I was genuinely excited the other day when PIH dropped a hot list of new material and one of the things on it that I hadn’t seen yet was “Devil ANTHEM” — that is, not that I don’t know about them (I do!), but that I wasn’t aware that they’d done anything notable since TIF — only to have that excitement dashed.
A little bit. The truth of the matter is, I played the video and had that old feeling again for a minute — you know the one, where idols start to idol and for reasons that you can’t quite place everything seems good in the world? Seeing as how I spend most of my time wading in the murk of the dark and weird and hyper-creative, I’d forgotten the brightness that can come along and hit you like a ton of bricks.
The world is full of crap. On top of the crap, one of the worst storms in recorded history completely drowned a big chunk of the country, and an even nastier hurricane cut the Caribbean to ribbons on its way to returning Florida to the sea. A big-ass earthquake killed hundreds south of the border right before yet another hurricane headed into Mexico. Yet another war could break out any day. And we all have our own personal struggles.
So forgive me for saying, to hell with the darkness for a second, and let’s just idol the crap out with Devil ANTHEM:
This is really cool, you guys — you know that Future Standard show that often does significant segments on idols (in the past, they had Screaming Sixties and Q’ulle among others)? This time around, they did basically a full episode’s worth dedicated just to Party Rockets GT:
What a pleasant surprise! Well, let me draw that back a little bit — the fact that PiGU dropped a full-on MV for their new single is a pleasant surprise. And the song is really good! You don’t usually expect “heavy” for the PiGUs of the world, but anybody can add some extra drum kit or tune things down a little, stick to minor keys, etc., when the situation requires, and it’s not like PiGU hasn’t ever gone toward the dark side before.
That being said, what the heck is going on with “DAY”?
Picture this: You’re taking a little adventure through YouTube, checking in on some favorites to see if anything slipped through the cracks, looking at recs on the off chance that there’s something that you’ve never seen before, and you see a definite favorite and feel like it can be a nice accompaniment … and then right there, staring you in the face, is a track that you didn’t know existed and isn’t even an official release but may as well be the Holy friggin’ Grail.
I of course refer to Minna no Kodomo-chan’s “I want to kill the morning”:
They also have the best song titles in the business
The first thing about this new song from maybe the most exciting punk rock idol project debut in a long-ass time is that I probably enjoyed it the least out of everything they’ve put out so far, and it’s still a far cry better than a lot of what else winds up on the idol stage:
We all have our personal idol favorites that maybe aren’t everybody else’s favorites. Maybe we need a word for it — “underoshi” or something — a term that captures the idols that just really speak to you, man, even if they don’t have (yet!) have great mass appeal.
I have a few of these, no I won’t list them, but Minna no Kodomo-chan is part of it. This little sucker’s from their fourth single, which … is out? yet? I can’t tell:
I’ll admit it, I was getting kind of annoyed with Osaka’s favorite cosplay cafe pop punk idols lately — Rino graduates, Momokan graduates, a little bit of live video trickles onto YouTube, but very little of note gets out publicly and I start to get kind of concerned because PiGU used to be good for a fresh single at the very least every few months, with MVs coming along basically whenever, and I didn’t go and get myself all invested in such a project just to have it die a typical idol death! No I didn’t!
Well shut my big stupid mouth. This is friggin’ great:
I never really know what to make of Attain Music, truth be told. Every time they’ve done something worth mentioning, I’ve mostly enjoyed it, but I’ll be gosh darned if they don’t make it a little bit difficult. I guess very deliberately doing “kawaii rock” will have that effect.
Anyway, this sweet little ditty was part of the massive media dump that happened on Friday (still digging out!), and I wanted to give Peri Ubu’s old group another chance to show off: