Even When It Rains, It’s a PARADE

Well, this year’s WACK AUDiTiON CAMP certainly was eventful! Auditionee Waki Waki Wakki got added to WAgg and WAgg member Kira May who’s been apart of the group for 3 months got added to GANG PARADE.

…for all of 3 minutes. GANG PARADE will be splitting into two smaller groups. Just as BiS2 made the decision last year to break up, GANG PARADE will be doing the same thing. But in a completely different manner that’s effectively not the same as breaking up. Totally 100% similar.

This is the culmination of an internal decision between members and staff. In Kamiya Saki’s previous graduation announcement, she revealed that she felt like she was holding GANG PARADE back and while Watanabe, the fans and the members probably don’t agree, it set something new into motion. If you can’t achieve your goals after reaching a certain point, it’s okay to try again from the start isn’t it? So, we’re here now, with two new groups born from GANG PARADE splitting into two.

First new group is the dark and noisy GO TO THE BEDS:

If you need a reference point for previous GANG PARADE works, this wouldn’t go out of place on “LAST GANG PARADE” or “GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!!” – in fact the guitar in this contains a reference within it’s motif to GANG PARADE (the song). Comprised of Coco Partin Coco, Yui Ga Dockson, Yumeno Yua, Can GP Maika and Yamamachi Miki, this is the group carrying the torch of GP’s mismatched chaos that shouldn’t work but manages to come together perfectly.

The second group is the softer and synergized PARADISES:

Still very much a GANG PARADE product but this ebbs closer to the softer “BARELY LAST” and “LOVE PARADE”. The current members are Tsukino Usagi, Naruhaworld and Terashima Yuka! New girl Kira May will join this group eventually.

If you’ve been keeping up with GANG PARADE activities, this might not come as such a shock. A few weeks prior, a mysterious Guerrilla EP titled “GP?” was on sale for just 100 yen at Tower Records. None of the tracks contained any song metadata but the 6 songs were clearly split into two distinct groups – the first now evident to be GO TO THE BEDS and the second PARADISES but with the since-graduated Haruna Bad Chiiiin. Given her presence on the mystery EP and a few cryptic tweets about life changing before her account vanished into the ether, it’s not hard to imagine this might have been in the works for a while and might be why she left.

And of course, there’s still a loose end here: Kamiya Saki. She’s still scheduled to graduate from GANG PARADE but as it stands, she isn’t in either group and is the only member who’s Twitter handle and promotional images contain any kind of reference to her being a member of GANG PARADE. On top of that, their upcoming “My First Hall Tour” is still being billed as GANG PARADE.

So, what exactly does this mean? How can GANG PARADE be splitting into two groups if their tour is a GANG PARADE tour? Will the two groups promo together like BiS1st and BiS2nd did (also don’t worry, this isn’t league based so nobody is competing against one another) or apart? Will they perform together or as two groups during the tour? Do they know why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch? How is promo going to work if the tour does turn out to be together as GANG PARADE?

Absolutely none of those questions have been answered. BUT, their debut digital singles and EP are coming soon. Tomorrow on streaming services, the songs in the previous music videos will go up on streaming services and on April 1st their debut split EP “G/P”, billed as “GO TO THE BEDS and PARADISES from GANG PARADE” will be released. 7 tracks: three G, three P and one Kamiya Saki solo song.

Just like when BiS2 said “I don’t know what will happen”, nobody does here either. But it’s just not WACK if it isn’t confusing, slightly irritating but also new and exciting. So let’s all go to bed to be able to reach paradise ey.

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The Grateful a MogAAAz Bring a Wide-Screen Masterpiece…

Yeah, I know we haven’t really dedicated as much ink to The Grateful a MogAAAz on this blog as they deserve. It’s not that we have any bias against them, we like them actually, but for me at least, they’ve never quite broken the intangible barrier that would truly win me over. I can’t even give you a good reason why except maybe to say that Melon Batake a go go’s shadow loom over them a bit too much. But I think the real truth is that it’s really my fault for not giving them enough attention and I simply need to do better.

But there might be a change in the wind’s direction with this new tune from Melonbat’s sister group. They dropped a new MV and I casually decided to give it a click, thinking that I’d probably suggest it for the Weekender later on. And then I watched this video, and then I watched three more times…

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One Year Later, Sari Is Still Worth Getting Excited About

Today, it’s been exactly a year and two months since Sari and Hina graduated from NECRONOMIDOL. Which makes the release of Sari’s debut single and music video this weekend feel all that more significant.

I already wrote a little thing about the title track when the demo first came out so go check that out.  

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RAY Want To Spend “The End Of The World With You”…

This dropped a few days ago, but it was simply too good to let slip past the radar. Shoegaze idols RAY,  (Successors to the now-legendary group with no with no real name save for a row of dots) are still not a year old, but have already made a huge impression with a dose of effortless charisma and incredibly strong musical collaborations with top-tier talent.

Their first EP release “Blue” was a near-perfect collection of songs that revealed a sky’s-the-limit potential. We’ve been treated to MVs for “Butterfly Effect” and “Meteor”, and now there’s a more low-key video for the closing track, “The End Of The World With You”

https://twitter.com/_RAY_world/status/1230809425134227457?

As the tweet above explains, this MV offers us a retrospective of the group’s upward trajectory since their inception, including most notably their acclaimed show in Taiwan.   Let’s have a look!

It’s just what you’d expect, a fun and exciting behind the scenes look at RAY traveling, performing, eating, bonding, y’know, doing idol stuff! One thing that gives RAY something of a leg-up on the dearly departed Dot-chans is being free of the challenges that came with a group maintaining a mysterious air of anonymity. We get to know Yua, Norimaika, Sayaka, and Tsukihi in a much more personable way and that’s ultimately a better plan for the idol business model. These ladies are just terrific, and seeing them cavort and have fun as they explore the possibilities offered in this journey gives one a warm, joyful feeling. (Which is a fascinating juxtaposition to the heavier melancholia of the actual song.) 

And what a song!! Holy heck I love that opening riff and the way it sort of fakes you out before the song takes off. This tune sounds amazing at high-volume, so make sure you don’t just watch this on your phone, for goodness sake. 

And you know why the song is so darn good? Because it’s written by Hata Yusuke of cruyff in the bedroom, veterans of Japan’s highly-lauded shoegaze scene. These sonic technicians have always been on point, so of course this song roars as much as it soothes…

I’m really looking forward to another release by RAY, and I’m especially hoping we can get a full album from them this year possibly. If not, that’s okay too though, music this good is worth the wait. Just keep these RAYs shining on us, please. 

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Watanalien Vs Predator-chan

Our apologies to AKB fans, women and anybody with any kind of common sense – that man Kuro-chan is unfortunately relevant again.

Remember the hot new unit from WACK who became so popular overnight they gained upwards of 1.5 million views a day? They debuted on a segment on the most popular prime time TV show in the entire country? They had an extremely successful “vote with your wallet” sales campaign? Those MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN girls! They’re back with not one but TWO new songs and of course, a campaign to go with it:

 

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It’s a New CARRY LOOSE Video

After a failed crowd-sourcing effort to think of a headline that wasn’t terrible, the team here at Homicidols have decided to lay it on you bare bones style, much like CARRY LOOSE do in their new video where they burn to death and become floating skulls.

That’s right! The self described “cool and emo” idols from WACK are back with the video for their first single, dropping on the 11th of February. Just in time for Valentines Day! If your lover doesn’t appreciate the vocal prowess of YUiNA EMPiRE, break up with them and spend your gift money on cheki instead.

In an effort to stop Yumeka Naukana from talking about aliens again, this song is all about the denizens of our very own planet Earth. The verses are mellow while the more upbeat chorus features a proud proclamation of the amazingness of humankind. This isn’t your typical WACK ballad, these girls are here to lift your spirits without a hint of melancholy~

If you’re itching to see how the song sounds live but have the displeasure of not being in Japan anytime soon, the annual ONAGAWACK performance is set to be livestreamed on Nicovid next Saturday. If that’s not enough to get your interest, MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN will also be performing their one song then immediately leaving again. We stan.

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This Is the Shittiest Thing You’ll See All Day

I don’t want to have to watch it again! So let’s dispense with the incredible urge to pun this thing to death and instead focus on how Watanabe clearly wanted to get back to the magic of “Hoshi ga Matataku Yoru Ni” by taking a hopped-up punk number and literally turning his performers into human toilets. Even the choreography recalls “Hoshi ga”!

Good lord. BiS2’s album is out next Wednesday. May the gods have mercy on us.

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Let’s Meet FaM

Yes, friends, I can apparently keep up with new idols, as was my new year’s resolution on repeat. Such a promise was made in the hopes that 2020 will bring the same kind of greatness that 2018 did, and we’ll all forget that 2019 even happened. Fingers crossed, we’ll at worst feel good about it.

Which brings me to Lesson Number Umpteen on why you should make friends with people in idol! My pal with the old connection to Candye Syrup tipped me off a few days ago that there was a new group debuting soon, with an obvious connection to said defunct group, and then followed up this morning with the first best debut so far this year.

Meet FaM (Twitter), which yes relates to “family.” This was a relief, because upon seeing that I worried that it didn’t have any particular meaning, not even as a clever way of capitalizing a common shorthand greeting/pronoun kind of thing among the youngs in my country. What do they sound like? Continue reading

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We Friggin’ Told You That the New YONEKO Single Was Great

It’s highly likely that what I’m sharing with you here is something that you already know, but for the sake of posterity and because we want her to have nice things and not at all because Derek asked nicely, I here am following up on Brian’s lovely review of YONEKO’s excellent new single with the fully fledged real-deal MV for it.

Just, like, definitely go read the review and then come back, fully prepared mentally and physically, for this assault of awesome:

Wait for it …

Why make more of it? The young woman is talented and creative as hell. We love her, you love her — now take this and go make a bunch of other people who’ve never even heard of her before love her, too.

Well, I guess the fact that YONEKO is now officially moving into the post-idol phase of her career (apparently in all projects?), so technically this is the last we’ll post about her in a dedicated way, but that’s nonsense and of course we’ll keep the updates coming, YONEKO occupies a special place for us and it doesn’t matter how or when or why she performs, we’ll be there.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #167

Good morning! Did you all have a good week? Mine was interesting, marked largely by the fact that it started a nice, long stretch of relative freedom during which I am going to get so much stuff done, you guys, that I can barely stand it. It’s an amazing feeling to have no pressure nor expectation of the same, and to know that it’s going to last almost until you next have to hit the road. Ah, liberty.

I can understand that you may not be so enthused, though, yourself. We’re basically just moving between disasters out there in the world, and then you get to add the incredible political theater that is the impeachment trial — like, a person can be forgiven for feeling stressed and looking for diversions. I’m personally going to spend the weekend half in and out of doing stuff because stuff must as always be done, but I’m also going to be ignoring mass media for a couple of days and, well, checking out mentally.

So with that in mind, I did everything I could to pack as much as I (reasonably) could into this week’s Weekender. Between that and the Fun, which I hope you have more time to play now, there should be more than enough idol stuff to keep your brain occupied and spirit in a restful place.

You’re Welcome

The incomparable human goddesses Yanakoto Sotto Mute are going major and have their first single coming so soon that I’m afraid that I might wet myself:

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