I've really been enjoying Hangry & Angry's first indies offering for a good part of today listening to it on repeat….weather's been sort of bad lately so it made today a stay at home day. The transformation of soon to be former Hello! Project (still sounds weird to say that but this release really really helps!) members Yoshizawa Hitomi and Ishikawa Rika is nothing short of awe inspiring and really it just begins to hint at what may be possible for other soon to graduate Elder's Club members next March. If anyone could have imagined just a few months ago that Rikachan could possibly pull this off raise your hand……….(looks around)…hmmm I wouldn't think so but really all that time spent leading her former idol "eye candy" trio Biyuuden has really paid off and maybe not in an obvious way. But truly just one listen to the five tracks contained on Hangry & Angry's "Kill Me, Kiss Me" mini album debut shows us such a developed and polished Rikachan and while at first the thought of pairing her alongside long time friend Yossi would no doubt have Rikachan struggling to keep up vocally such is not the case as all. They just sound so perfectly matched sharing smooth harmonies and trading off vocal lines against a wall of well produced and projected rock anthems which hang in with the genre impressively.
The music is sleekly produced with tight memorable riffs and melodies which act as the perfect vehicle for both Yossi and Rikachan's vocal range and stylings and while Rikachan's vocals have progressed so well into this fit, you truly can never take the cute out of her natural vocals and it lends the pairing with Yossi's powerful edge playing complimentary counterparts all the while accomplishing the same darker image and presence.
Their hairstyles in particular remind me of early Luna Sea!…and has goth ever looked hotter?! That may be up for debate but you have to really be impressed by how much was put into Hangry & Angry's production utilizing both Yossi and Rikachan's natural charms and transforming their former "idol" images into something so far from it that H!P from their viewpoint is all but a little dot across a far away horizon. I'm so encouraged by this debut release and all five songs are so well written and beautifully varied so you get not just one style from them as althought they all hail from the same darker rock genre, really there are tracks here that play to different styles within keeping things very interesting and varied. Hangry & Angry surely has set the table with just one release already giving them a signature sound, image, and mystique…not bad for a debut going in such a different direction from what they've previously known exclusively being in H!P for so many years. ^ ^ Each of the five tracks have great hooks in them both in verse and chorus and their studio band absolutely rocks!…be sure to listen to them at the end of this post. 🙂 Now for the LE packaging….
Packaging like this just doesn't come around very often and with a limited run of only 10,000 units being produced surely this will be a nice collector's item for any longtime or new fan of Yossi and Rikachan. The metal tin is rather like the size that will fit a very large sandwich in it and the construction is very very well done here. The tin itself is quite a sturdy metal box and it's wonderfully decorated on all sides with Hangry & Angry's trademark characters giving it a deliciously cute & creepy aspect…..leaning more towards cute though! ^ ^
In addition to the mini album and in between two thick foam pieces is a very sturdy badge which looks to me like a luggage tag as there's a place for your personal information on the back side…also included is a strap. Or perhaps you could use it to personally label your Hangry & Angry "sandwich" box just in case it goes missing. 😛 Enjoy their songs below! ^-^