Cruising through the Japanese music media has its benefits. Yeah, you’ll be inundated with a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t idol (like bands!), but you’ll also be rewarded with things like this huge-ass feature on You’ll Melt More! that OTOTOY just put up.
Among the sales pitches for YMM’s big-ass catalog and live reports, though, there’s this interview. And while I can’t read it at all and you may not be able to, either, it’s worth running through Google or your translator of choice for cool little tidbits and, of course, a ton of awesome photography of Japan’s baddest alternagirls.
Do you guys remember when Yurumerumo was going to wrap up their WE ARE A ROCK FESTIVAL tour by playing their own instruments at the finale (inadvertently previewed here)? Like, Younapi with the hilarious Moog synthesizer and Chiffon on bass (of course) and you felt pretty confident about Ano on guitar and, sure, Kechon can probably handle drums?
Only three weeks and change remain in Bellring Girls Heart as we’ve known them, and an indeterminate hiatus looms. They are, however, going out in style, and I won’t stop wanting to chronicle and share these performances that they’re doing with their friends in the scene as part of the Shallow Grave tour.
Very important are their good pals You’ll Melt More!, with whom they’ve done plenty of collaborations in the past and for whom, clearly, this whole process is more than a little bittersweet.
If you weren’t sold yet, what if I told you that it includes snips of the members playing the instruments that they’ll be playing at their anniversary live? Including Kechon on drums which amuses me endlessly for some reason. Continue reading →
You may have heard about Bellring Girls Heart being gutted in the very near future when Ayano and Mizuho graduate, and the group going on a I-believe-it-this-time temporary hiatus before a very soft reboot next year.
What you may not have heard about is how they’re going to go out as vividly as possible.
Our pal Brian, aka @supreme_nothing, wrote up this piece on the various artistic touches inherent in You’ll Melt More!’s visual and musical work on his own site … and then posted it in the forums like a goof. I figured I’d move it on up here to the home page so more eyes get on it. Go read the whole thing (just click the boxy doodad there) and tell him how much you liked it!
P.S. Literature and Destroy is one of my favorite titles for anything, ever, and I had to be talked out of dropping almost $100 on a copy of Bellheart’s EPEP EP, which is a glorified single, but whatever, I was pretty drunk.
In what’s being very roundly touted as a world first, You’ll Melt More’s brand-new video for “Hamidashi PARADEISE” is … well:
Very handy English version!
Well, my mind’s officially fucking blown for the day. How about yours? And how many iterations of that game are there? I’ve still only done it once. Does it always end the same way? Is it possible to find a path that results in your being physically absorbed into the screen and, while now physically dead, you get to live on forever as a digital-only member of YMM? (That’s the paradise part, I think.)
We’re getting really close to the point where I even have a chance of disliking something that You’ll Melt More! releases. In this case, it’s like they knew that people in the USA are prepping for a holiday weekend and the living nightmare time well-spent with family and friends that entails, and they beamed a garage punk song directly at my heart:
I was ignoring these video uploads because YMM‘s management somehow thinks it’s still 2015, but it’s not, it’s 2016. But of course I looked because, come on, YOU’LL MELT MORE!, and oh, these were totally from that big-ass show they did the other day!
Remember: The girl who just threw herself into a sea of people has crippling social anxiety …
I’m a big fan of “Sukiyaki,” but I’m an even bigger fan of “Torayo” because it reminds me of the Breeders for some reason. Continue reading →