Idols Cover Band Covers Idols

So this is kind of fun, and thankfully narrative enough in its own right to get out the door quickly so that I can do another thing. But hey you guys, you’re all down in some form or another with Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen, aka Yamakatsu, yes? If you aren’t, you should be — longstanding rock idol units from the further reaches of Japan deserve all of the respect. I was doing a Twitter dive the other day and saw that ol’ Yamakatsu paired up with a bona fide rock band not to perform a set together, but to high-five around covering each others’ songs:

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Yamakatsu’s Rocking Renewal

The idol gods have seen it fit to bless us with even more good new stuff from good old units, friends. The Idol Formerly Known as Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen — now known as Yamakatsu — dropped an MV in advance of a later-this-month release:

“Survivor” is off of Yamakatsu’s eighth(!) single, “distopia”, the title of which alone gives me a warm fuzzy feeling deep inside. GO DARK, VETERAN IDOLS!

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How Could I Have Forgotten about Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen?

The local focus of idol is one of its charms, but also one of the stupidest ways to get idols who you nominally like lost in a shuffle. Me, I’m personally a big mark for Nagoya idols for some reason, with a lot of ancillary respect for Osaka. Of course you’re going to wind up doing a lot of Tokyo-area local stuff, too, when you start looking at idol, given that (pick a neighborhood anymore) is in one form or another an epicenter of idol culture.

Because you do that, see, and then you lose track of the good projects — sometimes it’s just one or two, honestly — in other big cities (Kyoto!) or prefectures (Ehime!), purely because the incessant drone of idol-related media and fandom doesn’t sound as loudly over those spots.

Which brings me to Yamaguchi and Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen, or … Continue reading