then. Then.
I wasn’t so much blown away as I was subsumed and desperately wanted to know more.
Not even a week ago, Bellring Girls Heart held their final appearance (as Bellring Girls Heart). Tears were shed. Two long-time members, Ayano and Mizuho, were graduating, Ayano to pursue a solo career (which should be interesting) and Mizuho to retire from entertainment; an idol and Bellheart member since she was 15, she felt it was time to move on with her life’s work. It was a bittersweet goodbye.
And then, in the most punk rock thing possible, Mizuho showed up yesterday as a member of wrestling/rock/idol/band thing Natsu no Mamono:
【拡散希望②】 THE 夏の魔物に新メンバーとして “ナチュラル・ボーン・アイドル” 麻宮みずほ（a.k.a朝倉みずほ） @mizuho_the 加入！
And in another reminder that there is good idol news out there, can I just say that I’m actually stoked about a new idol project that hasn’t released a single note of music yet?
Say hi to Alloy (Twitter), who would have me won over entirely on the strength of their excellent outfit and logo design. So chic! So retro-authoritarian! So … I mean, between the name and the look, could this finally be the industrial idols that I’ve been waiting for?
Anyway, that stuff’s neat, but take a very good look at the young women in that banner. Somebody looks a little familiar, no? (It’s the person referenced in the title!) Continue reading →
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 →
I may as well eventually get around to clearing out the ol’ backlog of drafts, no? For instance! A few weeks ago now, up popped in the Idolmetal group a new duo going by ShiX (Twitter). The insistence that this be addressed was followed up by Pure Idol Heart very shortly thereafter:
I missed petit pas! I did! And that’s even before seeing that business with Kokoro hanging out with Pikarin. There’s just always a place for super-up-tempo hard idol rock that never once flirts with being idorock, and the demise of petit pas! meant that the world lost one of the few projects that got it right.
So then imagine my excitement when I hit upon this little number:
In a coincidence that Alanis Morissette would almost certainly misidentify, yesterday, I used DAIDAIDAI’s teaser video to sum up my personal feelings about the onrushing end of election season; today, it’s the video of their debut that, front to back, might encapsulate your experience.
I wanted this to be about three minutes longer, but I’ll take it!