Just in case you missed the post of a few days ago, you should be furiously voting for your Homicidols Best of 2023 right now! Just one vote per person please, but put ALL of you heart into it. Voting is open through this coming Wednesday, January 17th.
This year’s ballot has gotten a signal boost courtesy of r/BABYMETAL, one of the friendliest subreddits on that site and a place that will always be near and dear to my heart. The nomination of MOMOMETAL and “METALII!!” has produced a slew of ballots that only include votes for those two nominees and, strangely, the Best Video nomination of “Nemophila” by RAY. Our assumption is that our visiting kawaii metalhead friends are confusing this PV from the best shoegaze idols in the business with “A Ray Of Light” by NEMOPHILA.
I mean, they are both great songs, but decidedly different tones.
While we are in the shoegaze wheelhouse, check out this piece of brilliance from Suisou to Clematis, the project involving former members of RAY, Moka Tsukihi and Kai Marino. The tune is from cryuff in the bedroom whose personnel are also contributors to RAY.
In the most talked about release of this young year, Not Secured, Loose Ends dropped their English language versions of some of Yukueshirezutsurezure’s best tunes. Everyone’s got an opinion on this one. You can share yours on the Homicidols Discord server.
The new single from AiNA THE END is pure fire, but the MV gives me vertigo for some reason.
MAD JAMIE is up for a few Best of 2023 awards. Here’s their first pitch for greatness in 2024.
My New Year’s resolution is to pay more attention to Kaishin no Ichigeki.
The New Years Eve show at YABACUBE looks like it was a good time.
Indonesia’s nextantive put in an strong entry to break into the Best Overseas Idol category next year. I missed this when it dropped a couple of weeks ago, so thank you to ekasunaryo for bringing it to our attention over on the Homicidols Discord server.
From Indonesia to South Korea, we have a new digital single from C.LiTZ.
I can’t help but feel that ExWHYZ are far too classy for this site.
Also fresh from the house of WACK, this new one from GANG PARADE just dropped at midnight.
#2i2 is one of the best units I’ve seen live. Here’s a sample.
Everyday is Halloween with AVAM.
SANDAL TELEPHONE go full retro and it’s not a bad thing.
Zero Sanctuary drops a very lively Mega Mega Beat.
After 10 years, the legendary FRUITPOCHETTE will be calling it quits in April.
— FRUITPOCHETTE (@fruitpochette2) January 6, 2024
Sakurako Nitta is leaving Finger Runs after being on an extended hiatus. She will be focusing on her health and academic studies.
— Finger Runs_official (@fingerruns_aqbi) January 10, 2024
Sayumi Hoshino announced that she will be graduate from AIBECK on April 2nd.
— ▲▼AIBECK▼▲ Zepp Shinjuku（TOKYO）9/15【公式】 (@AIBECK_) January 7, 2024
Riko Kurobe (formerly known as Black Berry of Gekizyou Refrain) is producing the new unit, n seconds prism. (motto: “With your light, I can shine for seconds”). One of the founding members is Miyu Katou (ex. ELECTRIC HEARTS, rayray, Kitsunebi, and pigmarion).
新宿 ALTA KeyStudio
PRE-DEBUT LIVE決定!!!! pic.twitter.com/57dsMau9L9
— n秒間のプリズム。【2024.2.17 Pre-Debut】 (@nsec_prism) January 7, 2024