The Papermaiden suggests that we take this sucker for a spin, and I couldn’t agree more! Ever since PIH shared it over the weekend, I’ve been somewhere between complete unbelief and total thankfulness that such a strange trip exists in my world — so accessible, but so astonishingly out there at the same time, like if some of Bellring Girls Heart’s material from last year were to be turned into high-energy kawaiidol madness.
Cheeky Parade! Their name itself summons up notions of incorrigible Cockney youth, possibly chimneysweeps but almost certainly guttersnipes, song-and-dancing their way through the cobbled streets of turn-of-the-last-century London while well-heeled ladies and industrialists scoff in offense. That is not them, however!
No, this Cheeky Parade, they’re a pretty popular idol group that does some sitting between worlds; they aren’t loudols per se, but they can get loud, as evinced by their donation of one-fifth of NATASHA (entry point 1), and they like to mix it up and do things like NERFY GUINER BIEBER (entry point 2!). But they can also do the loud thing on their own merits:
Do you guys remember last week when we took a nice look at Fukuoka Kanbe Girls and remarked that, ha, isn’t it neat how idols are part of any tourism marketing department’s promotional arsenal?
Well, step that up a little bit, and you get Banzai Japan (Twitter), who … I don’t think I need to explain it. Japan. They promote Japan. Or, rather, they aim to do so by incorporating a member from each of the 47 prefectures and I guess are working on that? Anyway! They rock traditional looks in their costuming, they use some neotraditional sounds, that kind of thing. Maybe not the kind of thing that you’d expect to find here on Homicidols.com!
Except when it gets very loud and fiery and guitar-driven and stuff: Continue reading
I missed Indie Idol Wednesday yesterday, shame on me, but Twitter & Friends provided even more bad news from the world of idol, and of course that happened on the day that Caesar was stabbed to death by a combination of trusted friends and bitter enemies. History!
And that’s what a pair of idol projects are now, unfortunately. No, I’m not referring to the soon-to-die Hauptharmonie (my soul will never recover), but to one group that I used to think had a real chance to do something, and another that seemed like they were right on the cusp and in fact had been active and stuff lately. They’re dead/dying.
First up, Koisuru Beat. I really only got to look at them once, and almost a year ago at that, but had recently learned that they’d had some management/membership issues of their own and were operating as a solo effort. Well, they won’t be operating as anything anymore:
And there goes Koisuru Beat as well 😨 https://t.co/iP7I2qJHeP
— Martin (@jpidoldeath) March 15, 2017
And this literally three days after calling for auditions. Rough one, and it’s a shame how these things shake out, but getting any real longevity in idol is basically a miracle, anyway, so hopefully the past unpleasantness doesn’t leave the ex-members without positive experiences and a chance to keep idoling if they want to.
This next one, though, is a little bigger. Continue reading
You guys! Why didn’t anybody tell me that there was new HKFC? Oh, right, I’ve been a little single-minded lately.
Well, let me rectify an entire week’s worth of missing out by bringing you to the MV for their new single, “Kokoro Tsunagaru.”
True story: I first read the romajization of the title as “Kokoro Tsundere” and was like, that’s brutal
You all know that I’m a big supporter of Osaka’s indie, solo rock-and-metal-and-awesome idol Ophelia 20mg, and I’ve been very excited to share her videos over the past couple of weeks; well, now she’s got out a full trailer for her upcoming album:
I hope you sell thousands of these things, Ophetan. Continue reading
I had this whole other thing primed for the pre-release of the Loneliness and Counterattack EP (specifically about this teaser video), but forget it, the real deal is here:
— ゆるめるモ！@3/26O-EAST発売中 (@ylmlm_staff) March 12, 2017
The very first thing I thought was that we’re seven months early for Halloween stuff! Continue reading
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I want the world for hard-working indie solo idol Ophelia 20mg. I don’t know much about her, and info in a language that I can actually understand is in short supply, but I enjoy her music and commitment to on-stage fashion dos, plus the fact that she’s doing it from Osaka, which might be my favorite local scene in the business.
She dropped a couple of full-version videos recently, sort of making good on a long run-up of progress; on Saturday, another fresh video hit YouTube:
It’s even getting attention from other idol sites, which makes me really happy for her. Continue reading
This is the kind of thing that winds up in the Weekender normally, but grad-plus-new and oh also it’s Payrin’s, who are cool and I’m glad to have a chance to actually acknowledge them again; John smashed all of the info together, so here we are!
Payrin’s is a group that I don’t listen to very much, but they have been on my radar. I do enjoy their music, but with so much out there you have to pick and choose. It seems they will be changing a bit, maybe for better, maybe for worse. A couple of announcements were made […]
Babyraids JAPAN! The most idorock group in existence is also like making cold-brewed coffee from roasted, ground fun beans. I spent a solid week a while back just rotating through MVs and live videos of theirs; just in my own mind (feel free to disagree!), they have the same raw, manic joy in their work as Dempagumi.inc, but at a more manageable pace and without half of the flashing lights.
They’re releasing a new single next month, and they’re of course doing the one-man routine to promote it. And to promote that, they’ve been putting out these cool promo videos that just kind of lay it down: Continue reading