Let’s Discover Some Idols: Sugarpills

Well gang, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get to discover all of the idols worth discovering this year before the gate closes in a couple of weeks, so let’s expedite all of my personal favorites only the very best toward the front of the line.

A few weeks ago, while doing that thing where you look at the bills from random taibans for idols you haven’t heard of yet, and drawn like a moth to flame by the magic word “idolcore,” I went on a little riff through as-yet-unknown-to-me Osaka-area idols and found myself staring one act right in the face. Their name sounded kind of cutesy, but the limited photography of them didn’t line up with that. I figured, hey, part of why I’m doing this is to have something new to listen to for a little while, let’s see what it’s like. And oh my friends, what a good decision that turned out to be:

That’s Sugarpills, and on the strength of two whole songs they might be my favorite debut this year. Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Re:INCARNATION

The best way to discover idols, I’m told, is to follow Homicidols Dot Com; the next best way to discover idols, then, must be to do it organically by endlessly scrolling social media while bored and/or avoiding other obligations; and the worst way of course is to get referrals from your friends. Yes, this is all on the up-and-up.

But yeah, I can’t tell you exactly how Re:INCARNATION came into my life a couple of months ago, save for it being one of those times that a tweet from one thing got pushed into my feed because other people had liked it (see: anybody who follows Viz Major always having gravure in your feed!), and one thing led to another:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Cinder-Ella

I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:

Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: INforMEL

We can consider this Let’s Discover Some Idols Week, gang, as there are nearly a dozen groups on my personal Let’s Discover Some Idols queue and precious little time before we get to the open call for Best Of nominations and I will be good goddamned if I don’t make at least one of these categories extremely annoying for everybody. For today’s entry, I’m actually breaking with my original schedule to give you something that just came to my attention recently — this MV found its way into my feed from other people liking it, and I’m nothing if not a sucker for new idol groups doing offbeat name things, and so here we are:

Delicious. That thing I was saying recently about the idol rock that really could only ever be idol rock? That kind of transcends genre along the way but usually has attractive bits and pieces from any of a number of standout genres? That’s what this is like, too. It’s like hard idolgaze, and I’m here for it. Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: NELN

In the interests of keeping things light and good while at the same time rushing to get out a few more of these Let’s Discover Somes before we get the ball rolling on Best Of voting in a few weeks, I thought it was good to return to not just easily one of the best debuts this year, but definitely the most prolific and absolutely the one who I’d already done the most drafting (and therefore least work now) for!

Yes, friends, at some point in the past several months, if you’ve been active in just about any idol lists, you’ve no doubt run into who is probably the most enthusiastically multimedia of all non-major idols in quite some time, almost certainly via one of their umpteen videos:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: REBEL REBEL

I had wanted to do another Let’s Discover today, but a thing happened and I felt like the opportunity was too good to waste, so instead here we go.

“Ah, POP iD” would go the standard-issue entry point to this post, for it is the exact mood, “nothing says loving like your intrepid dedication to rock-themed-and/or-adjacent idol groups, for which I am forever in your debt.” While that’s a perfectly cromulent (and correct) opening sentence, this one goes a little bit differently, because it was fellow POP iD enthusiast Chris who discovered these idols and talked about them in the Team chat recently, and so I made a point of following up with REBEL REBEL (Twitter) at some near point of convenience. They debut next week, like really for real, but the other day dropped their first tune, which is a doozy: Continue reading

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Let’s, uh, Discover Some Idols? ERISU Hath Arriveth

Well, if you’ve looked at Brian’s latest newest or are merely the average Western wota with a Twitter account, the cat for this one is already somewhat out of the bag. Hell, the idols in question have already appeared in multiple Weekenders for their buildup. Be that as it may, we follow processes here at Homicidols HQ, for what is success if not forged in brutally enforced order to smite the chthonic chaos demons that would misuse our otherwise idle hands, and as such I am contractually obligated to share with you idols according to a rote formula. So:

Hey, you guys may have heard of this exciting-if-not-mysterious new group ERISU, right? Well get a listen to this! Continue reading

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: MISSEMILY

At last, an appropriately timed Let’s Discover! This goes back to whewas first stepping back into the game back during the real summer, and I had to spend time getting re-adjusted. Yes, I’d kept in contact and had a general sense of what all was major-league happening in idol, but a lot of things just didn’t get noticed at all. Homework was a necessity! And on one of my very first days coming back to life, I see this in my feed because like half of my follows were reacting to it:

Ho ho! And who is this and what is going on? Of course it required investigation — if all of your friends do something, you tend to at least want to test it out yourself, no matter what mom says — and what a pleasant learning experience it has been so far. Continue reading

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Shackle up!! MANACLE Debuts, Drops Two Singles

In perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year, MANACLE held their inaugural performance this weekend.  Their introductory set premiered two songs and employed the old punk practice of playing their best song twice. The best part, of course, was seeing Okaki, Ray and Hina performing on the same stage again. Newcomer Maon  also impressed.

https://twitter.com/ray_MANACLE/status/1305136834100359168

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I Hereby Nominate GREAT MONKEYS for the Best Debut of the Year

Well, friends, it finally happened — after I excitedly pinpointed the debut of the mishmash sister group GREAT MONKEYS a little while ago, they slowly but surely leaked out little bits of content until bam! into our lives drops the rare congruence between hype (however entirely personal) and result. AND I’m pleased to say that I was totally right and my girl Juri (now rendering it Julie, which makes absolutely perfect sense) — former awesome focal point of the underappreciated JOANJOAN and then relative short-timer with No Surprises — is leading this thing just like her currently awesome energy and presence deserve.

Prepare yourself for a blast:

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