I skipped the disclaimer because what’s the point? Literally, who doesn’t admit to at least liking PassCode? Their music is fun, energetic and often heavy as hell; on the human side, they’re a bunch of lovable weirdos who nonetheless see the melding of idol and rock as a chance to transcend both. That’s awesome.
Since their real launching off just two years ago, PassCode has been on a rapid rise to the top of the alt-idol heap; if you’re holding an event for the off-kilter and they aren’t in the conversation to headline, you’re doing it wrong. Along the way, their blend of “normal” idol with digital hardcore is a trendsetter; other groups have taken the electronic approach and run with it, with mixed results.
Back at the source, PassCode followed up their big 2014 debut, All Is Vanity, with a 2015 littered with just two singles but an absolute face-kicking TIF debut and their first national one-man tour (oh, and facing down a really big change in membership). Looking back, the whole scenario feels like a gun being very slowly cocked: They were building energy for a rifle shot.
When VIRTUAL was finally released late last month, then, it was a moment of truth — was PassCode for real? Had they hit the mark? Continue reading →
That’s actually an interesting list, with all three singles included. “Never Sleep Again” isn’t a surprise at all, as it’s still only a few months old, but to go all the way back to “Nextage” (that is, to the same time frame that All Is Vanity was released) makes me wonder if they aren’t considering this album something of a reboot; Yu-ri’s departure took away the last of the original members.
Or it’s possible that they just wanted updated versions of those songs with Hinako, who seems to be trending toward a very center-like role in the group despite being the new kid on the block.
At any rate, now we know a little bit more about what we’re anticipating. I’m personally marking down “MOON PHASE” and “Selfish Girl” as tracks of interest. That probably says something about me, huh?