Attending the Tokyo Idol Festival has always been on my bucket list. The primary barrier for me had been, having grown up in the Sonoran desert, a complete lack of tolerance for the humidity levels of Odaiba during Japan’s late summer. Hope was kindled in my desert rat heart when it was announced that TIF 2020 would be held in October when the heat and humidity is much less gruesome. This hope was, of course, dashed completely by the COVID crisis. TIF organizer’s decision to deliver the festival entirely online for 2020 has generated a new kind of hope. This livestream format gives many of us foreigners the opportunity to check “Attended Tokyo Idol Festival” off our bucket lists, even if the accomplishment will have a COVID-shaped asterisk next to it.
All right, this is cheating a little bit, but QUEENS dropped these tracks when I was in the middle of the actual Checking Up mode, and then yeah, I kind of forgot to close this loop. Ain’t a whole lot else happening, so let’s do it!
Hey, QUEENS! Remember them? Good fun, usually a lot more idol than rock but often plenty enough rock to be worth mentioning. Sister group to and technically kind of a follow-up from PIIIIIIIN. Good times. They released an album back in June, and it was worth a few spins. A couple of weeks ago, with no real fanfare, they dropped a couple of tracks onto Soundcloud, and I think you should listen to them because, well, you should listen to them. It’s good for the soul.
And in continuing the quick recent trend of things being announced and/or released on the final day of the Heisei Era, we have QUEENS, who are lots of fun anyway but capable of turning that all the way up to 12 just to spite your grumpiness you big, grumpy bear, who announced at their one-man the release of their first full album for June by dropping an MV that I just very loudly said on Twitter that I’d anticipated, which turned out to be for the wrong reasons by bear with me!
First, the MV that I urge you to take Dramamine before viewing:
California dates, or some of them at least, with TORIENA; East Coast to some extent with NECRONOMIDOL
I don’t know why I feel like there’s more yet to come, but I kind of do. Anyway! It’s good to know where to be, and when, as available. If you’re down for an organized get-together in Philadelphia, let me know! And if you organize something in New York, also let me know!
Update: There was more to come.
【USツアー🇺🇸①】 詳細発表！ タイトル: [OYASUMI HOLOGRAM WORLD 27 TOUR]
From the ashes of PIIIIIIIN, QUEENS (Twitter) have entered into the world. This is known! I had been on the fence about whether to feature them outright, given that, obvious advancing maturity aside, this was a unit that was going to be emphatic less on the rock and more on the cool. And they are! The sound and style are described as “dance rock,” which is totally fine and in fact connects directly to one of my very favorite idol things, but it can’t always be about the Maniac behind the site, you know?
The simplest of things, man
“Dance rock” is right, though; it’s like a defused version of OG Osaka Shunkashuto, or if somebody paid a vocaloid composer* to write something a little funkier. Those instrumentals are absolutely killing me.
I’ve been keyed in on QUEENS ever since I found out about them — ex-PIIIIIIIN will do that to you — so you may have seen some of this stuff in the Weekender, but I figure that it’s worth adding here for that fuller Queens experience: