There was a brief moment of hope kindled earlier this week when reports emerged that business leaders in Japan were petitioning for loosening entry requirements and allowing foreign visitors as early as March. While it looks highly unlikely this will actually come to pass, the mere possibility became even more of a tease when this announcement for a March live dropped that may prove to be the greatest line-up of the year:
Never a dull moment at camp WACK eh? Their OG group has had a tumultuous but dynamic history, changing up their sound multiple times and doing some absolute insane stunts to get attention. That’s right, GANG PARADE are back from the dead with a new single and music video but this time, they aren’t planning on leaving.
situasion have been an issue since just over a year ago when the six-member unit introduced themselves to the world via their debut album, debutante, with the delightfully named lead-off track, “What the fuck is this situasion”. After holding at least one performance per week in 2021, this group that prides itself on creating a uniquely new live experience for its audience just dropped a new digital single on the morning of yesterday’s first one-man live of 2022. That show kicked off a three-gig series of free one-man lives to start the new year dubbed, “Event Horizon”, just like their new English language song:
I’m not the only one who has noticed. It has been unusually quiet in the chika idol world of late. January always has a bit of down time after the end of year/new year chaos, but I can’t think of one bit of major news from the last few weeks aside from GANG PARADE’s resurrection. I’m not really complaining since I’ve been busy with both school and work, but it just seems a bit odd. The last couple of weeks, most of the idol-related announcements in my Twitter feed have been in reference to COVID test results, which probably explains a big part of the reason for reduced activity right there.
Still, even with no momentous news, lots of great releases dropped this week, like:
I think this may be the best thing The Grateful a MogAAAz have ever done.
RAY has been the center of a flurry of activity in this week that will be capped by their fourth one-man live. This includes yesterday’s drop of the MV for “moment”, a new song composed by “Almighty Omnidirectional Pop Group” Couple (who are definitely worth checking out).
Earlier this week we posted a short retrospective of THE SPUNKY, one of the sunniest gems in the history of underground punk idol. It was a nice reminder that alternative music doesn’t have to be all maudlin doom, shrieking angst or screaming against the inevitable darkness of the void, as much as we truly love that stuff too. Judging by this week’s releases, we weren’t the only ones who wanted to start the year off with an upbeat shot of positivity, comfort and confidence.
So let’s see how long this new season of cheerful optimism lasts! I give it until Tuesday. In the meantime:
You’ll Melt More! released a feel good MV for their surprisingly named single, “!!”.
Those blessed enough to be at Nagoya’s Club Saru on New Years eve were able witness a priceless event: the momentary resurrection of the most charmingly upbeat pop-punk idol unit ever assembled, THE SPUNKY.
THE SPUNKY 1日復活ライブありがとうございました😊 久しぶりに皆さんに会えて、楽しい時間が過ごせて、大好きな楽曲たちも歌えて幸せな時間でした！！ 大晦日の忙しい時に来てくださって本当にありがとうございます😭
The first week of 2022 was a bit quiet unless you are a fan of the newly resurrected GANG PARADE. Most everyone else seemed to be sleeping off their New Year’s hangovers or out playing in the Tokyo snow. But some people still had to show up for work this week, such as:
Nerun Poku Poku who, last year, taught us how to tell the difference between a katana, an office lady and a shelf. Now she’s back to teach us how to count in Japanese!