All Right! Welcome Back, MAPLEZ

It’s been too long since there was much of anything to do with good ol’ MAPLEZ — sometimes the loudest idols out of Hiroshima not named Nakamoto — but the occasion of their eighth(!) single gives us that chance. And good, because I was frankly tired of doing festival roundups and just kind of tossing MAPLEZ in there, because they are cool and good and worthy of more than passing mentions.

To whit:

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This Is Promising: Say Hi to Woltanative

I noticed something recently: I used to really dig getting into debuts, but then got away from it because I have the attention span of a flea it’s more interesting to wait until music happens (this being a music website, after all, moreso than an idol one). And I’d be right on board with that approach here, too, but please indulge me just this one little bit because this is going to be a pretty awesome debut.

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Why Didn’t Somebody Tell Me There Was a New MAPLEZ MV?

Jeez Louise, you guys, you’re supposed to tell me when Hiroshima’s own loudols (I love that word) release something new. This is their seventh(!) single, due for release on Tuesday.

Honestly, I’d love to know who wrote this, because it sounds so much like a heavied-up version of a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song that I’m surprised that it isn’t a down-catalog Sakura Gakuin song. Continue reading

Prep for TIF: MAPLEZ Live Set

We had a lot of fun with the live sets for petit pas! and Full Power Girls R yesterday; now it’s time to get the MAPLEZ treatment:

I’m particularly fond of how (not here, but Twitter and stuff) they call their CLUB QUATTRO tour “RUMBLING, PULSATION.” That describes MAPLEZ pretty accurately, I’d say.

It’s gonna be a really cool weekend, you guys.

This MAPLEZ Song Is Proof That You Can Write Almost Anything for Idols

@anagramhound on Twitter shared this out earlier today, and I wanted to give it a good listen because the discovery of MAPLEZ was a pretty good time, and okay!

So basically: Digital hardcore, power metal, electropop, house … and idol pop with a breakdown as outro? And it works?

All in a day’s work, apparently.