News: Hijokaidan and You’ll Melt More! to collaborate on new live album

In 2012, Japan’s most legendary harsh noise band Hijokaidan collaborated with the idol group BiS (Brand-new idol Society) to form BiS Kaidan, a project that initially shocked fans of both noise and idols for how incompatible the two worlds seemed. …
By Sean Mulrine

In 2012, Japan’s most legendary harsh noise band Hijokaidan collaborated with the idol group BiS (Brand-new idol Society) to form BiS Kaidan, a project that initially shocked fans of both noise and idols for how incompatible the two worlds seemed. Some Hijokaidan fans suspected a typical money-grabbing idol marketing ploy was at work, some BiS fans wondered whether the group’s eccentric manager had finally lost his mind, but in the end, the BiS Kaidan collaboration turned out to be something unique and fantastic, leaving behind a trail of iconic live performances and unparalleled music.

BiS Kaidan disbanded in May of 2014 and released a second “posthumous” album in September, and after that, it seemed like the strange and brilliant fever dream that was idol and noise had finally come to an end. But now Hijokaidan have found new teammates in the form of You’ll Melt More!, an underground indie idol group currently making waves in Japan’s subculture scenes. Founded with one mission: “to melt this rigid world!”, You’ll Melt More! perform music with influences from artists as far-flung as ESG, Animal Collective, Devo and Neu!. Watch the candy-coloured music video for their dreamy shoegaze-pop anthem “Tora Yo” below:

Kaitai-Teki Koukan – Mayonaka no Heavy Rock Party – will contain both noise-heavy renditions of You’ll Melt More! classics and original noise tracks featuring members of the idol group on instruments as recorded during their collaborative concert at Mt. Rainier Hall on the 26th of September. The tracklist is as follows:

  1. JMM!
  2. Majiwakaranai CAts
  3. Sukiyaki
  4. Tora Yo
  5. Tabi no Shitaku
  6. SWEET ESCAPE
  7. Kaitai-Teki Koukan

Kaitai-Teki Koukan – Mayonaka no Heavy Rock Party – will be released on the 17th of December through Teichiku Records.