It will be nice to hear something new from the band...BUT lest we forget, Polysics is / are employees of a record company - they have to put out something.
What I'm saying is, Post-Budokan we're observing a new band forging a new personality. It was just six or eight days before the tri-fecta of catostrophes that Post-Budokan Polysics played Shibuya-AX in March of 2011 of which a DVD and CD were born.
In that concert, it is also noteworthy to mention that there was a great deal of synth "programming", or "playback" of synth-rifs that represented the missing member...
Yet, in the same concert, we also observed Fumi playing a larger, and more interesting role: double percussion with a guitar for "Boy's Head", there was a new...uh...a new, "value added" rendition of "Pike" that reveals a new way of thinking - more like a trio then an amputated quartet...and, icing on my cake, "Smile to Me" - a new original song reflecting the same sense of thunder underneath the new version of Pike, giving us a feel for where the trio might be headed.
I have no idea what to expect from "Lucky Star". All I can hope for is that they keep doing what they feel, rather than what they fear (meaning losing their jobs if they don't have a hit).
That is no small task when you have to pay rent, feed the cat, etc., and just like everybody else, the on- and offstage members of Polysic have to do that - it's easy to drift to the "dark" side, to write music "for the man" - to write thinking sales rather than hearts -I hope that is NOT what happens.
It's mentioned that Fumi's "heart" was / is put into Lucky Star. I hope that's true. I can't imagine that it isn't. But I'm not going to read anything into that.
I want their work to be organically successful. I WANT them to inspire confidence in their employers to the extent that those employers are willing to venture sending them overseas again - to come to our neighborhoods where we have the chance to buy tickets, bring friends and remind them they are not forgotten (in a way that convinces the powers-that-be it was worth the risk - meaning, "Money talks, bullshit walks".)
When I look back at the Polysics post-Budokan / pre-tri-fecta catastrophe artwork, I see that there was some thought about the band travelling, taking over the world so to speak - photos of them examining postcards of distant exotic locals like Paris and New York. That whole idea seemed to vanish with Sendai and Fukishima.
Now that I think about it, I believe Fumi might have been particularly touched / hit hard by the catastrophes - her presence on the Internet (tweets / facebook) seemed to have had a six week hole in the ground shortly after mother-nature visited the north of Japan.
Where am I going with this? Mmmm...Post-Budokan Polysics bounced back and showed lots of promise (they did have more than one year's time to consider the transition in advance of Kayo's departure). As stated, evidenced in a few key moments at Shibuya-AX in March 2011, along with evidence of a possible international venture.
The whole country of Japan, one way or another got knocked down by the catastrophes. Polysics seems to be coming back, celebrating a 1000 live shows and 15 years of existence...my hope is that the new single will be a hit inside and outside of Japan and the decision makers decide to lay some bread on the table to send the band overseas to visit us!!
And let us hope as well, that the band loves their jobs so much that such an idea is exciting for them too. Let us not forget that every time they go on stage, whether in Japan or somewhere else, they have to perform as if it's the first time (instead of the millionth time) that they play our favorite songs. It's hard work to do that.
If "Lucky Star" is part of a formation of the new personality of the band, then it will be a hit - I believe that because it will mean as much to them as to us. So let's hope for that. Because then they would be a step closer to finding their new identity, and perhaps, hopefully, a step closer to making a new tour outside of Japan.
My fingers hurt, I've typed too much...