In honor of Kis-My-Ft2’s complete videography being uploaded to YouTube (in edited form, of course…), I can’t resist writing about each single. To put this in context for Bias List readers, Kis-My-Ft2 (or Kisumai, as they’re often known) are my J-pop version of Infinite. That’s how much I love them and their discography.
Yet, I rarely write about them because finding online links to their music was so hard… until now!
If Kisumai’s 2016-era music was largely about upbeat, EDM-flavored vibes, their 2017 brought back the rock bombast of their debut. The incredible Tonight is a great way to kick things off. This song is composed by one of my favorite Johnny’s songwriters – Tommy Clint. He knows his way around a knock-out, drag-down epic, and has become one of the agency’s most reliable behind-the-scenes talent.
Beyond Japan (and specifically, Johnny’s), I don’t know any other music market that creates music like this. The sound is definitely not trendy, but it’s 100% the kind of thing I go crazy for. In fact, I’ve gone crazy for this kind of over-the-top stuff since I was a kid. I love the full intensity of the instrumental, packed with powerful rock guitar, symphonic strings and a blistering beat that never lets up. For me, music is fantasy, and songs like Tonight unlock a whole new dimension.
Right from the start, the song bounds out of the gate like a hundred-ton behemoth, barreling toward its megawatt chorus without reprieve. I love how the tempo doubles halfway through verse one, only to give way to the guitar distortion of the pre-chorus. In a world of half-baked TikTok-friendly pop music, this is a full feast.
My history with Kis-My-Ft2 on this blog is checkered and weird. For whatever reason, I didn’t include this track on the “top ten” list I wrote years ago, yet there’s nothing I could say about it that would warrant anything less than a perfect score. I guess you just learn to appreciate some songs more the longer they stick around.
The music video totally appeals to the childhood me, depicting the guys as warriors preparing for battle. It directly connects with their upcoming single Explode and is a great example of the agency’s “more is more” ethos when it comes to costuming.