A funny thing happened yesterday when I was putting together my admission of a torrid new love affair with GANG PARADE: My phone had actually died overnight, taking all of my usual notifications with it, so I was relying on blind-ass luck yesterday (hence: one post). I missed this development! So, bonus, here are four more new songs off of the new album:
Oh my goodness. Oh my. This isn’t real. I’m hallucinating.
To continue to promote the GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!! album, and staying right in line with that out-of-nowhere barn burner from a couple of weeks ago (not to mention the tracks uploaded to Soundcloud), here’s what four-and-a-half minutes inside of my head on an average afternoon would look and sound like if you weren’t quickly suffocated by the brains that fill my head, rather than air to breathe!
Well, at least all of that sudden noise is going to result in something more than a cynical cash grab.
Building on the (deserved) reception of SAiNT SEX and (sigh) the WACK shuffle album, the two-headed troll called Watakuma Kennosuke, in conjunction with the suits at avex, is going to hold … an idol election:
『WACK & SCRAMBLES WORKS』シャッフルメンバー、アートワーク公開!!WACK総選挙「VOTE!!WACK!!」決定!!1位/2位獲得メンバーはavexよりソロデビュー!
— EMPiRE OFFiCiAL (@EMPiREIDOL) November 13, 2017
The top two vote-getters will get a solo single*; yes, the voting is facilitated by buying lots of CDs. Continue reading
Well after that little burst of excitement last week, GANG PARADE went and did one of my favorite things of theirs — they dumped a handful of tracks off of the new album titled in a way that I’ll be punning on it for years, onto Soundcloud, because apparently T-Palette is down with that kind of thing. If you were on the fence about whether to get the album*, may these additional previews sway you!
… and you know what’s kind of weird? I think it’s commonly accepted that GANG PARADE is WACK’s experimental unit. Not in the sense that they’re going to do a noise set with Hijokaidan or even go for graceful art pop like a certain ancillarily connected unit, but in the sense that they’re the unit that WACK tries things with first, or plays around with new sounds. Europop? Denpa song? Weak-ass “post-idol,” for lack of a better word? Whatever the hell you want to call “GANG PARADE”? So basically, it should never be a surprise that GANG PARADE’s doing a different sound with each significant release, or moving a successful style in a new direction.
In this case, I feel like what they were going with was “way more synth pop, but also violence.” Seeing as how those are two of my very favorite things, you can imagine my excitement! Continue reading
Well, first, shame the heck on me for completely forgetting about the GANG PARADE album that … I mean, I feel like I’ve been seeing references to it on an almost daily basis and it was still barely registering. Weird. But! Second, hey, did you know that GANG PARADE was putting out an album today? GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!
Usually that means either drugs or evolution or transcendence. Based on the MV (which, self-titled track?), which do you think?
I kid, I kid. You know that I’m pretty eagerly looking forward to whatever it is that WACK ultimately gets around to releasing from its stable, maybe except for EMPiRE, but especially BiSH now that Dickhead called the as-yet-unannounced album a “masterpiece” (he also teased new BiS auditions, for what that’s worth).
Anyway, the point is, when I see that there’s going to be a shuffle unit best-of-plus-covers-plus-etc CD coming out …
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) October 17, 2017
… but not, you know, actual albums or singles or anything, I feel a little let down. Continue reading
The things that I wake up to:
— Terry ₩ilkinson (@ramenshuriken) October 2, 2017
What the ever-loving–
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) October 2, 2017
Oh sweet baby Jesus. Continue reading
This one almost slipped by me yesterday, which is funny considering that I’ve been trying to watch BiS/H/EMPiRE like a hawk over the past week for things that I think are inevitable but suddenly seem kind of evitable. Anyway, December 8:
【WACKのフェス。開催決定!!】12/8(金) ZEPP ダイバーシティにてWACK所属のアーティストが一堂に会してライブすることが決定!!
出演 BiS BiSH GANG PARADE EMPiRE and more!!
— 渡辺”ジュンジュン”淳之介 (@JxSxK) September 9, 2017
The last time there was a WACK event of quite the type, it gave us The Trade, The Idol Eventually to Be Named EMPiRE and wasted a bunch of time from an audition process that actually changed very little for the company but probably sold Niconico a bunch of temporary subscriptions. Well, also, there was the family reunion: Continue reading
Let the news about late-year WACK releases begin apace! First up is GANG PARADE, whose GANG PARADE take themselves higher!! will drop near the end of November:
— GANG PARADE official (@GANG_PARADE) July 30, 2017
I’m guessing that it won’t sound like a Jackie Wilson jam, either
I didn’t see this one coming!
— GANG PARADE official (@GANG_PARADE) July 18, 2017
Because I’ll never actually understand WACK’s business model, nor how T-Palette operates in general, I’m surprised every time this happens: If you want GANG PARADE’s new single, you can download it for free from OTOTOY (preferred site for officially free idol downloads!), or you can just get the songs straight from Soundcloud: Continue reading