This Is the GANG PARADE I Was Looking For

So GANG PARADE released the MV for their new single the other day, and it’s a nice song and all, but — likely due to the fact that it’s a theme song — kind of tame by the group’s recent-ish standards. Perhaps in the vernacular of today’s youth: It doesn’t so much slay as lightly buffet. A little disappointing!

Of course, as we know ’round these parts, the B side is the best side, and the companion track from the single is unexpectedly exactly what I needed not just from this record, but from like all of idol in the past several months:

Oh my goodness. Oh my. Oh. Continue reading

GANG PARADE Can’t Stop!

I knew that I was going to be on a train under the ground when GANG PARADE dropped the video for their new single, so my mind went to all kinds of fanciful places with it. Would it be heavy or dark or epic or tortured? Would it be great, or greatest? After all, nobody on the WACK roster has been as consistently cool and interesting with their releases as GANG PARADE since at least the latter parts of last year. A new single so titled as to get Ke$ha into my head from references first to last just had to be great, right?

I mean, it’s nice!


Inspirational! Also kind of nihilist!

I’ll admit, I was hoping for something a little more something out of this one. It reminds me way more of late-run POP than it does what GANG PARADE’s been doing since the SiSncident injected raw excitement into what had been WACK’s least effective product, and that took some doing when you consider that the opening guitar licks got me het up like I was about to get the rock anthem I’ve been waiting for. Alas! I guess the limitations of being for a TV show proved to be too much.

This nice single will be out on the 11th.

WACK Wins by Having Nothing to Apologize For

All of my reactions to WACK news lately seems to be along the lines of “well, that happened.”

It all started on Friday, with this foreboding billboard atop Shibuya’s famous 109 building:

“We haven’t done anything yet, but we apologize in advance?”

Well, that’s ominous. Granted, I can think of many things WACK should apologize for, but this is now. Well, the future. Eyebrows were raised. Questions were asked. Just what exactly is this future scandal WACK have had to apologize in advance for? It got even worse when Watanabe tweeted out the words many a WACK fan dread; “Announcement at 24:00.” There was panic, theorizing (mostly from me) when eventually, the fateful moment came. Continue reading

Behold! The Ultimate Yui Ga Dokuson Experience!

What.

Continue reading

GANG PARADE Really Is the New WACK Hammer

Though “new” is kind of a misnomer, I guess, given that the former POP has been on such a great roll for months and months now, but this companion piece to “GANG 2” still makes the grittier take feel fresh:

Continue reading

Fresh Faces and Astral Projection in the New GANG PARADE Single

I had the slightest twinge of guilt at seeing this new thing come across the copy desk here at Homicidols.com — did I even know there was a new GANG PARADE single? I did! — but I am more than happy to share the “GANG 2” MV:

I want to know who tried to banish Saki to the temporal world, only to learn that her Ganpare spirit was strong enough to at least finish up her dance number. Continue reading

The WACK Expo Fallout: We Are All Incredibly Easy Marks

I didn’t watch the WACK Expo. After the thing had been announced, and the overall shape of the auditions made, it was pretty obvious how the whole shebang would be conducted and concluded, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I allowed myself to selectively enjoy the auditions from extra-afar, taking it all in via Twitter and the occasional side conversation; once my girl Trivago was finally, mercifully euthanized, I didn’t care enough to even do that.

When I woke up today, the event was all in the past. Things had been done, reactions had, tears shed, etc. Was Twitter buzzing? It sure was! Were the takes flying? They sure were!

And all according to plan. Like any good wota, this is our moment to MIX, to respond to the ainote, to play our part in the interactive ritual that is being an idol fan. We happily separate ourselves from our money to experience closely controlled environments of put-on cruelty and manicured triumphs. We call out the things that are bad or stupid, and hand over cash, attention and appearances of generalized support in exchange. We are all incredibly easy marks.

Anyway, what happened: Continue reading

Thanks, GANG PARADE, Now My Brain Is Bleeding

GANG PARADE is killing it; it is known. Also known — that this song was recalling a little bit more of the earlier days of the group, more Pla2me than anything. It got the Soundcloud release treatment a little while back, and most folks took it as a net positive anyway, and were excited for the “BREAKING THE ROAD” A-side (which is excellent).

Whether an MV was inevitable, that’s debatable, but seeing it leaves me contemplating the inevitability of death and why I need to medicate less when gross bugs are going around the office:

Continue reading

GANG PARADE Broke the Ability to Metaphor

Ages ago, back when I was planning out how I wanted to do this idiotic project, I wrote out a series of topics that I thought were worth discussing. It’s worth noting that said editorial outline ultimately turned into nothing because I had grossly underestimated the size and complexity of just this little corner of the Idolverse, and I wasn’t ever going to have time to make a lot of those pieces happen. Noting that, however, I can still say that I had wanted to do a pre-most-WACK-things post on the general career arc of one Watanabe Junnosuke, questioning whether it was skill or luck that had gotten him through (at the time) OG BiS, OG BiSH and OG Pla2POP.

So! GANG PARADE made “BREAKING THE ROAD” official today:

Continue reading

I Don’t Know, GANG PARADE, How Much Do YOU Want to Eat?

In a 24-hour span, the only part of WACK that hasn’t pushed out something to promote a release old or young is now EMPiRE; GANG PARADE offered up the first track from “BREAKING THE ROAD”:

Well, I’m officially done with trying to figure out what GANG PARADE is going to do at any given time. Going all the way back to POP and the group that got booted from TIF, it’s just been one swerve (or partial swerve) after another. This one’s like closing the loop on a knot that started with “pretty pretty good” and some of the subsequent down-catalog material. It’s also like being at Ultrabar for NYE 2009.

Great title, though. I’d love to get at the lyrics. Also the A-side, but I’ll take what I can get before the MV hits any minute now.

Coco, I have a weird feeling that this one is dedicated to you