As you are no doubt aware, SPARK SPEAKER, who are good and cool, have a new album to promote, their second, THE WORLD IS MIND (which had better be a Scarface reference or I riot), and it’s already gotten added-bonus attention from fans because of a demonstrable shift in sound, which we got a flavor of from “paradigm shift”. Everybody who commented on that, from a position of knowledge, agreed that it was at least an interesting move, and that the album was in fact quite good and worth grabbing.
Well, gang, if you’re not among that esteemed company, here’s your chance for a meaningful taste of the whole shebang: Continue reading →
Dang, do you guys remember BIЯTH? I had to go back to Memory Lane quite a bit to follow up on that one, and I’ve been sitting on this dang post for a few weeks. But, neat project, idol+guy with guitar+obviously other instruments (but it’s really just Ricka and Yuma making up the group), doing good work. I have this weird tendency to have Ricka’s tweets right at the top of my feed when I randomly look in, so I fortunately hadn’t forgotten the name when some fresh buzz started up a little while back, and paying attention pays off!
They released their latest maxi single/EP/four-track record that defies easy labels on Sunday, so it’s now officially weird that I haven’t shared the trailer with you guys:
After that first couple of videos, I didn’t reckon that we’d been getting a trailer for IDOL SHREDDER that’s practically the length of many groups’ EPs with almost three weeks left until the album drops, but I’m also not going to complain about a bigger, fuller, better look. Frankly, nobody should!
I don’t have the best track record when it comes to converting other humans to the charms of this very grown-up unit with a very grown-up orientation, but please do, friends, consider it. As “just” idols, REGiNA KiSS was in fact quite good; with the band behind the slightly retooled duo, they mix things up more frequently and take some interesting chances. I’d love for this to wind up on some major streaming services so that folks can get the experience in full.
This week’s Idol in Focus was going to be PassCode, because I really want to highlight their first gaijin release (featuring a re-recording of “NINJA BOMBER”!), but they went ahead and dumped out everything relevant about it over the last couple of days, so a full post it is! By the way, the record is now available for purchase:
【New Release】 イギリスJPU RECORDSより発売のPassCode海外デビュー盤アルバム「Ex Libris PassCode」日本での配信が本日よりスタート！ 今作のために新たにレコーディングした「NINJA BOMBER」が初収録！
THE BANANA MONKEYS are truly one of the most cursed, yet fascinating idol groups happening at the moment.
Let’s get the good news out of the way. A new EP, Good bye, Hello, coming in just a few weeks!
Yes! Label is not bad is already a candidate for Album Of The Year 2018, and I liked their recent digital singles too, so I’m pretty dang excited about this. So much so that I haven’t even watched this trailer so my first reactions upon listening to the whole thing can be genuine (aka so that if I do a sleepy review of this it gets the kind of weirdness that this group deserves).
It was only a few weeks ago that punk rock idol unit NO MARK made me yes mark the hell out. Did I do the same thing when I heard this here?
I can’t possibly make my reaction to this any clearer than to say that I had no idea that Bad Religion had gotten into the idol game. What a good-but-unconventional song! It’s also (obviously) their third digital single, which is quite a nice chunk of output for such a short lifespan so far. Good for them!
I think, especially because I’m listening to this on a cell phone in an elevator in an old hotel, so forgive me for missing the nuance and thereby not pretending to discuss it. Just … the upcoming Broken By The Scream album has its trailer out, and go ahead and tell me who’s doing better metal+idol right now:
Like, AN ALIEN’S PORTRAIT doesn’t need to be an earth-shaking multi-continental accomplishment; it just needs to be metal as fuck, by idols, and so far, so good. I’d say that the mission’s accomplished. Though Krv did tell me a funny thing about their TIF set that I’ll add in the comments if you’re interested.
Yes, friends, I am excited about sugartrap at any point that they’re doing active things like recording music (which they do occasionally) and performing live (which they do all the time). I’d prefer to wait a little bit for a real-deal MV to sprout wings and fly into my face closer to the release date of this record, but I’m also wont to force-feed you sugartrap (it’s good for you!) and will not be wroth should they be posted twice in quick succession.
Ladybaby’s renewed, Rei-less form didn’t, I think, need to call back too hard to the group’s point of origin — it’s written all over everything they do, ever — but given that what seems like a fairly successful first release includes a third track, and hatchets can be buried and money made, it’s clear that we could all live our best lives if the updated roster could maybe get together with ol’ pal Ladybeard for an MV.
The trailer is here. I stared at my screen and contemplated whether to post now or wait; my dedication to the gods of chaos won out.