A Bright Parade That Will Shake The World - LALAPARADE! (ららぱれーど! ) - New Age Idols Spotlight
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When you think of a parade, what comes to mind?
Is it exciting? Vibrant? Fun?
If you combined all three into an idol group, it would make a statement.
Well, there is a group out there that fits these perceptions to a T.
Let's go see the LALAPARADE! It begins shortly.
Will you join me on Main Street?
LALAPARADE！ (ららぱれーど！）or LALAPA (ららぱ for short), is a group that debuted on July 23rd, 2021 with a live at Yokohama Minatomirai Broth (横浜みなとみらいBronth).
They are currently under the agency, アパートメメントモリ (Apartment Memento Mori LLC.)
ららぱれーど！consists of four members with a wide array of fun personalities.
As of now, they have released two digital albums.
According to their official website and Twitter account, the meaning behind the name is simple. It combines LALA from LALAPALOOZA. which has the meaning of rumbling and astounding, and PARADE, a word that means march or procession.
The group will shake the world with their bright and fun performances with the concept of Hip-Pop.
Shall we learn about the members?
As mentioned above, the group consists of four members.
LaLa Parade Members are color coded, which is my all time favorite thing.
The members do daily Showroom and Pococha distribution so I strongly suggest you pop in and say hello.
Included are all of their SNS profiles where you can follow them if you'd like. They would greatly appreciate it.
At the moment, they have not released a music video yet. That doesn't mean there is no video of a their live.
The video I want to showcase is their performance at iColony LIVE 18 at Gotanda G2 from September 12th, 2021. The songs in the video are the ones that you can listen to on their 1st and 2nd digital singles.
The first song (other than the SE) is titled, 泣かないで この命で (Don't cry with this life). From the get-go you can feel the energy of the group. Their vocals are incredibly strong and each member strengths are represented throughout. I really enjoy the rock / pop / and hip-hop vibe. Well, isn't that the concept of the group? Also, Shibuki and Iroha with the rap is pretty cool. The instrumental is a nice fun interlude to get crowd participation. The solo part following that with the spin by Shiera is great. It blows me away each time. Is that strange to say? The choreography is really nice. It seems easy to copy so if you can, try it out. This song is very enjoyable from beginning to end. It can lift my spirits when I need something to listen to due to the upbeat tempo.
The second song is ら！(La!). Out of the four songs they did in this setlist, this is probably my favorite one. Currently, it is my alarm tone and in my On Repeat rotation on Spotify. I enjoy it that much. The clapping beat that starts it off is a great way to wake up and gets you ready for what the song holds. Little do you know, that it is really up-tempo. This song is super catchy. I have caught myself singing and or humming the song at work and my coworkers always question me about it. The hip-pop parts are fantastic, but do you know the catchiest part? It is Iroha's lines "L A L A + Parade" that get stuck in my head every single time. The relay singing is nice to show off their vocal skills. That is followed up by an amazing rock instrumental that will make you dance, whether you like it or not. The choreography in this part is super energetic that it just makes you smile. Towards the end, they let loose their strong vocals and showcase more of their power. Everything in this song is very well done, from the instrumentals and lyrics, to the choreography and vocals. I'm a bit biased towards my favorite song.
The third song in the setlist is この道の歌 (Song of This Way). If you want a song to give you a ton of energy, this song is for you. It has the mixture of rock and hip-hop that is very enjoyable. It is a cute song that the members seem to like. Truth be told, this song has grown on me a lot since first listen. I was hesitant to like it from the beginning, but some songs are like that for some people. It takes a few times for you to discover that you like it. I'm getting sidetracked. As I keep saying the members vocals are really powerful. The verses have a nice slow down leading to the bridge followed by the upbeat chorus. If you were in the crowd, it would be a fun song to have a penlight for. Hopefully, you know what I mean. I will continue to listen to this song and it will slowly become one of my top ones.
After the MC, the final song of their setlist is, インパクト (Impact). This song is not available on their digital album. Do you like cute girl crush concept? Me too. If you like that kind of concept, this is the jam to listen to. The energy is unmatched from the start and I love it. Definitely leaves an Impact, that's for sure. The chorus is a jam, it makes you so excited that you can hardly hide it. You have the rock chorus that is followed with the Caribbean solo section by Shibuki, then right back into a rock solo with Anna. When you watch the video during this song, you can see all of their personalities shine through. The hip-hop part is really fun to give more energy. The Shibuki solo is a nice break in the up-tempo to showcase her vocals. The song is finished off with the jamming rock chorus. I hadn't heard this song before writing this so that was my first impressions. I thoroughly enjoy this song a lot! I hope that this track will be on the next digital album/single, because it will become one of my top played songs of 2022. No doubt about it.
I've known this group for over a year now and have never regretted it.
Back in September 2021, Twitter was recommending me to follow LALAPARADE and I decided to check them out.
The members were cute and had recently debuted, so that was a plus for me. Another plus was that they had a digital single out already, so you bet your bottom dollar that I listened to it. At that point, I knew I was in trouble (a good kind of trouble). I kept on jamming out to it while driving, working, sitting around doing nothing, yet I didn't know anything about the members.
When looking them up on YouTube, I only found the one iColony live video above but managed to find a couple of other live videos that they have had recently with other groups. Fingers crossed that there will be a music video in the future or more live videos will come out. Beggars can't be choosers.
That one video has been watched countlessly since I wanted to write this because it just made me really happy. Nothing to it, except a group that I really like.
I made a conscious decision to learn more about them. It didn't take long for me to like all of the members. Usually some members grow on me over time, but it was really quick this time around.
I quickly found out during one of the first Showrooms I attended (Anna's to be exact), a couple of the members are big TA Joshi (TA女子) fans. It really peaked my interest since I am also a fan of theirs and have written about them before. It was exciting to say the least.
All of them have varying personalities that it lightens the mood if you're having a bad day. They are kind, thoughtful, cute, energetic. Just all around fun. Every now and again, I pop into each of their rooms (some more than others, I'm sorry) and each time, it is fun to listen to them talk about whatever is on their mind or whatever the fans want to have topics about.
Another thing to note, is that the group does an once-a-week cheki party broadcast on the groups' official Showroom. It is titled ONららぱIN. The members gather together and adjust their outfits to a certain theme given to them. They also take photos, both individual and group, that you can purchase on their official store during the specific time frame. If you are like myself, who lives overseas, you can still partake in the event and even purchase the cheki and have them sent to your Japanese address (if you use Tenso or have a friend who lives there). It is definitely worth it.
Let me share the first one I got in late 2021. It was a nice early Christmas present. Really cute, right?
Since this photo, I have accumulated so many more over time that it would be hard to share them all but it's amazing of all the work they put in to design the cheki, and the short messages they add to the back will brighten your day without hesitation.
Anyways, thanks to this group, I've also developed some long distance friendships with some otaku of the group. I never would've thought that it would happen but I was welcomed with open arms and I can't thank them enough. In person, they are as wonderful as I thought they were. It's really amazing.
Over the Christmas Holidays in 2022, I was able to see the group four times. It was such fun each and every time. Some times I was exhausted from dancing and doing my best to do the swing copy but it was fun. The energy was amazing and you couldn't help but leave with a smile. I was happy to talk to them directly and they are all so kind, funny, amazing and more. I'm excited to see them again in the near future.
I took some pictures during the live performance, since you are able to during the group's shows. I will post some of those here. These are unreleased pictures, so they're exclusive.
Just a few pictures of the whole group.
Really. Thank you all for being patient with me. I truly appreciate it.
LALAPARADE! has been such a bright spot in my life since late 2021. I look forward to working with all of them again this year.
Down below is a short letter to the members of the group.
To the members of LALAPARADE!
Thank you for all of your hard work, both on and off stage. You all are always doing your best every single day. Each of you are powerful singers and dancers. All of your hard work will always pay off, whether now or in the future. It is great to see your progress since your debut, not only as a group but individually as well. Every single one of you is cute, pretty, funny, interesting, but most importantly unique. Your stage is super fun to watch and energetic that it's hard to contain. I'm always happy to see your distribution, both on Showroom and Pococha. Thank you for always making your fans smile and laugh with your bright personalities, even across the world. Thank you always for your kindness and patience. You have a very strong fanbase that will follow you to the end of the earth and that is amazing to see the outpouring of love and support for you all. Always keep doing your best no matter what. If you're tired, don't overwork yourself because that is the last thing anyone wants to happen.
I have much more to say but I don't want to drag on for too long. Lots of Love and Support from Oklahoma USA!
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