I Am So Conflicted about Seeing Cure at Tower

Well, here’s something that I literally never expected to see. Cure, to promote the release of their first album after a couple of years of tearing up the Osaka chika scene and two massive lineup changes in the span of like four months, did the Tower Records thing, and it’s surprisingly glorious:

Thanks PIH!

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You Are Unprepared for How Loud This Album Is Going to Be

Oh, man, you guys. You guys! It’s been a while since we’ve really concerned ourselves with Cure, at least once upon a time the loudest damn idols in a very loud Osaka scene. But first adding a ton of members and then losing a crapton of them (including the terrifyingly adorable Kokeshi-chan) could have led one to believe that maybe the long-simmering-but-never-boiling Cure would only ever be what they already were.

But screw that. They’re putting out an album:

Thanks, Jason!

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Cure Got Themselves a New Member and a New Look

Hot damn, you guys, it was just a tiny while ago that I was not only confused about Cure’s going from five members to two in the blink of an eye, but what was really even going on with them. It appears that this is that what!

So: They’re three members now, kind of again because they were technically a three-piece for a long time when they were functionally a duo (indefinite hiatuses!), but here’s your newest member:

The world needs more idols who are into tattoos and piercings. I approve with my whole heart and suddenly want new ink.

As you might’ve guessed, coming with this kind of new member is a refreshed look for the group itself:

Oh, yeah: One-man. Or a series of one-mans? I can’t tell, and it doesn’t really matter because King Cobra is not a large venue, but I’m always glad when it looks like Cure is up to good things, because a lot of what even I try to pass off as idol metal just isn’t all that metal, but you’d better friggin’ believe that Cure is metal as steel.

They Didn’t Win, But Here’s Video of Cure Blasting the Hell out of Tokyo Candoll

As luck would have it, I’ve had a post on the actual winner of Tokyo Candoll on ice for a little while because they-fit-well-enough-I-guess, but this competition to appear at Japan Expo in Paris does a nice job of showcasing idols that fit right in around these parts in general.

Often to terrifying results! For instance, NECRONOMIDOL was in last year and put on a hell of a show, using those undies as a promo, only to be among the several cool idols upset in favor of (blech) safe, inoffensive tradols. I don’t recall Cure being part of the festivities last year, but they made it into the finals that went down just the other day. Here’s their full set:

Nothing says “Send us to Paris” like opening your set with screams

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No Big Deal, Just Necroma & Cure Having Lots of Fun Together

Is the sun shining where you are this morning? Do the birds sing? Is there hope in your heart?

Not anymore!

Courtesy of Viz Major in the Alt-Idol group, here are NECRONOMIDOL and Cure sharing a stage and doing each other’s songs together:

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Here’s a Bunch of Stuff from the SELL NU IDOL Thing

You guys might be aware of EXTREME IDOL TERROR, the fairly regular get-together of … I don’t need to explain that, do I? There are particulars, but they’re not tremendously important in this context. What is important is that EIT and SELL NU IDOL?, another semi-regular showcase that also needs very little explanation, had a joint show recently, and I figured that the Corenament being upon us would be a good enough reason to share some sets from it.

So here’s Sugartrap!

And Cure!

And of course Guso Drop!

Imagine the agonizing choices that lay before you, amigos!

This Monday Match Game Will Make You Feel Better

Happy Monday, you goofs! As a brief programming note before we dive into the goods, this will be the last Monday Match Game for a little while; I’ll be publishing a Corenament primer later in the week, and then next week will kick us off to get our final field set. SO EXCITING!

The last Monday Match Game pitted the darkness idols, NECRONOMIDOL, against The Cult in a bid to determine who whose kvlt was more trve, and Necroma smashed those swag rock pretenders on their way to a sickeningly good album release and MV, plus the delirious fun that was #Deathless4Necroma.

This week, it’s not about kvlt, but about cures; specifically, what’ll cure what ails you? Is it pants-soilingly intense idols or innovative alt-rock legends? Tiny doll-like girls bellowing hateful lyrics or bad-haired English men singing about how they hate themselves? Yes, friends, neither of these things should have much association with actual cures, but both can be palliative and soothing in their own way.

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This Is Exactly the Cure I Need for Monday

What a terrible pun! So Cure, who recently expanded to five members to continue their dominance of the very loud Osaka underground scene, have a charming tendency to put their lives onto YouTube. Other than few short clips here and there, I haven’t seen the new lineup in action, nor some of the newer music that they’re rolling with, so this is as much a voyage of discovery for me as it is for you.

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Cure Is No Longer the Most Intense Duo in Idol

As of yesterday’s Cure Fes, they’re the most intense quintet in idol:

Didn’t see five coming!

Here are the new members:

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Cure Is Officially Down to Two Members

File this under The Most Random News Imaginable But Maniac Wanted an Excuse to Post Cure Again.

If you’re familiar with Osaka’s Cure, you know them as a powerful duo who really don’t look the part of shred-throated, darkness-powered metal idols, but there you go. If you’ve looked into them, though, you may have noticed that they have long listed a third member who, for almost all of 2016, has been on hiatus for health reasons.

Well, she’s officially out.

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