Taking unconventional to a new level20 August, 2013 by Mus
As of late many idol groups have tried to go away from the usual bubblegum pop of idols, from heavy rock of BABYMETAL to Rhymeberry’s rapping. Next to BiS’ newest collaboration however, none of these groups would hold a candle. We check out BiS’ new offering with noise band Hijoukaidan.
BiS Kaidan is BiS’ latest adventure, this time shattering musical expectations even for BiS’ standards. Collaborating with Hijoukaidan, the album contains new versions of previously-released BiS tracks. Along with it comes a Togawa Jun cover, Suki Suki Daisuki.
To be perfectly honest, this album was a little disappointing.
Noise can sound pretty amazing due to its lack of structure and the general tendency for noise artists to take their work into wildly different directions. There are many styles when one talks about ‘noise music’, but Hijoukaidan’s sound is driven mostly by conventional instruments, which in the opinion of this writer makes it rather convenient when it comes to re-making music.
However, what happens in BiS Kaidan (Suki Suki Daisuki aside, it being a ‘new’ song), is that it’s not so much re-making BiS songs, but simply adding more layers to the original and making it noisier. The approach that BiSKaidan takes kills the experimental part of noise music totally; it attempts to provide a base to start with but ends up killing exactly the thing that makes a noise collaboration so interesting. You never really feel like it is a proper collaboration. It feels more like remix album than anything else.
The end result is okay at best. Some tracks like Nerve are fun, but they are generally nothing to write home about. When the originals can still be heard quite clearly, you get a sense that all the noise is pretty much just tacked on. And it is. It pretty much feels like BiS songs with the girls screaming over their own vocals, more like a ‘Hijoukaidan plays over BiS music’ rather than ‘Hijoukaidan and BiS rock out’. What is expected to be a crazy foray into unknown territory ends up literally being just noise to an untrained ear.
That to me is the biggest flaw of BiS Kaidan. While BiS should definitely be commended for taking their unconventional concept even further, collaborations of this sort do not seem particularly fruitful on both ends, aside from the popularity boost from the cross-promotion. Nevertheless, BiS places itself in a prime position to spearhead a movement in the idol industry to branch out into other genres of music, and this alone should be enough to convince fans to check out what more they have in store.Click here to search CDJapan for BiS Kaidan and other related items.
Writer who also doubles as the photographer during event coverage. Mus' interests in Japan lie in the language, literature, popular culture and underground rock bands. Having an academic background in Japan, Mus is also particularly interested in the study of Nihonjinron.