I’m going a little bit nuts lately. I’ve been working too hard at Day Job® the past few months and haven’t attended any live music since January. I have a few opportunities next month, but I seem to be double-booked on everything. I will try to sort all of that out this weekend.
One of those opportunities is the US debut of CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL which I finally tracked down some details on. They will be appearing at LALALA Matsuri at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, May 14. Admission is free, but Chicke-Blow will be running a booth selling goods and cheki, plus there are 12 ramen booths so I would suggest bringing a fair amount of cash.
Now that I’m caught up on that, what else has been going on?
When we were compiling entries for our recent article on the best works of the year so far, one of the songs that just barely missed the cut was, “Midnight Front” by Saihate no Hairaito. The logic behind the exclusion was that, as good as the tune was, at the time we were compiling the piece the group had only released the one song. We didn’t know much more about the group. Heck, technically, the unit had not even debuted yet.
That’s our defense anyway. I’m hoping it holds up in court as, after holding a debut live and dropping three more singles, we now appear to criminally negligent for not officially recognizing what we knew in our hearts to be true over a month ago: Saihate no Hairaito are one of the most compelling new units of 2023.
Crazy week. For those of us in the US, this was primarily due to BABYMETAL’s surprise tour announcement just hours before tickets went on sale nationwide. With no time to plan or save, the frantic scramble that ensued left wallets bleeding across the country.
Some of you who pay attention to our weekenders might recognize this pair from the few times that Kitto Dareka no Himitsu Heiki (also known as “Someone’s Secret Weapon” and just “Kitokano”) got brought up last year. A group with a lot of potential, they dropped some actually very impressive digital singles in 2022 only to tragically dissolve at the end of the year (and then temporarily reformed once or twice in 2023, confusing myself and Papermaiden, the other Kitokano fan in the Homicidols team).
Thankfully, exactly one half of the group, Ayanaru and Futatabi Ao, said “screw the disbandment” and decided to do their own thing with the help of some of Kitokano’s ex-contributors, so I guess alls well that ends well!
Idol April Fools Day is the biggest holiday of the idol year with the exception of Idol X-Mas and, of course, Idol Halloween. Groups were especially active this year, with the big trend being for the more traditional idols to reboot as metal and for our hardcore units to go trad. The best thing this year was everyone’s overall commitment to the jokes, so we had new music and MVs dropping all day long on April 1.
Here’s some of the best Idol April Fools Day shenanigans we could find:
Welcome to a fools-free FOXDAY version of the Weekender. I know there have been loads of idol shenanigans happening over the course of the past 24+ hours, but we will try to stick to the straight idol news here. We are collecting all of the April Fools day pranks, rebrands and releases we can find for an omnibus wrap up that will post tomorrow, but today is all about the SERIOUS BUSINESS that is indie, underground, and alternative idol.
Speaking of serious business, we got referenced in an article for a legitimate news outlet! Ye Olde Japan Times used us as a source for this excellent profile of PLANCK STARS. This is even bigger than that time we got quoted by Metal Sucks!
I’m sure you are sometimes lying awake, wondering, “OMG, there is this adorable girl I see in this idol group, ◎◎-chan! Might… might she be what others call an OSHI?” (•̪ o •̪) We here at Homicidols have your back. c⌒っ╹v╹ )っ
Don’t fret, only take this short and sweet little quiz to find out!