Well, better late than never, I guess, but Malcolm Mask McLaren dropped this sucker more than a week ago now, and I’m just now getting around to it and I apologize, I really do, but trust me it’s worth the wait unless you’re ahead of me and scoffing, which is your right, but also shut up, let’s enjoy this together.
What was dropped? The official audio (in pieces) and what I presume to be MV clips (also pieces!) of the upcoming … actually, I’m not sure what you’d call this, and if it even has a title. The YouTube description calls it an EP, but it’s just the two songs and ah hell why do I bother. Two songs, effectively a digest, for a release that I don’t completely understand but seems to be coming on the 20th.
Anyway, because this is two things making one thing, but the one thing is all we have for now and this presumably will end as one thing made out of two things, and yet here we are in the present with the one thing being more like two things glued together for the sake of expedience, let’s treat the two songs as separate entities and talk about them like they don’t know each other even though they’re next to each other!
Vintage MMM with Ai and Mone and Nao was one of my low-key favorite things in idol (and Ai was one of my favorite people), and they established the formula (beginning around here IIRC); the new members had big personality shoes to fill, but getting right as distinct an identity in a field that’s all about identity? Bigger job. They’ve done it well so far; now does the latest single hold up?
So Malcolm Mask McLaren, last seen making their unofficial reboot official by dropping an MV that revealed their new third member, are apparently eager to keep your rapt attention and went ahead and dropped a ton of stuff onto Soundcloud yesterday. Of course we’d all like to listen to it! Let’s get started:
Go ahead, tell me all about how much you missed the alliterative wonders that are Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are perpetually too good to not get talked about more but also don’t do enough stuff to warrant talking too much about say la vee. When we last saw our intrepid formerly masked punk rock idols, they were doing legitimately great work and also preparing to say goodbye to the last two of their original members, which … well, they made my list of saddest departures, but nobody else’s apparently. Since then, it’s been the two newbies added last year setting out as their own version of the dynamic duo that Ai and Mone had kept up for a while, keeping the coals burning for another big move.
Hence today, what better way to signal your next steps than in video form? It’s not a new thing, but from their months-old second album My Life, My Way, but obviously a slightly different version for reasons that will become clear in a few seconds:
Hey, who’s that!
I’m sorry, since when does easycore go all-in on a breakdown? That was something else. Hell, with those percussion and keyboard moves, I thought maybe I’d run into a PassCode rendition for a second. I really like this song you guys! Dare I say that this might be the best song that they’ve ever put out? I didn’t pick up My Life, My Way because I bought very little idol music this year, period, but I can say with confidence that I’m having a tough time finding anything from prior releases that would compete with it.
Whew. Anyway, yes, there’s now a third member to round out the group, bringing them back to a trio that has no members in common with any of the previous trio lineups:
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming! The piece that I’d have preferred to kick off the day is a simple one, folks, in that Malcolm Mask McLaren*, inarguable queens of idol easycore**, really want you to buy their new single and, in addition to last week’s MV for the title track, also want you to hear the B-side:
You know what I say: The B-side is the best side. This is a tremendous example. My goodness, if that breakdown were written in a proper key, entire species might go extinct. Faces would melt. Yellowstone would erupt and make Kilauea look like Old Faithful.
*I’ll spare you the alliteration today **Not that I’m asking for it, but I think it’d be a good move for more idols to try out this sound
Forgive me the triple-M puns, friends, as I find any and all alliterative allusions to advantageous aidoru ingenues appallingly appropriate. Malcolm Mask McLaren, in this case, a unit that we very simply don’t get to see enough of, are releasing just their third single in a couple of weeks, and “Light on!!” here is the lead and proof that we definitely don’t get enough of MMM:
Light on? Right on? Fight on?
I think a few folks are still smarting over Nao’s graduation from last year*, and that’s fine (we all have our oshis, after all), but please do allow me to retort: The group, despite a little bit of a dip for one hot minute, has been doing increasingly good things ever since “Bordeaux”; the move to Quartet MMM has been one long, chuggy run to a noisy experience that we’re all the better for. I’m also loving the aesthetic that they’ve been taking, more fully embracing the skate punk thing that fits them so well.
Now, as for me, I’m going to continue to pretend that I don’t get compulsively angry with the mere existence of easycore by coming up with more alliterations. GIVE ME A LETTER!
Oh man. Oh man! After the previous look at the track (whereupon I failed to communicate well), I’m comfortable in saying that Malcolm Mask McLaren’s new single, “Existence,” was at least going to be good. Now with the MV, yes, let’s not insult anybody with qualifiers on the “good” part:
Edited to reflect why Maniac shouldn’t write after midnight
Idols should always be on Soundcloud. It is good! However, upon joining Soundcloud, idols should make more of a show of displaying that to fans. Get some subscribers lined up, you know? Tease out demos. Do stuff!
Instead, Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are suddenly way more important than I think even they could have anticipated* and might actually be up to the task, took a more low-key approach. I mean, if I were moving onto a new medium, and I had a bitchin’ new track to share with the world, I’d make a little more of that release, you know?
Not tremendously long ago, it felt like the number of people emerging as fans of Malcolm Mask McLaren (or perhaps Malcolm McLaren, if you will) might be the Next Big Idol Fan Thing. They had fun music and everybody seemed to like them! Then what some people took as a weird single happened, Nao graduated, two new members joined, and a lot of the louder voices in support of MMM stopped being so loud.
So maybe some other people can take their place! Here are a couple of just-uploaded live (but pro cut, I think) videos to follow on the last set: