Okay, so maybe I exaggerated the title a little bit, but you go ahead and tell me who in this world has their primary advocate (in this case, a record label) basically disappear and drop your contract, leaving you homeless and possibly aimless … and then come out ahead through the storm.
If you raised your hand, good for you! And/or if you guessed Q’ulle, good for you for being able to read context clues! I of course jest, seeing as how I rarely have any other way of being, but the important thing is, hey look, a Q’ulle interview! This is from Natalie.mu at the time of the release of “DON’T STOP.”
So how did Q’ulle feel about that whole business?
Maamu: Of course we had nothing but a feeling of unease. At any rate, we had our heads full of making (last) summer’s tour a success. But even with that target, I ended up breaking a bone in the middle of the tour and had to stop participating in it. I was able to come back for the tour finale, but while I wasn’t able to get on stage I would think, like, “What should I do?”.
I was on a call with one of my project leads yesterday. This person is from a European country, and she always has these rather unique (to an American) ways of looking at the world. As we wound up yesterday’s call, she remarked, “and spring begins tomorrow, so that should be nice.” Now, the actual first day of spring is yet a few weeks away, but I liked that thinking: Winter is December-January-February, spring is March-April-May, etc.
So, to kick off this season of renewal and life and positive energy, what better thing to have than Q’ulle’s video for their new “DON’T STOP” single:
Of course, Q’ulle, now being on an Avex imprint, will make it extremely difficult to acquire this single when it drops, which is a shame, because you can pretty much guarantee that “DON’T STOP” is a fun song, but the B-side will be either gorgeous, dancehall power pop or something hard enough to shake your teeth. Continue reading →
One of these days, I’m going to make Q’ulle converts of more of you guys; between their slick-dancing live shows, world of individual talent and diverse songwriting, they’re one of the groups that can turn in a killer rock song and then follow it up with a clubby idol ballad sweet enough to rot your teeth.
Anyway, while you’re in the process of coming around and understanding why I encourage everybody to download “ALIVE/SAISEIRON,” you can prep for Q’ulle’s next big step forward. Building on last year’s massive OVER THE HOPE Asia tour and epic finale that saw them announce a new, major label (Avex sub avex rhythmzone), they have their next single coming in April:
The upstart queens of idorock, Q’ulle, are thankfully still alive (get it?) after the little bit of drama back in the fall, and they’re promoting their big “evolution” show on Jan. 7 using the only means that ever makes sense — by DVD video digest!
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You guys know me: I love me some Q’ulle. We even get to breathe a sign of relief that what could have been an imminent demise is, instead, a new beginning. That paints their recently released second album, Over the Hope, into a completely different kind of context; rather than be the death rattle of a fast-rising, talent-out-the-wazoo rock idol unit, it’s just the end of a chapter in what we can hope will be a significant career.
Today’s a light one, gang, because life doesn’t slow down just because you’d like it to (I am listening to Darkthrone, and I’d like for things to be quite slow indeed!). BUT I’d made a point to check up on Q’ulle’s Other Side of HOPE Asian tour finale that happened tonight, seeing as how there was some uncertainty as to just what would happen with Q’ulle at this point, new album aside.
Whether they remain a living, breathing entity called Q’ulle for much longer is, I think, still in question, but Q’ulle (and its apparently cast-iron members) are plunging ahead with the release of their second album.