FruitPochette released a new single last month to go along with debut of a new member at TIF 2016. The new member, Rum, would feature “desubo,” or “death growl.” The new single is titled “Zekkyou ~ Unlash”, “Zekkyou” meaning “Scream.” The single featured one more song with death growl, “Flying~In my dream.” Unfortunately for most of the metalhead FruitPochette fans, Desubo FruitPochette would only last a month.
Now that part is out of the way, I will say the screaming is more background than the feature. The mix has the screaming pushed to the background, and other than that, there is no back and forth. It is pretty much The Shiori Show. Shiori sings lead on every song, and she sounds amazing. Despite the difference of no back and forth singing, and the addition of desubo, this sounds like the same FruitPochette we all know from the previous releases.
I mean, the headline says it all. And confirmed on a number of other countries’ iTunes, too. You can buy your very own only recordings to feature Rum, whose single month as a member of Fruitpochette nonetheless deserves to go down as kind of historic — the duo known for their power cleans got with the trends, hired a legit harsh vocalist … and then, well, she was gone.
Thanks to Jul again for the heads-up (I apparently owe this guy a Pepsi or something), but Fruitpochette, so laden with monster promise following Rum’s replacing Mina at TIF just a month ago, has already left the group.
Seeing Mina go down and leave Fruitpochette due to lingering health issues was a bummer, and fans have wondered ever since just what exactly she’s going to wind up doing. There’s been some idoling for sure, getting her back into music, and some modeling and the like, but somebody of Mina’s outsized talent had to be working on something pretty big, right?
First things first: Fruitpochette’s management released this teaser video last night:
A-ha! Now, some very smart people have commented that, if Shiori were to be receiving a new partner/s for Fruitpochette to be Fruitpochette, it would probably happen at TIF, and the announced EP lined up well with an expectation that TIF would be a big spot for the project. And here we are! Congratulate yourselves, smart people!
So who’s it gonna be? Our only real clue is that the other member also wears combat boots, and that they are larger combat boots than Shiori’s. That could immediately set off alarm bells about a certain somebody returning to action, but it’s worth pointing out that like 95 percent of the world’s population (probably) has larger feet than Shiori, who is a very small person.
It recently came to my attention that not enough people are aware of Fruitpochette. I don’t believe that I’m making a controversial statement in giving them the 1B title in the idols-doing-metal rankings; The Crest of Evil is pretty much an all-timer for the type.
However, Fruitpochette hasn’t had a great few months, and though a TIF performance looms, exactly what the future holds is kind of a crapshoot. Like, go ahead and guess at what you think happens at TIF, or after TIF. The music is completely great, and the talent level has always been stupid-lousy high. Anything is possible.
See, losing Teratani Mina and not replacing her basically immediately from among the Mad Magazine roster did not fill one with optimism; it didn’t necessarily mean that Fruitpochette was being left for dead, but it wasn’t an encouraging sign, even with new material being teased.
Now, if “they” are going to be at TIF this year … yes, it could be a big-stage farewell, but more likely it’s going to be a real-deal performance. I’d go so far as to peg it as when Fruitpochette 2.0 makes its debut.
If not for this whole past week being Babymetal Week®, I had wanted to play a little game to the side of the Corenament, a Homicidols NIT if you will. It never materialized because I didn’t have any time, but I did think we could have something fun to do while we reset for the final tomorrow. Hence: Shit-wreckers.
These are all songs that, had the opening round had a different result or some of the fan preferences shifted just a few nominations in one direction or another, could have been part of the Corenament.
Psybou Kanojo, “Most Violence”
I actually don’t know if that’s the right translation of the title of this song, and I don’t care. Listen to it:
Psybou Kanojo was actually voted into the Corenament as the representative of the solo idols, only to literally quit the day before. This was replaced by Guso Drop and a re-seeding took place, and then the Gusos disappointed and, seriously, we were robbed of what could have easily been a one-woman wrecking crew in the middle of the bracket. Oh well.
Ladybaby, “Renge Chance”
I bag on Ladybaby and have some general issues there (that, in fairness, could possibly be applied to others and I’m just not aware of it), but credit where it’s due: This is a tremendous song:
The irony is that this was released the day before the DEATH POP DEATHMATCH, but Deathrabbits won that in a walk in the very first instance of some suspicious voting patterns around them. Had Ladybaby advanced, this could have been theirs, and heaven help almost anybody else for having to deal with it.
“CleverDick” won out over this song by a single vote in the nomination process, and while I personally consider “CleverDick” to be the most interesting thing that Fruitpochette‘s ever done, this is one epic bit of metal.
In the original bracket, Fruitpochette had one of the “easier” routes to the final. With this on their side, they could have walked off with the whole thing.
Osaka Shunkashuto, “Kill the King”
Here’s another one from a group that did enter the Corenament but probably not with their best material. Nominators chose “Let You Fly!!”, which is a fine and good song, but it’s not this:
The sicko inside me wishes that this could have been paired with Necronomidol‘s similarly styled “Lamina Maledictum” just to see what would happen. But Syukasyun (well, Maina and dancers) crush the hell out of that song. Ronnie James Dio would be proud if he weren’t dead.
Deep Girl, “I Kill”
Yeah, everybody got their yucks in at Deep Girls’ expense when debuted looking like an ill-informed stylist’s idea of an idol metal group, then failed to meet their sales objective. Nobody’s laughing anymore.
See the comments on that video for why the chorus actually works with the rest of that madness.
Deep Girl got a lot of early votes before fading and being passed by Kamen Joshi; otherwise, it’s likely that this would have been the #16 seed against Babymetal and “Megitsune.” Can you say with a straight face that you couldn’t see the possibility of history’s first victory of a 16-seed over a 1?
You’ll Melt More!, “id Idol”
My personal first Yurumerumo song, and genuinely one of their best. “Only You” may have technically been their best bet in the Corenament, but there’s so much … I dunno, alt-metal? in here that it would have stood a puncher’s chance against almost anybody.
I mean, “Suicide, sweet side”? Somebody get Judas Priest on the phone.
Idol’s version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl meets that hard-driving instrumental in a song that makes self-violence and death sound adorable, set in a video that features the director killing his own talent? What isn’t there to like?