All right, so now, what is this? Maybe the tenth post in 15 where I could again express puzzlement at the very sudden and surprisingly pervasive infiltration of loudol by hip-hop* influences, perhaps best expressed in this post. Idols who just an album ago were yelling and growling and headbanging during breakdowns are now trying out their rap chops in sometimes surprising soundscapes. Which, fine, tastes change and you gotta change with them. But imagine my surprise when chika loudol long-timers C-Style dropped a new one the other day: Continue reading
This is the best thing today.
Why did C-Style release this MV? Because they could, apparently. Why is the video the way it is? Because that’s how C-Style likes it, and when you have more a Twizzler holding your skeleton together rather than a normal human spine, the world caters to you. It’s why you can have a song that makes no sense be completely awesome while you dance around dressed as a bee, but like how a high schooler who needs to do something for Halloween would do it.
C-Style is great and everybody who doesn’t think that can eat farts.
Once upon a time, C-Style held this almost mythic quality for me. They were “out there” in the sense that you’d see their name associated with all of these events, they were known for slapping their fans after gigs, they had this weird samurai thing going on, etc., but they were also kind of inaccessible in that they were a tough group to find in a music-and-or-video sense. I eventually got all of that sorted out, and they were one of my “performance” favorites — I liked the idea of them and what they did far more than was warranted by the limited musical media I could get to — and I made what felt like good-faith efforts to promote them.
That was a long time ago! Like literal years! Since then, reality and the impositions of life have made ol’ C-Style part of the Post If You Can cohort of idol notables. In other words, if they ain’t releasing, I’m a terrible follower and not posting, and this being well-established chika idol, it usually means maybe two posts a year, at best. But this time, friends? We’re breaking a record since the last one.
That’s right! There’s a new single (out when? who knows!), and that begets a new MV, and this is Monday and it’ll put you in a good mood, so watch it: Continue reading
There’s this subset of idol groups that I don’t so much follow as I do try to maintain a general awareness of, and at that almost entirely just because of deep-set personal loyalties going back to when I was first digging in. Some of them are fairly active; some of them are only active in the sense that they haven’t been officially disbanded yet. And then there are the groups that are actually extremely active but are idols in the very traditional sense, not musically or behaviorally, but in the sense that their activities are localized and/or community-focused, such that putting out records is less the point than being at lots of events and doing tons of gigs and slapping their fans in the face.
Yes, of course then I refer to C-Style! These gumby-spined veterans of the loudol scene are always a joy to come across in so far as a person who isn’t at their many gigs truly can come across them. Every so often, sometimes to promote a release and sometimes just because they had the money and felt like it, they release some video that makes their discography a little bit more accessible, and it’s usually a pretty good time. That’s what they did the other day, and I’m happy to get a chance to share it:
Pure Idol Heart sent me this whole smorgasbord of stuff, just about all of which is going to get some kind of treatment as time becomes available, but I wanted to call out this new MV from C-Style because, uniquely among legitimate chika veterans, this may be an established, fairly well-known group that would benefit from my 2018 resolution to elevate unknown idols more. I don’t post about them much because most of their activity is local, but I usually don’t hesitate at the moments when they’re easy to share.
What you should know about C-Style: They used to have many more members, they like to enter every meaningful idol competition, they are very traditional in the sense that they appear and perform dang near anywhere, the members’ spines are made of pipe cleaners, and they can rock out with the very best of them.
This is a new MV (because membership?) for a not-new song:
Idolcore is so weird sometimes, you guys
It’s been forever and a day since the last time we got to look at C-Style, face-punishers in chief of chika idol and genuine friends to their community. Ironically, I had seen some tweets around this event and thought, ha, remember that time last year when C-Style menaced people in an anti-bullying campaign that was fun, but I didn’t suspect that there’d be video of it.
Allow Viz Major to deliver:
As an idol-oriented website, it makes total sense that we’d go in on
gimmicks themes to keep things fun and interesting and give folks a chance to contribute their discoveries and stuff. Following the implementation of probably-gonna-change-it Tuesday WTF and Indie Idol Wednesday, it’s Thursday’s turn. Welcome to: Thursday Hurtsday!
For our very first Thursday Hurtsday, I thought it’d be appropriate to share a live set by idols who will literally smack you in the face if you give them money (or possibly even just ask nicely): C-Style.
Man, I’m really glad about C-Style’s upcoming album and their first MV in a long while. I don’t always know what they’re doing, and the project as a whole is a little bit beyond me no matter how many times people try to explain it, but I don’t care. They’re Jell-O-spined humans who embrace fan violence and will rock just as hard as they want.
Kind of like I do with a few certain other groups, I like to check in on C-Style about once per week, just to see if I’m missing anything. And I almost did, because Babymetal and JAM took over last week. But check it out — an album in like two weeks!
— C-Style@公式 (@CStyle4649) September 19, 2016
Will it be fun? Why not let this snip of a PV clue you in: Continue reading
If you’re on Twitter, you’ve no doubt seen these random videos popping up in various idols’ accounts over the past week or so:
And it’s not all-pervasive; it’s just some groups, but they’re all doing the same song.
Welcome, friends, to the 2016 Idol Matsuri competition. Let’s help a friend of ours win the thing. Continue reading