No offense to the many other idol groups whose shirts I’d wear without a care (while combing my hair and getting some air and why won’t you share? because he’s a bear?), but PassCode‘s most recent stuff is just so scarily on point. It makes me think of Fear Factory and NIN and neuromancer-level cyber terror.
Like the most fun possible combination of EDM and pop punk, plus screams. Or is dance club deathcore more your thing?
It took me a few tries to go from appreciating PassCode to genuinely liking PassCode. I’m glad I was patient.
One of the most genuinely cool things about the broader development of idolcore is its raw diversity — not everybody succeeds, necessarily, but chances are taken and sounds are developed and sometimes standing out is as simple as doing a simple formula better than anybody else.
Of course, the notion that PassCode’s sound is easy is kind of weird, but they hit a lot of unique notes on the way to making a song theirs, so much so that there really isn’t mistaking one of their songs.
They’re pretty good at this, is what I’m saying.
Me too, guy. Me too.
Musically, it’s a pretty clean 1:1 blend of pop punk and digital hardcore. On HTML, that doesn’t sound particularly attractive, but think of the unifying elements being the tempo and beats, with heavy synths and bouncy vocals. Also breakdowns. And chiptune. And screams and growls.
Yep. PassCode is one of the idol groups that has a screaming member (Yuna). She’s tiny and she’s terrifying.
I’ll admit that PassCode probably isn’t for everybody, but they also have a little bit of something for everybody and a nice, big catalog at this point, so take the time to explore their music a little bit and find the sweet spot that works for you.
What they sound like
The music you wish would play when your SO drags you out to the club for a night of dancing; synth-driven digital popcore with breakdowns.
You’ll like them if
“Iine” is your favorite Babymetal song, or you’ve ever wished that Perfume would do a collab with Skrillex.