Let’s Celebrate Thursday Hurtsday with Party Rockets GT

Not a sentence I ever thought I’d write, but you gotta give credit where it’s due, and there aren’t a whole lot of idol projects that can do dirrrrrrty rock ‘n’ roll quite as well as Party Rockets GT:

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You Review Things: Party Rockets GT | “Time of Your Life”

Cover of Party Rockets GT's Time of Your Life album

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

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That New Year Premium Party Was Awesome, Wasn’t It?

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.

Osaka Shunkashuto!

BiS!

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The New Party Rockets GT Has a Very Aspirational Title

I guess the human embodiments of kawaiicore didn’t want to let Christmas get away without pumping us full of good cheer.


Resemblances to Green Day hits entirely intentional!

We literally just found out about this album release, and here’s the lead already. It’s certainly a big step further than the trailer for their one-man! Continue reading

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It Looks Like Party Rockets GT Had a Very Nice Party Indeed

Other than mentioning them in the Weekender and then checking out the trailer for their one-man, I haven’t had much occasion to bring up Party Rockets GT lately, and that’s kind of a shame because, extremely tradol though they may be, their music is both quite good and very fun.

We’re about to get a lot more of it!

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Get a Look at Party Rockets GT’s Trailer

I’ve been a bad Maniac: After encouraging others to participate in a bit of #DailyParty Rockets in the run-up to kawaiicore’s finest’s one-man next Sunday, I completely forgot to do it myself … despite both making the call and starting that whole hashtag in the first place and, right, also really like Party Ro–

Look, the point is, they’re good and fun in a completely different way than a lot of our favorites, doing work as completely inoffensive (and indeed quite charming!) kawaiidols who just so happen to perform hard rock music. As the kids say, bless.

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Get a Load of the New MV from Party Rockets GT

Man, do I ever have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it’s still a fun idol rock song:


And the setting of the video is a VR-driven hallucination of Haruka’s, so that’s neat.

On the other, I miss the Party Rockets that banged out things like “Kasabuta” and “Miriae” and sounded like the damn future.

I’m not going to blame anybody, especially not somebody on a major label, for dropping a summer single, especially not one putting their own spin on the concept. It’s just, you used to rock, Party Rockets. This sucker’s coming out on July 20; if we’ve learned anything, it’s that there’s always hope on the B-side.

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I Am Eagerly Anticipating the New Single from Party Rockets GT

They don’t have the insane live schedule of many or the overwhelming cultural ubiquity of others, so we don’t get to hear from Party Rockets GT as much as would be nice to have, #DailyPartyRockets notwithstanding. Another single five months after the last will get the job done, though:

If you aren’t familiar … screw it. Let the music do the talking, Maniac:

That’s what a fat guitar riff sounds like.

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Just to Show You They’re Serious, TIF Invites Trouble Back on Stage

A few days late to this party, but the Tokyo Idol Festival (a cesspool of scum and villainy) has been releasing its schedule so far. Here’s how I reacted to some of the news as it came out on Friday.

See, TIF is kind of a big deal. Like, the biggest idol festival. The one that can catapult you to national, even international, attention. It’s no place for the kinds of ruffians that inhabit this domain. Continue reading

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Here’s a Good Example of Why People Love Party Rockets GT

UPDATE: As it turns out, they’re actually releasing a video a day until the album is released their one-man live on April 17 [apologies to the Party Rocketeers; I had this confused with something else] [also, can we please use that name for Party Rockets fans from now on?].

Follow their YouTube as a morning thing!

Also, bias: My first song of theirs, albeit here performed by the current lineup (i.e., why they’re GT).


You can’t hear the backing track well, but it’s pretty damn heavy.

I love the fact that the latest Party Rockets generation goes out in those pretty white dresses. “Oh, look at the idols, how cute!” #droptuned And I’d actually never want them to change. What they’re doing is great on its own.

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