There’s an editorial choice to be made by the owner for a fancy idol website every time an idol group worth following does a thing. That calculation used to be simple — back when life was simpler and everything idol felt fresh and exciting just by dint of existing, I’d blog a post and all 35 readers would either marvel at it with me or correct me like the heinous scene-crashing joke I was. What’s changed in the past four years is that now I have two other choices — I can also stick the item in the Weekender as a toss-off, or I can elect to ignore it because it’s impossible to gaf about every little thing, as made evident by the fact that now it’s a few orders of magnitude on from those original 35 readers and I can still expect that certain topics register, at best, a couple of dozen views.
So now, while I catch up on a very busy week when I was deliberately out of pocket, I’m already past the point of deciding if something is Weekendery, as that ship sailed yesterday. I can however still opt to just not post about whatever, on the premise that it isn’t so interesting. And that adds a fun twist to what I do hold for a full post, doesn’t it? Yes, every new post is a tacit endorsement, one way or another, of whatever the What is, but that feels amplified now. And, as a result, I feel a certain amount of responsibility. I’m saying that the subject of the post is important and notable!
Ah, SHINGEKI, one of my truest guilty pleasures in idol, where have you been? Probably nowhere other than the usual, which is to say doing a ton of lives and releasing plenty of wild-ass content right in line with their personal brand as the most random idol group in existence (who else remembers this whole mess?). I digress — they’ve settled into a perfect niche for themselves, possibly so perfect as to have gone quiet enough to escape my fleeting notice, and if I hadn’t mentioned them in the Weekender by chance the other day, I’d have had no real reason to want to look back and see — Hey look, an MV!
Never has there been, nor potentially could there be, an idol group so wholly committed to its own wildly unique vision of what it is, what it does and what it sounds like. And in the case of SHINGEKI, that means deliriously high-energy idolcore sprinkled through with rap breaks, narration, verses that feel like they were pulled from completely different songs, you get the idea. It’s not for everybody, and sometimes I can barely stand it (JUST COMMIT TO SOMETHING!), but it can also be wonderfully refreshing, like frozen watermelon on a summer afternoon.
I’m not sure what the occasion for this is, and that’s fine. Just keep practicing those two-steps, girl; they’re looking pretty good.
Ah, SHINGEKI, just when I think that maybe there’s an upper limit on just how random they’re going to be in their work, they go ahead and prove me wrong. Such an interesting trip each time out, as you try to predict what steps they’ll take, where elements will be threaded together without so much as a shred of coherence … and it works. It always works.
Recent laments / celebrations as to the same aside, I did partially miss out on SHINGEKI’s release of a couple of new MVs in super-real time (a man only has so many hours), but now we can put them together and really appreciate what one of idol’s deliberately weirdest entities can put on.
Well, it’s a few days late at this point, and just a quicky little post in acknowledgement, but SHINGEKI — that is, the frequently half-dressed idol unit that doesn’t have time for your “structure” and “theme” while it rocks out — dropped another new MV this week, just as I was adjusting to their new reality, and I swear they do these things at whatever interval strikes them as interesting:
I do think that every element in this song has appeared in at least one other, so that’s kind of neat
In a lot of ways, I could have just jammed this into the Weekender, but I feel almost obligated to stand by SHINGEKI at this point. Sixteen months ago, they were this bizarre on-the-fringes group that happened to employ an old personal favorite for a hot minute and made music a bump or two heavier than most; now that we’ve taken this incredible evolutionary journey together, and that they’ve proven to be compelling even if for no greater reason than their raw unpredictability, I’m all in.
I mean it, I have absolutely no idea. I’m very literally asking because I know that some of you guys follow them pretty closely, and while I happily take a professional passing interest in them, I am only one person and all it takes to go from In The Know to Confused As Hell is to miss a few tweets.
All I know is that the membership is all over the place. Graduations! Promotions? Something! It’s apparently all in here:
It was really annoying to not get to post about this yesterday, because of all the things that SHINGEKI has done in their year+ weird, winding journey to becoming the thing called SHINGEKI, this is arguably not only the best thing that they’ve done, but the most SHINGEKI thing that they’ve done at the same time:
For one thing, that’s the kind of wild-ass composition that only idols and the likes of Maximum the Hormone can pull off unironically. And I’m talking about way more than just the synths + beats turning what could be a metal song into a dance number — you have the random breaks, the extremely random additional spoken-word breaks, the not-quite-there commitment to English, the vocal put-ons … if you’re into the type, you’re way into this song. Continue reading →
Dropping balls all over the place anymore, gang. SHINGEKI, the ever-metamorphosing idol project that could yet again re-brand at any moment, actually dropped this particular new video a few days ago, notably on a day when I had my eyes in lots of places that weren’t idol at all, and I’d have never even picked up on its existence because the only ripple that it made in Western Wota Space-time was in fact Terry’s reaction video.
Given that SHINGEKI’s composer-san loves nothing more than to splice together some of the most random, discordant chunks of music theory to nonetheless compile some fairly enjoyable songs, I knew that I had to do something with it. But I also got a stupid, devilish idea. So:
Please allow me friends, to approximate the effects of a reaction video … in text! Continue reading →
So in the Weekender I complained a little bit (little bit) about SHINGEKI, who showed lots of relevant coolness and then kept releasing things and one of them wasn’t as loud and cool. WHATEVER. Remember, they have as much history in less than a year than many idol projects do in half of a decade, and as such can dredge up all kinds of interesting things as suits their interests.