There is a dwindling handful of groups that made up what I considered to be a core of high-quality idol back when Homicidols.com was transitioning from a twinkle in my eye to squalling newborn, and even among their number are a very small few who are still regularly releasing material and seem to be on the move. That leaves the groups like Party Rockets GT in a weird space, beloved of the boss but rarely mentioned, as they perpetually clip through the cracks.
Nonetheless, they’re worth checking up on fairly regularly, and a good while of doing that teaches one the rhythms of management’s business logic, and so it was that I started to hover over PRGT (and others) more in the past week, wishing/thinking/hoping that they’d be getting out some kind of release before the year was out. Not everybody delivered, but Haruka and her merry band of upbeat loudols certainly did:
The single is out on Wednesday!
To be clear: I love this group. There’s a reason why they dot the Ultimate Homicidols Playlist in a way that very few groups do — at their best, they just don’t miss. This one doesn’t quite deliver on its pretenses, but it’s exactly the Party Rockets that I yearn for. Hell, it’s the Party Rockets that I expect when they trot out the black outfits — give me that hard rock base and aggressive synth work and vocal melody that lives somewhere between idol tropes and an escape into the real world; let’s skip some of those unfortunate turns from the era when they tried instead to be a pop rock outfit heavy on the momcore and light on the guitar shredding. In that sense, delivery is successful; in another sense, which is that this must be the most visually ambitious MV they’ve ever released, I think we all owe them to notice.
For fun, here’s the outtakes video:
And just for giggles because this is my blog post, here’s another good example of Peak Party Rockets from a recent live:
The C-side of the single, no less
This group has been alive in one form or another since 2012, and, correct if I’m wrong, Haruka’s been there the entire time. What a trooper. You could forgive them for closing up — hell, I thought Haruka herself was destined to be gone and on a solo career at least a year ago — and yet not only do they keep on churning, they keep on finding new ways to deliver on that brand promise(TM). What’s next?
2019年から新体制として活動すべく、Party Rockets GTの新メンバーを募集致します。
— Party Rockets GT | パティロケ (@Party_Rockets) November 30, 2018
Auditions. PRGT ain’t going away. Go buy the single and then stick around.