I never thought I’d review a single; I just didn’t see the point. And yeah, “MISS UNLIMITED” is listed on iTunes as an EP, but it’s three songs and an air vocals version of the title track, and that’s a single in my book.
So why would I bother reviewing this one? A lot of reasons, actually: Because there’s an ongoing discussion around whether idols other than Babymetal can achieve crossover success in the West; because PassCode is among the most cited and seen when newcomers go looking for “what else is like this”; because I felt like it; and so on.
This is PassCode’s major label debut. It’s available internationally via iTunes (and probably other mechanisms, too, eventually). It’s already available in Europe and soon will be in North America. This might not be going all-in, but it’s a move aiming at international audiences.
Or maybe, more appropriately, it’s a trip down the memory hole; there are probably a few people at we-B Studios (and especially Universal Japan!) who’d prefer that we not see this side of PassCode … a PassCode that’s a little … different. Continue reading →
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.
As we saw yesterday, “MISS UNLIMITED,” PassCode’s debut major label single, sounds like we have a lot of PassCode’s best side to enjoy going forward as they take the next step in their career. And what does that next step look like?
Well, if the media that PassCode’s been sharing out is any indication, it might be pretty ambitious. Continue reading →
There are actually a number of awesome idol groups making the jump to major labels lately (and some expected to do so), and PassCode happens to be right near the front of the line. Not a bad two years’ work!
“Miss Unlimited” was announced a few weeks ago, but we finally have details. For instance, this art:
This is the kind of thing that Nao was talking about, idols at rock festivals. Babymetal’s done it, Fruitpochette’s done it, ayumikurikamaki’s all over it lately, the Codomomental sisters will be at it soon … there’s growing respect for idols as vocal/visual performers (vocual?) that have enough flexibility to front anything if you ask nicely. It’s awesome.
Anyway! Here’s PassCode at the Inazuma Rock Fes earlier today. With a live band! And the vocals are really great without all of the added mixing, including Yuna more noticeably doing double duty than usual.
Whatever they’re paying Hina, double it.
“It’s about time!” curmudgeoned a bunch of curmudgeons who are too impatient to wait for PassCode’s major release tour (which will be 100 percent backed by a live band).