I don’t know if it requires particularly in-depth anything, and I was tempted to find another use for the video, but those of you who might be new to this whole thing and/or haven’t had a good chance to give PLICPROCK a good chance might appreciate their release of a … actually, it’s interesting:
Man, you guys, I’m kind of mad that I’m only publishing this piece now; it deserved better. But! Here we are, it’s Monday, and this is a great way to kick-start the week.
PLIC PROCK! The idols formerly known as Parallel Japan and formerly known as Parallel 5 and often just called Parallel. About a year ago, I thought that they might have themselves a proper breakout, being that they’re a) good b) loud and c) pretty friggin’ good dancers to boot. I don’t think it ever happened, and, other than the re-brand as PLIC PROCK back at the first of the year, they’ve been quiet.
The big reveal’s going to come on the 28th, when they’ll headline a live featuring WiLL (who are cool), Hirano Yuri (Miracle Toybox etc., who is very cool) and Malcolm Mask McLaren. And maybe more! But that’s a pretty good show to put together.
The Curse*: Is it real? Does it require that we allow a goat to attend a baseball game? Who knows! What we do know, though, is that we took a look at the ill-fated Parallel Japan just the other day, and now they’re at the very least taking a break:
And the answer, usually, is doing a ton of performing. They’re part of the Guso Drop family, too, and shared a stage with the Heaviest Idol in the World over the weekend. I figure, it’s Hump Day, we could all use a little kick, so here’s Parallel! Continue reading →
Remember a few months ago when Babymetal agencymates Perfume released their video for “FLASH” and everybody lost their damn minds? And then remember that fun back-and-forth here a few weeks ago about the relative dance merits of Parallel Japan vs. Babymetal?
It’s about to get weird.
Because Babymetal and Perfume have the same choreographer, see
And in a very meta moment, it’s a song from one of the other great dance units, Osaka Shunkashuto.
And I thought, you know, we always talk about image and attitude and style and, of course, music when we talk about idols, but how much do we really ever talk about this extremely important part of an overall stage performance? Continue reading →