代代代 (DaiDaiDai) – The Absurd Is The Essential Concept And The First Truth

代代代 (Dai Dai Dai)

Listen to DaiDaiDai’s new album The Absurd Is The Essential Concept And The First Truth, which brings us into a world of suspense, confusion and serenity.

November of last year held some great news for fans of solid chaos pop group 代代代 (DaiDaiDai): Hime Kanon would be returning to activities after undergoing surgery. Though the future started looking promising once more, we received news in April that Kanon will be graduating from the group on June 20th over concerns with her health and her studies. However, the five members promised to bring their brand new album, The Absurd Is The Essential Concept And The First Truth — titled after a quote by absurdist philosopher Albert Camus — on February 27th. It was fully released March 6th, 2021.

Now, prior to this I have had no exposure to DaiDaiDai. I’m a newbie to the idol underground but I’m willing to get my feet wet and venture deeper into the waters, so when Vladkorados sent me this to review I wasn’t quite sure what my expectations would be. Certainly a mouthful of an album (and quite the interesting title, might I add), but I was definitely not expecting the journey that it took me on.

Clocking in at only 25 minutes, the album has seven tracks. The first track, “Fuan” (“Anxiety”) starts off with bursts of electronic noises before introducing the members’ vocals with some really cool robotic effects layered in and random cuts of white noise. The song encapsulates the feeling of anxiety well in the bursts of sound and the uneasy nature of the vocals. Once the chorus hits, though, everything takes an overwhelming turn like you’re caught in a frightening chase. It ends with the bits of white noise increasing in frequency alongside an almost teasing chant, giving a very creepy feeling.

The next song is “Fumei” (“Uncertainty”), a very short and entirely instrumental track. I’d describe it like you’ve entered a heavenly realm within a video game, with shimmering sounds. When you listen to it you almost feel like you’re floating. After that is “EHM”, which opens with a rock intro and once again employs cool vocal layering and effects that make the girls sound distorted. The vibe of the song grows increasingly sinister, especially after the 1:15 mark, and once again explodes into walls of sound before the end. The last thirty seconds close the track out with some interesting ticking noises. The fourth song, “Piranha”, begins with eletronica before mixing with some guitar, sounding like something akin to a major boss fight in a game. At the two minute mark the energy of the song picks up into an almost breakcore styled beat alongside a shouted chorus from multiple members.

Whereas the previous tracks had very amped up energies about them, the next two tracks stand out in their more mellowed out, emotional feeling. Track five, “Shinigami” (“God of Death”, which got a lyric video that you can watch above), opens with an orchestra alongside dreamy synths. There’s no vocal effects in this song, giving you a chance to hear the voices of the girls loud and clear. The feeling of this song is exhilarating, like you’re running, and the catchiness makes you want to sing along. The rock elements in the second half of the song are short lived but create a nice open atmosphere before you’re colliding with the dreamlike orchestra.

It’s one of the standout songs on the album for sure, as is the next track, “Yuukai” (“Melting”). Coming in as the longest on the album at five minutes, it opens with a math rock-esque sound. It employs a similar dreamy effect as the last song, but in a way where you really do feel like you’re melting into it all. There’s a hypnotizing quality to the song, especially in the parts where DaiDaiDai‘s members are all reciting the same lines one by one. Shiho’s voice shines in her solo portion of the bridge; there’s such a power in her voice there, it grabs at your emotions a little bit (it certainly did for me at least). The song got a music video featuring the song’s choreography earlier this year.

The final song, “Seiketsu” (“Cleanliness”) quite literally creeps up on you with electrical noises that gradually get a bit louder, but when the song officially starts it comes when you least expect it. The MIDI instruments give it an old horror game feeling and the unsettling vocal effects accentuate it perfectly. The song ends with noises that sound like something being dragged, and quite literally so as, if you listen with headphones, the sound slowly travels from your left ear to your right.

Prior to this, I had no knowledge of DaiDaiDai or what their genre, chaos pop, could consist of. After giving this album I can gladly say that I’ll definitely be checking out more of their discography, as this was one of the coolest albums I’ve heard in a while. Consider me a fan!

Interview With 禁断の多数決 (Kindan No Tasūketsu)

禁断の多数決 (Kindan No Tasūketsu)

禁断の多数決 (Kindan No Tasūketsu) recently entered their final season; we had a chat with their leader Kazunari Hounoki and one of their newest members who goes by the name of Nani The Fuck.

禁断の多数決 (Kindan No Tasūketsu) are by no means a typical idol unit; describing them as just an idol unit would actually be misleading. Formed in 2010, the troupe entered its sixth and final season last year after a whole decade of activities; no one knows how long will it last — maybe years? — and we are glad we are still going to have them around for a while.

We had the chance to chat with the leader and founder of the group Kazunari Hounoki and with one of the members of the final season, a girl who perfectly represents the concept of not your typical cute and pure idol group by going by the name of Nani The Fuck.

Nani The Fuck (Kindan No Tasuketsu)

Nani The Fuck (Kindan No Tasuketsu)

ほうのきかずなり (Kazunari Hounoki)

Please introduce Kindan No Tasūketsu.

We are a mysterious troupe that does not belong to any group.

How did you decide the name Kindan No Tasūketsu?

When I was looking for ingredients for hot pot cooking at a shopping mall with the members, one of the members said to me something but I misheard these words with “Kindan No Tasūketsu”. However, I took a fancy to the combination of these words, I had decided “Kindan No Tasūketsu” as the name of our troupe.

Despite having an idol side, Kindan No Tasūketsu is not just an idol group. How would you describe Kindan No Tasūketsu? And how is your group different from typical idol groups?

We are not particular about the specific genre. Even if it seems to be an idol or an avant-garde group, we are working never forget to express arts.

Is there a concept or a theme behind Kindan No Tasūketsu?

There is no specific concept, but we keep in mind the words “repulsion”, “big bang”, and “moments”.

Who are the central figures in Kindan No Tasūketsu?

Kazunari Hounoki is the leader.

How many people are currently working in Kindan No Tasūketsu?

With the outbreak of covid-19 in 2020, we started the final season and we currently have about 40 members.

What kind of activities do Kindan No Tasūketsu do other than music?

We are currently running a snack bar business and will be doing a lot of things in the future.

Kindan No Tasūketsu is currently at its final season which started in 2020. How do seasons work in your group? How long do season last usually?

We do what only we can do, what no one is doing. There is usually no period for this final season, so it depends on the timing of the occasion.

Since this is the final season, what is your ultimate goal for Kindan No Tasūketsu?

Our ultimate goal is to destroy Japanese culture and rebuild it from that situation.

Which are the biggest influences for your music?

The drama “Twin Peaks”, Andy Warhol, the movie “Boogie Nights” and the manga “AKIRA”.

How are you dealing with COVID-19 as a group?

We think it will be dealt by destiny.

Nani The Fuck

What inspired you to join Kindan No Tasūketsu?

About six or seven years ago, when I was only 12 or 13, I found Kindan No Tasūketsu probably on Twitter. At that time, the most girls around me liked Johnny’s Entertainment music, and I couldn’t get along with them. So, I was often alone because I couldn’t accept the pressure to sympathize. That’s why I was listening to songs of Kindan No Tasūketsu and another super awesome music. After all, I was energized by listening and watching music and videos of Kindan no Tasūketsu, and I secretly wanted to be one of the members someday. Then, in 2020, I found an announcement to recruit new members, and I was convinced, “Oh, if I miss this, it will end!”. So, I contacted Hounoki and went to Tokyo to be a member.

Can you tell us about your experience in Kindan No Tasūketsu?

In October 2020, I hosted as a “Mama” at the Kindan snack bar at the first time!
I was pretty impressed, it is because some of them were came to see me.

What is your favorite part of Kindan No Tasūketsu’s activities?

Anyway, everything is untied and there are no rules. Hounoki looks and understands deeply the individualities of the members, so it’s very comfortable for me!

How do you feel knowing that there are people around the world following Kindan No Tasūketsu?

I’m super impressed to think that people all over the world are as energized by our activity as I am!

If you had a chance to hold a Kindan No Tasūketsu live show abroad, in which countries would you like to do it?

I want to do that in Nepal, Thailand and Singapore.

What’s your favorite song of Kindan No Tasūketsu?

  • “Minamo Mina Omou Wa” (Return To The Surface)
  • “Chuuto Hanpa wa Yamete” (Stop Your Casual Love)
  • “Tonight, Tonight”

What genres of music do you enjoy?

I like Japanese rap, internet rap and electronic music.

Who are your favorite artists?

shaka bose.

What is your dream as an artist?

I want to keep making an uplifting sounds.

Please write your message to your fans and readers.

☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆Thank you for reading to the end. I love all fans of Kindan No Tasūketsu!! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

KNOW YOUR IDOL #12: 電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ)

電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ)

On this new episode of the Know Your Idol series we will get to know more about 電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ), a unique and theatrical idol duo.

If you have been following this website, you may remember that I spent so many good words for 電影と少年CQ (Cinema And Boy CQ) thanks to their latest album The Picture Show Of Chronic Déjà Vu. The best thing is that my love for them is somehow reciprocated, since they want to visit Italy so much.

Let’s find out more about this unconventional idol duo through this interview, in which they talked about their deep friendship, their passion for movies and of course anything regarding their group. Enjoy the interview!

So here’s another idol group that wants to come in Italy. They also deserve an award because they’re the first unit saying they want to come here, but not just to eat pizza. Let’s be honest, we all know they’re going to eat pizza too if they come here, you can’t escape pizza; but I love that they have deeper reasons to love this country. So let’s defeat that virus soon, so that we can work to bring Cinema And Boy CQ and other idols here in Europe!

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