I haven’t smashed a Play button so hard and so fast in a long time as I did yesterday when YouTube actually sent me a timely notification for once, and it was for FRUITPOCHETTE’s new single on what felt like a slightly delayed delivery but who cares it’s motherhubbard FRUITPOCHETTE. Damn that was exciting. This is the one that they crowdfunded for, which is to say in part that it’s the first whole-on real-deal single since the OG group re-formed last year. It’s not exactly completely new to us — we even got to tease it a little while ago — but now that it’s here in the flesh and MVed, it feels real and alive and this opening shot of Mina just about made my heart stop:
Ever since the big reveal that FRUITPOCHETTE, left for dead at that point, would in fact be back and with the original lineup in full, things have been unfortunately quiet from the all-time record-holders as Loudest Idol from Ehime. This of course fit right into the necessities of Mina’s comeback, that it be a limited affair that took her health into consideration, so it wouldn’t be polite to suggest any dissatisfaction with the group’s output. What you see is what you get and what you get you’ll like!
This means that anything that we do get is good as gold, and I won’t waste any more of your time before showing you this live clip:
— FRUITPOCHETTE 公式 (@fruitpochette2) February 25, 2019
It’s not Classic Frupoche, and it’s definitely not ill-fated One-month Frupoche, but it’s Shiori and Mina doing their thing together on stage, and it rocks and they’re great and I’m happy. Let’s hope that they’re able to keep it up somewhat regularly, do some more recording and maybe even make a few big appearances down the road. It’s the very literal least that they deserve.
I mean, it’s not much, but I’m so personally hype about this that I had to put it into HTML for the sake of posterity:
FRUITPOCHETTE New Single
— 東 しおり (@shiorizuma) July 28, 2018
What a title. And given how much vintage Pantera I’ve been listening to over the last month, willingly and un, I’m doing this incredible groove riff in my head that’s probably going to be nothing like what the Frupoche band puts together, but that’s fine, it’s Shiori and Mina singing together again, and it’s going to be loud and pretty intense and that makes me want to go punch a kitten in excitement.
Please make an MV.
Cancel the next installment in the Let’s Remember Some Idols series, because the subject of that installment doesn’t need remembering. Not anymore. No, the Year of Idol Resurrections surges on. They’re going to be live, step-dancing to power metal riffs right in our faces, knocking out dual-titled tunes on some of the best-packaged records in music. They’re (hopefully!) going to grab idol itself by the collar of its lazy knock-off shirt and scream in its face and remind a bunch of people who’s really bad around here.
It’s for an indeterminate number of gigs, and probably indeterminate number of releases, but FRUITPOCHETTE, as both good and loud as it gets with practically zero contrivance, a jolt of power no matter what they do, will be back in August, and with the original duo reunited:
— 東 しおり (@shiorizuma) July 1, 2018
As Mina clears it up, exactly how active they are will depend on her health — Continue reading
And in Things You’re Not Good Enough For, Maniac, the beating heart of FRUITPOCHETTE (I am referring to a person named Azuma Shiori!) is still beating six month after the greatest lost opportunity I’ve ever seen, and she’s getting back into a singing on a solo career:
— 東 志栞 (@shiorizuma) November 24, 2017
I have no idea if she’s going to do this as an idol. Frankly, it doesn’t matter. Shiori’s too damn good a singer, and too dynamic a performer, to not get more out of that while she still can. I’m really looking forward to following this.
ZUMA, the incomparable Shiori, has been holding the tiny, flickering candle for the remains of FRUITPOCHETTE ever since, a few months ago, it was announced that the project was going to come to an end (after five years though!). Mina had already left, Rum had unsuccessfully filled her shoes, Kyuri did an admirable job filling in but was going back to solo idoling … that was it. Shiori would soldier on alone until a final live, when a nice bow could be put on idol metal’s greatest also-ran.
Shiori shared this trailer for the final live this morning:
''The Last Supper'' KILL THE PAIN!! https://t.co/1oDtPZ5jBx
— 東 志栞 FRUITPOCHETTE (@shiorizuma) July 1, 2017
Wait a second, is that– Continue reading
This is awful.
— FRUITPOCHETTE (@zumakyuri) April 17, 2017
Shiori and Kyuri are going to begin solo careers from here on, and the majesty of heavy metal idol from Ehime is no more. I imagine that official statements from the members will be forthcoming, but so far it’s just little apology tweets and ever-idol pledges to do their best. Continue reading
Well, friends, the Corenament has reached its zenith — the Final Four are ready to square off. It wasn’t easy getting here, but a full month’s worth of pitting idols against idols gave us surprises, cheers and jeers, and plenty of head-scratching confusion.
Out of the wreckage of conference tournaments and the first four rounds of competition stand four elites as selected by you, the fans; literally nobody selected these as the Final Four, but that’s the neat thing about an ongoing war of attrition. Punk was almost completely wiped out by what you might call the three pillars of idol+metal, leaving only Guso Drop to defend hardcore’s honor. And, as an added bonus, the resultant matchups are tasty.
Yes, as the Corenament descends upon Akihabara, we have two of the great champions of the underground squaring off in a fists-and-elbows-vs.-Lovecraftian-horrors battle to the death (that they’d probably welcome!), plus a battle that many a smark fan of idol metal would love to see happen in real life.
While I expect the voting hordes to descend upon these final polls, I also expect the more thoughtful minds to have themselves some agonized decisions!
Voting is open until midnight ET Saturday night. Continue reading
Will pinged this over on Friday, and I just had to give it a look based on the mere promise of the original description, and I was not displeased.
I’m actually uncertain as to whether this is a TV or radio performance in the end, or both!, but what’s important is that FRUITPOCHETTE got their rock on like very few can, then got into an interview segment that includes a bit of English:
Will has the breakdown of when to pay attention: Continue reading
This Tuesday’s WTF is in fact purely speculative: What do you think BeardPochette would be like?
— 東 志栞 FRUITPOCHETTE (@shiorizuma) January 22, 2017
All I’m going to say is, the Rum business showed what a harsh voice can add to Fruitpochette’s sound.