One of the pioneers of Idol rock dating back to 2009 as separate groups before uniting into a one unit idol rock machines Shizukaze & Kizuna has announced that they were ending activities as a group. Unlike other Idol units that have set a date for an ending live , Shizukaze & Kizuna have set no ending date and are using their current booked dates as a graduation blowout goodbye festival.
The shelf life for Idols is short and very few become members of major superstar groups an even less grow to the level of individual popularity carrying an Idol into acting or post-Idol success. For Indie Idols ,it`s a difficult road to success and when an Indie Idol crosses out of teens to adulthood ,the difficult choice of continuing on or starting a private life has to be made.
Shizukaze & Kizuna is and will be one of the best Indie Idol rock units and one of the most underrated Idol units.
I always felt that Shizukaze & Kizuna was on the edge of breaking out ,but also felt that mainstream success would take away the freedom of the groups live show.
Shizukaze & Kizuna live show features live band when possible ,members spitting water on fans, members walking on fans shoulders and some of the loudest fans in the genre.
Sadly when this group plays its final live this year a group that will not be given credit by mainstream media for creating the stage for the rise of Idol rock and metal genre will sadly be lost.
Idol genre is not fair at times ,often the best groups in the genre are not the ones working with unlimited money ,elite agencies and superstar producers to make you famous before you sing your first line of a song.
The true gems are those most never take the time to find ,the Idols lurking in the shadows of manufactured fame in the hot ,small underground live houses.
For Shizukaze & Kizuna members Haruko, Mio, Miu, Misora, Shizuku, Fuka your contributions to the Idol rock and metal genre may have gone unnoticed by mainstream Japanese and Western rock and metal sites , but are no less important than the units that are or will get noticed in the days and years to come.
You ladies are an inspiration for Indie Idol rock units and will be missed by those that understood the road you were traveling to success.
Shizukaze & Kizuna doing what they do best
Shizukaze & Kizuna did not film a lot of events or MV ,but when they did it was the best show in the Indies.