KNOW YOUR IDOL #7: FRUN FRIN FRIENDS

FRUN FRIN FRIENDS

On this new episode of the Know Your Idol series, in collaboration with Idol Underworld, we’ll get to know pop idol-artists FRUN FRIN FRIENDS.

Pop idol duo FRUN FRIN FRIENDS started only a few months ago, and yet they’re already proving to be a very interesting group. Last time we talked about them, we were impressed by their live performance; and now we’re going to get to know the two members of this unit through an in-depth interview.

Nayuta Aku and Usakura Beni talked about their evolution as idols and artists, the origin of their name, the way they compose music and many other interesting aspects of their group. Enjoy the interview!

I love when idols want to be seen as artists too, as it conveys the idea that they’re not just cute girls singing and dancing on a catchy tune, but there is more to it; and we already know that this is very true, especially in the underground idol scene where creative and original groups keep coming up. FRUN FRIN FRIENDS may be a young group, but the two members are fully using their previous and current experiences to push boundaries of the meaning of being an idol.

始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-machi Underground) – ハレルヤ (Hallelujah)

始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-machi Underground)

始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-machi Underground) are back with a single titled ハレルヤ (Hallelujah), a mind-blowing and psychedelic rock song with an even weirder MV.

Somehow I was almost missing this MV, and when I miss something it’s usual something big; especially in this case, since we’re dealing with 始発待ちアンダーグラウンド (Shihatsu-machi Underground). Needless to say, “ハレルヤ” (Hallelujah) is one of the best songs I’ve heard in the last few weeks. Are you ready for a creepy-yet-fascinating time travel? If not, get ready anyway, as we are going back of a few decades.

The song seems to come straight from the 70s, shamelessly drawing from the psychedelic rock sound of those years. The rich and obsessive drum beat, the repetitive bassline, the kaleidoscopic guitars making use of the weirdest and most alien-sounding effects and some elegant piano notes in the background: everything is ready to travel back to the past, when this otherworldly kind of music gave us a lot of influential bands. Of course, the three girls of Shihatsu-machi Underground join this trippy mess with their vocals, shining especially during the chorus.

The video looks as old-ish as the music, all shot in black and white and featuring what seems to be Cthulhu’s younger brother carried in a bag by a cool-looking guy, which then proceeds to impress a beautiful girl by feeding it with a parfait; meanwhile, Shihatsu-machi Underground seems to be astonished by something high up in the sky… but I’ll let you guess what it is.


Anyway, this group keeps impressing me with their uniqueness, taking back a music style which today is obviously not as big as before, but still manages to entertain us with its mind-blowing sounds. Shihatsu-machi Underground know that this genre still has a lot of potential and are doing a great job with it.

CHIKA RADAR #21: 激情リフレイン (Gekizyou Refrain)

CHIKA RADAR #21: 激情リフレイン (Gekizyou Refrain)

Our Chika Radar is back with another discovery: let’s get to know 激情リフレイン (Gekizyou Refrain), a new metal-oriented idol group with their debut MV.

Guess who’s back? Yes, it’s our beloved Chika Radar. It’s been a while since the last article of this column, so let’s take the chance of the first MV by 激情リフレイン (Gekizyou Refrain) to get to know this new group.

The group is made of five members: Sarai Kotori, a screaming-growling metalhead; Kirishima Yuzu, a cat-lover who also enjoys architectural design; Hanoa Juriy, a girl who likes art and plays the electric guitar; Blackberry, another screamer who also plays guitar and synths (and also likes Italian, good choice); and Saihate Chiru, a human calculator I guess. Here is their music video, where you’ll get to see ther skills.

Despite being at their debut, this song shows that they are really competent and backed by some good musicians. As you probably guessed by the presence of two screamers, the music is 100% metal-oriented featuring powerful electric guitars, breakdowns and all that heavy stuff we love; together with it, the usual loud idol synths add a more melodic aspect to the track. It’s a song which sounds both catchy and heavy, a duality reflected also in the vocals which range from a very memorable hook to some aggressive screams and growls. All this elements combined make a very enjoyable debut song and a good start for this group.


The first EP of Gekizyou Refrain will be released on the 1st of November and will be available at the Ank Music Labels store; meanwhile, let’s enjoy this awesome MV.

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