In keeping with today’s apparent theme, let’s take a few minutes to acknowledge the death of one of the true giants of our scene and the life that’s springing forth from that destruction.
The other day, THERE THERE THERES held their final performance, a joint show with their longtime besties in You’ll Melt More!(.) You can and should watch the literal whole thing:
Heck, here’s a bunch of photos, too:
【ライブレポート】THERE THERE THERES、戦友ゆるめるモ！と笑顔のファンに背中押され未来へ羽ばたく（写真80枚）https://t.co/pZQ29LnhmM
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) March 1, 2019
So what’s next? I think there’s still more to come about all of this, actually, and where Kai decides to go for next steps. She’s been at this for a goodly while, so it’s hard to fault her for wanting to take her talents wherever her talents may lead. I’m curious.
The closing thoughts:
— THERE THERE THERES (@TTTS_AQBI) March 3, 2019
For now, what we do know for certain is that:
— 音楽ナタリー (@natalie_mu) March 3, 2019
Mei is going center a new Aqbi group (and already has at least one gig booked solo, unless that should be translated as The Hirasawa Mei Experience), while the prodigal child that is Mizuho is also spinning off and staying with the company (or at least with Tanaka-san), with a new group forming around her and signed with the only record label that matters, Trash-Up!!(.)
— THERE THERE THERES (@TTTS_AQBI) March 4, 2019
In a move that people kind of speculated about, Rere will stick with the company and move on to the re-formed MIGMA SHELTER, while Noe (who’s back, apparently!) is going solo.
So is that it for BRGH/TTTS? If so, we as a community owe them a tremendous debt and as much applause as we can symbolically put together. A lot of what we have today, from the art rock styles to the dedicated avant garde to unequivocable desire to connect with big Western music festivals, either started with Bellheart back in the day or was influenced and supported by them over the years. At least this loss (if it’s truly a loss and there aren’t more surprises cooking) carries with it the promise of new creation, as these new groups can maybe bear the legacy forward.
ゼアめるモ！でした❣️たのしかった！けど寂しい！けどたのしい。いつもたのしいゼアめるモ！をありがとうございました、THERE THERE THERESに出会ってくれてありがとうございました寂しいな〜ありがとう皆さん pic.twitter.com/9SGY3gFbyi
— 朝倉みずほ／TTTS (@mizuho_TTTS) February 28, 2019