You know you’ve been asleep at the wheel for a little while when you see something in your feed and then spend several minutes trying to figure out if it’s new, but if it’s new to you if it’s not new, period, and then if it’s not new to you but you were actually functionally aware of it. That was me as of about four minutes ago, staring at Twitter and trying like hell to remember if BURST GIRL, now into their second year as a self-managed chika idol bomb squad, had made the fact that they have a June album in the works known, and if the meme-producing website that’s endlessly supportive of them had made use of this information, and if so what next.
Well that’s certainly a fun ride! I’ll admit that, seeing the video still, I had hoped for a full digest or even just a more substantive teaser. That’s okay, though. It’s not like we aren’t all fairly familiar with the material, or one of last year’s favorites at the very least.
Everyone’s favorite throwback punk unit closed out their crowdfunded nationwide tour in Shibuya on Sunday night at the ironically and appropriately named live house, Chelsea Hotel (ofc. the Chelsea Hotel in New York City is where Nancy Spungen died of a knife wound in the room she shared with Sid Vicious). At the close of the show, Burst Girl dropped a couple of serious announcements.
You may have seen, friends, that longstanding idol of terror Rei, aka BOSS, formerly of Guso Drop and now running BURST GIRL through her iron will, has a new project of the likes that really only she would have. I thought, this is a Weekender item and didn’t want to take it too seriously, but then I remembered how I’d have felt about this a couple of years ago and realized that, heck, this is the kind of thing that I’d have had kittens over not all that long ago, so let’s make a big-ass deal out of it!
Knuckle Chihuahua! Or “Chiwawa” as they apparently would like for it to be spelled.* I don’t know what that is. Like, a fighting tiny nigh-hairless dog that fits in a purse? Sounds about right. And of Boss will be providing vocals as only a person who sounds like a chain-smoking trucker but hasn’t ever actually been a chain-smoking trucker can do. Rei is literally the best. I hope they start off doing more-or-less accessible punk songs and then devolve into some spectacular grind thing. Continue reading →
Today’s a dark-ass day, so let’s celebrate something uplifting for a hot minute. Remember when the “Nancy” MV happened and it was like, very cool, now what are you going to be doing with that? It turns out that BURST GIRL had a single release planned all along, and this one’s going to be available in stores.
Two stores, to be exact! Tower Records Umeda Nu Chaya and Tower Records Shinjuku will each be playing host to the first in-store BURST GIRL CD, each with its own respective version of the single (artwork). The songs, “Nancy” as the obvious A-side and “Liar” on the flip. The official release date is Jan. 23. There’ll be release events at each store: Continue reading →
I’m not sure that the world is ready for what it’s about to see (or still recovering from seeing) in BURST GIRL’s new, first MV. Things are … well. The ex-Guso Drop crew definitely made something noteworthy:
This has been a bad season for idol, man. Yesterday’s gawdawful news made me think that — there have been a ton of major graduations lately, and though the actual output has been of a high quality, there haven’t been that many great releases or debuts or etc. in a while. I did get a nice pick-me-up earlier in the week, and another yesterday (both of which you’ll learn all about over the next couple of days!), but man, I wouldn’t blame anybody for wanting to quit after this latest run of bad news.
So when I wake up to a message from none other than our very own Papermaiden, and it’s one of the more anticipated debuts of the last … last little while, I perk up, and optimism returns:
If you stare long enough at the Yurapiko, the Yurapiko stares back at you
That’s BURST GIRL, which you may recall is the project of 4/6 of the final Guso Drop roster, which may nor may not be better than not having Guso Drop at all (depending on one’s perspective), and that’s their debut live. Here’s a somehow-more-intimate angle: Continue reading →
The post-Guso project calling itself BURST GIRL/S (I can’t get the nomenclature right) is hurtling, dare I say barreling toward its debut, and they’ve been making details known for the last little while. Why do I bring this up now? Because I can and I’m amused, and I want to have more of their tag in my library prior to the actual debut because SEO, bitches!
Anyway! Their Jan. 7 debut show is like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, minus the important-but-heavy-handed racial commentary and sheer magnetism of Sidney Poitier, and in fact nothing like that classic film at all save for my desire to use the title as a device!
That’s a pretty good lineup! Also, what an honor for BBTS and Candye Syrup; it’s not quite stepping up onto a ZEPP stage, but you could ask for much worse exposure to the people who are mostly likely to be your #Fans4Evar. That’s going to be a very loud show! Continue reading →
We’ve been waiting for it for a while now, but the end of the Heaviest Idol in the World, Guso Drop, finally came. I wanted to post something appropriate yesterday, but there wasn’t any video up yet when I had time to look; major sleuth Viz Major came to the rescue:
Just pretend like it isn’t real!
And in a lot of ways, at least from my vantage point, thus ends an era. Continue reading →
Well, gang, Guso Drop may be on its last legs as a project, but the show was definitely still going on, at least in terms of their ZEPP Tokyo show last night. I was going to just let it ride on out into the sunset, but, looking through Twitter and YouTube, I also wanted to be able to memorialize it to some extent.
A ZEPP show is a big deal! Q’ulle, who legitimately tour internationally and have many many more followers than Guso Drop, have a tough time selling out ZEPP performances. They’re large venues, capacity in the low thousands, and they cost a lot to book and require a host of other incidental expenses (gear, etc.) that you, Idol Manager, might not face in other clubs, or at least not to the same extent.