People Review Things: GANG PARADE | “Barely Last”

I really thought I was going to review Billie Idle’s bi bi bi bi bi by now, and then I didn’t and now what would be the point, really, so I was going to turn my attention to GANG PARADE and Barely Last, but a certain someone named Garry WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW LIKE A JERK took care of it for us.

And thank goodness! We’ve already heard all of the songs and been snarky about the lineup stuff — galore! — and I’ve made mini-reviews of most of it, so did you really want to read me? You did not.

Garry, on the other hand, pinky-swore upon the holy book of your choice that he was listening with completely open ears, so the perspective from is an impeccable one. Continue reading

Ends and Beginnings and … Marathons for GANG PARADE

GANG PARADE, whose various epithets I am now officially retiring because it makes sense to until they go through another few months like the last few, held their tour finale tonight to celebrate the release of Barely Last and officially step forward as the new GANG PARADE that now has seven members, three of whom were part of this thing and one of whom is new and only three of which are from the original group that was called POP but was a continuation of Pla2me.

Okay, retiring after this post. I can’t help myself sometimes.

It looks nice!

Garry was there and will undoubtedly run a full report from his epic time in Tokyo, but I’m going to crib from this portion of his future post and tell you that he said the show was good! These are the insights that keep you coming back, folks!

You’ll note, though, that new members and a new era for GANG PARADE mean a new look for GANG PARADE, too, as is typical for WACK groups:

As is Watanabe inserting himself because Watanabe

Hm. Muted colors, sort of earthy, even militant … and those IDOL is DEAD-era tattoo sleeves … oh no. Continue reading

This Script Is Familiar: GANG PARADE in Transition Interviews

I think we all remember the SiS interview with Billboard. So much excitement! So much possibility! And then, well, one of the front-runners for Letdown of the Year.

But before Operation Save Our SiS could even get off the ground, the three SiS members who hadn’t yet taken a blood oath against Watanabe were unveiled as the newest members of the suddenly-in-a-ton-of-crap GANG PARADE, and “copacetic” was a word that we could have probably used because it accurately describes that whole thing.

So. Hey look! GANG PARADE being interviewed by Billboard, featuring the former members of SiS!

Translate on your own, gang. Parade.

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GANG PARADE’s “Barely Last” Now Released in Full

Following several weeks’ worth of pre-releases (and no small amount of drama to get us there), GANG PARADE, the Artists Formerly Known as POP and Soon also SiS, have dropped the title track from their Barely Last album:

So where do we stand now? Continue reading