“Hira Hira Hiraku Himitsu no Tobira” is chatmonchy’s newest single, coming out on 2/27. This is the female trio’s seventh single and will be accompanying the film GachiBooi.
I’ve found that chatmonchy is an acquired taste for most people, mostly due to vocalist Hashimoto Eriko’s unique voice. Some absolutely can’t stand her nasal and high pitched voice, while others think its part of what makes chatmonchy stand out. I’m one of the latter: I like the way her voice can keep up with the strength of their music. I’m always amazed they can create such a full sound with just three people. They’re one of my favorite bands, because I like and rock out to 90% of everything they release.
This release is no different, and it’s another energetic rock song. It’s one of their harder releases but still remains bouncy and catchy. Personally, I like their more rock-based songs better than their really poppy ones, so I’m really enjoying this one.
The girls are mostly just rocking out in this video, with some special effects with scenery; the simplicity and change of dimensions reminds me of their “Shangrila” video, just thankfully without the gimmicks. It looks pretty well done – it looks like the band’s really getting more money to work with now that they’ve had more success.
It’s striking, to me at least, how much more glammed up they suddenly are. Bassist Akiko has the glamorous rock star look on with heels and kickass hair; Eriko is dressed up, made up, and looks rock-chic – so cute. In comparison, drummer Kumiko hasn’t really changed as drastically image-wise. In just the past half year, chatmonchy has started being more dressed up in public, looking more like stars than your neighbor’s garage band. Look at their look in just their last music video, “Daidai,” and you’ll see two completely different images.
But if you’re afraid their change in image will affect their music, chill – whatever they’re wearing, these girls know how to rock.
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