Let’s Get to Know Night Owl

So remember back in 2017 Year in Review in Review*, when I said that I was making it a new year’s resolution to do more for idol debuts in 2018? And then I did and 2018 was like the best debut year since … 2014? 2012? It was amazing. So much good stuff, though not all of it panned out. Well, I’m making something of the same commitment for this year; I have a tough time keeping up with news these days, but maybe I can keep up with cool debuts as they happen? Sure.

Which brings us to Night Owl (Twitter)! Who … did not debut anytime near now, but in fact back in August, during the period that we shall always refer to in hushed tones as “Maniac’s Interregnum.” And then I had them on my official radar since, golly, at least November if my tab history is to be believed. But more on that. This is what they got:

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Hey, Let’s Look at the New WILL-O’ Video Stuff Together!

It’s 2020 now, and all of this is firmly in the past, but I think it’s worth mentioning the wild ride that WILL-O’ went on over the course of the previous year. A lot has changed in the now three-plus years since Alloy was originally formed, and though WILL-O’ as WILL-O’ is fairly well-established at this point, I think it’s fair to say that change is the most consistent thing about the group. Well, change and doing great rock-related idol work, that is, and I mean that literally because you’ll remember that I held up “POP’N” as my personal favorite song of 2019.

And as that was going on, they were also releasing a new EP to close the year! I kind of forgot about it (it was sitting in my wait-until-an-MV-drops pile), then the MV finally did come a little on the late side, so here I go rhetorically returning the favor! But also they did some interesting stuff in the meantime, so waiting turned out to be smart. Anyway, the MV: Continue reading

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Your Homicidols Weekender #162

Welcome back to the weekend, ya weirdos! I hope you had a good week. We here at Team Homicidols certainly did — we got to publish the annual Best Ofs for both community and Team (with minimal blowback, hooray!), we welcomed Cal with an excellent first post, and we started to put together the Year in Review in Review, which we’ll likely have posted by New Year’s Eve at the latest. In fact, oddly enough, this somehow felt like a nicely mid-key week for idol. Everybody’s revving up for Christmas, I guess. So let’s get right to the point! It’s also now officially winter, which is awesome in its own right except that I didn’t get to winter in around Maniac Mansion this year and will be stuck trying to get all of this stuff done before the real winter weather kicks in next month. Nice and chilly, though, and the only time when it’s like that and people are actually in a good mood. In that spirit, go play the Fun and then Weekender yourself into a lazy day.

That Does Sound Nice

As if 2019 still wanted to prove that there is no god, we get the terrible goddamn news that amiinA is done in May:

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Bags Off! ELECTRIC HEARTS Rocks

It pleases me to be joining the Team Homicidols ELECTRIC HEARTS Hype Train, a mere couple of months since the last time one of us got all doe-eyed about the gnarliest set of punk rock idols out of Osaka since the last most exciting thing to come out of that city’s incomparable scene, which honestly was probably at some point in the past half-year, that’s how it goes, except when Nagoya vomits out another killer project that goes all CRUSH KILL DESTROY on my heart. And I have to say that I’m glad that Chris and Brian brought them to our attention, because this is basically chika idol perfection and if I’m going to have to face the loss of both Zekkyou and BILLIE IDLE in the same year, then by the gods I do demand that the universe give us back more legit punk idols in return.

Anyway! It’s Thanksgiving and I got things to do. Enjoy!

“Beautiful Thunder” indeed; I’m pretty sure that guitar solo gets people pregnant

Have a great day today. And if Thanksgiving isn’t your thing or you live in a civilized country that is simply going about its business today, eat an oversized meal and then get in an argument with somebody you ostensibly love. It’s tradition.

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This New PIIIIIIIN Song Is a Very PIIIIIIIN Song

Ah, PIIIIIIIN … I can’t think of more than a small handful of groups within the broader universe of loudol that do their particular thing quite so well and — if you’ve followed them for a while, you know what I’m talking about — in such an identifiable style. This even after the reboot brought their irrepressibly upbeat rock sound back to our lives; there could have easily been an update to the sound, too, but why would you do that when core elements of the group’s brand are “happiness” and “sunshine” and “toe-tapping”? No, PIIIIIIIN wasn’t going to stray too far from that, and frankly may they continue down this bright path until the very heat death of the universe.

So yeah the point of this piece is to say, hey, PIIIIIIN is back to seven members again*/**, and along with that they revealed a new song — here’s the live clip!

Oh man, you can’t hear much! But what if we actually had the whole thing? Would you like that? Would it prove the point? Continue reading

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buGG Is Good

Hey, here’s a quick post! You guys all dig on buGG, the PIIIIIIIN and Queens little sister group that’s fun as hell, right? Of course you do! So as luck would have it, they had their first anniversary the other day, and to commemorate released a new song:

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LAST IN MY CULT, Still Alive, Rocks Like Hell

The neat thing about being an idol part-timer anymore is that, shorn from the unbearable pressure to make like four posts per day out of pride or whatever, I get to do this gig more like a viper coiled to strike, always waiting for something legitimately cool and fun to come along so I can ponderously fill virtual column inches about it and occasionally tease profundity — except that I am apparently a very sleepy viper and I get tuckered out if I coil for too long and kind of mope along and then fall asleep (metaphorically) and even if I do see the good thing and wish to strike at it, well, I got a nap to take, brother!

Which brings me to LAST IN MY CULT, who felt like they were taking the world by storm when they debuted and then … well, yeah, a lot of idol groups come out blazing and expectations are high and then everybody involved except for the wota realize that there are like ruts in the idol business, and they’re tough to avoid and even tougher to get out of. Which isn’t to use the “rut” term in a negative way, just an acknowledging one, just saying that you don’t have a whole lot of choice because you’re kind of trapped by it. But yeah, LAST IN MY CULT, they did that, and other than a few times in the past few months having thought about them in a very general way, I can’t say that I got all that re-invested at any point. Until last week, when I (late) noticed that they’d put out an MV that sure it’s just a live edit and studio recording, but still, MV! And it rocks! Continue reading

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RAY Gazes Upon Taipei… (With Live Footage!)

RAY, the next generation shoegaze idols who arose from the ashes of the legendary dot-chans, have been hard at work crossing genres, boundaries and now borders. The group visited Taiwan and performed a show in Taipei. Excitedly, I scanned Twitter and YouTube hoping to find some footage of the concert. Viz and Rain were also thankfully on the case, and proved to be ethusiatic as always to help out…

And Rain went and found an upload of the entire set! He certainly wanted to make sure we didn’t sleep on it… Continue reading

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The New DAIDAIDAI Sounds Like Exactly What I Want from DAIDAIDAI

That’s right, friends, I’m talking maybe my favorite idol thing from my favorite idol scene, in reverse order the very intense and/or wild collection of misfits in Osaka, and DAIDAIDAI having emerged from that mess all the way back in 2016, carrying on the very unique sonic+idol legacy of Utena Yuki and PSYBOU KANOJO. This I write in dang near ever post about DAIDAIDAI because, damn it all, the history is important and the relationship between excellent ongoing projects must be acknowledged.

Anyway, DAIDAIDAI had, as once might expect after about three years together, a chunk of the membership graduate recently, and with that a simmering down of the old system while things retooled. Or, at least, as I surmise, because if I hadn’t checked in on them this morning, I’d still be unaware of these goings on because that’s what happens when you’re still afraid of the huge info crush of turning your notifications back on! However, yes, the graduation thing, that was known, and so you connect dots when you check in and OH LOOK A NEW THING!

Promising on the art alone!

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This Is What AIBECK Sounds Like Now

It was with a heavy heart that I had to acknowledge, from a time of my not-quite demise, that AIBECK — somewhat-longstanding not-quite-doyens of the chika scene, gamely ambitious and well-supported — had a mass graduation and was now moving forward as a duo. It gave me a sad, especially at the thought that I wouldn’t be seeing my girl An’z around anymore, probably, and she was the first idol to ever tweet an English phrase back at me, which practically means that we were bound at the soul.

Nevertheless, idol never truly rests, and it was good and necessary that the resultant “new” duo version of the group would make good on a release in October. Maybe this is where we land today!

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