Today on Chika Radar we are going to discover 負け犬とクズ, or Losing dog Waste; a recently born group for fans of dark and metal idols.
When it comes to bizarre names, idol groups are often an interesting category to look at. I mean, who else would think that Losing dog Waste is a good name, if not a Japanese idol unit? Maybe a grindcore band, but let’s ignore that for now. In any case, the group’s original name is 負け犬とクズ (Makeinu To Kuzu) and they’re not really punk-ish, although their music is still quite heavy.
Makeinu To Kuzu was born this year and their line-up currently includes five members:
After their debut which happened last August, Makeinu To Kuzu recently released their first singles, which you can find below.
The first one is called “Illusion Requiem” and it gives symphonic metal vibes right from the beginning, featuring choir-like vocals, church organs and a neoclassical solo. Despite the dark and atmospheric elements, the song brings some heaviness with powerful guitar riffs and some growls here and there.
Lately, the group released another singles called “HANGEKI KATARUSISU”, which sounds more idol-ish (especially during the chorus) than the previous one, while also keeping the rock-metal elements; this one also seems less gothic-symphonic, except for the slightly creepy waltz-rhythmed parts.
From these first releases, we can say that Makeinu To Kuzu doesn’t sound that bad. In my opinion, “Illusion Requiem” has a better and more insteresting sound, although “HANGEKI KATARUSISU” is quite enjoyable as well. Their aesthetics seems to suggest that they may lean more towards gothic-oriented music, and I personally hope they’ll do that in the future.
Let’s get to know X!DEN†, a gothic-themed trio trying to bring some darkness into the South Korean idol scene! Their first album is also coming soon!
Remember when last year I started wondering if there could be an alternative idol scene in South Korea and ended up finding nothing really interesting? Well, it looks like my prayers have been answered just a few months later. On the first day of this year, dark idol trio X!DEN† (X!DEN†) unveiled their members and now they are getting ready to release their first album. We had a chat with these girls who are bringing some darkness into the polished South Korean idol scene.
Please introduce yourselves.
S3ARU: My name is S3ARU, a producer of X!DEN†. My official color is red.
HUYU: I’m HUYU (후유), my official color is white.
Xii: My name is Xii (시이, she-e), and I’m a purple cursed doll in X!DEN†.
Please tell us how X!DEN† was formed.
S3ARU: I wanted to make some unique idol group. Since there was no such idol concept that I like in Korea, I decided to make it on my own.
What is the meaning of your group’s name?
S3ARU: I was a former member of XidenX, so I modified it a bit. Like an idol who makes lots of trouble, like an accident in your heart kind of [laughs].
What is the concept behind X!DEN†?
S3ARU: Right now, we are trying some gothic/metal concept. But it can be changed anytime.
How did you decide to join X!DEN†?
HUYU: I noticed there is an underground idol scene in Korea as well, so I got interested in it. And that moment,
S3ARU contacted me so I decided to join X!DEN†.
Xii: Truth to be told, I didn’t have a plan to join an idol group. But S3ARU once told me “why don’t you join our group? It will be fun” and I thought “Okay, why not” [laughs]. It indeed seemed fun and it IS FUN.
How would you describe the music of X!DEN†?
X!DEN†: We tried to integrate metal and idolish music, which is quite unusual in Korea. We do love metal music so we were so excited when we first listened to our song.
S3ARU: Main themes would be ‘gothic novel’ I would say. I wrote them in the middle of the night, they just popped up to my mind. It was the first time I wrote lyrics. Since I love classic gothic novels, I tried to put it in the lyrics. But it was not easy to match with the melody.
How would you describe the live shows of X!DEN†?
S3ARU: No matter how talented you are, if you are having fun and the audience also enjoys it, then that’s it. I would like to impress them with the breathtaking atmosphere but don’t know how our fans will take it [laughs].
HUYU & Xii: The shows that both us and the audiences can enjoy. Sounds typical but this is the truth.
Did you have the chance to play live? If so, how was the response of the audience to your performance?
S3ARU: To be honest, I was so nervous so I don’t quite remember 😂 but in our next show, I would like to deliver my true emotion to the audience.
HUYU & Xii: On our first show, they seemed quite shocked because of our look. Most of the idols in Korea are more like cute and girly, but we were quite the opposite. We growl in our show, and the make-up as well is different I would say. But when we started our show, the audience really liked it. I feel so grateful for that until now. And felt more confident in our group.
The South Korean idols most people know are the mainstream ones, with their extremely polished looks and music. On the other hand, X!DEN†‘s approach is darker, and doesn’t seem to fit the South Korean mainstream style, but it’s the living proof that a different kind of idols can exist in your country. How is the underground idol scene in South Korea?
X!DEN†: We are trying to make the scene. “This kind of idol DOES exist in South Korea!” Kind of. Our scene is quite small but there are some fans that are really into this underground culture. There are several live shows every month and most of them are sold out all the time. So I would say it is going pretty well.
How are you dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as an underground idol group?
X!DEN†: There are some regulations of course, so we do the online live stream. And even at the live show, everyone strictly sticks to the rules so it is really safe. Yes, we are doing alright.
If you had the chance to organize a live show around the world, in which countries would you love to hold it?
HUYU & Xii: I would say Japan of course, because the culture itself is rooted there. I would like to experience the atmosphere.
Xii: Otherwise it would be the US. It is a big country so more diversity.
Jyu Jyu’s sister group シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first two EPs, introducing this dark, powerful and emotional idol unit from Xidea.
It’s been almost a year since シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first live video, which immediately got me interested in them. Since then, I’ve been waiting for something new from this group and finally, in August, they released two EPs through Zankyo Records. I’m going to talk about their self-titled EP here, but I recommend you to check out “「LOVE」” too, since it’s as good as this one.
The Cinder-ella EP includes the two songs we already knew thanks to their live video, “君のいない世界” (Kimi No Inai Sekai) and “NOT FRIEND”; as expected, these two songs are still awesome, showing their symphonic/gothic metal sound which features both emotion and energy. While the genre is similar to their sister unit Jyu Jyu — which also released their latest single La Fin through Zankyo Records — there are also some differences: Cinder-ella seems to be less on the creepy side and more on a romantic-emotional side.
As I said before, “君のいない世界” is my favorite track, thanks to its combination of dramatic strings melodies and delicate, Japanese-like vocal lines; but I also have to say that the neo-classical influences and the really catchy chorus of “NOT FRIEND” are equally great. The union of this elements with powerful guitars and rhythms makes the music of this group really exciting.
As for the other two songs, they are also very nice and introduce some new elements. “暗赤の薔薇” (Kura Aka No Bara) includes some post-rock elements, especially in the more introspective atmosphere and in some guitar parts; this mixes perfectly with the dark and thunderous sound of Cinder-ella, giving slightly melancholic vibes. On the other hand, “死返し” (Shigaeshi) makes use of a more electronic-sounding synth, which works well replacing the symphonic-like ones; this difference doesn’t really distort the group’s sound, being actually a nice change while keeping itself faithful to the concept. There is also a very heavy bridge towards the end of the song which I really enjoyed.
All in all, Cinder-ella does a great job in introducing this group, showing that the four girls and their staff are really capable. Once again, I recommend you to give a try to “「LOVE」” as well, since it gives you a more alternative/post-rock oriented point of view on Cinder-ella.
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