Good morning, friends! If you’re not a regular on Soundcloud, I recommend that you become one, because checking in every few days or so is a good way to keep up with some of the less-followed acts in idol. For instance, remember 143? They of the months-long membership rollout and pretty good debut? They added this
Obviously it’s a bit early, but I’m essentially ready to declare Melon Batake a Go Go my pick for Homicidols’ annual Best-Of in the “Breakthrough Artist” category. The group is on fire right now, with what finally appears to be a stable, solid line-up backed by great tunes, and an incrementally growing fan-following that really adore these “Idols From Outerspace”. Even from the short time ago this blog previously covered these girls, they’re swiftly taken on a new life and gained new fans. It’s fun and exciting to watch a group rise from obscurity and earn some well-deserved praise, and the time is definitely at hand for these young ladies.
— めろん畑a go go (@MELONBATAKEAGO2) April 16, 2018
With the iron hot, the sidekick idols are poised to strike with their upcoming EP “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” (It reminds me of the Cramps’ classic album “Stay Sick”!) which comes out in May. This will be the first release with the group’s current roster, because all the members are still too new to have recorded together before. (I think Soze is the only active member to have any recorded Melon music at all.)
The newly invigorated Melon Batake a Go Go has charged up their social media resources to spread the word of outer-space-psychobilly-infused-garage-rock-idol-music, including taking advantage of Soundcloud to share a brand-new song for the masses! It’s called “Horror Billy Nights”…
It’s a solid rocker that’d make about any band proud! Nice meaty guitars, great vocals, and a spooky vibe that’ll fit into your Halloween party mixes this Fall. The only minor issue I take is that with a name like “Horror Billy Nights”, I kinda wish there was a little more “billy” in there. Just twang up those guitars a little bit! This is an idol group that I’m simply dying to see eventually perform with a live three-piece band featuring a devil-locked dude slapping a coffin-shaped stand-up bass with a couple of go-go dancers (Or a guy in a gorilla suit, that’s always cool too!) shaking it fast on pedestals along the edge of the stage.
Also up on the YouTubes is a short promo video that features another newly recorded song that Melon’s been performing live for some time, and moody piece of horror pop called “Change the Wolfman”…
While things are certainly going fantastic for Melon Batake a Go Go, there’s been one unfortunate hitch in their giddy-up. (Literally) Sadly, Soze Nakamura injured her ACL during a show last month, and she’s been out of the live-equation while awaiting surgery, followed by the eventual recovery process. The group’s been performing with occasional guest stars- as well as a framed photo of Nakamura in her honor. In the meantime, Soze has been revitalizing the group’s long-dormant Instagram account, which had been seemingly forgotten, with brand new, fresh photos. (On a related note, she now has a SOZELICA Instagram account as well!)
I haven’t seen any sort of pre-order information for purchasing “SICKxIDOLSxSICK” but I’m certainly keeping my eyes open. Also hopefully now that the Melon Girls have increased their stature considerably, perhaps the distribution for this EP will be improved. It’s been a bit of a task to get hold of their earlier stuff and it’d be great if a wider base could get their hands on this upcoming gem. They certainly deserve it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re looking at future breakouts here. Keep your eyes on Melon Batake a Go Go!!!
All right, I’ve played this song three times now and still feel like it’s beyond me. Somebody stuck a blues guitarist into the booth during an OK Computer-era Radiohead recording session, gave the resultant track to idols and walked away with a devilish grin. The result? The lead from Shihatsumachi Underground’s first EP:
To the handful of you who’ve messaged over the past while, yes, finally, Last Question. To those of you wondering what the answer is supposed to be, I say, look at this playlist that they added to Soundcloud the other day and reminded me that maybe I should round back on this one:
Yes, that’s Last Question (Twitter). Do they rock? Sometimes, in a manner of speaking! Why are you singling them out Maniac? Because would you please take a moment to appreciate epic fantasy RPG music being performed by idols who could only be more dedicated to their theme if they took the stage in oversized armor and theatrical mage’s robes. And maybe now they do! I know that Krv has seen them recently, or maybe they’ll dust it off in time. Regardless, nobody not named NEMLESSS can boast such an incredible website. Continue reading
There’s a subtly significant amount of stuff coming out of the Idolverse right now, I’m finding — more on the edge of the Western wota’s attention span, I think, than might be expected or appreciated — and that includes things that I missed before and nonetheless get a chance to come back to for the edification of all!
Remember PapiRosier? Perhaps! Probably not! Despite being included in that approximate first generation of new idols who were debuting just as a lot of folks currently in the community were, like, joining the community, they haven’t exactly emphasized releases as PapiRosier, so they get lost in the shuffle. Based on past work, though, I knew that anything new that was to come would be worth checking out, and dutifully started to follow them closely when they announced the release of their second single. The result?
The single actually went on sale yesterday, but, as you can see, the video’s from the first of the month … which was two full days before I put their Twitter on blast in anticipation of a video release. Circumstance can be dumb! Continue reading
From the ashes of PIIIIIIIN, QUEENS (Twitter) have entered into the world. This is known! I had been on the fence about whether to feature them outright, given that, obvious advancing maturity aside, this was a unit that was going to be emphatic less on the rock and more on the cool. And they are! The sound and style are described as “dance rock,” which is totally fine and in fact connects directly to one of my very favorite idol things, but it can’t always be about the Maniac behind the site, you know?
The simplest of things, man
“Dance rock” is right, though; it’s like a defused version of OG Osaka Shunkashuto, or if somebody paid a vocaloid composer* to write something a little funkier. Those instrumentals are absolutely killing me.
I’ve been keyed in on QUEENS ever since I found out about them — ex-PIIIIIIIN will do that to you — so you may have seen some of this stuff in the Weekender, but I figure that it’s worth adding here for that fuller Queens experience:
See? Idols much more normal than homi, though pleasant enough overall. There’s an emerging trend for idols of this flavor, too, so I could see them having a pretty good year.
*I’m looking directly in winter mute’s direction
I’m still recovering from BUBBLE, for golly’s sake.
Yanakoto Sotto Mute, the perfect modern idols, who will be perfectly bringing their perfect brand of perfection to the United States in lo but a few months, will be doing it with a new album, their second full:
— ヤなことそっとミュート (@YanakotoSM) April 13, 2018
Officially out in June, but on-site sales will happen during May dates of the puddle tour. Continue reading
It’s late as all heck, and Alice Project in general has moved to an even-more-extreme-than-Babymetal’s release schedule, but the single that they released almost 16 months ago finally has a full MV for its B-side. Let us indulge!
“ISUMI”, it must be pointed out (like when we got a preview of this all the way back when the single first came out) is a theme song of a sort. A theme song for a city. Like, I don’t know how you get that gig (it seems like a silly thing to use bribes/muscle to coerce), but that’s a hell of a thing. Continue reading
It was in diving into the info around the thing that I most want this year that I saw some (late) info on another release that should get people who are into good music excited — amiinA, the dynamic duo of epic fantasy dream pop art rock idols, are also putting out a new single. And while I’ll allow that amiinA, because normal reasons, are typically a Weekender holdover (not always), they were just brought up, and it is also a day on which I feel like elevating something a little bit different via highly attenuated mechanisms, so bear with me and behold:
— amiinA (@amiina_official) April 8, 2018
The dang case is a pop-up book that holds the CD! And they’re remaining very true to their whole theme with it all!
Actually, while that’s cool, the best visual art is actually for their one-man: Continue reading