BiSH

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BiSH
Also known asBrand-new idol SHiT
OriginJapan
GenresAlternative metal, punk rock, alternative rock
Years active2015-present
LabelsWACK
Sub Trax
Avex Trax
Associated actsBiS
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersAina The End
Cent Chihiro Chittiii
Momoko Gumi Company
Lingling
Hashiyasume Atsuko
Ayuni D
Past membersYukako Love Deluxe
Hug Mii

BiSH ("Bish" ビッシュ), also known as Brand-new idol SHiT (Shinsei Kuso Idol, 新生クソアイドル), is a Japanese idol group that was founded in 2015 by their manager Watanabe Junnosuke. The group was conceived as a successor to BiS, an idol group managed by Watanabe that disbanded in 2014.

History[edit]

BiSH was initially announced in January 2015 with the idea to begin BiS again, and auditions began that month in order to find members.[1][2] After the audition process, the completed lineup was announced in March, and members Yukako Love Deluxe, Cent Chihiro Chittiii, Aina The End, Hug Mii and Momoko Gumi Company were revealed to the public. The members' eyes were obscured with black contact lenses and could not be revealed until they each attained 4,444 followers on Twitter.[3]

Their first song "Spark", from the album Brand-new idol SHiT, was released through the music site Ototoy as a free download: first as a demo version with vocals by their manager, then the finished version one week later. At that time, Yukako Love Deluxe chose to withdraw from the group before their official debut. In an interview with Ototoy, she cited reasons of stress and anxiety in relation to her withdrawal. She had recorded vocals for all tracks on the album, so her parts had to be re-recorded before its release.[4] Her voice was retained, however, on "Spark".

BiSH released a music video for the song "BiSH: Hoshi ga Matataku Yoru ni" (BiSH -星が瞬く夜に-) in April. Following in the footsteps of BiS, known for its grotesque and shocking videos, the "BiSH" video was based around scat imagery.[5] As the release of the album drew closer, BiSH began to release more of its songs as free downloads. By 21 May, just six days before its official release date, all 13 of the album tracks were available for free.[6] This did not harm its sales, however, and their first album reached the 20th position on Oricon's Weekly Album Chart.[7]

On 31 May, BiSH held their first one-man concert, "THiS IS FOR BiS", at Nakano Heavy Sick Zero. Though venue's capacity was merely 80 people, it was chosen for its significance, being the venue where BiS' first one-man was held. During the show, the members announced an audition to recruit more members, and a new single to be released in September.[8]

In August, BiSH performed at the TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2015. However, due to their fans and fans of their sister group POP (Period of Plastic 2 Mercy) failing to follow the rules of the festival during the groups' performances, both groups had all events on the second day cancelled. Footage from the festival that was broadcast on TV shows TIF staff members attempting to bring BiSH's performance to a halt in the middle of a song.

On 5 August, two new BiSH members were revealed: Lingling and Hashiyasume Atsuko, bringing the total number of members up to six. Just as the earlier members of the group, their profile photos were taken with black contact lenses. Their true faces could not be revealed until they gained more Twitter followers than BiSH manager Watanabe Junnosuke.[9] However, Watanabe, got bored of waiting and lowered the number to 5000 followers for both members, and their faces were revealed later that week.

On 14 August 2015, BiSH revealed the music video for their first single, the Celtic metal song "OTNK", featuring the new members. On 2 October 2015 it was announced that BiSH would release a second album with the title FULL METAL JACKET. This was later changed to FAKE METAL JACKET, and was released on 20 January 2016. FAKE METAL JACKET was promoted with a music video for the song "MONSTERS", which originally appeared on their first album. Upon release, the album reached 5th place on the daily Oricon album charts.

On 19 January 2016, BiSH announced at the final leg of their "IDOL is SHiT" tour that they would have their major debut, through the label Avex Trax, in May 2016.

The group released the hardcore punk song "DEADMAN" as their major-label debut single on 5 May, billing the 99-second number as "(Probably) the shortest major debut song ever?!" The coupling track "earth" was composed by Tetsuya Komuro and the release was mastered by Tim Young. "DEADMAN" reached 5th position on the Oricon weekly singles chart, and shortly after its release, BiSH announced the release of their major-label debut album in October 2016.

On 16 May 2016, member Hug Mii announced her withdrawal from BiSH, citing family reasons as the cause. Her last performance was on 2 June.

On 1 August 2016, new member Ayuni D was revealed to the public. She made her debut with the group at the "TOKYO BiSH SHiNE repetition" event on 24 August, where they announced the title of their upcoming October album, KiLLER BiSH.

Aina The End, the lead vocalist of the group, underwent surgery for vocal polyps at the end of 2016, which meant the group ended their activities for the year with the free concert "iN THE END". She returned in 2017, and BiSH announced their new single "Promise the Star", to be released later in the year.

BiSH released their first mini-album, GiANT KiLLERS, on 28 June, featuring title track "GiANT KiLLERS" and "Shakai no Rule", the theme song for cartoon Heybot!, with lyrics written by Hashiyasume Atsuko. Certain editions of the album contain "iNTRODUCiNG BiSH", a twelve-track compilation CD featuring new recordings of past BiSH songs featuring vocals by new member Ayuni D.[citation needed]

On 4 November 2017, BiSH had a surprise release of their second major-label album, THE GUERiLLA BiSH, exclusively through Tower Records. The album was released at a price of ¥299 without any prior advertising, and the surprise edition is packaged without cover art or a lyrics booklet, a reference to Kanye West's sixth album Yeezus.[10] The music video for the lead song "My landscape" was filmed at the Mojave Air and Space Port's airplane graveyard in California, as was the photography for the album cover.[11][12]

On 28 March 2018, BiSH released a single, "PAiNT it BLACK", the opening song for the second season of the anime, Black Clover.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Aina The End (アイナ・ジ・エンド)
  • Cent Chihiro Chittiii (セントチヒロ・チッチ)
  • Momoko Gumi Company (モモコグミカンパニー )
  • Lingling (リンリン)
  • Hashiyasume Atsuko (ハシヤスメ・アツコ)
  • Ayuni D (アユニ・D)

Former[edit]

  • Yukako Love Deluxe (ユカコラブデラックス)
  • Hug Mii (ハグ・ミィ)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
JPN[13]
Album
Brand-new idol Shit 20
Fake Metal Jacket
  • Released: January 20, 2016
  • Label: Sub Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13
Killer BiSH
  • Released: October 5, 2016
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7
The Guerrilla BiSH
  • Released: November 29, 2017
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
Carrots and Sticks
  • Released: July 3, 2019
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN[13]
Album
Giant Killers
  • Released: June 28, 2017
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4

Singles[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN[13]
Single
OTNK
  • Released: September 2, 2015
  • Label: Sub Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10
Deadman
  • Released: May 4, 2016
  • Label: Sub Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
Promise the Star (プロミスザスター)
  • Released: March 22, 2017
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
Paint it Black
  • Released: March 28, 2018
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
Non Tie-Up
  • Released: June 27, 2018
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12
Life is beautiful/Hide The Blue
  • Released: June 27, 2018
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
Stereo Future
  • Released: Decemeber 5, 2018
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BiSHオーディション開催!!". wack.jp. Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "元BiSマネージャー手掛ける新アイドルBiSH、本人歌唱の楽曲配信 フォロワー4444人で素顔公開". oricon.co.jp.
  4. ^ "【BiSH】Episode3 ユカコラブデラックス、初インタヴュー「脱退」". ototoy.jp.
  5. ^ "BiSH/BiSH-星が瞬く夜に- [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". YouTube.
  6. ^ "BiSHがアルバムから残りの4曲公開、全貌明らかに". natalie.mu.
  7. ^ "Brand-new idol SHiT". oricon.co.jp.
  8. ^ "よみがえる中野の熱狂!BiSH、先輩と同会場で初ワンマン". natalie.mu.
  9. ^ "BiSH、新メンバーは2名!黒目がちアー写公開". Natalie. Natasha Inc.
  10. ^ "BiSH drop new album in secret, film MV in California". ARAMA! JAPAN. ARAMA! JAPAN.
  11. ^ "BiSH Go into the Great Wide Open With the MV for "My landscape"!". Japanese kawaii idol music culture news | Tokyo Girls Update. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  12. ^ StraightFromJapan (4 November 2017). "BiSH - My landscape (MV) and More". NekoPOP. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "BiSH| Oricon Style". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 April 2019.