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.
The safest place for Kanra of Bellring Girls Heart to ever be is in an enclosed space with no visible sharp objects, entirely by herself but under careful observation. Being a born entertainer, though, she’s likely to start to sing.
A solo karaoke (Kanraoke?) performance of “Circus and Love” by one of the most demented girls to ever idol is sure to result.
Summer may unofficially be over here in the United States, but it’s still a great time to get out, see friends, drink margaritas on a veranda while listening to Juan Gabriel tributes, things like that … OR it could be a great evening to spend inside, surrounded by people who might be trying to kill you, watching batshit movie after batshit movie and eventually getting to:
In J-school (that’s “journalism school,” not “Japan school,” you weirdos), they talk about headlines that pretty much say exactly what the story is about. I didn’t go to J-school, but I did just that anyway!
So Bellring Girls Heart, the twisted little alt-rock ravens who are easy to love if you like to be challenged and/or love your rock music to come from Great Britain at any point after about 1960 and the earlier the better, and easy to hate if you like things like vocals being on pitch and being the kind of person who chronically misses the point, officially release their best-of album today. BEST BRGH covers really just a slice of their large, varied catalog, with vocals re-recorded with the current members (and they’ve had a lot of members!).
And because Japan has a culture of physical media being important, many groups will happily toss their music onto Soundcloud or other channels, and we benefit. Because, see, the headline. Continue reading →
That’s Kai. By Bellring Girls Heart standards, she’s more likely to watch and laugh while somebody else bites your finger off than to do the biting herself. She’s also quite the prolific person, apparently. Continue reading →
There’s been some comments discussion lately about origins, about how and why idols of a more alternative or aggressive bent are comfortably being mainstreamed and taking up a big chunk of the schedule at events like TIF, to say nothing of crossing over to rock festivals and the like.
That’s all well and good, but the chatter got me thinking about that moment in time when a hundred light bulbs went off and just so many of the groups currently forming the backbone of the broader scene were either born, re-branded or being conceived. Yes, good children, 2012 was a hell of a time to be alive.
I offer you here a time capsule, if you will, as if you had a chance to travel back in time to see the very birth of the galaxy itself. Here is the not-quite-original-but-may-as-well-be iteration of Bellring Girls Heart just a month into the group’s existence.
No antics, no props, no feathers or wings. Just idols not atypically costumed doing very atypical music and employing some atypical dance. Pretty cool.
I know, I know, you all aren’t as WOO THEY’RE SO WEIRD AND AMAZING as I am, but this is a unique opportunity to crowdfund (independently of other action, btw) a translation of Bellring Girls Heart’s Sixth Dimension film. The subtitles become a free download in the end, and knowing where/how to get the film requires only a small amount of poking, and then, well, you get to enjoy the results in full.
Here’s the trailer, just to give you an idea of what you’re looking at: