If you haven’t caught the buzz lately, EMPiRE are no more. Just as nations become lost and empires fall, so do idol groups.
What, too hamfisted? It was a sentimental break-up, so we wanted to use some powerful language! Still no? Well… they broke up and released their final four songs as a group, out to stream right now.
This coming Saturday, Homicidols will publish Weekender #300. That is almost six years worth of Weekenders. As we approach this milestone, Team Homicidols has decided that it’s time to do some housekeeping. We are working on updating some of our static content, but there was one other item that we have been wanting to address.
Homicidols’ tagline is currently, “The Hard Side of Idol”, which was perfect for the early years of alternative idol which was dominated by punk, metal and electronic hardcore. In recent years, however, the genre has shifted and we now find ourselves spending about half the time covering stuff like shoegaze, dream pop, prog rock and even electro swing. In an effort to help ensure our branding stays on point, it’s time for a refresh and we would like your assistance. Continue reading
You may not realize it, dear reader, but we are in the midst of a record-breaking streak. We have now published new content on Homicidols dot com for an unprecedented six days in a row. A modern era record! Unfortunately, the streak will end here today as we have nothing scheduled to post tomorrow. We do have a special Monday Match Game planned, so everyone take tomorrow off and we’ll get back at it early next week. Good work everybody!
Even with publishing new articles every day, we still managed to miss a lot including major MV drops from some of our heaviest hitters like:
MIGMA SHELTER gives us a rare MV. Nod in approval at 120 beats per minute.
You can get a surprising amount of wordplay out of this group’s name! Anyway, the emotional trio just dropped a music video for their song “Amaterasu” from their 2nd anniversary mini-album “Best Wishes“!
MELON BATAKE A GO GO have just announced that two new members will be joining the lineup. Kotomi Kuzuki and Usako Minano of sister unit The Grateful a MogAAAz will be joining the psychobilly sidekick heroes on a rotating basis.
Kotomi Kuzuki and Usako Minano
One of the biggest events on the annual idol calendar is Tokyo Idol Festival, by far the largest and most prestigious idol festival in the world. While it leans heavily to mainstream and traditional idol, it has, historically, offered space on it’s storied stages to indie and even underground idol units that have reached a certain level of prominence or popularity.
This year is no different. The line up is spectacular as always, with the highly anticipated TIF debuts of blossoming Homicidols’ favorites like INUWASI, POPiNG EMO, Title Mitei, C;on, Schroedinger’s Dog, fishbowl and, the most intriguing unit in idol, situasion.
It’s Monday, so let’s get emotional!
The idea for this match-up was sparked a couple weeks ago when the fabulously-named On the Treat Super Season dropped their latest (excellent) single, “Emotion”. That very the same day, melly, over on the Homicidols Discord Server, recommended GANG PARADE’s “Karada Emotion” for the Homicidols Weekend Radio playlist. This got me thinking about the sheer number of alternative idol songs that incorporate the word, “emotion” into their titles including my favorite track by Q’ulle and that PIGGS tune that keeps getting stuck in my head.
With all of these Emotions vying for our attention, it’s only appropriate we try to sort them out and determine, once and for all, what is the dominant Emotion?
The influence of Japanese-style alternative idol has, undeniably, been spreading further and further across the globe. Over the past couple of yeas, Homicidols has covered overseas idol units from Italy, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and, most recently, the Philippines, all of whom directly channel the style and spirit (and, sometimes, language) of our favorite underground and indie idols in Japan. This activity has become so widespread that Team Homicidols has encountered trouble covering it all. It is why we recently brought FarFromSleep on board specifically to focus on activity in South Korea. It is also why, when Halien reached out to us and offered to put together an overview of the idol scene in Vietnam, our response was an enthusiastic, “Yes, please!”
I am totally jealous of those of you in Europe at the moment. NECRONOMIDOL is working their way across The Continent while being joined by 2& and GARUDA in London for HYPER JAPAN.
Over here on this side of the pond, things are much more dull unless you happen to be at San Diego Comic Con. Continue reading
As certain parts of the world is preparing for a heatwave this coming week, let the refreshing sight of Tsukishiro Himari having fun(?) in the ocean cool you down.