After absolutely rave reviews from many of us (the people who truly matter), EMPiRE returns a week later with their second teaser track, “TOKYO MOONLIGHT”:
I feel like I should be more surprised that it’s a Kenta song than the fact that the lyrics were penned by a member, but, frankly, very little surprises me anymore, except in kayfabe, which I would never, ever break, except when I do.
You can rip it right off of Soundcloud if the idea of Watanabe Junnosuke doing his best Jay Kay impersonation sounds great to you, or take the free download straight from EMPiRE’s website. Either way, you are a masochist!
So I guess this is a much closer approximation of what they meant by “cool style.” I nominally approve. Bitchin’ guitar solo kind of randomly tacked onto the song aside, I think this moves EMPiRE away from regular features, no? Like, they’re fine and all, and in fact are probably the actual inheritors of the kind of sound that SiS was likely to have, but I’m missing really any homi- in these idols.
For what it’s worth, they’re launching an official fan club before ever having done anything, just like real major-label idols!
— EMPiRE OFFiCiAL (@EMPiREIDOL) October 12, 2017
If you sign up, maybe you get a slight head start on hearing the actual members performing their songs, so there’s that.