In the spirit of the season, I will tell you a scary story:
One sunny afternoon, you are casually scrolling your Twitter feed when an unexpected tweet from you favorite idol unit suddenly appears. It is all text. No image. No emojis. No exclamation points. Just sober hiragana and unrecognized kanji. You select the ominous missive, holding your breath as you click, Translate Tweet. The translation appears:
PIGGS are dropping a new album just in time for Christmas. JUICYY, their first album since adding KINCHAN as a member, will be released on December 22nd.
Here’s a teaser:
The album will include 13 total tracks: six new tunes and seven re-recordings of previous songs with the current lineup. From the above preview, it sounds like the “JUICYY.ver” tracks are slightly new arrangements in addition to incorporating KINCHAN’s vocals. Continue reading →
Well, you could just watch any episode of Hollyoaks for that, but if trashy British soaps aren’t your thing, you can rest easy, because Banamon are back! Sort of. The remaining members are back, with a new girl, and they’re not monkeys any more. In fact, they’re a completely different species! Welcome, BLUEGOATS.
Do you remember the first time you saw your favourite idol? It might not have been the first time you saw a picture of them, but the first time the primal instincts activated in your brain and the chemicals started flooding out, making you realise that yes, this is the person you want to support forever? Zsasz absolutely know how you feel and, in celebration of their second anniversary as a group, dropped a new music video for “Otaku no Uta!”
It seems like everyone’s doing solo and side projects lately. Like, it used to be the “Warring Idol Period”, but now we’ve entered the “Warring Solo Project Period”. We recently learned of Himari’s debut as a soloist, then Ayuni D ended PEDRO just to reveal that her side project had a side project, and then there is Aina the End who seems to drop a new solo track every other day.
Not that I’m complaining, especially when someone like perpetual kami-oshi candidate Kakizaki Risaki of MANACLE (HAPPY BIRTHDAY OKAKI!!) gives us a solo song like this:
Fingers Cross, the shoegazing idols from Thailand, are big faves with the Homicidols team. Really, we adore them! Cal wrote a great intro to the group, and later explored their willingness to tackle social issues with a boldness not usually associated with this genre of music. Aside from for their spectacular musical ventures, the very heart and spirit of these ladies makes for one of the more intriguing and exciting groups happening right now, and adding further proof that great idol music doesn’t end at the Japanese coastal waters.
And we’re not alone in noticing! Gerpfast Records out of Indonesia added them to their catalog of forward-thinking experimental artists. (They previously released tapes by RAY!*) Gerpfast is a label that reaches across a wide spectrum of audio treasures to release limited-edition, artfully-crafted cassette tapes, and this group suits the label’s vision perfectly. The six-song cassette is titled “Early Birth”...
It’s been a long time coming, but the HO6LA (that 6 is pronounced “mu” by the way) debut single is finally OUT! To stream! To purchase! To enjoy! These are some idols you’ll absolutely want to surrender your money to, so let’s all get ready to grab a piece of Pirikarira.
IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!! For the first time in what feels like a millennium an idol unit has landed on Western shores and performed an actual live! NECRONOMIDOL played Guildford last night, are hitting London tonight before two more UK shows and then they’re off to Sweden and Germany. Don’t mind me as I live vicariously through you, my European friends. I am truly envious.
For those of us too far (or not allowed) to travel to a NECROMA show, we always have the Internet. Let’s see what it has for us:
INUWASI was one of our favorite loudol debuts of 2020 with their refreshingly melodic takes on metalcore and electronic hardcore. In the lead up to this year’s November 2nd release of their first full album, the Hybrid Raptor’s spokesunit announced that they are now broadening their aesthetic to include more pop-friendly genres. Yesterday, they dropped the results of this foray into new musical territory with their MV for “Never ending”.
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