Even When It Rains, It’s a PARADE

Well, this year’s WACK AUDiTiON CAMP certainly was eventful! Auditionee Waki Waki Wakki got added to WAgg and WAgg member Kira May who’s been apart of the group for 3 months got added to GANG PARADE.

…for all of 3 minutes. GANG PARADE will be splitting into two smaller groups. Just as BiS2 made the decision last year to break up, GANG PARADE will be doing the same thing. But in a completely different manner that’s effectively not the same as breaking up. Totally 100% similar.

This is the culmination of an internal decision between members and staff. In Kamiya Saki’s previous graduation announcement, she revealed that she felt like she was holding GANG PARADE back and while Watanabe, the fans and the members probably don’t agree, it set something new into motion. If you can’t achieve your goals after reaching a certain point, it’s okay to try again from the start isn’t it? So, we’re here now, with two new groups born from GANG PARADE splitting into two.

First new group is the dark and noisy GO TO THE BEDS:

If you need a reference point for previous GANG PARADE works, this wouldn’t go out of place on “LAST GANG PARADE” or “GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!!” – in fact the guitar in this contains a reference within it’s motif to GANG PARADE (the song). Comprised of Coco Partin Coco, Yui Ga Dockson, Yumeno Yua, Can GP Maika and Yamamachi Miki, this is the group carrying the torch of GP’s mismatched chaos that shouldn’t work but manages to come together perfectly.

The second group is the softer and synergized PARADISES:

Still very much a GANG PARADE product but this ebbs closer to the softer “BARELY LAST” and “LOVE PARADE”. The current members are Tsukino Usagi, Naruhaworld and Terashima Yuka! New girl Kira May will join this group eventually.

If you’ve been keeping up with GANG PARADE activities, this might not come as such a shock. A few weeks prior, a mysterious Guerrilla EP titled “GP?” was on sale for just 100 yen at Tower Records. None of the tracks contained any song metadata but the 6 songs were clearly split into two distinct groups – the first now evident to be GO TO THE BEDS and the second PARADISES but with the since-graduated Haruna Bad Chiiiin. Given her presence on the mystery EP and a few cryptic tweets about life changing before her account vanished into the ether, it’s not hard to imagine this might have been in the works for a while and might be why she left.

And of course, there’s still a loose end here: Kamiya Saki. She’s still scheduled to graduate from GANG PARADE but as it stands, she isn’t in either group and is the only member who’s Twitter handle and promotional images contain any kind of reference to her being a member of GANG PARADE. On top of that, their upcoming “My First Hall Tour” is still being billed as GANG PARADE.

So, what exactly does this mean? How can GANG PARADE be splitting into two groups if their tour is a GANG PARADE tour? Will the two groups promo together like BiS1st and BiS2nd did (also don’t worry, this isn’t league based so nobody is competing against one another) or apart? Will they perform together or as two groups during the tour? Do they know why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch? How is promo going to work if the tour does turn out to be together as GANG PARADE?

Absolutely none of those questions have been answered. BUT, their debut digital singles and EP are coming soon. Tomorrow on streaming services, the songs in the previous music videos will go up on streaming services and on April 1st their debut split EP “G/P”, billed as “GO TO THE BEDS and PARADISES from GANG PARADE” will be released. 7 tracks: three G, three P and one Kamiya Saki solo song.

Just like when BiS2 said “I don’t know what will happen”, nobody does here either. But it’s just not WACK if it isn’t confusing, slightly irritating but also new and exciting. So let’s all go to bed to be able to reach paradise ey.

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Yukueshirezutsurezure drop “REDERA” MV on Eve of 7th Single Release

Tomorrow, Yukueshirezutsurezure drop what they are calling a “double-A-Side” single and, if you’ve caught the song previews,  you understand the description.  “Still Roaring” and “REDERA” are two of the best tracks we’ve heard from Not Secured, Loose Ends in a while.

On the eve of this double-barreled release, they have also given us a new MV.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #174 (Life in Exile Edition)

Hello peeps and welcome to your weekend in exile! It’s been heck of a surreal week, and I don’t think the uncertainty is past us just yet. Everything is a bit out of sorts and the idol world / fandom community is no different. If you’re self-quarantining out of legit health concerns, or simply because you’re terribly introverted anyway, I hope you can the make due with the circumstances and try to utilize the time for some personal healing and positive reflection. And if you are someone who has to get out there and mingle with the masses, I hope you use caution wherever you can and make it through okay.

And by all means, remember your fellow fans are here online for you, and let us entertain you and offer group support as best we can. I might suggest, for example , that you join in on a Friday Fun that’s got a lot of great potential….for fun!

So let’s get some weekending weekender stuff… 

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We’re Putting Those Cheeky Yoshis To Good Use This Friday

Last week was very pretty indeed.

So I saw this on my twitter feed and got inspired.

Ingenius!

One of my very first Friday Funs was about alternative uses for idol penlights, as at the time I wanted one, but never imagined myself ever going to an idol gig anytime soon. 3 years later, I’ve been to my fair share of idol gigs, and have so many chekis I don’t quite know what to do with them all! Funny that! 

So, tell me what I should do with my cheki collection (other than doing the obvious thing and buying a book to store them all in). Maybe they’d make nice drinks coasters? Or bookmarks? You always have better ideas!

This week’s hashtag is #AlternativeChekiUses, what do you do with your chekis?

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Yukueshirezutsurezure Drop New Song Preview and Single Release Date

Yukueshirezutsurezure have blessed this Saturday with a preview of their latest song, “Still Roaring”. The song will serve as one half of their latest double A-side single which will be released on March 25th.

If you were unable to listen during the preview window, we snagged a permalink:

 

It’s gorgeous.

The other A-side of the new single will be “REDERA” which they also previewed recently.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #171

Last week, I made a little oopsie with the title, don’t worry, we didn’t go back in time, I’m just a dum-dum. But really, nothing much even happened this week. Wth the coronavirus hitting Japan harder than a western journalist discovering kawaii culture, almost every bit of news coming out has just been cancellation after cancellation. Some artists have handled the outbreak in more interesting ways than others, but in general, this week has been scraping the barrel in terms of even weekender-worthy content. Not that we didn’t find anything at all, even in the face of shutdown, idol always finds a way.

Speaking of coronavirus, THE BANANA MONKEYS handled that with the amount of grace you can typically expect at this point.

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A Friday Fun Of Unrealistic Expectations

Well, last week was a downfall in and of itself!

You know what probably isn’t going to be a dud though? The new NECRONOMIDOL member(s), that’s who! After nearly six months, two auditions and a whole lot of uncertainty, a suitable replacement for Kunogi has finally been found! It’s enough to bring me out of my intended week-long Animal-Crossing-Release-Date/Trying-to-Avoid-The-WACK-Audition internet hiatus! And then you have the aforementioned WACK audition, the Melon audition (RIP) and whatever the hell Pour Lui is planning, there’s going to be a lot to look out for

So I figured, lets get hyped up a little early in the absolute best way; absolute speculation! Originally, this was just going to be a “guess the new Necroma” fun, but with the announcement of Melon Batake a Go Go’s audition, and the anticipation of a few other new idols (granted, WACK will be getting its own fun closer towards their boot camp from Hell) incoming, I thought it would be more appealing if we covered any and all groups expecting new members. 

So, how unrealistic are your hopes for these new members? Be as silly as possible, as none of us truly know what, or in this case, who, to expect. This week’s hashtag is #UpcomingIdolDebuts. There’s no doubt all of us are going to be totally incorrect with this, but, no matter if we get a surprise post-graduation comeback like Kunogi, or someone who showed up seemingly out of nowhere like Michelle, one things for certain, we’re going to welcome them with open arms regardless.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #170

It’s Kerrie again! Sorry! Not much happened last week, but I think I can say this week was a little more eventful. In terms of personal issues that’s also sort of idol related, I’ve been busy prepping for my first time seeing BABYMETAL on Sunday. Should I check out some of London’s tourist traps while I’m there? Should I head to the venue early? Was it a mistake buying a standing ticket when my knees are damaged enough as it is? Anyway, if you’re coming too, feel free to say hi! And maybe bring me a deck chair? There was a bit more idol news this week too, in particular, the WACK cinematic universe, the most recent of which we’ll start with, how about now?

It’s PEDRO en masse!

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A Friday Full Of Terrible Ideas

A Friday Last week you (well, mostly Brian) just warmed the cockles of my heart.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #170

Hi all! Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day yesterday? Did you send lots of Idol Valentines? Maniac is setting sail on The Love Boat for the time being, so I guess you’ve got this sad sack taking over this weekend!

Following last week’s drama, it seems this week was a fairly slow one in comparison. After all, not many exciting things to see when its Valentine’s weekend and half these idols probably have a love ban. Or maybe we’ll get lots of surprise dismissal announcements the coming Monday? Oh well, I’m rambling again. Let’s just get into the interesting stuff.

Who wants another re-recording of the Gokigen Teikoku‘s Yakiniku song?

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