The 50 Greatest Alternative Idol Albums of the Last Decade: #31 – 40

Welcome to week two of our latest project where we blatantly rip off Rolling Stone’s Greatest of All Time lists.  These imperfect and perpetually recurring features from the Gray Lady of rock journalism have a special place in my heart. As a young teen who only knew David Bowie from “Let’s Dance” and Labyrinth, my first browse through Rolling Stone’s inaugural best rock album list introduced me to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  The encounter was genuinely life changing.

Hopefully, through this exercise of recognizing some of the most influential underground, indie and alternative idol albums of the last decade, you will not only encounter many of your personal favorites, but make some new discoveries as well.

Continue reading

Rilisreverse Playback to the Start

Fresh with a new member in tow, RILISREVERSE are back with their new digital single SAISEI and we have a lot to say indeed.

Continue reading

RILISREVERSE Release Reversal

In a move that was definitely intended to make fun headlines, RILISREVERSE have released their new digital single Reversal!

Continue reading

RILISREVERSE Get Mature For “Juvenile”

The HAMIDASYSTEM successor group’s theme song about being the naughtiest girl on earth is delivering a little more than what you’d expect, so needless to say we absolutely love it.

Continue reading

Rilisreverse’s Digital Debut is Coming

The child group of Hamidasystem and sister group to Popoloconnect will finally be delivering their brand new songs from their lips to your ears! Their debut digital EP: JUVENILE arrives on the 24th. Get excited!

Continue reading

(Hamida)System Reset! Meet RILISREVERSE

Hamidasystem crash, Hamidasystem reboot, Hamidasystem restart! Now that we have the pun quota sorted, Shiika and Mikoto are back with a few new friends!

Continue reading

Hamidasystem: Nice to Me You, She You Next Time!

After their first and last oneman live, their last ever performance with every song and a small cafe talk event, Hamidasystem finally closed in on itself for the second and final time.

The reason for the group disbanding might seem unclear because the official statement consisted of mostly “Hamidasystem will cease activities at the end of March and the manager will leave the company office”, but to those who’ve followed the group since 2016 the reason is crystal clear.

When an idol group dissolves and reforms with an entirely new set of members most of the fans don’t stay. Sure, you might get a few people who stick around because they like the music but when the girls leave so do the fans. Fans of OG Hamidasystem are now fans of Crossnoesis, the group comprised of the old members.
So, what do you do when you can’t fill those gigantic shoes? For an indie group, the shadow is cast not only on their popularity but their pockets too. If you can’t break even then what’s the point? Even with the old songs, the new songs, the promotion, and the ex-MIGMA SHELTER member, the numbers just weren’t adding up.

But honestly? Who cares. Continue reading

More Like HAMIDONESYSTEM Amirite?

Oh, you thought we were done with alt-idol tragedies for today? Nope, two for one, everyone! HAMIDASYSTEM are done too!

Disbanding just over a week before Younapi jumps too, double ouch.

There is a silver lining behind this in that Me and She aren’t going away entirely; they’ll still be part of the agency and will be forming a successor group with sayshine, their sound producer, much like how the original HAMIDASYSTEM later formed CROSSNOESIS. So, it’s not like we’ll be seeing the backs of Me and She for a while yet, rather, we’ll be saying goodbye to the HAMIDASYSTEM name, and their producer, who will be retiring after this final show.

Still, so much drama in just one day. I need a lie down.

I just realised I made an almost identical title pun when Me-formerly-Popopo’s other group set itself on fire too. Girl just brings the “amirites” right out of me, doesn’t she?

The More HAMIDASYSTEM Changes, the More Totally I Love Them

I was almost all the way out the door yesterday when Team began to rapidly hoot and holler their enthusiasm for a new thing from HAMIDASYSTEM, who it will not surprise you to learn will be appearing in the Homicidols Best of 2019 voting. Seeing as how I was on my way out the door, no man, no matter how much I love this impossible little art project, I wasn’t going to stop. There was pie at stake! And sweet potatoes and the like!

But now that it’s just me and the aftermath of my gluttony to deal with, I can take the time to appreciate what it was that folks were so smitten by, and–

Continue reading

HAMIDASYSTEM Has a New Treat for Us

Dang, a hell of a lot dropped in idol over the last 24 hours. We’ll have to skip or demote a good bit of it to truly focus on the good stuff, like the latest from the resurrected form of HAMIDASYSTEM, who continue to edge along without any big releases on the calendar, just this monthly series of one-offs. Given the source, this is completely okay: This whole family is at its best when it’s doing things completely on their own terms, so please do, say I.

Anyway, the new song:

I forgive it not quite clicking with me at first for the sake of that back half. Very nice stuff. I could hear Yanamyu doing something similar, only minus a lot of the atmospherics. And it’s significantly more interesting than most of what Spotify tries to feed me anymore, so there’s that!

You caan pick up from any of these sources:

Please don’t ever stop doing what you do, HAMIDASYSTEM.