In a bit of news that honestly shouldn’t surprise anybody, even though it’s perfectly acceptable to be a little sad about it, formerly Potentially the Coolest Thing in Idol and No for Real I’m Still Shaking, It’s That Good, DEEP GIRL, is finally, mercifully being put to bed:
I had originally missed that Wonder Lander had published this new track, but hitting Soundcloud to get that sick Alloy number showed it in my feed, and I am rather devoted to Wonlan, and it is Sunday, meant for easier things, so of course I thought that it’d be a nice addition:
Nao, the second third member of Malcolm Mask McLaren, graduated the other day. Sad! I for some reason thought that the promised new members weren’t going to be revealed until they debuted a little while after the fact, so I literally said “aw, just put the Nao thing into the Weekender, it’s not really whole-post material because you did the announcement before” and made a note to follow up.
How about that for a title, huh? It actually undersells the whole, but I don’t know of very many people who don’t dig on ex-DEEP GIRLer Non. She’s back, in case you couldn’t tell, and not in the way that she tended to pop up here and there for her random jazz vocals and the like — no, she’s back, with a posse, doing something that I’ve legit never seen before.
Which I surprised to see when Trigger Warning shared it with me yesterday, and then it popped up in the group — I’ve been seeing Candye Syrup something-or-other for a long-ass time, which their Twitter profile confirms, seeing as they go back almost two year at this point, and have historically rubbed elbows with a lot of our idol mainstays because it’s a, uh, hair salon.
Anyway, this is a big ol’ step into the unknown. In addition to Non and her mouth piercings doing yume-kawaii, they’ve managed to take that whole image and not super-idol it the way Rinahamu’s various projects tend to; no, they took yume-kawaii and made it nasty:
Of course, they won’t exclusively do that and will dabble, but sweet holy moses, I love this juxtaposition of pastels and cotton candy and screaming. I love it mucho. Also trying to figure out how many of those members are people that I know from other things, because I swear that it’s more than just Non. OH WELL.
My eyebrows kind of did that high-arch thing when I first saw this in the Idolmetal group yesterday — Himekyun Fruit Can, that is, the forever queens of idol rock and I will brook no disagreement, are graduating all* of the members in October because reasons:
You can look at that story, or this one from Natalie.mu, but the facts are the facts. HKFC’s getting a reboot after a couple of concurrent tours and a festival and a best-of album and all that jazz. Continue reading →
Hot damn, you guys, it was just a tiny while ago that I was not only confused about Cure’s going from five members to two in the blink of an eye, but what was really even going on with them. It appears that this is that what!
So: They’re three members now, kind of again because they were technically a three-piece for a long time when they were functionally a duo (indefinite hiatuses!), but here’s your newest member:
Oh, yeah: One-man. Or a series of one-mans? I can’t tell, and it doesn’t really matter because King Cobra is not a large venue, but I’m always glad when it looks like Cure is up to good things, because a lot of what even I try to pass off as idol metal just isn’t all that metal, but you’d better friggin’ believe that Cure is metal as steel.
It’s been a real joy to see There There Theres — the continuation of the absolutely sublime Bellring Girls Heart — continue to develop and shine since their don’t-call-it-a-resurrection a few months ago. But legacies die hard, and TTTs/BRGH has always had a bit of a revolving door when it comes to members, and … well, it didn’t take long.
The first/latest is Saeki, one of the new-new members, who found that she wanted to freelance just a little too much for Tanaka’s liking.
John on the case of a graduation announcement that gave me real-deal sads: Nao, who re-filled out Malcolm Mask McLaren when she joined about a year and a half ago is hanging ’em up. Reasons etc. on John’s site.
Why I liked Nao? Just something about how she looked when she stepped into the group way back when “ROX” was new. The punch she added to an already powerful duo. The somewhat awkward cool. I dunno. I liked her. And now I’ll miss her.
Last month we had what seemed like a mini exodus of idols from the scene, you all remember that podcast right? Last week was sort of the opposite, announcements of new members all over the place. Well, Malcolm Mask McLaren just couldn’t do things like everyone else. They had to wait to do their announcement.