Call me absolutely shocked to see it come across my feed yesterday — I had only recently lamented that not only had I missed the news that they was done, but that I’d missed the whole runup and farewell itself — that REGiNA KiSS, the never-loved-enough idolcore duo of doom who got themselves a band and a seriously good album last year and all kinds of stuff, were in fact not dead, and were releasing a new single, and this is it via MV:
Why yes, of course it’s called “Virus”
Right in the wheelhouse! The single is out next week, in fact, and I encourage you to get it because, for one, REGiNA KiSS is actually good and worth your time, and also because it’s not often that you get to support not-dead idols immediately following their becoming-dead. I guess it was just that they’re full-time back to being a duo and have parted with the band?
My goodness, will REGiNA KiSS ever run out of songs to MV from the iDOL SHREDDER album? Survey says “not today!” It’s wild — I haven’t even posted every single one of them, and it seems like an an absolutely exhaustive months-long run of stuff. Where do they even get the cash to do it? I can relate, actually, because I also went through a good chunk of time spending every dollar as it came in and then treating myself to even more indulgence any time there was a hint of surplus. I call that time the Aughts!
You aren’t here for reminisces on my profligacy, though. You’re here for this!
Goodness gracious, will REGiNA KiSS ever stop putting out videos for iDOL SHREDDER? They did say that they were going to be releasing an MV for every song on the album, IIRC, and at this rate they’re getting very close to that. Have mercy.
I’m gratified, gang, to see that an increasingly long-term occasionally requited affection for emergingly premier idol+band project REGiNA KiSS is starting to bear fruit, and they’re getting (some more of) the attention that they deserve. Frankly, it’s a meme that I’d like to put to bed, forever, save for its usefulness at pointing how how, ha ha, look at the silly ignoramuses who are not yet on board with this never-not-good thing, and look at how smart I am for supporting them! It’s humblebragging of the most hipster-lite quality, and frankly I should be ashamed.
So: Hi, have you not been paying attention to the fact that REGiNA KiSS has been unaccountably killing it for, from our outside perspective with its own timeline and sense of scale, several months now? The release of iDOL SHREDDER promised a reckoning with the painfully obvious potential lurking around the band’s sound going back to when it was just idols, and there were more of them, and things were always good and never acknowledged enough except by the coterie of nerds (hi!) who gestured furiously at photos of REGiNA KiSS every time discussions about “what next” came up.
Okay, I think REGiNA KiSS is done with the IDOL SHREDDER promos now — it’s been almost a week since the last MV they put out — so let’s round back on the last two, which just so happen to be the best ones, and prove a lot of things but mostly just prove that you should be listening to this project because you’re ostensibly here because you like idols and loud music!
I’m actually sharing these in reverse chronology because that’s the best way to do a crescendo in this case. So first:
I decided to hold on to the most recent REGiNA KiSS MV release for a few days, gang, because I knew — knew — that there’d be at least one another out before iDOL SHREDDER hits the shelves, and that patience was rewarded. You may want to familiarize yourself with the trailer for this album before diving in.
Here’s last week’s full MV entry:
Like, what even is this song? How many substances were in the video director’s system? If iwrestledabearonce had an idol equivalent, this would be it. Such glory. And I’m pleased to say that I’m very, very glad to have waited for the next installment before posting. Continue reading →
After that first couple of videos, I didn’t reckon that we’d been getting a trailer for IDOL SHREDDER that’s practically the length of many groups’ EPs with almost three weeks left until the album drops, but I’m also not going to complain about a bigger, fuller, better look. Frankly, nobody should!
I don’t have the best track record when it comes to converting other humans to the charms of this very grown-up unit with a very grown-up orientation, but please do, friends, consider it. As “just” idols, REGiNA KiSS was in fact quite good; with the band behind the slightly retooled duo, they mix things up more frequently and take some interesting chances. I’d love for this to wind up on some major streaming services so that folks can get the experience in full.
Hey! Are you aware of the fact that REGiNA KiSS is releasing an album, and that album is called IDOL SHREDDER, and that it is coming out next month? You should be, because you read the Weekender like a smart person should, and you saw the news! If that does not describe you, that’s fine, because now you are aware of the fact.
To prep for the incredibly named release, REGiNA KiSS dropped a a video last week, and while you can go ahead and give it a spin, you should know that there is in fact another one, and I have a feeling that things are afoot. Get started:
Ah, REGiNA KiSS, the idols that I can never get anybody to pay attention to half as much as they deserve to be paid attention to. I don’t get it! Of those who have looked, the reviews are almost always positive. “Yes, Maniac, you are right, they are good” is the stock reply, in fact. Granted, I hear that all the time because my taste is impeccable, but let’s not digress!
Huh. Well, okay, super-underappreciated former-idol-trio-turned-duo REGiNA KiSS, whose inability to garner even very many page views briefly made them my favorite idol thing to write about, are … well, they’re a band! Like, not Idols in Front of a Band, but, hell, are they even really idols anymore? Between the gravure and stuff, one might think so, but there are few guarantees in the underground anymore. They sometimes appear as the whole unit thing, or sometimes isn’t just the idols, but. Continue reading →