I was almost unbelievably excited when Party Rockets GT, who at this point must be nearing some kind of idol record for general continuity and/or still has Haruka around because manager-san has her heart in an egg like in that old fairy tale, announced their series of monthly releases and then made good on the first delivery by cranking out one of their nastier tunes in a while. Oh man did that feel good. And it was only like a week ago!
Well, it’s time for the second installment, and hold on to your butts. This is the PRGT that makes the world go ’round:
Sorry, after listening to this, a solitary tear fell down my cheek. It’s so beautiful! was my body’s proclamation; my soul rejoiced. Please, gods dark and terrible, please keep this streak going. Please give me Party Rockets like this forever, like they’re meant to be. May they go full supernova and purge weak-ass loudol from this earth.
I’m bad at following things that I like sometimes. This is admitted freely. There’s a lot of stuff! And in idol, a lot of what helps to separate things or make them stand out is whether I get a notification from YouTube as opposed to just about anything else, because YouTube means video, and I always brake for video.
Anyway, in this case, said notification spun me back around on Party Rockets GT from a month ago, when they capped their year-ending one-man with a nice set of announcements:
There is a dwindling handful of groups that made up what I considered to be a core of high-quality idol back when Homicidols.com was transitioning from a twinkle in my eye to squalling newborn, and even among their number are a very small few who are still regularly releasing material and seem to be on the move. That leaves the groups like Party Rockets GT in a weird space, beloved of the boss but rarely mentioned, as they perpetually clip through the cracks.
Nonetheless, they’re worth checking up on fairly regularly, and a good while of doing that teaches one the rhythms of management’s business logic, and so it was that I started to hover over PRGT (and others) more in the past week, wishing/thinking/hoping that they’d be getting out some kind of release before the year was out. Not everybody delivered, but Haruka and her merry band of upbeat loudols certainly did:
This is really cool, you guys — you know that Future Standard show that often does significant segments on idols (in the past, they had Screaming Sixties and Q’ulle among others)? This time around, they did basically a full episode’s worth dedicated just to Party Rockets GT:
Hey gang! It’s an awfully quiet Thursday, and I’m up to my eyeballs in little domestic and professional matters, so I’m a little out of touch. What I can offer you is a nice little dose of Party Rockets GT!
You may want to skip ahead a good bit to avoid the “START!” video on repeat
They’re doing these record store shows in the run-up to their one-man, is the thing, and I guess releasing all of these videos? Or something like that. Continue reading →
Such is the travail of business travel that you sometimes see cool things and then can’t do anything about it. Take for example this new video from Party Rockets GT, their eighth single, “START”:
PRGT has better songs, but I don’t know if they have one that so totally covers what they’re all about — the melody is extremely familiarly theirs, there’s this chugging guitar and driving beat overlaid with some of the sparkliest idol vocals you’ll ever hear. And, of course, their dance game is actively simple, and their outfits are winners (though I prefer their blacks), and … look, why aren’t more of you people behind Party Rockets? Continue reading →
Now that April Fool’s Day is (thankfully) behind us and the Corenament is all but decided, it’s time to get back into regular idol stuff yay! There’s actually a whole mess of things that did happen or are happening, and we’ll get to some of that, but one that I want to visit with right now is Party Rockets GT, whose last album got an overall-good review from dofphoto and who were just recently performing at this @JAM event:
A few weeks ago, our pal dofphoto was like, “I can do reviews” and I was like “show me” and he was like “okay.” I’m not rescinding the pleasure responsibility necessarily, but I also know that other folks have a tendency to get music that I don’t, and Homicidols.com is nothing if not service-oriented. And so, after some negotiating, here’s dofphoto!
I have a long fan history with Party Rockets. In particular, Yoshiki Haruka. From the dark back part of the stage, Haruka stepped out into the light and took control of what could have been an international rock/pop group. Unfortunately, the trend for graduations within the Party Rockets camp left Haruka and Fumika abandoned to the point that Fumika publicly cried, voicing uncertainty about the future of their beloved group and the fantastic songs they would leave behind. Continue reading →
There’s not a lot to say to sell this one — the New Year Premium Party was a ridiculous three-day event spanning multiple venues in Tokyo (in addition to that COUNTDOWN JAPAN thing that ayumikurikamaki was part of). I’m just grabbing video based on what showed up in my recommendations; if you know of more from other days or venues or groups, please share them in the comments.