Hey, it’s only been a few days since Not Secured, Loose Ends treated us to the B-side of their upcoming single “Odd eye”, and today we get the title track because somebody at Codomomental HQ must still be seething over last year’s Corenament upset and aiming to set things right. The only logical explanation, in fact! So like click through, understanding that the official link is only good for slightly less than two hours from the second that this publishes:
I periodically lament the amount of change that the idol scene has undergone since I first picked up it, and certainly since I started this goofy ol’ website. So many of the groups that were effective backbones are dead and gone, and even many that have managed to keep it together are very different entities than they were in the day. What’s worse is that I outright miss some of them to the point that, during duller times of the year, I get a little too nostalgic and pull that old-man-yells-at-cloud-get-off-my-lawn thing. I miss my idols, is all!
Fortunately, HimeKyunFruitCan (which I believe is now the preferred romaji nomenclature!) may have gotten a reboot, but they’re still at it, and still repping Ehime, and still releasing new things. Just learning about this new one filled me with happiness — one of my favorite old mainstay groups, or an approximation thereof, remains to remind me of the best of it all!
A little while back, if you’ll recall, I had an itch of curiosity about a once-up-and-comer from the chika ranks, a certain le biglemoi, and decided to look them up. The timing was good! The group was reshuffling and re-starting, and had some new music to share.
Flash forward to yesterday, when I was trying to contribute to a project of Kerrie’s and was wracking my brain for idols that fit a certain description, and remembered le biglemoi and again found myself looking at their feed, which was … well, frankly, not all that exciting. It was like nothing had happened since the last time, and that’s fine, man, idol needs to idol on its own time sometimes.
However, as it turned out, in this case I was actually a tiny bit early, and le biglemoi had some stuff to share, just a few hours after I’d arrived:
You guys. Remember just around the historical corner when I completely lost consciousness over a minute-long clip of a song off of Shihatsumachi Underground’s month-plus-away album? Despite having passed out in awe, I remember it well! So well, in fact, that it’s all I can do to keep it together for another one:
Oh, that’s so good. I have a group of friends who are enormous fans of a certain French indie pop band that’s had some immodest hits this side of the pond who are going to love the crap out of this.
Man, you guys, we’re not off to the most rip-roaring start to 2019, but I’ll be darned if there aren’t some really great releases coming together already. That Zenkimi single? Have mercy. And now to follow up on an item that started as a Weekender throwaway just a couple of weeks ago, then grew into something that arguably should have become a full-blown post but OH HERE WE ARE, Shihatsumachi Underground, the announcement about whom included that they’re going to drop an album, are now in the process of fully teasing out said album, and here’s a chunk of a track that’s currently looping because I am a weakling in the face of it:
Wake the heck up! After only recently delivering some details on their new double A-side single, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da wasted no time tossing out a preview for you. And friends, what a preview it is. It’s not the A-A-side, but its partner, what good sense tells you should be called “Romance Sect” but they have romajized as “Romanse Sect” and that’s fine, it’s not like Zenkimi song titles are the easiest thing to deal with in the world anyway.
Of course it’s on the typical two-hour time limit, and of course we hold that time limit in absolute zero regard around here!
Please allow me to apologize to one of my low-key favorite things in idol, going all the way back to when random YouTube dives were all you really had to compare to the handful of English-language resources for chika idol: UNDER BEASTY, I done you wrong, and I’m here today to make it right. We need to catch up!
Gah, where to begin. Well, probably with the fact that they’re about to release their … fifth? Fifth single:
Well look what the cat dragged in! It’s not every day that the chika wrecking crew that is AIBECK treats us with even so much as a pro-cut live video, let alone something that’s been storyboarded and shot with things like “takes” and “dubs” and “editing,” but lo and behold it’s 2019 and yes they did it; here’s the short version (because why not) of the MV for “ANTHEM”:
What’s the occasion? New single? New album?
Nope! They just needed a promo ahead of their expedition to Osaka and aspirations beyond, I guess. I can appreciate that moxie. AIBECK’s just lousy with chika, a unit with a baseline setting of “loud” that frankly runs the gamut but tends to do their more interesting work at the metal end of the scale but does just fine at, see above, in more comfortable rock spaces. As a regular glance at the Weekender will tell you, they thrive in the live show, where their big personalities and addictively participatory style can really take over. Should you find yourself both in Japan and intrigued at what you’ve seen, go to an AIBECK live and tell ’em — especially An’z! — that ol’ Maniac sent you.
And in keeping that stupid narrative thread together (don’t worry, it ends here unless I get bored again), because I’m apparently a chump and did the whole “oh right, Daichi” thing as my Christmas was being ruined by other loud idols, it took no time at all to venture toward for-a-hot-minute former sister group of Guso Drop and never sister group of BURST GIRL but definitely a group that also managed to try to ruin my Christmas except it was actually just their manager HIMEGOTO ZETTAICHI, because that’s how curiosity works, and of course there was something there, that’s how having Christmas ruined works.
What was it? A new song, one that will be Himegoto’s:
Since I’m going to hell anyway with this title, I hope I can run some marathons with Watanabe. This is this website’s version of a recipe blog, because I need padding for this article and I hope Maniac will edit this, but he likely won’t because we love a good trainwreck.
Heya! Are you tired of Seireki13ya being the least agressive act of Codomomental? I’m not! Clearly on a sugar high and can’t stop, won’t stop. Continue reading →