News: BiS is back? BiSH to debut in March

Watanabe “JxSxK” Junnosuke, former manager of “alternative idol” group BiS (Brand-new idol Society, a female idol group that had more in common with hardcore punk bands than typical all-singing-all-dancing girl troupes), announced today the formation of a new idol group. …
By Sean Mulrine

Watanabe “JxSxK” Junnosuke, former manager of “alternative idol” group BiS (Brand-new idol Society, a female idol group that had more in common with hardcore punk bands than typical all-singing-all-dancing girl troupes), announced today the formation of a new idol group. After the planned disband of BiS in July 2014, the members went their separate ways and began work on various musical acts. But now the story is starting again, from the very first page. Named BiSH and set to debut in March, the latest project from Watanabe is a direct continuation of the original BiS, which was founded in 2010 by its leader Pour Lui and JxSxK himself, who managed her solo career at the time. There’s no word yet as to what “BiSH” stands for, so far just being referred to ambiguously as “Brand-new idol Something”, but there should be more information to come in the following days.

This new project comes as a surprising decision to most fans: just a few days ago, Watanabe and NIGO (the well-known DJ, fashion designer, and producer) debuted another girl group in the form of BILLIE IDLE, whose lineup features former BiS members Hirano Nozomi and First Summer Uika. The creation of BiSH is a polarising move, and it leaves many of BiS’ hardcore fans (known as kenkyuuin, or Researchers) unsure of how to feel. Although Watanabe says “I decided to do something like BiS again,” a number of fans doubt if anything can ever be like BiS again.

The BiSH debut album, which is not yet titled, is planned for release this May. Production will be handled by Buzz72+ frontman Matsukuma Kenta, who’s been involved with the world of BiS since Pour Lui’s 2009 debut as a solo singer and is responsible for killer songs such as “ASH”, “primal.” and “IDOL is DEAD”. Auditions for BiSH members have begun, and will close in February.

But is there any real need for a brand-new Brand-new idol Society? The answer will come this March, when the group billed as the successors to the legendary BiS will appear in front of the world. Watch this space.