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

Continue reading

The New sugartrap EP’s Arrival Can’t Come Soon Enough

Yes, friends, I am excited about sugartrap at any point that they’re doing active things like recording music (which they do occasionally) and performing live (which they do all the time). I’d prefer to wait a little bit for a real-deal MV to sprout wings and fly into my face closer to the release date of this record, but I’m also wont to force-feed you sugartrap (it’s good for you!) and will not be wroth should they be posted twice in quick succession.

Hence:


Further proof that Osaka idols are best idols

Continue reading

This Woltanative Release Deserves More Attention

I see that I’m not the only person to be celebrating the new MV release from MAPLEZ sister group Woltanative, which is fantastic, because while this isn’t a group that I’m normally going out of my way to celebrate, a few recent disappointments have me feeling more expansive about idols to feature and good stuff to talk up.

And this is pretty good! Or, more appropriately, Woltanative is pretty good, and this is a double-plus-good track with a really cool MV:

Continue reading

Melon Batake a Go Go Are SICKxIDOLSxSICK!

Obviously it’s a bit early, but I’m essentially ready to declare Melon Batake a Go Go my pick for Homicidols’ annual Best-Of in the “Breakthrough Artist” category. The group is on fire right now, with what finally appears to be a stable, solid line-up backed by great tunes, and an incrementally growing fan-following that really adore these “Idols From Outerspace”. Even from the short time ago this blog previously covered these girls, they’re swiftly taken on a new life and gained new fans. It’s fun and exciting to watch a group rise from obscurity and earn some well-deserved praise, and the time is definitely at hand for these young ladies.

With the iron hot, the sidekick idols are poised to strike with their upcoming EP “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” (It reminds me of the Cramps’ classic album “Stay Sick”!) which comes out in May. This will be the first release with the group’s current roster, because all the members are still too new to have recorded together before. (I think Soze is the only active member to have any recorded Melon music at all.)

The newly invigorated Melon Batake a Go Go has charged up their social media resources to spread the word of outer-space-psychobilly-infused-garage-rock-idol-music, including taking advantage of Soundcloud to share a brand-new song for the masses! It’s called “Horror Billy Nights”

It’s a solid rocker that’d make about any band proud! Nice meaty guitars, great vocals, and a spooky vibe that’ll fit into your Halloween party mixes this Fall. The only minor issue I take is that with a name like “Horror Billy Nights”, I kinda wish there was a little more “billy” in there. Just twang up those guitars a little bit! This is an idol group that I’m simply dying to see eventually perform with a live three-piece band featuring a devil-locked dude slapping a coffin-shaped stand-up bass with a couple of go-go dancers (Or a guy in a gorilla suit, that’s always cool too!) shaking it fast on pedestals along the edge of the stage.

Also up on the YouTubes is a short promo video that features another newly recorded song that Melon’s been performing live for some time, and moody piece of horror pop called “Change the Wolfman”

While things are certainly going fantastic for Melon Batake a Go Go, there’s been one unfortunate hitch in their giddy-up.  (Literally) Sadly, Soze Nakamura injured her ACL during a show last month, and she’s been out of the live-equation while awaiting surgery, followed by the eventual recovery process. The group’s been performing with occasional guest stars- as well as a framed photo of Nakamura in her honor. In the meantime, Soze has been revitalizing the group’s long-dormant Instagram accountwhich had been seemingly forgotten, with brand new, fresh photos. (On a related note, she now has a SOZELICA Instagram account as well!)

I haven’t seen any sort of pre-order information for purchasing “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” but I’m certainly keeping my eyes open. Also hopefully now that the Melon Girls have increased their stature considerably, perhaps the distribution for this EP will be improved. It’s been a bit of a task to get hold of their earlier stuff and it’d be great if a wider base could get their hands on this upcoming gem. They certainly deserve it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re looking at future breakouts here. Keep your eyes on Melon Batake a Go Go!!!

Shihatsumachi Underground May as Well Be the Future

All right, I’ve played this song three times now and still feel like it’s beyond me. Somebody stuck a blues guitarist into the booth during an OK Computer-era Radiohead recording session, gave the resultant track to idols and walked away with a devilish grin. The result? The lead from Shihatsumachi Underground’s first EP:

I told you that you were going to like them! Continue reading

SPARK SPEAKER Did a Ballad!

This is yesterday’s news, but worth being today’s news, too: With the release of their EP coming up in a heartbeat, SPARK SPEAKER, who are on a genuinely great hot streak, dropped this MV yesterday, and it’s … well, you’re literate and aware of the title of the post, so I don’t really need to belabor it:

Continue reading

Does SPARK SPEAKER’s New EP Presage Things as Good as It Sounds?

At least, as far as the trailer is concerned.

This includes that new song, naturally; refreshingly, I don’t think it’s so much as even the second-best track on the record, if the trailer is going to be any indication. Continue reading

Please Listen to What Oyasumi Hologram Did

The only downside to Soundcloud is that some of the best things will fly under the radar there unless you’re really assiduous about following up.

There should be no barriers between Oyasumi Hologram and the people of the world who want to hear their music. None. Continue reading

Did You Catch SPARK SPEAKER’s New Song?

And a final item from the end of last week! SPARK SPEAKER, who seem like they’re still enjoying the afterglow of the KYO-MEI release and are a month removed from what looks like it was a pretty successful one-man, unveiled this one at said show and dropped some pro-shot live video to share it with the world:

Continue reading

You Should Be Getting Excited About The New SAKA-SAMA EP…

Maniac mentioned it in the Weekender, but it bears repeating: “Lo-Fi Dream Pop” idols SAKA-SAMA are releasing an EP on TRASH-UP!! Records due out on February 28! You’ll pardon me for being a bit giddy, but I think this is a big deal … a minor milestone if you will. SAKA-SAMA’s been teasing us for well over a year cow, with tons of terrific live footage on their label’s YouTube Channel, but no actual studio releases save for some show-exclusive CD-Rs and a lone free song on OTOTOY. It’s no stretch to say I’ve been looking forward to this as much as any DOTS release, especially since SAKA-SAMA is a fellow torch-bearer for the cause of cool and strange avant-art idols.

Continue reading