Like, it’s pretty rare to get idol interviews that don’t require translation; in this case, we get a bona fide loudol in a Western music magazine doing more than just getting a passing blurb. Continue reading →
I kid a great deal, of course; I’m just sore that the sudden flurry of excitement that broke out yesterday wasn’t because there was a new single or !gasp! album on the way, but because it’s not technically for anything new at all, and, as I put it:
But that whole flurry was, as speculated, a re-issue. And not just any re-issue, but a re-recording of the ALL is VANITY and VIRTUAL albums, the big releases from the pre-Universal days. (Via) Continue reading →
I don’t actually think that PassCode’s going to take a cue from PASSPO and start up a Band PassCode or anything, but it’s always cool to see idols expanding their repertoires and adding a little something extra to their lives. I also wouldn’t put it past Hina to work a ton on her drum work and take on a second gig in a jazz band.
You all can thank current Japan resident and former unofficial official translator of Homicidols.com Phillter for bringing this impossible dream to light earlier today: Hey look! PassCode VEVO uploaded a bunch of live video from the MISS UNLIMITED Tour final at Studio Coast!
“How exciting!” you remark to yourself, only to remember that you live in a country where PassCode’s media doesn’t always extend. Nonetheless, you press play and —
Your mileage may vary, in other words
Because I feel like people who can’t view the videos deserve something for their trouble, here are two pieces of PassCode news! Continue reading →
The gist: Imada Yuna, who didn’t invent harsh vocals in idol but did manage to become the arguable popular standard bearer of the type, the bad-attitude id that forms almost an entire leg of PassCode all her own, had been unwell, and a medical examination turned up an ovarian cyst. She powered on for a while, but now the plan is for hospitalization and treatment and rest. She’ll be out a while, until the ZENITH tour officially kicks off on Nov. 10. Continue reading →
So amid all of the hubbub yesterday, I just plain up and missed the fact that PassCode, with the release of their ZENITH album just right around the corner, have officially put out the full album trailer:
The hype machine is getting a pretty good warmup over the past week, you guys, as PassCode prepares their fans for their first major-label album:
It’s up for pre-order now, but the real winner there is the tracklist (I particularly like how exactly one song in 12 is titled in kana, but then explained in English in a parenthetical) and the implications from the DVD, which will include MVs for “ONE STEP BEYOND” (which sounds sick and is undoubtedly the lead for this) and “Same to you,” which I’m guessing is this album’s ballady number.* I’m also digging that this is mostly new, original material; with two singles and, what, five songs out since joining Universal, it’d be easy to just lean back on that for this album release, but there’s clear confidence in the material. Continue reading →