— LADYBABY @1/13恵比寿LIQUIDROOM (@ladybaby2015) October 29, 2019
What the ever-living hell is going on in the world of idol? Continue reading
Few things in life as half as joyous as fun surprises from the things that aren’t your absolute favorite, but you root for anyway. So is the case with this new one from the Idols Formerly Known as Both Deathrabbits and Desu.Rabbits, DESURABBITS: My fraught history with this remarkable project needn’t be revisited except to say that I was basically not a fan but grew to be converted to an overall supporter, and so the advances that they make along the way always leave me feeling genuinely happy for them. And why not? They have a completely unique style, they’re well-regarded in the scene and they are, ultimately, clearly having a great time with what they do.
So imagine my face yesterday when this happened:
Now where have I seen that church set before?
I promise that I will never look away again.
On Team Homicidols, we’ve been distracted a lot lately by art house groups and hi-concept math-punk units or idols that make you stare at your shoes and weep. But now that we gazed so hard at ・・・・・・・・・ that they vanished back into the ether from whence they came, it might be best to sink back into basics for a little while. Like a nice, simple “you got chocolate in my peanut butter” blend of J-pop and Metal.
I wonder what LADYBABY has been up to?
Screaming, growling, rapping, clean choruses and djenty guitars: that’s some back-to-fundamentals kawaii nu-metal right there, and a perfect illustration of how Team LADYBABY have stayed relevant though all of the unit’s formations and turmoil. They get the basics right and they do it incredibly well. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when the output is this ferocious and enjoyable.
I have a feeling that this MV will earn stock-image status for any future profiles of alternative idol. It’s practically iconic.
This new release has especially got to excite everyone heading to Monster of Dolls next month in Italy as this track is going to be an absolute banger live.
LADYBABY – MELONBATAKE A GO GO – JYUJYU – SARI – ERIKO…
— Monster Of Dolls (@monster_dolls) February 19, 2019
Did I miss something out there? There’s been a definite feeling that LADYBABY was about to do something significant — and I very Mandela Effectively could have sworn that I’d seen an announcement for a new single in the last few days — what with the ExEx gigs going down and, I don’t know, more chatter than usual on their channels? Something was up.
It turns out that something is a new MV! With a great big contribution, performatively and creatively from Emily and from HAJIMETAL, and Rie’s fingerprints all over the production. And what a trip it is:
Man, looking back, Wednesday was absolutely jam-packed, wasn’t it? And I usually consider it to be the second weakest day of the week, after Sunday, hence I wasn’t anticipating that there’d be this big newsworthy churning glut of MV releases in the span of a few hours, and hence was caught flat-footed and had to scramble to try to cover everything. Alas, “everything” is a metaphysical impossibility, so “something” was going to get left out until considerations could open up later, and in this case that something turned out to be the thing that I might have, on the aggregate, been the most excited about. Luck of the draw!
What was that thing? The title gives it away, but please let me contextualize for the new amount us: See, back when ol’ Homicidols Dot Com got started, I had particular negative tendencies that my stuffed-shirt editorial attitudes for the most part could ignore when called upon to do so, but always failed in the case of OG Ladybaby and the Idol Formerly Known as Deathrabbits. Looking back on it, there’s more of a logical through-line to it, especially seeing as how they’re the only two groups that I ever saw use the “death pop” attribution for themselves and both employed the girls+adult man lineup in extremely similar ways. Without getting too much into it, my general disinterest in both groups showed, and people were happy to call me out for it.
This didn’t really start to change until I was forwarded this Deathrabbits album by their international fan club president, and forcing myself to look at it objectively pointed out that, hey, there are some neat things going on here. It’s not all for me, but it’s also definitely not a bad thing. And so began a gradual thaw toward the group, through their re-brand as Desu.Rabbits and various releases and even that Road to Budokan that– Are they still doing that? I hope so. Don’t give up!
Anyway, to put a bow on this intro, I’d been hoping for a while that the day would come when Desu.Rabbits would show a really mature side of themselves. And when they dropped this MV the other day, there it was: Continue reading
Ladybaby is coming back to the ol’ USA. Such was the news that came out yesterday. Management of course tweeted about it, as did the host event, Anime Matsuri. I was like, oh man, you should blog a post for that! And then the messages started. Hoo boy, they were not good messages! People who know about things are displeased about this event and displeased about Ladybaby being at it! I of course am an ignoramus, so you only just now get to enjoy this sizzling take.
First, to recap: Ladybaby will be at Anime Matsuri in Houston in June. Are the members excited?
LADYBABY’s sort of surprise-springing this digital single on us, but I doubt that too many people are going to complain. This is a group that’s pretty much always done what they wanted, and damn the man, like they exist within this idol milieu but also somewhat apart from it. Frankly, more groups should probably operate that way!
I don’t have enough cultural context to make this work in my head, and would therefore appreciate some tutorial about why I’m wrong, but let me preface this by noting just how high my eyebrow arched when I looked at the description stuff and saw “KAWAII-DEATH” and “something something Showa era songs.” Like I don’t get entirely where they’re going with that, but … well, I presume that this is what that means:
Don’t take the title as flippant, friends: I was very limply trying to figure out what the heck was going on with this release because, you know, Ladybaby hasn’t announced a new record or anything, and nothing in the dang announcement suggests that it’s a digital single or anything. It took me a minute to realize, hey, this is from that single they released a little while back, the one with the Ladybeard collaboration, and they’re just now getting around to releasing video for it.
As a chronic procrastinator, I can relate. And as a person who can do math, I can see one thing from Oomori Seiko and then another and see a light bulb, you know? It makes its own kind of sense.
How do you people do it? I only went to Hyper Japan for one day, not even for the whole event, and I slept for 12 hours and I lost a quarter of the skin on my feet! How you people manage to go for three days and not die is amazing.
My intentions for Hyper Japan were kind of thwarted; I applied for a press pass a long time ago with the intention of interviewing DEADLIFT LOLITA, but when I didn’t hear back from them within a week I figured “well, no harm in going normally,” bought my tickets, only for them to respond just a couple of days before the event with my pass. “Is a chat with Deadlift at least still on?” I asked. “Nope” they replied. But you know what my press pass did entitle me to at least? Special VIP access to the very front of the stage for photography purposes and by gum am I going to take advantage of that!
Prepare for lots of photos! Continue reading
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.
— LADYBABY (@ladybaby2015) May 30, 2018
I have no comment whatsoever.