I wish I had more to say about this one, gang, but it really couldn’t be more straightforward. Last Friday, Li-V-RAVE, whose continued existence is just the happiest damn thing, dropped the MV for their new single that’s not out for well over a month, but hey, promo time is promo time. I thought you’d dig it like I did, so:
All about it. This website has long supported idol power ballads — when those power ballads are cloaked in easycore elements that are themselves bizarrely inverted to better serve a power ballad? Butter. If I had any complaint at all it’s that the composition doesn’t serve the vocals well (pre-chorus, I’m talking), but you know? There’s tinkly piano in there. I am rendered incapable of complaint.
Because you’re a trooper, here’s the B-side:
We need more power pop idol, period, in all its forms. “MISSING LINK” is out May 31.
Unofficial Homicidols house band You’ll Melt More! have been uncharacteristically quiet of late. Perhaps our marathon coverage of them last year scared them away? I can’t think of anything else on this hapless planet that could account for it. But now they’re back, back, back and 75% bigger besides. Three more recruits have been promoted from the Pupil More! subs bench, so it’s hello to Heso (orange), Matsuri (yellow) and Meari (blue) who was formerly known as Waka.
Yeah, first, I know. But it’s true! PIGGS has only released excellent longer-play material so far; “T.A.K.O.” drops a week from today as the official first single of Pour Lui’s emeritus project.
I’ll tell you: I had no idea what to say about it! You can only complete so many permutations of “it good” before you run out of ways to put some kind of spin on a piece, and “it good” is just padding in a very similar way to how I’m padding out this sentence to increase the post length and give you all some extra bang for your buck. So let’s get it out of the way and talk about something that did strike me, maybe meaningfully, while watching this sucker.
We’ll let our top tier headlines speak for themselves and jump right into EMPiRE‘s new music video, shall we?
Good morning! I hope you all had as … cathartic a week as I did. Busy as hell? Yes. A great deal of things accomplished? Also yes. Making big steps in personal right directions? Man, I tell you yes. Good feelings and moods abound.
And look! It’s the elbow of the year unless you’re in a polar or equatorial region, so regardless of if you’re enjoying spring (yay us!) or fall (boring people on the other side of the planet), put that energy to good work! Go hike or garden or bike or something. Hell, it’s raining here and all I want to do is go outside and run around, especially because Fiancee had to jet for a couple of days and I’m sitting here with way too much antsiness to do or be anything that approaches productivity. I just wanna fun!
So if your idea of fun includes idol at some point of some day, then you can take this Weekender and just really dig into it. I actually held some stuff out because I want to have more to talk about later! No, it wasn’t a terribly productive week, but it was good enough and frankly there are so many more significant idol lives nowadays that you’re almost tripping over good video anymore. Just watch the heck out of it!
This is pretty much it for KOTO, so:
I’m not going to manually count them right now — because like some kind of Talmudic observance of the Word, I fear that if I were to actually try to sum up all of the idol things that have been posted about on this here website in the past 5+ years, it would be at the very end, and I’m not ready for that yet — but we’ve covered a lot of idols, one way or another. Some of them we follow the way they should be followed, as the (relative) big deals that they are; others we follow with perhaps far more fervor than they “deserve,” which is a pretty lousy value judgement to make about anything you ostensibly like, but nonetheless kind of checks out when the object in this case flames out of existence after a few months and all we’re left with is recriminations; and others we highlight, and then hope for, but for all that hoping the thing that attracted you to them in the first place just never quite relights the same way.
That is not to place NEO BREAK all the way into that last category, though it’s certainly applicable — I haven’t blogged a post about them in something like 30 months, and prior to that it was only a few little posts stretching back to when the group was known as Jeanne Maria. Instead, they’ve been prime Weekender material, a group that you might get into if “idols that are loud” led you toward “idols that are sometimes kind of loud in the way that people who mosh at a Dave Matthews Band concert think of ‘loud.'” Because I like them, see, and always figured more of you all either did or would. They just weren’t doing much loud enough to want to spend a post on them.
And so anyway, this blipped into existence last week: Continue reading
Doop-dee-doop, looking back through stuff I bookmarked so I can blog some posts.
Hello, what’s this? Continue reading
One of the more enjoyable but oddly unsung (’round these parts) units in idol the past couple of years has been EIMIE. Granted, I missed a big chunk of their emergence last year, but in the intervening time it’s been interesting to watch what used to seem like a fairly straightforward rock unit turn into something more. And in their latest, “something more” seems to be a genre-less x-core monstrosity that I send to half the people I know with various emoji to accompany it and I get back a range of responses (most no worse than neutral!) also via emoji, and then somebody does the cry-laughing thing and outright says “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT”. My kind of track.
Anyway, the latest! Dropped in rough conjunction with their band-accompanied one-man a week and change ago, and really just all kinds of fun. I meant to share it much sooner, but it’s not too late! Consider it fresh and full of rapping and even references to an MC and also chunky and loud and heavy and I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading
What a week! I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but I thought idol had some of that old energy back these past few days. Significant graduations and debuts and motherhubbard April Fool’s Day right on the heels of the kind of fandom drama that we don’t ever have enough of, largely because it unfolds when I’m asleep or busy and then I get to come back later and judge everybody for their dumbass takes.
April Fool’s is one of the best days on the idol calendar, more or less wedged between Halloween and Easter, and we do mention some of the jokes from this year below the fold, but also? We fucking won that shit this year, gang. Or I should say, Daemon did, not only delivering timely, trenchant, devastating satire but having that become the single most popular post in Homicidols history that wasn’t brigaded by Kamen Joshi fans. What a destroyer of a post. I did tell him that if he got to X number of RTs and likes, I’d convince Mare A Komachi to come out of hiding/retirement, but I’ve had to move those goalposts a couple of times already. IF YOU HAVEN’T YET AMPLIFIED THIS AND DO WANT TO SEE WHAT KOMACHI IS UP TO, HELP US GET TO 100 RTS AND 200 LIKES.
The only bad thing about doing great things is that you’re then under a lot of pressure to keep delivering. Guess we’re just going to have to keep writing good posts!
Now That’s Funny
None of us had the wherewithal to take on Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da’s new rendition of “World End Crisis” from the new album of re-recordings, so here you go, sans commentary:
I’m breaking my own rule about trying to keep the focus of content on this site on rock and rock-adjacent-sounding idols to share my favorite thing since at least the start of March. This is NightOwl (remember NightOwl?) and their newest song released in MV form to celebrate their expansion to five members a little while back. And it’s awesome: