Well now. After a year of delays it finally happened and GANG PARADE are finally just another memory for all of us. But just because it’s a memory doesn’t mean it’s gone – the new GO TO THE BEDS song from their upcoming EP BLOOD COMPACT has a melody that you might have heard LAST time…
So if you recall from … not long ago, there was some trepidation among WACK wota when GO TO THE BEDS did a little promo clip of themselves in gasp! frilly little tradol outfits with egads! lame-ass boring tradol music tinkling in the background, and they were doing the ganbare fists and stuff. I think Coco may have blown a kiss at the camera unironically! For about 45 seconds, people were deeply concerned. Had Watanabe finally lost it?
And then people who were alive in 2012 and/or know anything about the history of the company that GO TO THE BEDS is part of and recall their past forays into revisiting music video content from said company’s legacy acts speculated that perhaps this was a play on the famed “IDOL” incident from 2012, and there was much nodding in agreement among us. We won’t be fooled by any simpering sparkly idols! Continue reading
Remember when GANG PARADE split into two groups and nobody was really sure what was happening because they were seemingly promoting together and kept using GANG PARADE despite not being GANG PARADE anymore? Well good news! It’s significantly less confusing now AND we have two new music videos!
Well, this year’s WACK AUDiTiON CAMP certainly was eventful! Auditionee Waki Waki Wakki got added to WAgg and WAgg member Kira May who’s been apart of the group for 3 months got added to GANG PARADE.
…for all of 3 minutes. GANG PARADE will be splitting into two smaller groups. Just as BiS2 made the decision last year to break up, GANG PARADE will be doing the same thing. But in a completely different manner that’s effectively not the same as breaking up. Totally 100% similar.
This is the culmination of an internal decision between members and staff. In Kamiya Saki’s previous graduation announcement, she revealed that she felt like she was holding GANG PARADE back and while Watanabe, the fans and the members probably don’t agree, it set something new into motion. If you can’t achieve your goals after reaching a certain point, it’s okay to try again from the start isn’t it? So, we’re here now, with two new groups born from GANG PARADE splitting into two.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, both regular and idol, you’ll probably know that Abe Shinzo issued a countrywide order temporarily banning all large scale public entertainment events because of Novel Coronavirus fears. ZOC cancelled their entire FINAL INNOCENT ZOC tour, Aya Eightprince cancelled a smaller public appearance and Pour Lui cancelled the shooting for her upcoming idol group’s music video to name a few. Things have been cancelled harder than a celebrity who’s angered a kpop fanbase.
Currently, WACK are meant to be embarking on their nationwide WACK FUCKiN’ PARTY tour but alas even Watanabe Junnosuke who has objectively more clout than the prime minister can’t get around a ban on public events.
Just kidding, yes he FUCKiN can!
2/29 18時〜 WACK TOUR 2020 “WACK FUCKiN’PARTY” NO AUDiENCE LiVE 生中継ニコ生で行うことになりました。プレミアム放送はなくどなたでも見れます。— 渡辺”ジュンジュン”淳之介 (@JxSxK) February 27, 2020
This Saturday at 6pm JST, the show will go on! NO AUDiENCE LiVE is exactly what it sounds like – nobody is going to be there. You can’t cancel a public event that isn’t a public event. The entire thing is going to be broadcast on Niconico so everyone will be able to be there in spirit. A premium subscription is only around $5USD too, so hey, if you’re spending your time indoors as a health precaution why not spend it with the idol fanbase’s favourite women’s prison colony?
It’s been a rough week for a lot of people on Earth because of the you-know-what, but in a dire time things like entertainment are what make it manageable! So, cast aside your worry, wash your damn hands regularly and enjoy your time at home.
Remember, while this is a lot of fun content for us overseas, fundamentally it’s a sorry to people living in a country that’s tightening it’s grip attempting to deal with a pandemic, so remember to be respectful! Or if you’re living in a country that’s going through the same thing do what you want, we’re not the reaction police over here.
If the last year or so has taught us anything, friends, it’s that anything in idol is possible, a spirit that you firmly embraced for our #2020IdolPredictions:
Heart stickers begin mysteriously appearing on the houses of wota across the world. After some investigation, we learn that all of these households contain copies of Himari's photobook… #2020IdolPredictions
— Nick Thorpe (@HKT3030) December 27, 2019
#2020IdolPredictions Candye Syrup 3rd reboot. Disbands six months later because all the members gets bald after weekly hair discoloration. Bald members joins a new unit with Kamiya Saki.
— Matt Oronar (@AngrodOronar) December 27, 2019
An idol will announce her graduation out of nowhere, without showing any signs beforehand that she was planning to leave, and some smartypants in the fandom will still say "I saw this coming" #2020idolpredictions
— Kerrie🔥ケリー (@weeaboowoman) December 27, 2019
Now, for today, if you’re following the news at all, you no doubt have noticed that the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket with stunning alacrity. It’s almost like we don’t want there to be a 2021! And at fraught times like these, it’s normal to want to turn to something as relentlessly positive as idol to cope. But here we are, three days into the new decade, and we find out that one of the most important personalities in our end of the Idolverse is hanging up her color-coordinated outfits in May:
私カミヤサキは5/22 をもって、GANG PARADEを脱退します。
— カミヤサキ (@kamiya_GANG) January 3, 2020
I’ll spare you both panegyric and elegy — and definitely eulogy — but I think I speak for an enormous chunk of the fandom when I say that Saki is a person who has mattered in a way that few get to. She got her dream job as an idol with her absolute favorite (even got to do it twice!), then parlayed that into, really, five-plus years of a plaPOPGANG continuum that contributed greatly to the creativity in idol music and the individuality in the scene. Hell of a run. Continue reading
Happy new year! Japan have already rang in the new decade and with it, a menagerie of new music.
Rock and alternative style idols are no stranger to unexpected collaborations, from BiS and Hijokaidan to You’ll Melt More and… also Hijokaidan. But in this subculture, mainstream breakthroughs are the real sucker punch to longtime fans of girls dancing to alt rock with a crowd of about 30 people.
So, fresh off their major label debut, GANG PARADE have dropped an announcement that their second digital single will be a joint composition between Scrambles’ very own Matsukuma Kenta with a very special guest…
Mastermind behind Momoiro Clover Z: Hyadain! Continue reading
If you’ve been keeping up with GANG PARADE this year, you might remember around the time Brand New Parade was released that leader and marathon expert of WACK, Kamiya Saki, won a group-wide competition for her own solo song. If you forgot that was a thing, so did Saki herself, apparently!
Anyway, here it is.
Official Homicidols Dot Com WACK Correspondent and Dank Meme Strategist Kerrie is temporarily out of action due to technical difficulties, so, in the interests of making sure that somebody said something (crucial!) about the new GANG PARADE MV — from their first truly major-label album — I have stepped into the breach.
Hey neat! A GANG PARADE MV! From their first truly major-label album! Surely there’s no way that WACK’s most consistently unpredictable group would lean into the kind of easy-out balladry that was too often at the heart of their prior iteration just because they’re now on a truly major label!
Also this is a hell of a look:
— GANG PARADE official (@GANG_PARADE) October 10, 2019
We’ll get to the BiS MV in a bit…but first:
"WACK is FXXX"
"WACK is SHiT"
well I can't wait for the third part of this trilogy.
— Christian Winsall (@toxicbreakfast) July 26, 2018
Yep, I basically assumed (and perhaps secretly hoped) that when the inevitable next installment came out, it would be “WACK is C-Word”.
But what a twist!