A funny thing happened yesterday when I was putting together my admission of a torrid new love affair with GANG PARADE: My phone had actually died overnight, taking all of my usual notifications with it, so I was relying on blind-ass luck yesterday (hence: one post). I missed this development! So, bonus, here are four more new songs off of the new album:
takes themselves higher
GANG PARADE Just Dropped a Video Filmed in the Back of My Brain
Oh my goodness. Oh my. This isn’t real. I’m hallucinating.
To continue to promote the GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!! album, and staying right in line with that out-of-nowhere barn burner from a couple of weeks ago (not to mention the tracks uploaded to Soundcloud), here’s what four-and-a-half minutes inside of my head on an average afternoon would look and sound like if you weren’t quickly suffocated by the brains that fill my head, rather than air to breathe!
So Exactly How High Can GANG PARADE Take Themselves?
Well after that little burst of excitement last week, GANG PARADE went and did one of my favorite things of theirs — they dumped a handful of tracks off of the new album titled in a way that I’ll be punning on it for years, onto Soundcloud, because apparently T-Palette is down with that kind of thing. If you were on the fence about whether to get the album*, may these additional previews sway you!
… and you know what’s kind of weird? I think it’s commonly accepted that GANG PARADE is WACK’s experimental unit. Not in the sense that they’re going to do a noise set with Hijokaidan or even go for graceful art pop like a certain ancillarily connected unit, but in the sense that they’re the unit that WACK tries things with first, or plays around with new sounds. Europop? Denpa song? Weak-ass “post-idol,” for lack of a better word? Whatever the hell you want to call “GANG PARADE”? So basically, it should never be a surprise that GANG PARADE’s doing a different sound with each significant release, or moving a successful style in a new direction.
In this case, I feel like what they were going with was “way more synth pop, but also violence.” Seeing as how those are two of my very favorite things, you can imagine my excitement! Continue reading
So This Is How GANG PARADE Takes Themselves Higher?
Well, first, shame the heck on me for completely forgetting about the GANG PARADE album that … I mean, I feel like I’ve been seeing references to it on an almost daily basis and it was still barely registering. Weird. But! Second, hey, did you know that GANG PARADE was putting out an album today? GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!
Usually that means either drugs or evolution or transcendence. Based on the MV (which, self-titled track?), which do you think?