Note: After I wrote this post, Yukako Love Deluxe has left the group.
Former brand-new idol society manager, Watanabe Junnosuke, has a new idol project – BiSH. Their debut album will be released on May 27. There is still a lot of information yet to be revealed about the group, but we do know who the members are:
Two versions of their song “SPARK” have been released. One is a demo by Junnosuke himself and then there is a recorded version by the BiSH members.
When I first heard the demo track by Junnosuke, I wondered about what kind of music this guy listened to growing up. When I hear this, I immediately think: the pillows. I’ve searched around his Twitter page and elsewhere to see if he mentions any influences or the music he listened to growing up, but couldn’t find anything. The sounds of the guitar and bass are all there. I’m sure someone could correct me and say “hey, that’s just cause the pillows are just as derivative as so many other bands!” Ok, I get it. I can’t help but make the connection though. Whether it’s legitimately there or not, it’s how I hear it.
Anyways, the demo version of this song is so relaxing and nice to listen to. It makes me want to hear more songs from just this guy, not necessarily anything from BiSH.
BiSH’s version is also nice. I know that the details and information for this group are still somewhat guarded in secrecy, so I’m not sure which member is singing which parts. The member who sings the chorus stands out the most. Although, compared to her, Junnosuke’s singing of the chorus was a bit more polished (which is funny since it’s just the demo version). I still like the wailing in the BiSH version. It’s actually kind of neat to have two different versions like this. Depending on how I feel for that day, I can pick one or the other to listen to.
You can read the romanized lyrics on the J-Pop Songs tumblr.
I don’t follow the post-BiS member activities as much as I should. UK was my favorite member and I’ve listened to a lot of morphine tokyo. Terashima Yufu’s music is probably something that I would be raving about if I would just sit down and listen to it all. Everything else I just pick up from Jo or reading around. April project perhaps? We’ll see…
As for BiSH, it’s all really interesting. Their debut is being built up with little bits of information about the members being released at a time. Even after their reveal their faces, it’ll be interesting to see if they carry on the aesthetic of their current Twitter profiles. I really hope their other songs have a sound that is kind of similar to “SPARK.” As long as they keep that going, I’ll follow along.