More ELECTRIC HEARTS Than You Can Shake A Paper Bag At!

ELECTRIC HEARTS, the purveyors of “FANTASTIC PUNK IDOL FROM OSAKA” are rapidly finding a place in our hearts with their speedy lo-fi punk rock and cheeky style. Chris first brought them up last month and they instantly earned a place on Team Homicidols’ radar as a group to watch.

It’s an interesting strategy to attempt to pull off another anonymous idol group, because while it’s very fun to see girls singing and dancing with paper bags on their heads, there’s a risk that comes with it due to the limitations it places on fan’s ability to connect and bond with the members. Just ask the Dot-chans about the challenges that come with that. I still wonder if ELECTRIC HEARTS will eventually un-bag themselves as their star rises in the idol world.

But the other side of the task is this: Without the more obvious ways to make to that wota/idol connection, the girls have to rely on good music and charasmatic attitude to reach out for new fans. Maybe that’s been their plan from the get-go, who knows? But to help advance the cult of the paper-bag idols, here’s a bunch of partial songs to check out. And you know what? They’re all great!!

Dig that buzzsaw guitar and the vocals on this track!

And here’s some pure pop goodness served under a layer of punk rock…

Also, I love these super-low budget preview videos! It’s about as DIY as ripping holes in a paper bag!

“Ballads? We got ballads!”

And here we’ve got “SKULL BOWES”, another punk-pop sing-along gem, this time accompanied with some highly sophisticated animation..

Dang, these are all pretty good, huh? I checked in on the group’s twitter account, and currently they’ve only got 153 followers…that’s criminal! Everybody who’s gotta soul should be dropping everything to lend their support (And maybe donate some paper goods!) to ELECTRIC HEARTS and their label mates scribble scritch. (Who have the best name for a group right now.)

You can still support those stuffy pretend-punk corporate idols if you want, that’s fine, but we’ve got the real deal right here, and certainly you can dedicate some time to them too. Paper or plastic?? I know what I prefer! 

 

 

 

Let’s Welcome PINKYCASE to the Party

And speaking of things that people are all HEY YOU JERK YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS about, I submit to you not a new maturation of idol rock, but a new realization of kawaiicore that’s presently* giving vigorous side-eye to all who’ve come before:

That’s PINKYCASE (Twitter), and it suddenly feels like much of the loudol world is turning to peppy pop punk numbers of which I wholly approve**. Here’s a ((very)) (new) live digest: Continue reading

Is This a New Yurimaru Track?

Update: Jordan with the info!

You guys who are bigger fans of Hirano* Yuri than me (Jordan, I’m looking in your direction), help me out. She added this rocking little corker to Soundcloud last night, and I don’t recall having heard it before, but that apparently doesn’t mean anything because I miss lots of stuff:

I mean, I don’t even have an analog for that much bounce. Supergrass, but with the singer from Letters to Cleo? No idea. Continue reading

There’s Fresh ayumikurikamaki Available Now Too

I think all of us were pleased that the lovable ex-bears of ayumikurikamaki made a bit of a return to form for their “Goma slipper” single, from the sound to the fun attitude of the video. The release itself happened last Wednesday, but they put out this additional MV for the B-side, and yes, ayukuma, thank you:

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A Day at POP iD with PiGU

I had been sitting on this little video for about a week, and then was going to hold it longer for reasons explained below, but the other teenie pop punk idol news of the day is awful, and I thought, Who better to be the balm right now?

Have you ever wondered what shows at POP iD are like? Like, PiGU isn’t going to suddenly stop being extremely idol and performing for like 30 minutes max; there’s got to be other stuff going on.

Well, now we know some of it!


I had at least three moments where I stopped trying to understand

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My Day’s Been Dragging, So Let’s Enjoy Some PiGU Sets

I don’t know if it’s because I got up really early and then late, or because I’m telecommuting and don’t have the usual “MANIAC COME HELP WITH THIS PLEASE” at work to distract me, but today feels like it needs to end at any time, and it’s still only noon.

So you know what can help with that? Some friggin’ PiGU, that’s what.

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I’ll Laugh While You Try to Un-stick This E-yell Song from Your Head

Folks have been spreading E-yell (Twitter) around for the last few weeks, and I’m just getting around to them because it’s been busy in these parts, damn it. Regardless, it’s still summer and it’s still a time for good fun, so stick this in your ears:

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The Spunky Want to Share

I’m loving that The Spunky are basically validating everything about this wacky site by having their official Twitter go about half-in on English lately. In addition to that, they’re also sharing live snips:


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That’s Right: The Spunky’s Album Is Out

H/T to the invaluable Idol 2.0 for posting this news and making my brain click back on to sensibility after being very confused as to why I had a note that read only “spunk” pop up on my phone the other day.

Warning: Pop punk ahead. Continue reading