By Cal and Daemon
The recent completion of the very first WACK Men’s Audition means that we are closer than ever to seeing what may be the first serious attempt to launch an all-male punk idol unit by an A-list, independent agency. While recent years have seen more and more underground idol units welcome men as members, the almost complete lack of male idols or a prominent alternate idol boy band has always been a curious aspect to the genre. It is actually one of our favorite recurring discussion topics both in Team chat and over on the Homicidols Discord Server. So, before WACK (or YOSHIKI) usher in a boy band wave to wash over the alternative idol world and drown us in guys, we figured we had better put down our thoughts for posterity while also making note of the trailblazing men who have already made a mark on the genre.
As the designated Ladybeard expert (aka. the one who saw Deadlift Lolita perform live that one time and didn’t even get to interview them) when the first new tracks by his newest project Babybeard came out last week, Team Homicidols were practically begging me to cover this. “Come on Kerrie you lazy ass, you haven’t written an article in months!” they demanded. “If the biggest news and entertainment site in the world can make millions from copy-pasting Reddit threads you can spend five minutes copy-pasting your old tweets and stroke the Lady’s Beard for a couple of clicks!” they typed, probably furiously.
So as the designated Ladybeard expert, I relented. “Eh, sure”.
Ladybaby’s renewed, Rei-less form didn’t, I think, need to call back too hard to the group’s point of origin — it’s written all over everything they do, ever — but given that what seems like a fairly successful first release includes a third track, and hatchets can be buried and money made, it’s clear that we could all live our best lives if the updated roster could maybe get together with ol’ pal Ladybeard for an MV.
The trailer is here. I stared at my screen and contemplated whether to post now or wait; my dedication to the gods of chaos won out.
I have no comment whatsoever.
I’m the opposite of surprised to see it, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t kind of a big deal:
Mass media really is something else.
Like, before Internet, before TV, before radio, before telegraph, maybe even before the printing press, the weirdest shit could happen anywhere in the world at any time, and almost nobody would ever know about it. Then the geeks took over and now people of like interests can finally get together and share what they’re into. This inevitably leads to subculture mash-ups, and the neat thing about those is that culture is naturally very sticky — you can just keep glomming stuff onto it, and that’s fine, you just made bigger culture.
Hence, Deadlift Lolita:
Well, team, suffice it to say that I didn’t see this one coming: Ladybeard, who after his unceremonious departure from Ladybaby prior to its becoming The Idol Formerly Known As seemed to be adrift other than the occasional collision with idol notables, is not only making an idol comeback, he’s coming back with easily the most accidentally perfect idol concept yet:
Oh my word. Continue reading
This Tuesday’s WTF is in fact purely speculative: What do you think BeardPochette would be like?
All I’m going to say is, the Rum business showed what a harsh voice can add to Fruitpochette’s sound.