I Love Idol Side Projects

Updating to add: Their PV!

Though without any of the hype of NATASHA, there’s nonetheless a limited side project put together that features a favorite of us — Montero from Screaming Sixties has joined a new group called TAU that … well, it’s hard to say what they look or sound like, but “rock chicks” is probably pretty accurate.

That’s not just because Montero’s involved, btw (she could harbor secret ambitions to be a country singer for all we know, and per Jul in the comments is going to do a DJ set). It makes sense. Continue reading


Screaming Sixties Previewed a New Song?

Let this be a lesson to you: I am dumb and other people are smart. The answer to the question posed in the title is “No! Gah, learn Japanese!” Scroll down to the comments for actual real true things.

“Say, what is Zekkyou up to these days?” I asked nobody in particular while scrolling through Twitter to avoid listening to my old boss make the same spiel I’ve heard her make roughly 17,000 times. A few clicks later …

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Screaming Sixties Took to the Sea for a Very Small Number of Fans

So like one of those awful “legends of X” cruises!

Newer people, welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Screaming Sixties. Yes, they of the 6:00 a.m. performances, of what must be the busiest schedule in idol, decided to kick off their second anniversary celebration in style by holding a very limited show for some of their most dedicated fans.

Like 10 of them. On the beach.

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Here Are Some Highlights from the Sekigahara Idol Wars

Man, you guys are getting loaded down with awesome free concert footage lately. First glimpses at Idol 2.0’s work, and now the Sekigahara Idol Wars have been putting up an absolute ton of sets from this past weekend.

Until the tweets started to fly last week, I’d never even really heard of the Sekigahara Idol Wars, but it’s clearly a lot of fun and maybe kind of a TIF precursor (and more on TIF coming up soon!). While there were plenty of “regular” idols performing, some of our favorites joined in on the fun and showed why we care. Continue reading


There Are Now No Excuses for Not Knowing Screaming Sixties

The Idol 2.0 team is currently in Japan, and this is just one of the several lives they’re recording and will eventually be available for us to enjoy with none of the expense or inconvenience!

Oh right: Screaming Sixties=boss.


To Screaming Sixties: Whatcha Doin’?

It looks like somebody’s in the booth!

What was it I said about a month ago? “Gotta love the workrate of idols“? If Screaming Sixties are recording even more new material, might we have an album to look forward to in the not-too-distant future?

I will say this: To an idol outsider who’s used to the “we’ll get out something genuinely new every couple of years” pattern of a lot of noteworthy Western bands, if that, the way that groups just keep firing away feels almost like an arms race. The difference in this case being that, instead of MAD, everybody wins.


The New Screaming Sixties Single Is Fantastic

Gotta love the workrate of idols. We just talked about this a couple of days ago:

It’s not a driving power anthem like “Only Place We Can Cry,” but it’s a very smart song. Fans aren’t going to dislike it, but it’s very accessible — other than the almost Venom-esque intro and outro, its nearest analogue to me is PassCode’s “Axis,” which is kind of amazing but I’ll take it (nice guitar solo, too!). Good move, Screaming Sixties.

And is that girl in the video Maina from Osaka Shunkashuto? Seriously.


New Screaming Sixties Is Coming

Hold on to your butts, kids. The most punk thing in idol is ready to unload.

Our Japanese-capable friends can clarify, but that looks like a two-song disk on the way from Screaming Sixties on May 25. If they can get near the quality of this monster, we definitely have something to be excited about.

On and there’s apparently a video on the way, too, in case you missed it. 🙂


Here’s Some Cool Video of Screaming Sixties Performing with Parallel Japan

Screaming Sixties have a date with Babymetal in the second round of the 2016 Homicidols Corenament. They should probably be taking it easy, not horsing around on stage with Parallel Japan!

And who are Parallel Japan? And why does everybody want to be photographed with them and stuff? STAY TUNED!


Screaming Sixties Backstage Photos from a Video Shoot?

Screaming Sixties backstage photos from a video shoot.

Beginning tomorrow, you’ll get to support them and the fantastic “Only Place We Can Cry” in the 2016 Homicidols Corenament!