MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS – “ã‚¼ãƒã‚³ãƒ³ãƒžã€è‰²ã¨ã‚Šã©ã‚Šã®ä¸–ç•Œ”
Alright, we all knew this was going to happen. When MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS went major earlier this year, it was inevitable that their sound and image was going to get shifted to a more mainstream-friendly sort. And just from the start of this PV, we immediately get that change with the introduction of vibrant colors. Instead of dark, edgy atmosphere like we got in the last PV for “ã²ããšã‚‹ãƒ“ãƒ¼ãƒˆ” (Hikizaru Beat), the PV for “ã‚¼ãƒã‚³ãƒ³ãƒžã€è‰²ã¨ã‚Šã©ã‚Šã®ä¸–ç•Œ” (Zero Comma, Irotoridori No Sekai) stands out as one of lively trendiness. From what the members are wearing to the white background splashed with the colorful album art for their similarly-titled upcoming full-length, MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS is definitely going through some growing pains in this video/song.
Even a lot of what made MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS stand out in the first place is gone or diminished. The normally siren-like vocals of Natsuko Miyamoto (å®®æœ¬èœæ´¥å) take a rare step back to a more approachable sound. And, with the exception of the solo, the rare times that guitarist Chiemi Ishimoto (çŸ³æœ¬çŸ¥æµç¾Ž) actually shreds it up with her normal angular echoed riffs, it actually tends to detract from the flow of the song. This is all definitely something previous fans are going to be surprised by. But, that really does not mean that this song is a bad song by any means if you look at it for what it is: a fun, catchy indie pop song. MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS’ first full-length comes out in a week and, while there might be those who are afraid this could lead to a major identity crisis for the band and it very well could, I would like to keep an optimist’s belief that the band can continue to find a balance between their dark edgy side with their light fluffy side.
You can find more info on the band at their official website. Also, as a special treat for all you Canadians (or those willing to travel to Canada), you have the lucky privilege of getting the opportunity to see this band live soon, as they are participating in the next edition of the Next Music from TOKYO tour. As one who has seen them live already, I would highly recommend taking advantage of it.