Patrick snagged this one for the Idolmetal group, and though we have it listed on the calendar(!), it’s too good to pass up. Himekyun Fruit Can, big sisters of Fruitpochette and right at the top of the idol rock heap, have an album on the way for the day after Valentine’s. That’s, like, pretty much a year after their last (very good) album.
It dawned on me that, after last week’s kind of random addition of a #TBT for Fruitpochette, the Mad Magazine Records consortium of idols probably have a wealth of old stuff to plumb through, given that these are groups going back as much as six years.
So here’s a simple little treat for you:
愛媛の食育応援団"マックル"（ひめキュン ナノキュン フルポシェ）" 『たべまショータイム』 https://t.co/d4IOMXmlu9
— フルポシェ / 歌詞-Bot- (@Frupoche_bot) October 27, 2016
Yes, I know it’s not the same as the real MADCREW; cut me some slack
Thanks to the eagle-eyed denizens of the idolmetal group on Facebook, we have new Himekyun Fruit Can after what feels like forever. And if top-of-the-line idol rock is your thing, it was definitely worth the wait:
“Iyo Damashi Otome Bushi” is just another in a long train of HKFC songs that are basically head-and-shoulders above what their most similar peers generate; like sister group Fruitpochette does with metal, Himekyun’s rock music is rock music by idols rather than “idorock,” as it’s increasingly known. I feel justified in calling them the Van Halen of idol just about every time I hear them.
I had completely different non-Himekyun Fruit Can intentions than to even look in this song’s direction right now, but Facebook research got me to HKFC’s Latin American fan page (yes, I can read A BIT of Spanish), and this was just asking me to hit Play. You should, too! And then watch what feels like a rock musical’s entire score be performed in a 5-minute medley, complete with dance.
- This is a good song.
- This is madness!
Finding out earlier this week that the whole Himekyun Fruit Can structure represented by Mad Magazine records was basically being blown up (except for Himekyun Fruit Can themselves, who released an album and are doing quite well, thank you) set off kind of a tizzy. People just plain had more questions than answers. At the moment, we have a another answer. Continue reading
Like an idol Van Halen.
Idols are diverse. If I’ve learned anything from the process that began with “what else is like Babymetal?”, it’s that there’s no one way to look at idols, and an idol can be a punk just as readily as she can be pop star in a weirdly cut pastel-colored dress.
So with an idol being capable of any kind of music and any kind of performance, it makes sense that there’d be someone out there occupying that permanent middle space — far from a typical pop group, but safe enough to introduce to your parents. Like Nickelback, only, like, good.
And that, for me, is Himekyun Fruit Can.
I don’t think that it makes a whole lot of sense to pretend that they’re anything that they aren’t. They’re an agency creation in the purest sense, with auditions held in 2010 leading to the creation of two different groups, one of which no longer exists (but may have been spun off to make the small army of sister groups — Fruitpochette, nanoCUNE and AiCune). After scoring big sales as independents, they eventually got signed to a major label and assumed what seems to me to be the dominant position in the rock side of the idol scene.
Of course, as idols, they’re required to have a weird gimmick (in this case, every member has their own fruit), but that stuff’s actually pretty understated. Instead, the focus is on the rock.
And rock they do! Their sound is nicely on the harder end of the rock spectrum, with more than a few songs definitely qualifying as metal and most utilizing a pretty nice hard rock/J-pop hybrid sound. In fact, the songs included here and on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist are mostly included for demonstration purposes; you could make an argument for any of a number.
HKFC have basically become mainstays at this point, with slick pro production and a seriously heavy discography. And, just for what it’s worth, between their look and their organization (the sister groups are technically part of Himekyun Fruit Can), they’re sort of arch-idol as far as the heavy side of things goes.
They’re pretty successful so far, and they may have the highest ceiling of anybody in the game.
What they sound like
Like the apotheosis of idols doing hard rock. And this is hard rock, too, with quite a bit of their music technically qualifying as metal. Hence the Van Halen comparison — for a pretty long stretch, was anybody doing radio-ready hard rock better than Van Halen?
You’ll like them if
If you’re coming at this from a purely Western perspective, you’re good if you can dig everything from Halestorm to Maroon 5 and also kind of had a Pussycat Dolls thing for a while. If you’re already acquainted with idols, the nearest approximation is probably Kamen Joshi or Osaka Shunkashuto. If you’re into J-rock at all, more Doll$Boxx than Gachapin, but you know what I mean.
Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:
The above, plus:
|Okumura Mayuri (leader)
|Okamoto Mai||Kono Honoka||Kikuhara Yuria|
“Renai Energy Hoson no Housoku” (single)
“Koi no Prison” (single)
“8-bun no 1 no Breath” (single)
“Koi ga Tomaranai” (single)
“Koi no Binetsu” (single)
“Tatoeba no Monster” (single)
Renai Miracle!! (album)
“Killer Tune” (single)
Jounetsu, Emotion. ~REAL IDOROLL GIFT~ (album)
“TEAR DROPS” (single)
Dengeki Princess (album)
“Kakusei Mirai” (single)
Tengoku Gimmick (album)