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!
I’m wrapping up this feature with two songs that don’t neatly fit anywhere else. Fire Beat and Inori are both pre-debut songs, with music videos released alongside Kisumai’s first album.
Johnny’s & Associates works differently than K-pop agencies. Before debuting, a “junior” group hone their skills on tv shows, concerts, dramas and events. This means each of these acts develop a collection of original songs. But, the studio versions of these songs aren’t released until after the group debuts, which could be years or (gulp) never.
As someone who often loves pre-debut songs even more than post-debut material, this is a big frustration. When I hear a song I like, I want to play the studio version over and over again. That’s just not a reality with many of these tracks.
Fire Beat is an iconic Kisumai song, covered by many junior groups. It establishes their rock influences with a headbanging beat and energy to spare. The guitar hits hard, but it’s that anthemic, shout-along chorus that gets the job done.
Inori is more subdued, delivering a mid-tempo pop sound with Latin elements. The guitar riff that heralds the track is especially nice, giving way to swirling strings before the beat drops. The chorus is lovely, bolstering Inori with a stately centerpiece.
Inori just has such a perfect melody that I love it more and more as the listens pile up. But my favourite part has to be the melodramatic counting at the start and end of the track. God it’s so cheesy but so beautiful.
which johnny’s group’s discography will you review next? hey say jump? kat-tun? sexy zone?
None of those groups have their full videography on YouTube, unfortunately! (Plus I need a break 😅)
Would love to write more about Johnnys, though.
Really enjoy your kisumai’s single reviews^^ I just became their fan last year and I feel like I found a treasure when listening to their songs.
Lately I’m into their full-of-energy-rock-ish-songs like Fire Beat, Eternal Mind, and Tonight. Those are such a banger! I’m a bit doubtful they’ll be release a song like that again (seeing some of their recent singles), but I hope they do:)
I’d really like to see the review of AAO by Kis-my-ft2 for the next! I really like the hook of this lol